Radio Australia – Films bring the stories of Solomon Islands to a world audience

Posted by Isabelle Genoux on November 25, 2013

Film-makers from Solomon Islands have been sharing their perspective on storytelling at Aperture, Melbourne’s first Asia Pacific ethnographic documentary film Festival.”

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And the Award goes to…

The Awesome Award goes to "Stori Tumbuna"

The APERTURE Awesome Award goes to “Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales” by Paul Wolffram

Congratulation to Paul Wolffram, the director of “Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales” for winning the Awesome Award! Stori Tumbuna was selected for its innovative approach to ethnographic films and as the winner, Paul received $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation Melbourne. Unfortunately, Paul wasn’t able to attend the inaugural APERTURE Festival in Melbourne to receive the Award in person but he sent us a video message that we played to the audience on the Closing night on Sat, Nov 23rd. We’re glad to hear that the grant will support his return to Papua New Guinea to complete the third film in the Lak trilogy. Watch Paul’s video below.

Also congratulation to “Monk by Blood” directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki for winning the People’s Choice Award. It’s a beautiful story of young Scion who is caught between East and West, and between his family’s traditions and a globalizing world.

The People's Choice Award goes to "Monk by Blood"

The APERTURE People’s Choice Award goes to “Monk by Blood” by Ema Ryan Yamazaki

We wish both winners the best for their next film projects! And we look forward to see them in the future APERTURE!

2013 It’s a Wrap!

We had a successful 3 days of the festival watching all of our documentary selections, chatting with friends and taking time to think differently about the world around us! We would like to thank all the people that have helped us make this possible especially those that have contributed to our Pozible campaign. Our entire team volunteered their time for this Festival and so being able to receive some funding to help with promotional materials and for our networking party was fantastic! We are so thankful!

A big thank you goes to the entire APERTURE Festival team. WE DID IT GUYS!

Till next time. If you didn’t get a chance to join us this year, keep an eye out for us next time and join a community that loves ethnographic visual imagery and documentaries. For those that did come to APERTURE Festival we hope you had a great a time as we did.

It’s a Wrap!

Check out our 2013 Festival Photo Gallery.

Australia Network News – Ethnographic Films

Posted by Sajithra Nithi on November 22, 2013

The world’s first ethnographic film festival to focus on the Asia Pacific region, Aperture, has opened in Melbourne.

Watch the news:

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Radio Australia – Aperture film festival underway in Melbourne

Posted by Isabelle Genoux on November 21, 2013

Today in Melbourne the inaugural Aperture Festival, the first Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival has launched. The three-day free event aims to promote ethnographic documentary films about the Asia Pacific region and to create avenues for regional filmmakers. Festival Director, Erminia Colucci, a documentary filmmaker herself, hopes the Festival will also pave the way for greater cultural connections between Australia and the Asia Pacific region.”

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The Culture Trip – Aperture Festival 2013: The Best Documentaries Exploring the Asia Pacific Region

Posted by Andrew Kingsford-Smith

Shining a light on both the cultures of the Asia Pacific region and the filmmakers who work in these countries, Aperture Festival is an exciting new ethnographic documentary film festival that will be held in Melbourne from the the 21st to the 23rd of November 2013. We recommend ten outstanding films from the festival’s official selection.

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The Weekly Review – Donvale filmmaker gets a screening at new festival

Posted by Elliot Burns on November 15, 2013

Donvale resident David Fedele is a one-man production team. Inspired by cultural experiences and exploration, his documentaries focus on human rights and environmental issues. “At the moment I fund, produce, direct, film and edit my own films,” Mr Fedele said. “I want to make films that go beyond the stereotype and the cliché, to show the human side of these stories.”

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