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.”

Listen to interview:

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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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Meld Magazine – APERTURE Program Launch Party

Posted by Hieu Chau on November 5, 2013

STARTING November 21 – 23, you can participate in the APERTURE Festival – a film festival celebrating ethnographic documentaries in the Asia-Pacific region. Hieu Chau finds out more about the festival.

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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.