Microbudget Filmmaking Symposium
Date: Friday 27 September - Sunday 29 September 2013
Time: 10:00am - 9:30pm
Location: University of Technology Sydney,
Building 3, Bon Marche, 755 Harris Street
Broadway, 2007 (map)
Audience: Early career filmmakers, industry professionals, screenwriters, media arts students and academics interested in microbudget filmmaking
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Industry conference and film festival
Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday
The past decade has seen a rise in the number of ultra low budget features being made, due in no small part to the democratisation of moving image technologies. Filmmakers inspired by the so called credit card features of Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee, Kevin Smith and Shane Carruth have taken a DIY approach to all aspects of the filmmaking process and in the process are creating new models of production, finance and distribution.
This new generation of filmmakers — Dunham, Swanberg, Bujalksi, Byington, Seimetz, the Duplass brothers — have embraced both technologies like DSLRs and low cost digital cinema cameras, combining it with this DIY methodologies to produce and distribute edgy and innovative works outside of the Hollywood model.
Concurrent to this, existing Hollywood filmmakers — Sebastian Gutierrez, Edward Burns and the Polish Brothers to name a few — are embracing lo-fi aesthetics, budgets and distribution methods to produce extraordinary films that exist parallel to their traditional Hollywood outputs.
Industry sessions will cover a wide ranget of topics around microbudget film, from crowdfunding, production and distribution.
Friday 9.45 am - 5 pm
Microbudget filmmaking has fostered the momentum of creative, practice-led research in the moving image, from documentary, to drama and experimental screen work. Media arts and film-based academics, together with supervised higher-degree research students, are developing, producing and distributing microbudget screen works from within the academy — where the exploration of critical ideas and moving image forms — in the long form — is today facilitated by cutting edge digital resources and research funding in the creative arts.
Papers presented at the academic conference can be submitted for peer review to be included in a special edition of new CMAI (Centre for Media Arts Innovation) journal published by UTS ePress, MediaObject.
microWAVE is presented in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Centre for Creative Practice and Cultural Economy and the Creative Practice Research Group at the University of Technology, Sydney, with additional support from the Sydney Underground Film Festival.