If Robert Morgan’s work was an ice cream, it would be a gut wrenching mix of maggot infested meat, vile vein-y fleshy filth, clipped toenail sprinkles, and a generous squeeze of dark humor. I discovered Rob’s work about five years ago when watching his animation, The Cat with Hands, and was blown away by his [...]
In the age of fast-forward, short film is entertainment by the minute. For shortfilm buffs and filmmakers, World of Shorts magazine puts the answers in all the right places: which festivals to watch out for, what are the tendencies in today’s shortfilm landscape, interviews, workshops, film funding and sales). The number issue of World of Shorts also showcases the shortfilm events from the Sarajevo Film Festival, the South Central European film hotspot of the summer.
Don Hertzfeldt made a name for himself making subversively funny and crude little animations in the late ’90s. His more recent work is more emotionally affecting and narratively complex, and he has developed some amazing techniques using pinholes in construction paper to create beautiful, atmospheric, multi-panel sequences. Nothing beats his 2000 short film Rejected in [...]
Now occurring in seventeen venues around the world, the Bicycle Film Festival certainly has its wheels turning and is well placed to ride into the future. Apologies for the terrible cliché. Anyway, the festival runs in Melbourne from Friday, Nov 21 until Sunday, Nov 23. There are seven programs of mixed films from around the world and bicycles are the only common theme.
The idea is simple: ‘The One80Project is a national competition inviting anyone with a good idea for an hour long drama to submit a 180 second pilot and an accompanying treatment. This is then judged by an expert panel of industry specialists to ultimately be produced and aired on MTV in Australia, online and on [...]
Film Festivals are the antidote to mainstream cinema. Gone are the predictable plotlines, thirty minutes of previews and superstar actors. Instead, there is real variety and undiscovered talent throughout the categories that include the official competition, world cinema, Australian films, documentaries, shorts and others. Inspiring, insightful and confronting, these films attack many contemporary issues head-on. While some of the features can be somewhat questionable in quality or indecipherable, the Sydney International Film Festival, which runs until June 22, features films that each push some boundary or are in some way revolutionary. Here are some highlights so far.