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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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.

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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!

Call For Entries!!!

Call For Entries!!!

If you didn’t know already, the call for film submission is OPEN! Deadline is August 15th 2013 so get your entries in now.

APERTURE Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival is interested in documentary films with ethnographic orientation that deal with a variety of issues concerning the complexity of cultural, social and political life of individuals and communities from the Asia Pacific region. We are accepting ethnographic documentaries of any duration and made in any year of production, which are either made by filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region or about the region.

You can read on our website or download the Entry Rules and Entry Form here:

We have already received a number of submissions, which is great! We can’t wait to start going through them during the selection process. We encourage applicants to get their entries in early! If there are any questions regarding submission check out our submission page or contact us with any queries.

Good Luck!

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APERTURE Festival Mailing List

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Join our mailing list now for more in depth information about the APERTURE Festival!

The APERTURE Festival is preparing to send out its first official newsletter! If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up to our mailing list to receive more in depth information about what is happening with the APERTURE Festival! You can sign up to our mailing list by entering your email on our website, or you can sign up here!

As an update, we have been receiving some very interesting submissions already. Keep them coming in! Deadline is August 15th!