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.

APERTURE Festival 2013 – Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

Last November 7, Typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name: Yolanda) struck the Central Philippines, causing unprecedented damage and affecting approximately 13 million people. The UN places the current death toll from the typhoon at 4,200 and is still rising as lines of communication and transport routes are slowly restored. International aid organisations and governments together with the Philippine government and people are now heavily involved in ongoing disaster relief operations to provide food, shelter, treatment and other necessities to help the typhoon’s survivors.

The APERTURE Festival Team would like to show our support to the Filipino people by finding ways to help in these trying times. We’ve decided to partner with the Philippine Psychiatric Association, which is in the process of mobilizing health professionals to provide psycho-social support to the typhoon’s survivors. In the spirit of unity, we are appealing to you for any donations for the typhoon’s survivors.

The APERTURE Festival Team will be collecting donations on our Opening Day – Thursday, November 21 2013. Alternatively, donations can be made through a Paypal account (linked below) that we’ve set up specifically for this cause. Thank you.


There’s lots to do and see at APERTURE Fest!

Did you know that APERTURE Festival is divided into 4 different programs?

1. Special Program

The Special Program involves invited internationalScreen shot 2013-11-10 at 2.30.31 PM speakers to present their works, discuss aspects of their work and other topics that might be relevant to their work and also to engage with the audience. We are lucky enough to have 4 different Special Program events and you can find out more information and register for FREE here now:

2. Cinematic Program

The Cinematic Program is curated by a selection panelists from over 100 submissions that we’ve received through our Call for Entries. The Cinematic Program is divided into the following thematic sessions:

Thursday, 21 November 2013

APERTURE Festival Schedule (thumbnail)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Click to download Festival Booklet (pdf)
Click to download Festival Schedule (pdf)

3. Experiential Ethnographic Films Programkopi landscape_01

This unique experience is one in which you can come and enjoy different ethnographic visual installations. This experience will be ongoing throughout the day from 10am-4pm on Nov 22-23 of the Festival days. Come along and be immersed in all aspects of enthnography:

4. Photography & Multimedia Exhibitions

Other visual installations that will be on display are photography and multimedia exhibitions:

1. The ANSA Photography Exhibition

2. Maree Clarke’s Multimedia Installation

For more information:

And the best part is….. ALL FREE ENTRY!

APERTURE Festival Program Launch Party

On Friday October 25th APERTURE Festival had its official Festival Program Launch Party at The Hub.

The APERTURE Fest Team at the Official Launch party

The APERTURE Fest Team at the Official Launch party

It was a resounding success with media partners, Pozible supporters, APERTURE Fest Ambassadors, Filmmakers and the APERTURE team in full attendance to celebrate our successful Pozible Campaign and the countdown to the Festival.

Check out photos from our Launch Party on this photo gallery. Also we were interviewed by MELD Magazine. See the video below to watch our interview!

Running for three days (21-23 November) at the University of Melbourne, APERTURE Festival is the first ethnographic documentary festival in Australia and worldwide with an Asia Pacific focus.

Over 30 films will be on shown at the inaugural APERTURE Festival from over 15 countries across the Asia Pacific, including 4 world premieres and numerous Australian and Melbourne premieres. The festival also includes international speakers, photography exhibition and multi media installation. APERTURE Festival is not to be missed!

You can download the full program on festival booklet or check out this one page festival schedule to plan your time at the festival. All entry will be free or you can get your free tickets now.

See you at the festival!

Ethnographic Documentary Workshop

workshop flyer_final.pptxIf you thought that APERTURE Festival was just another documentary festival-YOU’RE WRONG! We are also all about knowledge exchange and helping others with an interest in ethnographic documentary develop their skills.

As part of APERTURE Festival 2013, we will be hosting an Ethnographic Documentary Workshop:

Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer (YHM) room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne
Date: Thursday, 21 November 2013
Time: 9am – 4pm

Spaces are limited so book in early. For more information click the flyer or check out our website here.

Pozible Campaign: Target Reached!

Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 3.50.02 PMAs many of our followers probably already know, we have successfully reached our Pozible Campaign target of $2500! In fact we went over our target with a final total of $2795! We cannot express to all our friends, family and our friendly supporters how much this means to us and how much of a difference this will make to the 2013 Aperture Festival.

With less than 2 hours to go we received a generous donation from Hand Up AustraliaScreen shot 2013-10-13 at 3.48.03 PM which helped put us over our target goal. Hand Up Australia is a social enterprise that offers transformative and world-class international volunteer programs to youth and adults.

So, thank you Hand Up Australia and to all of our generous supporters and Pioneers! It’s been an exhausting but exciting journey. We couldn’t have done it without you. As a thank you please see our video below: