FASHFEST shouts out to filmmakers

Canfan 7 August 2016

1_David Boden

FASHFEST has always been more than a red-carpet fashion event. It has always billed itself as a ‘fashion experience’ because each show is so much more than a collection of new garments by fashion designers. It is about so many creative elements, including sound, lighting, interior design, hair, makeup, DJs and live music, and original short films.

The call has just gone out for creative filmmakers to apply to conceive and direct six original short films to reflect the six themes of FASHFEST 2016.

It’s an exciting opportunity for filmmakers to create an original piece of work and showcase it to a diverse and large audience (with national and international, as well as local guests and VIPS attending FASHFEST).

Each film must link a FASHFEST theme direct to Canberra and inspire guests to see the capital in a new way. They must also feature, in their film, a music track provided by one of the official musicians selected this year for FASHFEST.

Filmmakers are being challenge to push boundaries and applications will be judged on their strength and originality of concept, interpretation of theme, and talent of the filmmaking team.

The themes have not been publicly announced but will be given in confidence to any filmmaker who applies. Filmmakers from Canberra, our region and beyond are welcome to submit an application, although preference will be given to talent operating in this region.

Here is the deal:

  • All filmmakers in Australia welcome to apply—new this year (last year, filmmakers were hand piked).
  • Selected filmmakers will receive $1,000 cash by FASHFEST to support production—new this year.
  • The ACT Screen Industry Association is supporting the initiative by providing public liability insurance as well as a year’s membership (valued at $550)—new this year.
  • Catering required during shooting is covered by Fresh2Go (CIT Student Association)—new this year as an across-the-board service.
  • Award-winning Georgina Jenkins, Creative Producer of Film for FASHFEST, and award-winning Robb Shaw-Velzen, ACS, Creative Director of Film for FASHFEST, will lend guidance and support. Georgina and Robb are co-founders of By George Studios, which is a major FASHFEST sponsor. Their bios are on the FASHFEST website.
  • Filmmakers must be over 18 years of age.

Applications close Monday 18 July.

Photo – 2015 Fashfest short film ‘The Activist’ directed by Nicky Tyndale-Biscoe

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