New APERTURE Festival Media Partners

Meet our Media Partners! We’re excited to welcome Open Channel, The Culture Trip and 3CR as our official Media Partners.

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Open Channel is a membership-based, not-for-profit business, whose role is to assist in growing the film, television and multimedia industries by offering a wide variety of support to aspiring and emerging filmmakers.

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The Culture Trip is a one-stop, easy-to-navigate global website that showcases the best of art and culture for every country in the world.


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3CR is a dynamic, community hub that has produced radio since 1976. The radio station was established to provide a voice for those denied access to the mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people and the many community groups andcommunity issues discriminated against in and by the mass media.

If you are interested to become our media partner please contact us at


2013 Official Selection Announced!

After a long month and tough decisions we are now ready to announce our Official Selections for the 2013 #APERTUREFest.

  • 30 films were selected from over 100 submissions with range of stories from and about 15 countries in Asia Pacific.
  • 17 selected films will go under Cinematic Program to be screened at Carrillo Gantner Theatre.
  • 13 selected films will go under Experiential Ethnographic Films Program to be screened at YHM Exhibition Room in conjunction with the photography exhibition and other visual installation.

Please see our official selections by clicking the image below:

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Submissions have closed…and selection begins!

From left: Nadia, Jette and Erminia Some of our selection panelists with your submissions!

From left: Nadia, Jette and Erminia
Some of our selection panelists with your submissions!

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit their entries to the first ever Aperture Festival! This is the first year that the Aperture Festival will be held and we are overwhelmed with the response that we have received.

We received over 100 submissions from over 20 countries in Asia Pacific and beyond!

The selection process now begins. You can check out the full Selection team.

The official announcement of the festival program will take place in October. So be sure to stay up to date on our facebook, twitter and mailing list!

In the meanwhile, we have launched our crowdfunding campaign via Pozible. We have reached $300 of our $2500 target and are so grateful for the support we have received. However, we have not reached our goal yet. We need to reach our target of $2500 by October 7th, otherwise all the money donated thus far will be returned to our generous donators.

If you don’t know already, all the money raised through our Pozible Campaign will go directly back to the festival for food, drinks and other promotional material. None of the money raised will go to the APERTURE Team as we volunteer our time because we love ethnographic documentaries. We need YOUR help to make the first ever APERTURE Festival the best it can be.

We maintain our position on keeping the festival FREE and OPEN to the public. However, in order to do this, we do need some help…and you can help us by supporting us at our Pozible Campaign. Watch the video…it’s pretty fun 😉

APERTURE Festival Pozible Campaign is Launched!

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 1.58.44 PMThe APERTURE Festival has officially launched it’s Pozible Campaign! Pozible is a crowd funding platform and community-building tool for creative projects and ideas. It was developed to help people raise funds, realise their aspirations and make great things possible!

The APERTURE Festival is entirely run by passionate volunteers who have decided to devote their time and talents to planning and organising the first ever APERTURE Festival. Through our Pozible campaign we hope to raise $2500.00. If we reach this target, all of the money will go directly back into developing the festival via:

  1. Printing cost — festival programme, posters and banners
  2. Catering — we want to organise networking events, such as an opening night with refreshments!

We’re only asking the bare minimum but if we exceed our goal we can get more printing, more refreshments, team T-shirts, add more surprises to the goodie bags and do other things that make a festival awesome!

This campaign will ends on October 7, 2013.

Please watch our Pozible Campaign Video for more information and check out our Pozible Page to see what YOU can get in return!

Submission deadline EXTENDED!

APERTURE e-flyer_Call for Entries 2013 Extended 26 August (postmarked)

APERTURE e-flyer_Call for Entries 2013 Extended 26 August (postmarked)

As we near closer to the festival date (November 22-23 2013) we are in full planning mode! As we have announced on facebook and twitter we are now offering exciting $1000 award from Awesome Foundation Melbourne. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached each month to projects and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. We are so grateful to receive this grant and are pleased to announce that we will be awarded this $1000 grant to one lucky filmmaker at the APERTURE festival!

awesome-melbourneTherefore we have decided to extend the deadline date for submission until August 26th 2013 – postmarked! So, as long as you email your online submission by August 26th and let us know that your DVDs will be arriving, we will still except your submissions!

So get on it 🙂 Check out our submission page!

Exciting New Partnerships!

If you have been following us on facebook and twitter you may already have noticed all the exciting new developments that have been happening! We are happy to announce three new exciting partnerships!

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Our first partnership is with HUB Australia. Specifically, HUB Melbourne! If you haven’t heard about the HUB you REALLY need to check them out. The idea behind the HUB is working in a collaborative and supportive workspace that encourages community across sectors, disciplines and generations. We have been able to have many of our APERTURE meetings at the HUB and the working environment is absolutely amazing, inclusive and relaxed. Check them out!

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Our second exciting new partnerships is with our first affiliated festival in Asia – Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD Yogyakarta)! Please check out their organiser’s facebook.

Their call for entries is open now from July 15th- October 10th! This is for Indonesian filmmakers only. Stay tuned for their international open submissions.

Our final new partnership announcement is with the Multicultural Women in the Arts (MWA). MWA supports all women engaged in the arts at any level and from any background. Check out their facebook page here.
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 With 3 months left to the actual festival (November 22-23 2013) we are working hard at organising the actual logistics for the event. We have also decided to extend the deadline for submission to August 26th in order to accommodate all the amazing submissions that keep coming in! The selection panelist has already begun to review all current submissions and we can’t wait to reveal which ones will be showcased during the festival! For more information about how to submit your pieces please view our submission information page!

Selection Panelist Profile: Sarah Pink


If you haven’t heard already via our newsletter (please do sign up!), one of our selection panelists has been confirmed. SarahPink is a Professor working across the Design Research Institute and the School of Media and Communications at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Her research work spans theoretical and methodological scholarship with applied practice. She works across themes including digital media, energy, consumption, everyday life, sustainability, activism, tacit and sensory ways of knowing, safety and health and the construction industry.

We are so glad to welcome Sarah to the Selection Panel! Please click here to see Sarah’s RMIT profile.