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:

Press10_Australia Network News

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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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!

Sillyreverie – Aperture Festival Extending Multicultural Understanding

Posted by David Robertson on September 24, 2013

John Steinbeck so eloquently said, “Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man will never lead to hate, and almost always leads to love.” There are many avenues an individual could take in order to cultivate such an understanding about his/her earthly comrades – Aperture Film Festival allows you to explore one of these paths.

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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!