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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...

"The Rocket" Blasts towards the 86th Academy Awards

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  Palm fronds swaying in the breeze, moon-lit mountains, petal-strewn altars: Laos may be the most paradisical place on Earth. But this paradise harbors a darker superlative: At nearly 80 million cluster bombs (minus the 500,000 that have been cleared), it's the most bombarded country per capita in history. Laos's beauty and bête noire are on full view in Kim Mordaunt's redemptive tale, The Rocket. The Laotian-Australian production cent...

Gorilla (directed by Tim Marshall, Australia) takes the Iris Prize

And the other winners are:   My Mother (directed by Jay Bedwani) – Best UK Short Cupcakes (directed by Eytan Fox) - Iris Prize Best Feature Award     Ryan Steele (Chip in Five Dances) Best Actor in a Feature Sabine Wolf (Katja in Two Mothers) Best Actress in a Feature Gorilla a short film about a newly formed couple who are forced to face the unknown in their lives when a mysterious woman arrives at their seclud...

Byron Bay International Film Festival

 

Open Your Aperture at the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival | 28 Feb to 9 March 2014

 

 

 

                                                                                               REGULAR DEADLINE APPROACHING

 

REGULAR ENTRY DEADLINE: 26th September 2013

FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE: 29th November 2013

 

Join some of the world’s most exciting film talent and thousands of film lovers at BBFF2014, over 10 fantastic days in beautiful Byron Bay, for a dynamic and truly distinctive film festival experience known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences.

 

“Arguably Australia’s most successful regional event”

– SBS Film, 2013

 

Independent filmmakers are the heart and soul of this festival, whose quality programming of hundreds of entertaining, inspiring and eye-opening films from over 40 countries sets the stage for filmmakers at all stages of their careers to showcase outstanding work across all genres. 

 

 

If your creativity is cutting edge and you have a message to tell, be a part of this humanistic festival that’s fusing artistry, education and innovation to enhance our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film. 

 

Submit your film through withoutabox’s paperless entry system at www.withoutabox.com/login/5493. For more information visit www.bbff.com.au or email the friendly team at submissions@bbff.com.au.  

 

 

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