The New Normal International Film Festival is here!

The Festival Experience Media studio adapted quickly to the changing times, and will run the inaugural New Normal International Film Festival from 4-6 June!

New Normal Film Festival banner.

The New Normal International Film Festival 2020 has arisen in response to the unprecedented times we currently find ourselves in. At a time of vast social isolation, the festival aims to keep the spirit of cinema alive, fostering a sense of community and celebration in filmmakers and lovers the world round.

Through a live stream of short films and engagement with the filmmaking community the festival will explore the concept of the ‘New Normal’, aiming to discuss what is considered as ‘normal’ both in the past and present, whilst looking to a possible shared future.

The festival emerged from the Media studio ‘The Festival Experience’, which has been closely monitoring and responding to how film festivals are changing modalities to cope with lockdown. The festival is sponsored by RMIT, The Capitol Theatre, RMITV, Finger Food People, SYN Radio, and Fix ‘N’ Chips.

To find out how to join in the fun, visit the website.

B.C(M) Industry Talks: Jim Lounsbury

B.Comm(Media) Industry Talks is a webinar series for students in RMIT’s Bachelor of Communication (Media) program. This talk was recorded live on Friday 22 May 2020.

DIRECTING AND STORYTELLING FOR DRAMA AND DOCUMENTARY with JIM LOUNSBURY

For this B.C(M) Industry Talk we talk the role of the director. A perennial figure on set since cinema’s earliest moments, the director’s role is a fluid and exciting one. What does a director do? How has this role changed over time? And what skills does a director need? We discuss this and much more, including what a jobbing director gets up to in quarantine, with our special guest in this talk.

JIM LOUNSBURY is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked with fellow artists, online communities, and some of the world’s biggest brands to explore new ways to engage with people through story. From feature documentaries The Meaning of Vanlife (Stan) and The Aussie Who Baffled the World (National Geographic) to his feature film Love is Now (Universal), Jim is passionate about stories that explore nomadism and adventure, tackling big themes through the prism of personal stories.

B.C(M) Industry Talks: Mike Jones

B.Comm(Media) Industry Talks is a webinar series for students in RMIT’s Bachelor of Communication (Media) program. This talk was recorded live on Tuesday 12 May 2020.

FILM, TV, CONCEPTS AND CONTENT with EVERY CLOUD PRODUCTIONS

For this talk, we’re joined by MIKE JONES, the Head of Content and Development for Every Cloud Productions. Founded in 2009, Every Cloud is the production company behind Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (and the recent Miss Fisher film) and Newton’s Law. Every Cloud was formed by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger, who produced/created SeaChange, East of Everything, and The Gods of Wheat Street, among much more.

Our guest Mike Jones is a development producer, story editor, and writer with a depth of experience across scripted narrative genres and platforms. His body of work has received numerous awards including AACTA, Emmy, AWG, SPA, & ADG accolades. He has previously worked with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, Jungle, Princess Pictures and, with SweetPotatoFilms, collaborated on major international TV series including mystery drama The Gloaming and celebrated supernatural series The Kettering Incident. For Every Cloud, Mike story-produced the AACTA-winning youth drama series Deadlock, and for the ABC steered script development of much-loved comic-drama series F*cking Adelaide and the Emmy award nominated Wrong Kind of Black. Mike is also a published horror novelist and co-creator of multiple immersive VR projects.

B.C(M) Industry Talks: Karim Ford Sarhan

B.Comm(Media) Industry Talks is a webinar series for students in RMIT’s Bachelor of Communication (Media) program. This talk was recorded live on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

FILM DISTRIBUTION & STREAMING MEDIA with ATLASSHORTS

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, online media, streaming, and the digital media landscape are more important than they’ve ever been. How is this global phenomenon affecting the creative industries? What will the landscape look like once the immediate threat has passed? What opportunities are creators given here?

In addition to these questions, we talk about what film distribution is, and how it’s evolved with digital technology. What roles/careers are available here? How might students use their degrees to pick up skills that are useful in creative industries?

Our guest is KARIM FORD SARHAN — actor, film director, and managing director and founder of Australian streaming platform Atlasshorts.

Media team success: Wild Honey

Media program lecturers Seth Keen and Paul Ritchard, with Research Assistant Cormac Mills Ritchard, have had great recent success with the collaborative ethnographic documentary work Wild Honey.

The documentary Wild Honey: Caring for bees in a divided land was picked up in 2019 by Ronin Films for worldwide cinema and DVD release. Recent 2020 screening successes include Timor Television GMNTV, the Film Expo at the 2020 North American Asian Studies Conference, Boston, and Royal Geographical Society, London conference film screening.

Credits include (University of Melbourne) Anthropologist – Geographer, Lisa Palmer Camera, Audio and Director, (RMIT staff) Seth Keen Creative Producer, Cormac Mills Ritchard Editor, and Paul Ritchard Consultant Editor.

Still from documentary Wild Honey.

This project has led to another ARC Discovery documentary, Customary Approaches to Healing in Timor-Leste, which has started 2020 post-production.

See the trailer for Wild Honey on Vimeo. Well done team!

Welcome 2020 Media crew!

New Bachelor of Communication (Media) students were welcomed at the program Orientation event on Monday 24 February 2020. The students were welcomed (appropriately) in the Media Portal: the event had a quick run-through of the program, intros to the Media team and each other, a zippy tour of the campus, and then back to the Portal for lunch.

All the best for your studies!

 

West End Film Festival 2019!

We’re back for our 10th year! We’ve currently got six days left on our early bird discount for film submissions, so share far and wide and get ready to mingle with some of Australia’s hottest emerging filmmakers.

We’ve upped our best film prize to $3000. Click the link below and submit your film. Don’t have a film? Forward this email onto your film making friends and we’ll update you shortly on West End Film Festival 2019!

Don’t worry if you have not finished your film, submissions close April 1st.
Submit your short film