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Film Australia is celebrating 60 years of documentary with preview clips online.

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In 1945, the Australian National Film Board was established to produce documentary films and in 1946, Stanley Hawes began work as the first "producer in chief" of what was to become Film Australia.

jtv docs initiative - funding opportunity for documentary producers

ABC TV and the Australian Film Commission (AFC) are calling for proposals from emerging filmmakers who are 35 years and under for their jtv docs initiative. Seeking fresh approaches to half-hour and one-hour documentaries that explore music, ideas, culture and contemporary issues through the eyes of generations X, Y and Z. jtv is an extraordinary new on-air adventure that ABC TV will roll out later this year. A multiplatform, multilayered brand which will exist on the ABC main channel, ABC 2, online and other emerging technologies, jtv will comprise:

# a weekly jtv series on the main ABC channel on Saturday night, taking viewers inside the belly of the beast that is triple j.
# a weekly jtv omnibus on ABC 2 and extensive jtv material available with online components.
# the recently launched jtv live, a performance strand featuring the latest and hottest Australian musical talent doing one-hour sets for television, recorded with a live audience.

read more or visit for more details and to download the application form

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Jan Svankmajer

Jan Svankmajer is described as an 'Alchemist of the Surreal' on the Illuminations website. His work includes films, texts, ceramics, sculptures, collages amongst others, and his animations are widely known as an influence to many film producers.

PES films

PES is a stop-motion animation film director. He also creates clever advertising videos. Visit the site to view some of his films and to read more about him. The 'making of..' movies are interesting to watch!

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The New Zealand Film Archive

The New Zealand Film Archive has three principal functions—to collect, protect and project New Zealand's moving image heritage.

Established in 1981, the Film Archive is an independent charitable trust overseen by a Board of Trustees representing film, archival, Maori and community interests. The Film Archive's constitution (PDF, 76K) and kaupapa (PDF, 76K) express a unique commitment to collect, protect and project New Zealand's film and television history.

MIC - The Moving Image Centre (NZ)

The Moving Image Centre (MIC) promotes a dynamic and growing culture of media-arts practice in Auckland and New Zealand, supporting an environment of innovation, in which fusion of art and technology is developed and nurtured.

_grau | robert seidel | d 2004 | 10:01 min | experimental film / tableaux vivants

_grau is a personal reflection on memories coming up during a car accident, where past events emerge, fuse, erode and finally vanish ethereally. various real sources where distorted, filtered and fitted into a sculptural structure to create not a plain abstract, but a very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds... The living paintings (Tableaux Vivants) of growing structures branch out over 10:01 minutes (a reference to the binary system by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, where he ascribes 1 to god and 0 to the devil) without ever reaching pure black or white respectively. Every element originates from real experiences and is adapted from my sketches, my own body fragments or scientific visualization methods. For example the first, still colored seconds are the prismatic halos of the collision fading into gray ("grau" in german)... The musical framework connects the memories born out of the dramatic moment to clusters. These are unleashed from the image flux partially - to ease the desired, free associations of the beholder... The Kunst Film Biennale judges assigned the movie _grau by robert seidel an honorary award at KunstFilmBiennale 2004, because of the technological mastership which is used to show never seen phenomena in the borderland of science and aesthetics. director, producer, animator: robert seidel. music: heiko tippelt, philipp hirsch. visit for more details or to download the video or purchase the dvd

No Border No Boundaries Photo Art Exhibition & Workshop

This is a unique opportunity for practicing camera artists, senior level photography students, teachers, recent graduates and those with an established body of camera based work to gain first hand insight into up to the minute international currents in the art and project based photography world. The exhibition and workshop will be held at AUT University, School of Art and Design, January 19, 20, 21st 2006


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