Blue Shorts Film Festival Program 2017/2018

Blue-Shorts

About Blue Shorts

Blue Shorts is currently the only short film festival in the Blue Mountains that is open to the whole community and 2018 will mark its third year.

Blue Shorts is organised on a voluntary basis by local people who are passionate about film and the local community.

Applications:

Applications will only be taken from people whose film is either MADE on location between Lapstone and Lithgow or if the film maker/s RESIDE between the same areas.

Film entry lengths are restricted by category as follows:

* General:     7 mins or less

* Youth(13-18):     7 mins or less

* Youth(under 13):     2 mins or less

 

Entries are being accepted online at

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BlueShorts

 

The closing date and time is 5pm on March 31st 2018.

Finalists’ films will be shown at Mount Vic Flicks on Sat 19th May 2018

 

Film Freeway:

Films can be submitted to Film Freeway via Vimeo or Youtube, or uploaded directly to their servers. For direct uploads Film Freeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. They transcode videos for playback compatibility and performance and recommend that you use settings close to their output settings:

  • Maximum video bitrate: 2200 Kbps, H. 264, mp4
  • Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
  • Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 720 pixels.

You can find additional assistance on Film Freeway at https://filmfreeway.com/help

Make sure that you scroll right to the end of the application form and click on SUBMIT for your entry to go through.

Contact Jo at BANC on 0438 099 081 or BlueShortsFilmFestival@gmail.com if you have any questions about Blue Shorts.

 

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

 

INTRODUCTION TO STOP-MOTION ANIMATION FILM-MAKING

 

Have a great idea for an animation but have no idea how to make it?

 

Here we have 2 x 2 hour workshops to give you some ideas to get you started.

 

Workshop 1 – Animation for children 7-12:

 

  • Make a simple diorama and a figure to animate with.
  • You can also bring your own figurines
  • Advised to bring a device (phone/ tablet) with Stop Motion app uploaded
  • You MUST come with a parent/ carer.

 

Workshop 2 – Animation for children/ young people 13-18:

 

  • Make a simple diorama and figure or bring your own with you
  • Learn some tricks of the trade to bring your animation to life!
  • Advised to bring a device (phone/ tablet) with Stop Motion app uploaded

 

TO BOOK

These workshops will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017 at the Senior’s Dining Room (next to Big Beet), Katoomba.

Workshop 1 will run from 10am – 12 noon                  Workshop 2 will run from 1pm – 3pm 

Bookings are ESSENTIAL as places are limited

COST IS $10 per child (accompanying adults are free)  and young person  – pay at the door

Contact Jo on 0438 099 081

 

ABOUT THE TUTOR

 

Norman Yeend has been creating professional models for display and television since 1991, however his love of miniatures and, in particular stop-motion animation, go further back. (He made his first stop-motion films on Super 8 at age 14.) His skills in model-making, illustration and animation have seen him work on  a variety of projects including television series, commercials, music videos, feature films and documentaries, as well as various museum and theme park displays.

 

In 1993 he co-wrote, directed and animated the ABC/Film Australia funded documentary, Muttaburrasaurus; Life in Gondwana, which featured an abundance of Australian (stop-motion) dinosaurs. The film was shown on Australian television several times and not only received wide cinema release as support to a Spielberg produced cartoon feature, it was also nominated for an AFI award.

 

Over the years Norman has directed numerous television commercials for a number of top international and domestic agencies, picking up many awards along the way including at Cannes and New York.

 

Norman has taught many stop-motion workshops including at AFTRS (Aust. Film, Television & Radio School) UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) and the Design Centre at Enmore.

 

As well as stop-motion animation, Norman also utilises puppets to bring scripts to life and create imaginative and memorable characters and stories.

 

INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY FILM-MAKING

 

Have a great idea for a documentary but have no idea how to make it?

 

This two hour workshop will give you the fundamental building blocks you’ll need to turn your idea into a film.

 

THE WORKSHOP WILL COVER:

 

The wide world of documentary – from classic BBC style documentaries to documentary hybrids

 

The stages involved to take your initial idea into a finished film

 

Writing a shooting script

 

What makes someone “good” talent

 

The art of the interview

 

Basic camera and editing techniques – from shooting on mobile phones to high end cameras

 

Marketing your film

 

TO BOOK

 

This workshop will take place on Saturday 25th November 2017 at the Senior’s Lounge (next to the old Katoomba Library), Katoomba, from 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
This workshop is aimed at 14 years – adult

Bookings are ESSENTIAL.                                                                                              Contact Jo on 0438 099 081

Cost of workshop is $10 – pay at the door

 

 

ABOUT THE TUTOR

 

Claire Absolum is a directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television & Radio School and a former producer at SBS TV. For over a decade Claire worked on 30 documentary or factual productions spanning everything from social documentary to historical reality tv to live current affairs. These programs screened nationally as well as around the world on channels such as the ABC, SBS, Channel Four UK, Sundance Channel US, History Channel, RTE Ireland, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

 

In 2013 Claire produced a program for SBS and NITV on the Northern Territory Intervention which was presented by Stan Grant and was nominated for two Walkley awards.

 

To see Claire’s recent works go to:

https://claire-absolum.squarespace.com.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPT WRITING 

 

Have a great idea for a screenplay but would like some tips?

 

This two hour workshop will give you the fundamental building blocks you’ll need to turn your idea into a short film.

 

THE WORKSHOP WILL COVER:

 

The workshops will cover how a protagonist changes with an introduction to the three act structure.

 

The content of the workshop will be like a three act structure too.

 

Act One – You will pitch an idea for your short film.

Act Two – You will be introduced to transformative protagonists and the three act structure.

Act Three – You will apply the concepts and pitch a new version of your short film idea.

 

 

TO BOOK

 

This workshop will take place on Saturday 25th November 2017 at the Senior’s Lounge (next to the old Katoomba Library), Katoomba, from 3.00pm – 5.00pm.
This workshop is aimed at 14 years – adult

Bookings are ESSENTIAL.                                                                                              Contact Jo on 0438 099 081

Cost of workshop is $10 – pay at the door

 

 

ABOUT THE TUTOR

 

Stephen Davis is an AFI nominated writer with five feature film credits; City Loop (2000), Blurred (2002), Monkey Puzzle (2008) The Reef (2010) and Drown (2016) – which he also produced. His work has played at the Toronto, Tokyo, Sydney and Cannes film festivals.

 

He is a bestselling playwright with six published works for Playlab Press (A Very Black Comedy Indeed, Juice, Blurred, and Tranzitions, Rites of Passage Trilogy, Wet Dogs) and one with Hawker Brownlow (Burnt).

His Television credits include Neighbours (Channel 10), Spirited (W Channel),Blinky Bill’s Big Adventure and Fairy Tale Police Department (Yoram Gross), Crash Palace (Fox), Aquabats (Disney/FoxLos Angeles), Pixel Pinkie, Hoota and Snoz, Mormal, Buzz Bumble and Dog and Cat News (Blue Rocket/Channel 9.) Pirate Islands (Jonathan M Shiff)

Stephen is currently a lecturer in Screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.