The Voice – Lens Wide Shut

Posted by Annie Rahilly on November 7, 2013

Ethnographic film festivals are almost non-existent in the Asia-Pacific region, with the exception of events in Taiwan and Vietnam, but a new Festival called APERTURE: Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival, hopes to address this situation.

Read full article: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/voice/lens-wide-shut-20131107-2x3b6.html

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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.

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 Asks Bob Carr on OurSay.org

Have you heard of OurSay.org? We hadn’t until we had a team meeting the other day at The Hub (really cool place and so

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Our Say Logo. Click to go to their website

many interesting projects going on!). We were engaged in conversation with Eyal Halamish, OurSay CEO! He told us about the organisation and I think we were all really impressed with the ideas and vision of OurSay.org

Our Say is an independent organisation that has the goal to promote and reignite active participation in Australian Democracy by utilising social media. How it works is that anyone can ask a question and direct this question to one of Australia’s leaders. You choose an appropriate forum, ask your question and then get as many votes as possible for your question! The top three questions will be answered by the forum leader!

APERTURE Festival was really inspired by this and decided  to ask our very own question. We decided to ask our question to Senator Bob Carr and currently are in 4th PLACE! Seeing as how the APERTURE Festival is an ethnographic documentary festival, our festival Director, Erminia Colucci asked the question regarding using democracythe arts to strengthen cross cultural ties with the Asia Pacific region. Click here to view (and to vote for) our full question to Senator Bob Carr!

We are so grateful for all the votes up until now and can’t believe how well we are doing for our first question. Please help us vote for our question and get us into the top three! Each person has 7 votes to give! The Deadline is July 17th so if you care about the arts and how we can involve the arts more to strengthen cross cultural ties please vote for our question and let’s see what Bob Carr has to say!

POST UPDATE: Thank you all for your votes! Our question made it in the Top 3! Watch 6 min clip of Bob Carr’s response to our question here: https://vimeo.com/73073981

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