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TICKET PACKAGES FOR 2020 SYDNEY SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL

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TICKET PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE: Tickets to the OPENING NIGHT SCREENING + PARTY plus a new range of multi-session passes have just been released. Go to https://filmfreeway.com/SydneyScienceFictionFilmFestival/tickets to get early access Australia's newest genre film event. PLEASE NOTE: Our ticketing partner FilmFreeway accepts US$s; the passes are valued in the following AU$ amounts- VIP PACKAGE: AU$100.00 8 SESSION PASS: AU$40.00 4 SESSION PASS: AU$30.00 2 SES...

"terroir" accepted to SAGA Film Festival in Australia!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the SAGA International Women's Film Festival in Adelaide, Australia for August 7-21, 2020. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton &...

Australia Independnet Film Festival

Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) Brisbane Australia.

Known as “the festival where stars shine,” the Australia Independent Film Festival is on track to become Australia's premiere short film festival. AIFF is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

“Put this festival in your top 10 list to submit. You’ll be glad you did.” Jhett Tolentino - Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer.

Whether you're a student filmmaker, a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned professional your entry will be treated with the utmost respect and professionalism it deserves. We encourage participation and actively promote through social media channels, news outlets and our contact database.

"We wish this great festival all the success", 2020 Oscar nominated Mosul 980 and winner of AIFF19 Best International Short Film.

At AIFF we believe it is our core values which help set us apart from many other festivals. We are totally committed to being an ethical festival and make the following promise to all entrants. It is our filmmakers guarantee and what we believe is an industry first.

1. We will be transparent, honest and provide regular festival updates.

2. All entries will be played in their entirety and judged as per the listed judging and selection process. We do not promote favoritism.

3. At AIFF20 every very finalist film 'will' screen in a real theater in attendance by paying public. We screen all finalist films and not just films from attending filmmakers. Finalist = Official Selection.

4. The awards ceremony is and will always be free to attend.

5. If a film wins but a filmmaker is not in attendance their trophy will be delivered at no charge.

AIFF SELECTION PROCESS:

Being an independent festival we encourage all genres and a greater emphasis in the judging process is the overall appeal verses technical perfection and or money spent. Each entry is judged internally using standardized criteria before the top scoring films are judged by an external jury of industry professionals.

REWARDING FILMMAKERS

SEMI-FINALISTS. The top twenty percent (submission dependent) of each category will be named as semi-finalists and will be awarded a semi-finalist laurel and a digital print quality certificate at festival close.

Please note: Semi-finalist films will not be screened at the festival.

FINALISTS will be selected from the semi-finalist group and will be awarded a finalist laurel, official selection laurel and a digital certificate. Numbers will be dependent on category entries and programming requirements.

WINNER'S of each category will be awarded a special winner's laurel, an original print quality digital certificate and a high quality crystal trophy. Other prizes will be added once confirmed.

AIFF NETWORKING @ausindefest

We believe a festival is not a festival without the opportunity for filmmakers to network and socialize between fellow creative's.

Before and after screening sessions festival goers will be encouraged to network and socialize at the theater.

Attending finalist filmmakers will be invited to participate in a special group Q and A session. We want to give you a voice within the festival and beyond.

For those that like to socialize and network into the early hours. Each night a nominated venue will be selected and announced during the screening sessions. There is a reason locals like to call Brisbane – BRISVEGAS.

THE CITY and THE VENUE:

Brisbane, located an hour's drive from the World famous beaches of the Gold Coast is a vibrant, art loving new world city that can be considered the Gateway to Australia. Brisbane, the capital of Queensland is rich with culture and renowned for its hospitality and safety. AIFF20 will take place at the Elizabeth Theater in the heat of Brisbane city.

The Team at AIFF feel the Elizabeth Theater is without a doubt one of the best screening venues in Australia.

Need to know more? We welcome all questions.

Main Award Categories

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST QUEENSLAND SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST ANIMATION ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL - Including music videos. ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

Special Award Categories

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST STUDENT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

JURY AWARD ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

The trophy is an approximate value. If an award winner foes not attend the trophy will be delivered at no cost to the winner.)

Additional prizes will be announced via social media.

Purple Turtle Short Film Festival

Purple Turtle Short Film Festival 2019

What Inspires You


The aim of our festival is to bring people together and stimulate connection through inspirational short films.
We realise that the pieces of us fit together not apart, so the festival asks "What is it like to be you?"
We invite you to come on a journey with us, to make a short film that inspires and/or simply join us to witness the best of our community.
We all have the tools to be film makers now but if you want some fantastic help from our regions best, we will be holding film making workshops with STIXPIX's Stuart Mackay.

Entries are Free, open now - please join us

We screen Sat Sept 14, 6pm - 1770 Beach

Q&A WITH SIMON FOSTER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF SCIFI FILM FESTIVAL

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Originally published on September 5, 2018, on the Australian website CULT PROJECTIONS. Interviewed by BRYN TILLY.   Cult Projections: Tell me a little of the career trajectory that has brought you to Program Director for the Sci Fi Film Festival? Is this a dream role? Has it been challenging?   Simon: The career trajectory has been erratic, to put it succinctly, but I've always managed to spend most of my working years in the company of creative and/or dedicated ...

BROTHERS' NEST , a top-notch Aussie movie

  Canadian premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal, 2018, BROTHERS' NEST (Australia, 2018, 99 min)  directed by: Clayton Jacobson; written by: Jaime Browne, Chris Pahlow (additional material); cast: Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran, Sarah Snook. Clayton Jacobson's Brothers' Nest is a highly sophisticated, meticulously guided family drama masterfully disguised as a black comedy, a piece I would place without ex...

REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL CALLS FOR PAPERS

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  The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is calling for papers for its 2018 Academic Conference. Students, academics, independent researchers, filmmakers and film fans from across the world are invited to submit papers and proposals for the Revelation Film Festival Academic Conference to be held as a part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival (which runs from July 5-18 2018). Returning for its seventh year, the conference is uniquely positioned as the ...

REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS

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REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS   Filmmakers from across the globe are being invited to enter their work for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival in 2018.   Revelation is regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting independent film festivals and will run from 5 - 18 July 2018 in Perth.   Revelation Director Richard Sowada said the search was now on for unique, signature-driven works from filmmakers of all levels.   “Submis...

Flickerfest 27th International Short Film Festival

FLiCKERFEST 27th International Short Film Festival 12-21 January 2018, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia Flickerfest is an Academy® Accredited and BAFTA-recognised festival. FLiCKERFEST, Australia’s premier international short film festival, will be held at the Bondi Pavilion on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in January 2018. The Festival in 2018 will celebrate 27 years of screening the best short films from Australia and around the world in competitions and special showc...

Gold Coast Film Festival is now accepting submissions for 2017!

You’ve put blood, sweat, tears and money into your short or feature film, and now it’s time to build your film’s profile and find audiences. Gold Coast Film Festival has been showcasing new Australian and international filmmaking talent for 14 years. We screen films for their World Premiere, Australian Premiere or Queensland Premiere. We encourage indie filmmakers to submit as we pride ourselves on providing a festival environment where your film won’t get lost, i...

Siraj Syed reviews Rogue One, A Star Wars Story: While there is war, there is hope!

Siraj Syed reviews Rogue One, A Star Wars Story: While there is war, there is hope! “Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard.” — George Walton Lucas, Jr. "It's the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It's complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie." --Gareth Edwards. It has been reported that the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, liked Rogue One very much, and that th...

FLiCKERFEST 2017 - Call for Entries EXTENDED: Monday 10th October 2016

Due to demand Entries have been Extended: flickerfest.com.au/entries Final EXTENDED Deadline: Monday 10th October 2016 Celebrating its landmark 26th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA recognised Short Film festival, and its largest short film competition, is now accepting entries from Australia and around the world, for its 2017 Festival. Flickerfest will screen for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2017 with selected ...

SFF 2016: Kleber Mendonça Filho on Aquarius

Brazilian Director Kleber Mendonça Filho directs his second feature film Aquarius after successfully entering the film festival circuit in 2012 with his debut Neighbouring Sounds. Starring Sonia Braga as a 65 year old retired music critic who, although remaining the last resident of the Aquarius complex in Recife, decides to give a battle and keep her property which unexpectedly takes on a journey back in time. Old memories and her life adventures are brought up to the surface of her co...

Sydney Film Festival: Hub launch at Town Hall

The 63d Sydney Film Festival launched few days ago and already counts numerous sold out screenings and exclusive premieres as part of this year’s Australian and International selection.  Last Friday, the official festival hub opened its doors to all festival attendees and the public who have the opportunity to swing by and have a closer look at excerpts from this year’s programme, along with some exciting projects, installations and VR short film presentations.  The Hub i...

Australian film Goldstone to open Sydney FF

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival today announced the World Premiere of Goldstone, a stylish and intelligent outback noir from acclaimed Indigenous writer/director Ivan Sen, as the Opening Night Film, screening at the State Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 June.  Sydney Film Festival’s Opening Night is proudly presented by Lexus Australia.  Goldstone is the fourth feature by award-winning filmmaker Sen and stars Aaron Pederson who reprises his role o...

"Games People Play" scores 9th festival on 5th continent!

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"Games People Play" was just selected to its ninth festival, the Barossa Film Festival in Barossa, Australia. This is the Pacific/Australia premiere for the latest film by Ron de Cana Productions' Dawn Westlake. The film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr and scored by Acoustic Labs' Gregory Johnson. David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson star in the film, along with Westlake herself. To learn more about "Games People Play" and to see a trailer, please visit: http://da...

Seen & Heard Film Festival

See another side of the picture, hear the rest of the tale.

Seen & Heard was launched in Sydney in 2009 as a non-profit film festival by Lucy Randall with the view to promote women’s filmmaking and bring to light industry prejudices that may not be so clear to the consumer.

At that time, a woman had never won an Academy Award for Best Director (and only three females had ever been nominated in the entire history of The Oscars). Nobody talked about the absence of women in production roles in mainstream media. 

Female filmmakers, particularly in Australia, have long campaigned for their place in film as activists and as film collectives. Over the course of the festival's lifetime, both industry and media are slowly sitting up and taking more notice of these issues too. It is clear, though, that wider cultural change remains a distant goal.

According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film,

"Women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 (U.S.) grossing films of 2013. This figure represents a decrease of two percentage points from 2012.

In 2013, women accounted for 6% of (U.S.) directors. If foreign films in the top 250 are included, this figure increases to 8%. In other roles, women comprised 10% of writers, 15% of executive producers, 25% of producers, 17% of editors, and 3% of cinematographers."

The dramatic under-representation of female filmmakers inevitably leads to a dearth in solid female characterisation as well. Female characters remained dramatically under-represented as protagonists, major characters, and speaking (major and minor) characters in the top grossing films of 2013. Again, the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film reveals in their most recent report:

"On-screen female presence remains abysmal. In 2013, females accounted for 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters. Female characters were younger than their male counterparts and were more likely than males to have an identifiable marital status. Further, female characters were less likely than males to have clearly identifiable goals or be portrayed as leaders of any kind."

Further disadvantages in the film industry exist for women of colour, non-cis women, queer women, women from low-income backgrounds, and women with disabilities.

It is not hard to see that the lack of any type of women in the film industry is an impoverishment to our culture, one that can only be rectified once we recognise that the dramatic under-representation of women amongst both cast & crew is a problem.

For the first time this year, Melbourne audiences are invited to join us in taking that small, but necessary, step towards female filmmakers being both Seen & Heard. We promote the message that films made by women are not just for women: they are wonderfully rich films that should be seen by everyoneTrust us, you're in for an exciting program of films that are as diverse as they are visually stunning.

We look forward to seeing you at ACMI from November 13 - 16.

Indian International Film Festival of Queensland (IIFFOQ)

This is the first competitive film festival of Indian independent films as well as of Indian subjects in global cinema to be held in Brisbane between June 28th and July 2 2014. The films can be submitted for selection from all over India and internationally. The festival founder and artistic head is actor and director , producer Chayan Sarkar who lives in Brisbane, Australia. This festival has the support of Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk and also backed by Queensland University of Technology and Asia Pacfic Screen Awards (APSA) and many other industry partners. Dr. Arun Sharma , Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology is Honorary Patron of this film festival in Australia along with the support of many distinguished personalities from India and Australia. Some of the festival advisors include Michael Hawkins, Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Anup Mukherjee Ex-Dean Satyajit Ray Film and TV institute, India ;Rajeev Jalnapurkar ,CEO,Ramoji Film City.Head of Corporate Relations of the festival is Mr. Arun Raniga. Many distinguished screen personalities, artists and experts are behind this unique film festival. Please follow updates on this facebook page for more information. To be eligible to submit your film , your film must have a story linked to India or Indian culture. The film makers could be Indian or non-Indian. International and Australian Premieres only for the competition section. We are only after feature length films ( Documentary features are also eligible to submit) for the competition.This is a competitive film festival along with some special screenings. A total of fifteen films will be selected for the competition element of the festival. The festival will be held in Brisbane City. For more information please email us: iiffoq@bollywooddreams.biz

Little Studio Films goes Greek with AS GREEK AS IT GETS movie.

Los Angeles, California January 21, 2014– Little Studio Films announces the acquisition of the rights to the romantic comedy screenplay “AS GREEK AS IT GETS” from Australian screenwriters Helene and Peter Paroulakis and will be presenting the project at the 2014 Berlinale to territorial distributors and potential co- production partners. Hoping to follow the box office and cross cultural success of the Nia Vardalos film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, the producers, A...

AS GREEK AS IT GETS

As Greek As it Gets is a romantic comedy to be produced by Little Studio Films written by Australian screenwriters Helene and Peter Paroulakis.

AS GREEK AS IT GETS

Director: Jim Fall.

Mike Metaxas looks like a Greek Adonis and has big dreams of one day becoming like his hero – shipping legend Aristotle Onassis. Meantime he’s sweating it out,flipping burgers at his family’s Greek deli in NYC.

But life suddenly turns upside down when Sarah Fairbanks, the super-glamorous model on a ritzy perfume billboard, enters his kitchen … and, totally bedazzled, he connives with his uncle George to impersonate Pavlos Demakis, a ruthless Greekshipping tycoon, to crash an exclusive Long Island party so he can meet Sarah in

person.One magical night opens the possibility of a real romance. But Mike realizes he bettermake his dreams a reality if he wants a chance at someone as incredible as Sarah and grabs the next plane to the Greek island of Mykonos to buy a mothballed ferry boatto get him started on his shipping career.

When Sarah dumps her two-timing fiancé Brad and hotfoots it to Mykonos after Mike, he runs smack bang into a wall of hilarious complications as he tries to keep up the charade.Things only get worse with the arrival of Sarah’s over-the-top socialite mother Rose,with the real Pavlos Demakis  whom she teamed up with after she frantically contacts him in the

mistaken belief he’s some smooth-talking Casanova out to seduce her daughter.   Set in the jet setter island of Mykonos this delightful romantic comedy will melt your heart as quickly as the Greek sun and bring out the laughter from your soul- no Ouzo necessary.

"Found Objects" to play Melbourne!

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"Found Objects" will play Westside Shorts in Melbourne, Australia on January 14, 2014 at 8p. For more info, please visit: http://www.angryproductions.org/ "Found Objects" is winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2013 CinemAvvenire Film Fest in Rome, Italy. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance...
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