Blue Shorts Film Festival 2019

About Blue Shorts

Blue Shorts is currently the only short film festival in the Blue Mountains that is open to the whole community and 2019 will mark its fourth year.

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

Blue Shorts is a short film festival held in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Entrants accepted from residents from Lithgow to Lapstone, Blue Shorts celebrates Blue Mountains stories and storytellers and is a celebration of local creativity and community. Filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to submit short films – from young and emerging filmmakers to the many pros we have in the area. We are looking for short films 7 minutes and under in any genre and style (*films in 12 years and under category need to be 2 mins or less*). We are ready to take your entries now! The closing date is 22 March 2019.

The festival screenings will be held on 4-May 2019 at the beautiful Mount Vic Flicks with an awards presentation after the screenings.

**NOTE** this festival is not listed publicly on the FilmFreeway so cannot be found by searching the FilmFreeway listings. Once you have created your project and uploaded your film, please go to https://filmfreeway.com/BlueShorts in order to submit your entry to Blue Shorts.

Blue Shorts is brought to you in partnership with Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, Mount Vic Flicks and Local Film Makers with support this year from Sydney Water. We will be running an animation workshop on the theme of water for children and young people ages 8-14 in the upcoming weeks. Contact 0438 099 081 for more information.

Awards & Prizes

Best Film Best Film with Water Theme (12 and under – * 2 minutes or less*) Best Youth Film (12 and under – * 2 minutes or less*)

Best Youth Film (Aged 13-18) People’s Choice Award x 2 Best Family Made Movie Best Comedy Best Story Best Animation Best Music Video Best Documentary Best Dramatic Film Best Cinematography Best Sound Best Edit Best Special Effects

Did you know we were one of the lucky recipients of the @SydneyWater community grants program? With Sydney Water’s support we’ve been able to implement this years festival and workshops. #sydneywater #communitygrants

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 a free 2 hour workshop to give you some ideas to get you started.
Workshop Information – Suggested for children aged 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.
TO BOOK
This workshop is free of charge but bookings are ESSENTIAL as places are limited
Contact Jo on 0438 099 081 for more information
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.