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Short Documentaries: What opportunities exist?  May 2017 

What opportunities exist for short documentary story-telling in Australia? Where can you get funding? What are the options for different formats, distribution, festivals and online streaming? Short documentaries exist in a variety of formats, and a variety of platforms – from online to the big screen. They are a discrete form of story-telling, self-contained, have a unique subject and say something about the world. Short documentaries give emerging filmmakers a chance to develop their storytelling skills, and work with strong creative teams. They are often a stepping stone to make longer films –television, feature documentary or drama.

Featuring panelists:
Bronwyn Kidd, director of Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. 
David Rokach, director of Antenna Documentary Festival
Jo Chichester, Executive Producer. Executive Producer. ABC TV Arts. 
Jessica Douglas-Henry, Series Producer, Compass ABC Arts
Bethany Bruce, story producer & recipient of Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund.
Also featuring an interview with Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentaries, The Guardian.
Chaired by Tom Zubrycki, an award-winning Documentary Filmmaker.

 


Presented by OzDox and WIFT (Women in Film and Television) and chaired by Gillian Leahy. Screen NSW led the way with new initiatives to get more women into roles in government supported films, and Grainne Brunsdon was actively involved in that initiative as Head of Strategy and Industry Development. Deb Verhoeven, Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University, is outspoken on the topic, backed by fascinating research. Australian Directors Guild President and feature film director Samantha Lang has been involved in pressing for change at Screen Australia, which has recently announced new measures. President of WIFT and writer/director Sophie Mathisen has used direct action, such as the ‘sausage’ protest at the AACTA Awards. What progress has been made? What more can be done?


Science Documentaries – Spin Coherence & Decoherence. August 2016

OzDox in partnership with Sydney Science Festival presents: How to MAKE A QUANTUM COMPUTER… and a GREAT SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY. Moderated by Ruth Hessey, award-winning filmmakers Sonya Pemberton (Jabbed), Isabel Perez (Redesign My Brain) and Peter Rees (Mythbusters) join renowned Australian Scientists Prof Andrea Morello and Prof Darren Curnoe to discuss how to craft entertaining stories out of highly technical, scientific information. Convened by Randall Woods.


‘Listen Up’ A Masterclass in Documentary Sound. July 2016

A must for practising and aspiring filmmakers, this unique session convened by Rod Freedman and Leo Sullivan, showcases new sound recording technologies and essential practical advice from four award-winning experts.

Oscar winning sound editor and mixer David White (Mad Max Fury Road) reveals the consequences of poor sound for post production and solutions. With clips of challenging situations, sound recordists Leo Sullivan and Philip Myers present practical issues for crews and techniques for capturing good location sound. Lemac’s audio specialist, Ross Boyer demonstrates new generation technologies and equipment from his toyshop.

With thanks to Lemac for providing all the sound equipment.


Case Studies in Collaborative Documentary. May 2016 

Chaired by Rowena Potts, media practitioners from documentary, anthropology and the collaborative arts discuss the intricacies of collaborative documentary filmmaking. Featuring Mike Rubbo, (All About Olive, Much Ado About Something), Phillip Crawford (HURT, Knot At Home series, Rites of Passage), Willi Lempert and Liz Thompson (Sharing Our Stories, The Last Magician,Breaking Bows and Arrows, Cave In The Snow). 


 Impact Producing & Traditional Distribution. April 2016

What is an impact strategy? What is this new buzz about? What is an impact campaign? How is it different for producers? How do you maximise audience reach and inspire people to act? How does it all fit in this new era of social impact documentary? Dr Mitzi Goldman (Documentary Australia Foundation) in conversation with Paul Weigard (Madman Entertainment) and Dr Andrew Pike (Ronin Films). 


The Silences – Margot Nash in Conversation with Jenni Thornley. March 2016

Although we couldn’t stream the film, we recorded the post screening conversation and Q&A. The Silences is a personal essay documentary about the tangled bonds, secret histories and unspoken traumas of family life, that stretches from New Zealand to the Australian suburbs. It is an exploration of early childhood and the “silences” of the past that resonate in the present.  It draws upon a wealth of photographs, letters, oral histories, documentary footage and clips from the filmmaker’s previous work. It unfolds a mother’s story of lost opportunities, lost love and grief; a father’s story of work, mental illness and war; and a daughter’s story of trying to piece together a more complex picture of the confusing ties of love, loss and kinship between a mother and daughter. 


Shooting for the Editor, a Tribute to Tony Wilson ACS. February 2016 

A Masterclass of documentary cinematography curated by Tony’s longtime collaborator, Leo Sullivan, and chaired by Rod Freedman. With his signature storytelling approach, Tony Wilson ACS has a body of work spanning many Australian and International award-winning documentaries. His feature film work has been shown in Une Certain Regard at Cannes. Tony’s long association with many of Australia’s top documentary directors made extensive use of his legendary observational skills. What made his work so special?

In this OzDox forum, Bob Connolly, Kerry Brewster, Andrew Arestides, Curtis Levy, Tim Clark, Kay Pavlou and Mark Gould dissect their favourite ‘Wilson’ sequences.


 Preserving Your Films in the Digital Age. November 2015.

As documentary filmmakers, it’s important for us to think about the future of the audiovisual material that we generate, the life span of the existing audiovisual material that we might use in our work, and the complexity of the archival film as a cultural, historical and environmental resource.  Join OzDox for an exciting forum with documentary filmmakers, preservation specialists and experts from Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive, including: Jeni Thornley, Michael Loebenstein, Mark Stewart-Pearson and Sophia Marinos. Chaired by Rowena Potts. Co-produced by Frank Shields.


 

Observational Documentary – Probing The Public, Unlocking The Private, September 2015

Ob-docs are becoming a lost art, and the special challenges they present are not fully understood or appreciated. OzDox called out for ob-doc projects in production, and the selected filmmakers had the opportunity to pitch to a panel of experienced practitioners made up of Tom Zubrycki, Bob Connolly and Pat Fiske, who interrogated their ideas and methods, and answered questions.

The panelists started by taking the audience through one each of their well known ob-doc projects: Facing the Music (Connolly), Love and Marriage in Kabul (Fiske) and Molly & Mobarak (Zubrycki).

The film makers chosen to pitch their projects were:
Kim Beamish‘Oyster’                                              http://www.oysterfilm.com
Eleanor Gilbert‘Treaty Time (working title)     https://vimeo.com/user1605040/videos’
Claire Evans & Jack Yabsley‘Kings of Baxter’   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYVBj…
Margaret McHugh pitched her film ‘I hate you for other reasons’ but approval to screen the clip on Youtube was not obtained, so she does not feature in this video.
Event produced by Rowena Potts and Tom Zubrycki.


 Black is the new Orange – Telling Indigenous stories. Aug 2015

Moderator Georgie McClean explores a wide range of topics with Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia; Sam Griffin, investment manager in the documentary unit of Screen Australia; producer and director Dena Curtis;  writer, producer and actor Trisha Morton-Thomas; producer Darren Dale, producer and executive producer Rachel Clements and series producer and director Jacob Hickey.


The Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking. July 2015.

Four filmmakers show clips and reveal the ethical issues raised by their films, exploring the pitfalls and responsibilities. How do you approach the process? Can you predict the effects of a film on the subjects’ lives? What pressures are you under from broadcasters? How do you deal with the unexpected?

Chaired by Rod Freedman, the panel includes Marc Radomsky (Struggle Street and Outback Kids), Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa, Living The End and Solo), Blue Lucine (Forced Out, A Thousand Suns) and Rebecca Barry (I Am A Girl – Aziza’s Story). 


Crowdfunding Your Documentary. May 2015

Ruth Hessey moderates a crowdfunding Masterclass with:
– New York filmmaker Cheryl Furjanic (http://www.cherylfurjanic.com) on Back on Board
Dr Phoebe Hart live from Queensland on HANDBAG and more
Anna Cater on Rites of Passage (http://www.pozible.com/project/12400)
Pat Fiske on When The Camera Stopped Rolling (http://www.documentaryaustralia.com.a…)
Nicole O’Donohue on The Last Impresario
Sarah Linton and Aaron Petersen on Zach’s Ceremony (http://www.zachsceremony.com/teaser.html) and
– New York filmmakers Carlo Velayo with Jessica Thompson on The Light of the Moon. 


 GOOD PITCH² Briefing. Feb 2015

GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA connects the world’s best social impact films with new allies and partners, bringing together documentary filmmakers with foundations, not-for-profits, campaigners, philanthropists, policy-makers, brands, educators, broadcasters and media to forge powerful alliances around ground breaking films that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. Find out more at http://goodpitch2australia.com.au

Mitzi Goldman (CEO of DAF) and Malinda Wink (Executive Director of Good Pitch2 Australia), present the session, showing clips and answering audience questions. Producer/Director Madeleine Hetherton joins them, with the perspective of a past participant.


The Essay and the Poetic Documentary. Nov 2014

Why might you use the Essay or Poetic forms of Documentary? What does this form offer the filmmaker? What do these films offer audiences? How can these films be made? Are there any rules?

Chaired by Associate Professor Gillian Leahy (My Life Without Steve, Baxter and Me), alongside Ben Tyler – film student (Going Home), who shows that you can make a very short evocative essay film; Dr Hart Cohen – Associate Professor, Director Research, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, UWS (Mr Strehlow’s Films) who explains where it all began with Chris Marker and Sans Soleil, and Dr Bettina Frankham – lecturer, UTS (How Many Ways To Say You), who explores the poetic and  how it is now expressing itself in new online forms of documentary.


Camera Dreaming : Still : Moving: Documentary Cinematography Now. October 2014

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR DREAM CAMERA? How does a given camera stack up once you take it out of the showroom? Well, as always, that depends on you, your preferences and what you set out to do. This session showcases the latest offerings and how filmmakers are using them.

Hosted by Erika Addis, with panellists Michael Latham, Ben Allan ACS and Pieter de Vries ACS. Cameras on displayed on the night include: Arri Amira, Blackmagic URSA, Sony A7s, Canon C500, Sony FS7 & Panasonic GH4. Stefan Sedlmeier from Arri Australia, Paul Stewart from Canon Pro Motion Imaging, and Nick Buchner from Sony also discuss their latest technological offerings.


Post Production Pathways: The Age Of Big Data.  September 2014.

A session with editors and post production specialists to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly world we find ourselves in, the wonderful opportunities this new technology can offer and the need to reawaken some of the disciplines of the past.

Chaired by Tom Zubrycki, the panel includes post-production tech guru Mark Stewart-Pearson, online editor Roen Davis, and editors Andrea Lang, Andrew Arestides, and Karen Johnson


Maestros of the Archive : The Art of Archival Documentary. August 2014.

Gathering, manipulating and presenting archival material is an art form. Through archival film making, a seasoned story teller can tap into our nostalgic tendencies, our memories and collective subconscious with precision and eloquence. This session showcases leading documentary Directors and Producers who specialise in the creative use of archival material. Their work represents the gamut of archival documentary film making, from entertaining to immersive, historic to academic.

Conceived by Brendan Palmer and moderated by Ruth Hessey, the Maestros are: Paul Clarke (Bombora – The Story Of Australian Surfing, Wide Open Road – The Story Of Cars in Australia,Lillian Roxon – Mother of Rock,Whitlam – The Power & The Passion), Shane McNeil 
(Girt By Sea), Jeni Thornley (Maidens, To the Other Shore, For Love or Money), Nicole O’Donohue (Griff The Invisible, The Last Impresario).  


Documentary Film Festival Secrets & Strategies. July 2014.

Moderated by Pat Fiske and Julia Overton, this informative OzDox session explores the BEST FILM FESTIVAL STRATEGY with Jenny Neighbour (Programs Manager, Documentary Programmer, Sydney Film Festival), Matt Ravier (director, Possible Worlds Festival of American and Canadian Cinema), David Rokach (director of the Antenna Documentary Film Festival) & Dale Fairbairn (Marketing Manager, Industry & Markets, Screen Australia).

This discussion delves into why festivals matter, the multitude of release strategies to consider for your doco, taking into account your goals for festival release, when to submit, which festivals to apply for and in what order, making the most out of festivals (and their markets), attracting distributors and when they should become involved in the film, specialty film festivals, using resources at hand and what not to do. 


Australian Adventure Documentary. May 2014.

Featuring adventure documentary pioneer Michael Dillon AM, Jennifer Peedom, Justin Jones from Cas and Jonesy, Storm Surfers 3D Marcus Gillezeau and The Crossing’s Julian Harvey & Clark Carter. Hosted by Frank Shields and produced by Frank Shields, Brendan Toole & Brendan Palmer.

In the spirit of things going wrong, parts of this session’s footage have been lost. These included Frank Shields, Jen Peedom and Michael Dillon’s presentations. However, Michael Dillon spoke the next day to Cinematography students at AFTRS, and this footage has been included. Jennifer Peedom speaks at another OzDox event here: https://youtu.be/eqDcTUki0hM?t=30m12s


Immersive Documentary – ACO Virtual. April 2014. 

ACO Virtual is a world first interactive experience that lets the audience take control and play with 13 musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Michela Ledwidge and Mish Sparks are MOD Productions and take us through the history, production and the pioneering technology used to create the 360° cinema experience that is ACO Virtual. Chaired by Ruth Cullen.


 David MacDougall in Conversation with Rod Freedman – Ethnographic Documentary. September 2013.

Veteran ethnographic filmmaker David MacDougall in conversation with Rod Freedman, discusses the role of ethnographic films in the broader context of documentary and shows excerpts from some of his latest films.


Lights, Camera… Action! Making and using films for social change: what works?  July 2013.

Chaired by Ruth HesseyAlex Kelly, an Alice Springs filmmaker, activist and producer with Big hART, presents thoughts from her recent Churchill Fellowship study of Social Issue Documentary Outreach and Impact Campaigns in the UK and the US. She shows excerpts of some remarkable films and discusses their success (or failure) in supporting and generating campaigns for social impact. She has gathered evidence from filmmakers, outreach and impact producers, funders, NGOs and social change campaigners.