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AWARDS

AEAF  Animation Effects Awards Festival is an international competition and screening and speaker program, now in its 20th year with entries from around the world.  The awards are given for creative and technical excellence in the use of visual effects and animation in the creation of screened work. The judging criteria include the technical skill, artistry and quality of the visual effects and animation, their appropriateness within the project as a whole, and their contribution to storytelling.

AGDA AWARDS 

ANIMATION EFFECTS AWARDS FESTIVAL

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN EDITORS

AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION DESIGN GUILD AWARDS  The APDG Awards is an annual event for professionals from the Australian film, television, stage and interactive multimedia industries, to celebrate the art of visually captivating audiences the world over.

The EXPOSÉ 11: Awards

LENS CULTURE

NODE

2017  Entries are now closed. Voting is open until November 10th.  Hot on the heels of its success in 2016, motion graphics and animation festival Node has sold out in the first week

THE ROOKIES

THE 21 FILM PROJECT It is with great gratitude that we thank our filmmakers, viewers, fans, staff and volunteers for all their time and efforts during the last nine years of the 21 Film Project.  While each year became better than the last, and while we were able to witness firsthand the talents of thousands of creative individuals, we have decided to not continue with the 21 Film Project festival for 2017 and beyond.  Filmmakers, please continue to express your creativity and keep making those remarkable videos. We wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors. Again, thank you for making our festival successful since 2007. – 21 Film Project staff

ORGANISATIONS

ACM SIGGRAPH is a nonprofit international membership organization made up of thousands of people who share a passion for computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members are involved in a wide variety of fields, including computer graphics research, software development, digital art, scientific visualization, interactive technology, game design, visual effects, computer science, education, engineering, graphic design, film and television production, scientific research and more.

AEAF:  is an international competition and screening, now in its 18th year with entries from around the world.  The awards are given for creative a technical excellence in the use of visual effects and animation in the creation of screened work.

ANAGRAMS 

AR Experiments is a site that features work by coders who are experimenting with augmented reality in exciting ways. These experiments use various tools like ARCore, an SDK that lets Android developers create awesome AR experiences. We’re featuring some of our favorite projects here to help inspire more coders to imagine what could be made with AR.

AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S TELEVISION FOUNDATION

AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS and MEDIA AUTHORITY

AUSTRALIAN COPYRIGHT COUNCIL

AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY FORUM  OzDox – The Australian Documentary Forum is a joint initiative from documentary filmmakers, academics and industry bodies to discuss and foster documentary culture and community through monthly forums and events. We stream and podcast many of our events, which are available on the YouTube Ozdox Forum and on this site under ‘Videos’.

AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS’ GUILD  (ADG) is a registered industry association representing the interests of film, television and digital media directors, documentary makers and animators throughout Australia.

Australians in Film:  The Industry Association for Australian Filmmakers and Performers in the U.S.

AUSTRALIAN FILM TELEVISION and RADIO SCHOOL

Australian Production Design Guild  established in 2009 as a non profit organisation committed to:

  • raising the profile of stage and screen design.
  • highlighting the creative contribution made by the mise en scène.
  • drawing attention to professional standards.
  • encouraging young designers and associated professionals in the industry.
  • recognising excellence and outstanding achievements through annual awards.
  • granting APDG accreditation to outstanding Australian designers.

AUSTRALIAN  SCREEN  EDITORS  (ASE) is a cultural, professional and educational organisation, dedicated to the pursuit and recognition of excellence in the arts, sciences and technology of motion picture film and televisual post production.

AUSTRALIAN  SIKLLS  QUALITY AUTHORITY

AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ GUILD

CARTOON  is an international non-profit association based in Brussels. CARTOON’s remit is to support the animation industry by organising several types of events through the year dedicated to animation professionals.

CG Society

DIGISTORE

Digital Labourers Federation  is a non-profit social group which acts as a contact point for people in the digital arts industry.  Most members work in the television or film industries. However anyone involved in the creation of digital media is welcome.

MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS ALLIANCE (MEAA)  was formed in 1992 as the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance from the merger of three organisations: the Australian Journalists Association, Actors Equity of Australia, and the Australian Theatrical & Amusement Employees Association.  Our members include people working in TV, radio, theatre & film, entertainment venues, recreation grounds, journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists, photographers, orchestral and opera performers as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing and website production… in fact everyone who works in the industries that inform or entertain.

METRO  SCREEN 1981 – 1015

METRO Media NSW  On December 23, when Metro Screen closes, their mailing list will become permanently inaccessible, and their Facebook group will shut down.  For privacy reasons, Metro Screen can’t give these contacts to anyone else, but they support our creating a new list in order to maintain, involve, and inform the Metro community.  The email list you can join here will be used exclusively for that purpose – it will never be sold or distributed.  Metro Screen brought together a strong, diverse, and vibrant group of artists; if we lose the ability to stay in contact with each other, any conversations about where to go from here will be much more difficult.  So please sign up the list, join our Facebook group (METRO Media NSW), and invite your friends to do the same!

MPDAA Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

The MPDAA is a non-profit organisation which undertakes the collection of film exhibition information relating to box-office, admissions and admission prices, theatres, release details, censorship classifications, and so forth, in order to provide meaningful statistics on the film industry in Australia to the Members and associated persons, the media and trade publications.

NATIONAL  FILM  and  SOUND  ARCHIVEThe National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is the nation’s living archive – collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage.

THE  PRODUCTION  BOOK  on film, on tv, on set, on location, online

THE ROOKIES

SCREEN AUSTRALIA is the Federal Government’s primary agency for supporting Australian screen production. In partnership with filmmakers, Screen Australia aims to create an Australian industry that is innovative, culturally important and commercially sustainabl

SCREEN NSW  Established to foster and facilitate excellence and growth in the film and television industry in New South Wales.

SCREEN  PRODUCERS AUSTRALIA  we strengthen partnerships that create and take great Australian stories to the world. We unite screen businesses to campaign for a healthy commercial environment, supported by a representative council and a full-time secretariat.

SYNDEY ANIMATION PRODUCTION GROUP Most animators have, in some part, a dream of creating their own production. Sitting down with a bunch of like minded creatives and coming up with an idea for an animated series or feature. The cherry on top would be that it can generate enough income to allow the production of more. Maybe you’re inspired by children’s TV like Pepper Pig or Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom? Or potentially you’d like to create something more along the lines of Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman or South Park? Or, are animated feature films your thing?

VFX Forum Everyone that works in the UK VFX industry is welcome to join us, regardless of company, or job, or nationality. Whether you’re a runner, an artist, a producer or a TD, we’d love to have you with us! If you want to see positive change in how the VFX industry treats its people, then that’s all that matters.

WOMEN in FILM and TELEVISION Australia is committed to improving the status of women, both on and off the screen, by supporting and advancing women working in the film, television and related screen industries. We are a membership based non-profit organisation.

FILM FESTIVALS

ANTENNA  documentary film festival

Antenna, Australia’s Documentary Film Festival, takes place every October in Sydney, screening the very best in non-fiction films from Australia and around the world. The festival also includes Antenna DocTalk – our one-day industry seminar series, retrospective programs, international guests and gala events.

Interview with Antenna International Film Festival Co-Director, Rich Welch

This is the 7th Antenna festival. You’ve built a reputation for screening challenging films that don’t shy away from controversial topics. With that in mind how do you go about putting together the program?

AUSTRALIAN VIRTUAL REALITY FILM FESTIVAL  (AVRFF) is the first event of its kind in Australia, dedicated to emerging virtual reality technology.  Having partnered with Screen Queensland and Brisbane Powerhouse, the inaugural event will showcase the best of Virtual Reality film.  A selection of short films, music videos and documentaries that integrate the use of virtual reality technology have been chosen by an curatorial panel to showcase the work of the next generation of filmmakers.  AVRFF is a platform for innovative filmmakers to present their art form in a space that promotes creative development and industry discussion.

 

AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL   is a collaborative, not-for-profit initiative, representing over 50 specialist film festivals based in Sydney and supported by the City Of Sydney. The project aims to build audiences for niche and specialist film festivals, and provide support to film festival organisers. Our activities include building cross-promotional alliances between like-minded festivals, a website portal and festival calendar, umbrella marketing to new and existing audiences, workshops, networking and guidance on social media strategies, resource-sharing and development for film festival organisers.

BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  is one of the world’s leading film festivals, being held every February.  There are several sections during the days of this festival including Competition, Panorama, and Forum. In Competition section, around twenty films compete for the awards called the Golden Bear and Silver Bear.

BLUE MOUNTAINS FILM FESTIVAL  The annual Blue Mountains Film Festival showcases the best short films from the around the world – set against the dramatic landscape of the Blue Mountains. Scenic World have seen the potential of this event for the Blue Mountains from the outset.

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE BFI FILM FESTIVAL  held in the United Kingdom, running in the second half of October with cooperation from the British Film Institute. It screens more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from approximately 50 countries.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL  was stared in 1946 with the special purpose placing emphasis on artistic value, which is inherent characteristic of films. That is, this festival generally forster the notion that Europiean cinema is “art” cinema.  The main event of this festival is the official selection. In competition, the twenty films compete each other for the Palme d’ Or, which is a kind of grand prize. In addition, there is Parallel Selection in this festival. In this section, there is Tous les Cinémas du Monde.

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  (DIFF), founded in 2004 and held in December, is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region.  The DIFF is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by Dubai Entertainment & Media Organization.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is an annual fortnight of cinema screenings and related events taking place each June. Established in 1947, it is the world’s oldest continually running film festival.

GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL, Queensland, Australia.  Our location is one with a heritage of filmmaking, with international filmmaking introduced on the Gold Coast in the late 1980’s. Fast-forward to 2017 and major international films Unbroken, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor: Rangarok and Aquaman have chosen the Gold Coast’s incredible locations and highly competent crew to shoot their multi-million dollar films.

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  founded in 1976, is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.  Screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event. Taking place in March/April

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  is an annual film festival held over three weeks in July, in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1952 and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world.  MIFF is one of Melbourne’s four major film festivals, in addition to the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), Melbourne Queer Film Festival(MQFF) and Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF).  Melbourne is a significant city in the history of film: The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906), the world’s first full-length feature film, was filmed in the city.

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL is an independent film festival and film school that operates throughout major cities including: London, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Budapest, Berlin and Brussels.  The festival itself was established in 1992 by Elliot Grove to be the voice of British filmmaking.  Takes place in September/October.

REAL FILM FESTIVAL  An initiative of Screen Hunter, The Real Film Festival (RFF) was first held in Newcastle in 2012, to foster and develop the art of telling true stories through film.  As the festival enters its sixth year, join us from 27 – 29 October 2017 for our most jam-packed program yet, featuring film screenings, short film competitions, open air cinema, development workshops and networking events.

Watch – Be among the first to view a variety of independent Australian feature and short films and documentaries, as they are premiered during the 2017 Real Film Festival.  We encourage filmmakers across all ages and skill levels to submit their films for their chance to tell their story and be a part of this year’s program.

Learn – The program includes an impressive line-up of industry development workshops. Run by key industry figures, this year’s workshops cover topics like ‘Comedy Writing’, ‘Special FX Makeup’, ‘10 advances in iPhones that will change filmmaking’, Filming from a Drone’, ‘Attracting distributors and audiences to your films’ and ‘Storytelling Science’. These workshops will provide participants with the tools and knowledge to help them create their next film project and stay on top of current trends.

Create – Our short film competitions provides a launch pad for filmmakers of all ages and experience levels to tell their ‘real’ stories and showcase their talents. The competitions are divided into three categories: Primary School (5 to 12yrs), High School (13 to 18yrs) and an Open category (19yrs+).

Connect – The festival provides attendees with a unique opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded film lovers in a friendly and social environment. Share experiences and meet fellow filmmakers from all walks of life at our official social events, including the opening-night screening and gala.

REFUGEE FILM FESTIVAL   the festival involved several activities including film screenings in Melbourne at Cinema Nova, Carlton and film Screenings in Sydney at the State Library of NSW.  The festival was a great success, with a turnout of over 1000 people across Melbourne and Sydney. In addition, the many independent screenings across Australia raised money, awareness and discussion of the themes and content of the films.

SCREEN WAVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Coffs Coast, NSW, Australia.  Starting with our love of film, and its ability to connect us as a community, we curate a program of new films and events that challenge us and provoke discussion. We endeavour to create something beautiful that inspires the community to support its growth into the future as a major festival for the Coffs Coast region.  Films have the power to bring together communities when viewed in a cinema, as they were meant to be screened. We believe that a cinema doesn’t necessarily need to have four walls. Screenwave Pop-up Cinema provides indoor and outdoor pop-up cinema services, working with Councils, business leaders, and the community to provide interesting cinema experiences all over the NSW North Coast.

SUNDERANCE FILM FESTIVAL  an American film festival that takes place annually in Utah. With 46,732 attendees in 2012, it is the largest independent film festival in the United States.

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL for nine days in Austin, Texas in March, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSW Film Program to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera.

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL  the world’s best new films come to Sydney every June for 12 days and nights of inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties. Sydney Film Festival takes place at our flagship venue the State Theatre, as well as cinemas in the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Western Sydney and more, screening more than 200 films you won’t usually find in the multiplex. Twelve films are selected for the Official Competition, which celebrates “courageous, audacious and cutting-edge” cinema with a $60,000 cash prize. Sydney Film Festival also presents seven other cash awards over the course of the festival – you can read about them all here.   We also run the Travelling Film Festival year-round, taking the best of international and Australian cinema to 17 regional centres around the country, as well as the Travelling Film Festival at Sea

TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL is a film festival in Telluride, Colorado, U.S., over Labor Day Weekend in September of each year.  It was started in 1974 by Bill and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy, and James Card and the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities.  Founded in 1974 and takes place in September.

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually.  Over the last 40 years, TIFF has grown to become a year-round destination for film culture operating out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a dynamic centre for film culture that offers film lovers a world-class cinema experience including new releases, live one-of-a-kind film events and an interactive gallery.

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL  was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, reportedly in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, although there are reports that its founding was underway prior to the events of 9/11.  The mission of the festival is “to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   was started in 1932, has the longest history among the top 3 film festivals and is held late August.  It was stared as part of the 18th Venice Biennale and has grown since 1950s by introducing many unknown but remarkable Japanese films such as Rashomon directed by Kurosawa Akira. Nowadays, it consists of main competition for world premiere, upstream that is competition for alternative filmmaking with innovation and creativity, new territories for films using new technology, and International Critics’ Week. The principal awards in this film festival are the Leone d’Oro (Golden Lion), which is for the best film screened in main competition, the Leone d’Argento (Silver Lion) for the Best Director, the Jury Grand Prix, which is as renowned as Silver Lion, and the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup), which is awarded to the best actor and actress.

WINDA FILM FESTIVAL  Winda now in it’s second year in 2017, the inaugural Festival last year, curated works by Australian and international Indigenous filmmakers focusing on the theme ‘From the Four Directions’. This year’s Festival will be ‘Celebrating Indigenous Films Under the Milkyway’.   The Wurhu Darhuy Foundation, meaning Our Voices in Yaegl, is a collective of Indigenous filmmakers who strive to create, foster and support opportunities for Indigenous voices to empower, unify, inspire and entertain, through social, economic, innovation and self-sufficiency programs for the advancement of Aborigional cultures, and stories in digital landscapes.

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