Tropfest 2012 is now open for short film entries

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

Tropfest 2012

Entries are now open for next year’s Tropfest short film festival. Entries in the 2012 event, which also marks the festival’s twentieth year, need to include a light bulb as the “signature item”, an object that must somehow feature in each production.

Aspiring young filmmakers aged 15 and under also have the opportunity to get involved in a separate contest, where the signature item is juice. Submissions for both events close on Thursday, 5 January, 2012 with the festival taking place on Sunday, 19 February, 2012.

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Sydney Underground Film Festival, 8-11 September 2011

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Sydney Underground Film Festival

The fifth annual Sydney Underground Film Festival opens on Thursday, 8 September, 2011 and features 100 short and 21 full length films, which will screen at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, Sydney.

Running for four days, the festival will showcase a diverse range of edgy, unconventional, and sometimes diabolical Australian and international films. The festival opens on Thursday evening with the Sydney premiere of US director James Gunn’s latest feature Super, which stars Ellen Page, Rainn Wilson, and Liv Tyler.

For more details, plus the full festival program, check out the Sydney Underground Film Festival website.

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The 6th Canadian Film Festival, Sydney, 8-14 August 2011

Friday, 5 August, 2011

6th Canadian Film Festival poster

The 6th Canadian Film Festival gets under way in Sydney from Sunday, 8 August, 2011. All up more than 20 Canadian made productions will screen over the week long event. Last year’s festival was a blast (quite literally) so I’m looking forward to doing all again this year.

For more information also check out the festival’s Facebook page.

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Urban Shorts Film Festival 2011, Ritz Cinema, Randwick, Sydney

Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Following on from this year’s Australian Film Festival, the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, Sydney, will be hosting the 2011 Urban Arts Youth Week Short Film Festival, aka Urban Shorts, on Monday, 4 April, 2011 at 6pm.

Urban Shorts is a selection of short films made by people aged between 12 and 25 who live in the Randwick area of Sydney.

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The Spot Festival, The Spot, Randwick, Sydney, 13 March 2011

Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

The Spot Festival, an afternoon of food, music, and film, takes place on the temporarily closed-to-traffic streets of The Spot, St Pauls Street and Perouse Road, Randwick, Sydney on Sunday, 13 March, 2011 from 1 to 7pm.

The Festival is also the concluding event of the second annual Australian Film Festival (which kicks off today by the way), and includes this year’s Australian Film Walk of Fame induction ceremony at 6pm, plus the Australian Short Film Festival, at 7pm at the Ritz Cinema.

Check out a few photos I took at last year’s event, and also my text version of Film Festival screenings and times.

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The Australian Surf Movie Festival 2011, Ritz Cinema, Randwick

Monday, 31 January, 2011

This one crept up on me, the Australian Surf Movie Festival is on now until early March at locations across Australia, and makes a stop at my film HQ, the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, on Thursday, 3 February, 2011 from 6 to 9pm.

Check out the Ritz’s Facebook page for more details on Thursday’s screenings.

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The Australian Film Festival 2011, Ritz Cinema, Sydney

Friday, 21 January, 2011

Australian film aficionados listen up… the Australian Film Festival is returning for 2011. Taking place primarily at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, Sydney, from 2 to 13 March, the festival aims to showcase the very best of local mainstream and independent film.

This year Australian actors Gary Sweet, Sigrid Thornton, and Jack Thompson will be inducted onto the Australian Film Walk of Fame (a personal highlight of last year’s proceedings…), which is also the concluding event of the festival.

2010 was a blast, so it goes without saying I’m looking forward this year’s event.

Stay tuned for more details.

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The Bondi Short Film Festival 2010, Bondi Pavillion, Sydney

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Bondi Short Film Festival poster

Some late news to hand… the tenth Bondi Short Film Festival – which gives amateur filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their skills – is on this Saturday, 27 November, 2010 from 2pm, at Bondi Pavillion, Bondi beach, Sydney.

There were over 200 entries for this year’s event, and the work of the festival’s fourteen finalists – who are competing in seven prize categories – will be screened on Saturday afternoon:

  • “Pop”, directed by Tobias Andersson
  • “Scruples”, directed by Adrian Powers
  • “Minnie Loves Junior”, directed by Andy Mullins
  • “Painful Bliss”, directed by Caitlin O’Connor
  • “Third & Fourth”, directed by Alex Barnes
  • “Eskimo Kiss”, directed by Dustin Deneley
  • “Permanence”, directed by Ko Eto
  • “Zero”, directed by Christopher Kezelos
  • “MAD”, directed by Meryl Tankard
  • “Lillie”, directed by David Joshua Ford
  • “Shiny Thing”, directed by Lisa Gloufchis
  • “The Time We Are Given”, directed by Timothy Baker
  • “Happenstance”, directed by John Marsh
  • “The Tragedy of Gerald Berdmen”, directed by Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey

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“The Taint” pass giveaway, Sydney Underground Film Festival

Thursday, 26 August, 2010

Sydney Underground Film Festival logo

The fourth annual Sydney Underground Film Festival takes place at the Factory Theatre, in Marrickville, Sydney, from Thursday, 9 September, through to Saturday 11 September.

Aiming to promote independent and experimental film, while also nurturing an alternative film culture, the festival will screen 89 films from ten countries including Australia, that take an unique and unconventional approach to filmmaking. In addition to screening ten full length features, seven of which will be Australian premieres, 79 short films will also be shown.

UPDATE: this giveaway has now closed, thanks for your interest.

In conjunction with the Sydney Underground Film Festival and Kabuku PR, I have a double pass to giveaway to the Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson production, The Taint, which is “a satirical horror-comedy that seeks to expose the misogynistic nature of many Hollywood and Independent films, by being one of the most misogynistic films of all time.”

To go the draw for a double pass to “The Taint”, which screens on Friday, 10 September, at 9:30pm, at the Factory Theatre, please send me an email with “The Taint” in the subject line.

I will draw a winner early next week and arrange for the pass to be forwarded on. One entry per person please (sorry, you must be residing in Australia to take part).

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Show-Fest International film festival 2010, Ritz Cinema, Sydney

Tuesday, 3 August, 2010

The seventh annual Show-Fest International film festival takes place at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, Sydney, on Monday, 16 August, 2010 at 6pm, and features eight Australian and internationally made films, that range from three to eighteen minutes in length:

The winner of the festival’s “Best Film” and “Audience Choice Award” will be announced at the after party following the screening of the films… for more details check the Ritz Cinema’s festival page.

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