Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

A place for production staff and students in Media, Media and Communication @ RMIT – by Paul Ritchard

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The FFL Agency is calling for great shorts!

If you are ready to start you festival run and need professional help, the FFL Agency is there to create a tailor made festival strategy and manage the time consuming and chaotic submission process across multiple channels on your behalf. Submit your film for consideration and get the chance to become part of the FFL Agency roaster.”

Australian International Documentary Conference.

(, We’ve opened a limited allocation of Earlybird Passes.

We’ve also announced our first keynote speakers for the 2016 event – Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, two of the main filmmakers behind acclaimed HBO documentary series TheJinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

We’d like to spread the word to filmmakers and other people interested in the documentary and factual screen sector, and thought the launch might be of interest to the RMIT film, media and journalism audience.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 Call for Entries

I am delighted to announce that the 6thedition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival is now open for entries.

ASFF offers students from around the world the opportunity to enter their films for a chance to screen at a major UK and BAFTA Qualifying short film festival.

We would be delighted to showcase RMIT University’s filmmaking talent in 2016. The entry fee is £20, approximately 40 AD. There is a discount on entries when 10 or more films are submitted. Save £5 per entry for group submissions.

Entries are open for the 6th edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, one of the UK’s leading short film festivals and most exciting cinematic events. ASFF supports emerging filmmakers and presents many opportunities for industry engagement.

In 2015, ASFF attracted 20,000 admissions across the four day event including industry, filmmakers and thousands of film fans, providing a fantastic platform for filmmakers looking to reach a wider, international audience.

ASFF 2016 Prizes:

  • Screenings at the BAFTA Qualifying ASFF 2016
  • Awards for Best Film in each category and People’s Choice
  • Eligibility to enter the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)
  • Screenings in various guest programmes at other film festivals
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on Aesthetica’s online channels (180,000 readership worldwide)

Running times up to 30 minutes. All genres accepted. Deadline 31 May 2016. Entry fee is £20 plus VAT. Visit

View the ASFF 2015 Trailer:



The object of the Cinéfondation, an Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes, is to present and highlight films from film schools, whether fiction or animation, that reveals talent and deserves encouragement.

Unless a special waiver is granted, films must comply with the following conditions in order to be selected: › they have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival; ›› they have not been presented at major international festivals; ››› they do not exceed 60 minutes in running-time. N.B.: Documentaries are not accepted.

To submit a film, fill in the online application form on our website and directly upload your film on the same website or send a DVD of the film together with a copy of your registration slip. Registration deadline February 15th, 2016 at the latest (by this date, the entry form must have been filled in and the film uploaded). If you choose to send a DVD instead of uploading your film on our website, the DVD must reach our office for February 15th at the latest, not post-marked.

$550 Feature film DCP-Mastering including free Theatre Screeneing

The Finishing Room has established an amazing deal for those wishing to master to DCP.
The service includes conversion to a DCP master using the Dolby mastering toolset, tested against a Dolby/Doremi cinema playback ​server.    PLUS, a screening of the master in the Finishing Room grading theatre.
All for $550
PLUS, check out a new educational videos from our chief Geek:
James Gardiner
The Finishing Room.


Radar is the world’s leading music video director community,

Want to get going in music videos once you’re graduated? Calling all final year students! Let Radar’s Playlist help­ it’s FREE!

Radar is the world’s leading music video director community,

We work with up and coming directors and help them get paid work, get videos promoted and help connect with world ­leading reps and production companies.

To encourage brand new directors, we’re setting up a playlist on our Radar YouTube channel to promote recently graduated students.The best videos on the playlist win a FREE tryout membership on Radar ­ where you can read briefs and pitch to make budgeted music videos with artists and labels worldwide.

Most budgets on Radar range from $800 and $15k,. Commissioners range from major record labels to independent labels and artists worldwide. Subscriptions to Radar are between $9 to $15, entirely optional and can be easily cancelled at any time.

If you’d like us to feature your work and take a shot at winning a free membership, please send a link to and he’ll sort it out. Send a link to your best music video, if you don’t have music videos, send us a link to the best video you’ve directed.

We’re looking forward to seeing your work!

Meanwhile, learn more about how to build a career directing music videos on our blog.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, Japan.

This is Shoko Takegasa from Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, Japan.

I’d like to inform you that we currently open call for entries. The festival will be held in June, 2016.

We accept submissions via shortfilmdepot ( and all rules and regulations are also available on our website (

It would be great if you could consider submission of your students’ films.

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Submissions are now open for HRAFF 2016
The annual Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is devoted to the exploration of human rights issues through art, film, music and conversation. We envision a diverse and vibrant cultural community that is engaged with human rights.

Submit your film for the opportunity to move and inspire HRAFF audiences, and be a part of the premier human rights art and film festival in Australia.

Key Dates:

EarlyBird closes 16 October 2015 (discounts apply)

Features close 30 October 2015

Shorts close 27 November 2015


Early Bird

Features (Standard / WAB Discount) $40.00 / $35.00

Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $25.00 / $20.00

Student Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $20.00 / $15.00


Features (Standard / WAB Discount) $50.00 / $45.00

Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $30.00 / $25.00

Student Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $25.00 / $20.00

For more information and to submit visit Action Sports Film Fest Action Sports Film Fest is here – prizes including 3K cash, an internship, plus national & international screenings should get lords of the lens inspired.

Right now, our online film competition is open to all action sports films you can imagine! The films will be screened across Australia in November at events designed to celebrate creativtiy and action sports. Each event will award local winners of the online comp plus host discount bevvys and no shortage of legends.

Judging this thing are some huge names in film. Albert Falzon, the father of surfings creative soul, Eddie Martin, documentary filmmaker best know for All this Mayhem & NZ backcountry filmmaker Heath Patterson.

Our event is designed to really engage people. With all ticket sales from event going straight into prize money and 1% of all income going to environmental causes.

All this and plenty more to get amongst at

Proudly supported by Garage Entertainment, Jagermeister, Boardworld, Audio-Technica, NZ Surfing Mag, Adventure Magazine & NZ Ski & Snow Mag

Fringe Film:  Short Screen Works and Digital Media 

The Melbourne Fringe Festival presents Fringe Film: an open-access showcase opportunity for all forms of screen work. Music videos, documentaries, short films, animation and digital art that explore the intersection of the public and the personal are all welcomed.

 This year, Fringe Film is exploring the idea of digital personas. The screens in our hands and in our homes function as portals to the personal. They show us versions of ourselves and visions of the alternate realities we create. Public screens are all around us. They function as messaging devices, usually used for instructions and advertising. What conversations begin when we make our digital personal realities public?

Melbourne Fringe invites filmmakers, animators and digital artists of all experience levels to submit their work for viewing. All submissions go into the running to win Best Film. Submissions will be screened at the Fringe club on Sunday 27 September, with a curated selection of works screened on the big screen at Federation Square from 17 – 21 September.

The 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival is about seeing and experiencing your city – and the people who inhabit it – in a different light. It’s about peeling back the layers, peering around the corner and discovering something that only Fringe Festival could unearth.

Melbourne Fringe Festival – proudly independent.

Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival – Short Film Competition

We are on from the 4th – 8th of November, 2015 and  are now calling for entries to our Short Film Competition (for more information, please visit:

Willoughby Shorts Film Festival

Lights. Camera. ACTION!

Willoughby Shorts Film Festival, Sydney’s fastest growing student film festival is back. Entries are now open to Australian students aged 12 -25 years of age.

What we are looking for:

  • Australian Student
  • 12 – 25 years old
  • Short films that run under 10 minutes
  • An original production, made within the last two years.
  • Categories: Animation, documentary and narratives.

Selected entries will be screened on the giant Urban Screen in Chatswood on Friday 9 October, with a prize pool of $5000 in total value to the winning filmmakers.

Our panel of judges include Lucy Keeler/Nick Tory (Ample Projects), Mick Jones (Filthy Look Films) and Wendy Gray (AFTRS).

Entries close Friday, 28 August. 


Western Union Short Film Competition

I am working with the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and we are running a short film competition – the Western Union Short Film Competition. The closing date has just been extended until 30th June.

It’s open to film makers from Australia and India to submit short films of 10 minutes or under based on the theme of equality. Film makers from Australia will win a ticket to India and film makers from India will win a ticket to Australia.  The winning 2 short films will get screened before every feature at high profile cinemas and venues in Melbourne including Federation Square over 14th – 27th August and follow up screenings in Sydney as part of Beyond Bollywood.

It is a fantastic opportunity for both emerging and more experienced film makers to have their film reach a wide and diverse audience and have a high level of exposure. It is open to all genres. Entry is free and film makers can submit as many times as they like.

I dropped in some posters to the School but would you be able to please pass on also to your students? We’re obviously keen to source high quality entries from local applicants.

Please go to for more details about the competition and Festival events. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


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International Festival of Student Documentary

The 8th edition of Fidé (International Festival of Student Documentary) will take place in Paris in April 2016.

Fidé is open to any creative documentary work produced during the director’s course of study (film school, university, college, high school, creative workshop…).
There are no restrictions in terms of date or country of production, original technique, film subject and length or director’s nationality.

Submissions through online registration on our website :

Running only until October 18th 2015!

Thank you!
The Fidé team – Les Impatientes

2015 Sunshine Short Film Festival

We have an Open/Tertiary category with a $5,000 cash winning prize & we would love all your film students to enter. There is also a Professional Judges award – that last year was critiqued & awarded by Richard Keedie from WTFN. Its very easy, they just need to go on our website & register their interest first: Its open till 30 September 2015

“Superhero” is the theme for the 2015 Sunshine Short Film Festival competition the only community based film festival in the west. Both budding and accomplished filmmakers are invited to enter an original film five minutes or less featuring their very own version of a Superhero real or imagined and compete for prizes worth up to $5,000.

Judging is by popular vote and there are lots of prizes to be won. The prize for the winning primary school entry is $500. There are three prizes for secondary school entries: 3rd place wins $500, 2nd place $1,000 and 1st place gets $2,000. The winner in the open category gets a grand $5,000. We also have a judge’s prize awarded for artistic and cinematic merit open to entries in all categories.

All finalists’ films will be screened at Village Cinemas Sunshine on Friday 30th October at a red carpet, gala event.

Podcast about the production and post-production process for films

Audio Chemistry is audio post-production house here in Melbourne that works on short films, documentaries, and advertisements.
I’m just sending you through a quick email about a podcast we’ve recently started producing about the production and post-production process for films. It’s called The Audio Lab, and is aimed at young or independent filmmakers who are looking for more information about the post-production process for audio.
For each episode there is both an audio and visual element, the audio being the podcast and the visual being a tutorial on ProTools. I think it’s a great resource that you may be able to pass on to your students for helpful hints that may help them in their future film projects.
You can listen to the podcasts at:
There’s more resources available at :

TRAILER MUSIC is a collaborative film and music project

TRAILER MUSIC is a collaborative film and music project by creative classical music ensemble anon., based on Melbourne composer Nicholas Buc’s work ‘Trailer Music’ for piano, violin and cello. Visit for full project information and to listen to sample excerpts.
Highlights of the film maker experience:
  • Involvement in premiere screenings, marketing & PR activities by anon.
  • Potential external screening opportunities (festivals, pop-up events)
  • Networking opportunities with film and music industry professionals including composer Nicholas Buc
  • Reward to the value of $500
  • Key dates:
30 April 2015 – EOIs close
May – Selections
June – Production
End July/early August- Screening
Key links:
Mages Ruiz Diaz
Project Manager 
Look forward to hearing from your students. They can use code ‘COUNTMEIN’ for $15 submission fee and more than happy for any enquiries to be directed
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