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VCA alum team up for Netflix teen hit series 'Surviving Summer'
Directed by VCA alum Ben Chessell, Sian Davies and Charlotte George, with cinematography by alum Katie Milwright, Surviving Summer has already been a Netflix hit since it was released on June 3. We spoke to Producer Joanna Werner, Set-up Director Ben Chessell, and Director of Photography (DoP) Katie Milwright about the series ahead of its premiere.
The Time It Takes: giving voice to those who stutter
VCA filmmaker Sarah Marcuson is about to see her documentary, The Time It Takes, featured on the Melbourne International Film Festival's digital platform MIFF Play. The documentary follows a group of young Australians who stutter as they take part in a 10-week performing arts program to create a unique theatre piece which they’ll perform for family and friends.
VCA graduates’ short films stream free on MIFF Play
Almost 30 short films by some of Australia’s most exciting emerging filmmakers – the 2021 graduating class of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television – will be available for free on MIFF Play, the digital streaming platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival, from February 21 – March 6.
VCA alum, Ari Wegner makes Oscars history with her nomination for Best Cinematography
VCA graduate, Ari Wegner (Bachelor of Film & TV 2004), made history as the second woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars.
Expressing trauma through creative arts - and boxing
Dr Donna Lyon is a film producer and senior lecturer in producing at VCA Film and Television. She talks about how research, University partnerships and the Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM) program have aided her project, LEFT / WRITE // HOOK, which uses boxing and writing to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Film & Television graduates win big at the Sydney Film Festival
VCA Film and Television graduates, Sophie Somerville and Courtney Bombell have won the prestigious 2021 Dendy Live Action Short Award for their graduation film Peeps (2019) at the Sydney Film Festival.
VCA graduate showcase streamed free for the first time on MIFF play
Short film lovers will be treated to more than 40 films by the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television graduating class of 2020 in a special free-to-view online presentation from September 27 on MIFF Play, the digital streaming platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
Congratulations to our alumni participant in Impact 2
Impact 2 was launched this week in Melbourne by award-winning filmmaking company Imagine Entertainment. The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music was delighted to learn that screenwriting alumni Ramon Watkins was among the students chosen to participate.
VCA Film and TV to host the Impact Australia 2 screenwriter accelerator program
Impact Australia 2, the follow-up to the highly coveted screenwriter accelerator program, will be held in-person this year on the Victorian College of the Arts’ (VCA) Southbank campus, with the University of Melbourne as Learning Partner.
MIFFPlay and the VCA partner to showcase short films
More than 40 graduating shorts films by Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television students will be showcased on MIFFPlay, the digital platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), in an extension of the ongoing partnership deal between MIFF and University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Four 2021 VCA Australians in Film mentees announced
Four Victorian College of the Arts alumni will participate in an accelerator program as part of the University of Melbourne's partnership with Australians In Film (AiF).
Meet the new faces of VCA Animation: Rosalie Osman and Christie Widiarto
Rosalie Osman is a 2D animator with an impressive portfolio of web, film and television works, specialising in character animation. She creates short films based on early childhood memories of fairy tales and everyday observations, including her feature film, Bibliomania.Christie Widiarto focuses on storytelling that explores the themes of cultural identity, family and nature. She specialises in combining traditional artistic techniques with digital technology to create multimodal collaborations, including working with the Footscray Community Arts Centre to create a series of animated wall murals for her "ECL" project. Here, we talk to Rosalie and Christie about what makes an animator.
Disclosure: an Australian indie film and the team who made it
Michael Bentham’s debut feature film Disclosure premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival and Berlinale in early 2020. The film is screening at Cinema Nova in Melbourne this week. Sharon Grace Flynn speaks to writer/ director Michael Bentham and producer Donna Lyon about their insights into independent filmmaking in Australia.
Portland House Foundation Harry Hains Memorial Scholarship provides new opportunities in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts
Determined to support equal access opportunities in the arts, The Portland House Foundation has awarded the inaugural Harry Hains Memorial Scholarship in Film & Television, adding to their already significant philanthropic contribution to diversity at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Mireille Stahle speaks to Jane Badler-Hains, and scholarship recipient Ada Tzinis about the importance of financial support in the creative arts.
Frisson, a new short film from Alex Wu, will give you goosebumps
Does listening to your favourite song give you goosebumps? Musical chills, or "frisson", are explored by VCA Film and Television alum Alex Wu in a new film entitled Frisson. Commissioned for the Multivocal exhibition at Old Quad, University of Melbourne (co-presented by Old Quad and Grainger Museum) this 3-channel video piece will open alongside almost 100 significant objects and artworks from the history of music on campus. Multivocal will open in 2021 at Old Quad (Parkville Campus). Hear from Alex on the process of creating this film in the below interview.
Meet Derrick Duan, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) student
Derrick took the plunge to move to Melbourne from South Australia to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Fortunately, he's "200% confident" he made the right choice. Read more to find out why the BFA (Animation) is such a good fit for Derrick.
Short stop at MIFF program
Six films by Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television alumni have been selected as part of a new MIFF Shorts retrospective focusing on connections.
Meet Sophie Ash, mogul skier and animation student
Sport and animation are not considered to go hand in hand, but Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) student Sophie Ash has blended her love of mogul skiing and fine art into one amazing creative practice.
So you've mastered screenwriting at the VCA – what comes next?
The screenwriter may not be the first name to roll in the credits – but more often than not they're the backbone of any film and television project. We spoke to some writers who have graduated from the Master of Screenwriting program at the VCA to see what they've been up to.
Meet Paul Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Animation at the University of Melbourne
Paul Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) program at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, he tells us about the course and what it involves.