Maya brings home the honey at 2018 AEAF Awards!
Maya The Bee: The Honey Games picked up Silver in the Feature Film Animation category at the 2018 AEAF Awards. Congratulations to the whole hive! Working in story development and across the film throughout the production with a world class team was an incredible experience.
Wonderful to see our lil’ Maya soar!
Big congratulations to Producers Tracy Lenon , Brian Rosen and Thorsten Wegener, Directors Noel Cleary, Serg Delfino and Alexs Stadermann, and writer Fin Edquist.
Skinford wins at MWF! On to NZ Webfest!
Massive thanks to Melbourne WebFest for having us this year, what a great community you guys have built! Had a blast and was brilliant to share a spot on the Blockbuster Web series panel with a pack of talented creators
Mega congratulations to all our Skinford crew, to nominees Evan Whiteside, Kent Hau, Nik Kacevski, and Michael Lira, and to winners Carl Robertson and Kieran Fowler (who will be known as Kieran Flowers from now on) for taking home Best Cinematography!
Probably the best ruby ticket announcement ever made from Keith from the NZ Web Fest. "We are in New Zealand people of simple taste, so we couldn't go past nudity and blowing shit up! We look forward to playing Skinford of NZ audiences in November." The trans-tasman love is mutual Keith!
ANNECY - mini BLOG
In June Flying Bark sent me on a mission to hit up the 2018 Annecy International Animation Festival. My first realisation was Annecy smelt like the signature cheese in the Savoy cuisine it’s famous for and was by far the most French place I’d been in my entire life. My second was I’d fallen victim to the ease with which you’re head can become so firmly tucked into the latest script in your office in Sydney. If you don’t get out there you completely lose sight of how incredibly broad, dynamic, and thriving an industry Animation is!
The festival market, MIFA, is a bustling collection of stalls filled with incredible creations from all corners of the world and filmmakers willing to take risks for the sake of great stories. At the screening venues dotted around town, programs drifted from the polished commercial success of Pixar, Dreamworks and Disney to the extraordinary experimental exploits of progressive young filmmakers. Best of all, the work of Flying Barks ruthless 2D animators on Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was everywhere! It was awesome hearing the crowd lose their marbles at the animation in the Nickelodeon panel. Nothing more satisfying than seeing Australian animators absolutely killing it on the international stage!
Other highlights were attending the In Conversation with Rodrigo Blass (Trollhunters) on developing (my favorite) series and his partnership with Dreamworks and Guillermo del Toro. The WIA international summit talks on diversity and inclusion with Julie Ann Crommett (Vice President of Multicultural Engagement, Walt Disney Studios) were also standouts. As was the Netflix originals panel featuring the voices of incredible new talent with vibrant and explorative work. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, the crowd at screenings is awesome! Packed full of true lovers of animation and festival regulars, the pre screening air was filled with Annecy’s patented mix of paper planes and excitement. Not since Fantasia in Montreal had I experienced this kind of atmosphere and it was in full force at the screening of Welsh studio Animortal’s hilarious Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampiers.
Do yourself a favour, leave the office and take a bite out of this glorious mountain town and the festival that takes it over every year in June.
Pro tips for Annecy goers:
Plan your assault and be online at the moment tickets go on sale - you will miss out if you wait.
Start locking in meetings 2 months in advance where possible and stick to one venue.
Bring a small umbrella that fits in your bag, the weather can shift.
If you’re Australian, a good late is hard to find so just order a shot of espresso.
Take the MIFA shuttle between MIFA and the festival centre at Bonilue, by the end of the week you’ll be glad you did!
Book accom in advance and stay in walking distance of the venue - there are no ubers and no cabs when you want to get home after a few post screening drinks at the Captain.
There’s a small shop called Dr Good Food near Bonlieu for those with gluten allergies or vegan meal requirements.
Arrive the Sunday before festival to check out the market in the old town.
JUMP IN THE LAKE! You won’t regret it.
SKINFORD WINS AT T.O. WEBFEST!
Skinford was nominated in two categories in the 2018 the Toronto Webfest, taking home Best Visual Effects! A massive congratulations to Evan Whiteside and to our fellow nominees.
ONE TO WATCH!
Screen Producers Australia named Tess in their 2017 Ones To Watch program. Tess undertook a year long mentorship with Kettering Incident Showrunner Vicki Madden and attended workshops with leading industry practitioners in the lead up to pitching at the Screen Forever conference.
APRA AMCOS SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS
REMEMBER VR IN FILM INK
Following the success of the multi award winning short film, which screened internationally at festivals the likes of Fantasia IFF, Berlin International Film Festival and Edinburgh Digital Festival, Remember, a long form pilot, is set to launch Australia's first VR series. Directors George Kacevski and Fred Simard caught up with Dov Kornits from Film Ink to discus the challenges and the possibilities of this new medium for cinematic narrative works.
Remember is available to view in 360 on Lens Immersive
SKINFORD IN FILM INK
A kind and and candid FilmInk Review of Skinford from Australian critic Travis Johnson.
-Kacevski and his screenwriting partner, Tess Meyer, know their limitations, and the more striking moments rely more on deft writing than a judicious application of red corn syrup – such as when Skinny, suspended upside down over a river where the rising tide will eventually drown him, is informed, “The moon is going to kill you, Skinny!”-
THE PALE MOONLIGHT NOW ON DUST!
The Pale Moonlight is now available to stream on Dust, the first multi-platform destination to experience stunning visions of the future from filmmakers of tomorrow. Dust features the best sci-fi short films, series, and innovative content that cuts through the present to invite the future.
RSPCA ADOPTION VIDEO SUCCESS!
Tess teamed up with talented buddies to write and direct original online content that creates awareness and promotes the adoption of animals under the care of RSPCA NSW. Using a lo-fi approach and bringing their personalities to the forefront resulted in all featured animals finding their forever homes!
Tess was interviewed about it on 2UE radio by Angela Catterns.
Producer | Cinematographer - Debbie Steer
Voice Artist - Cam Ralph
Editor | Post - George Kacevski
THE PALE MOONLIGHT HITS NORTH AMERICA!
The Pale moonlight took to the screen in it's World Premier at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival in a night of Aussie domination where it was programmed with the Spierig Brothers latest feature film Predestination.
The short soon after headed to the sunny shores of California and screened at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, among a bunch of brilliant short films as part of the Sci-Fi Showcase block at the HollyShorts Film Festival.
The full short film is now available to watch on BitPix, HollyShorts Film Festival's new streaming service, along with other great HollyShorts sci-fi/fantasy films at http://bitpixtv.com/category/sci-fi-fantasy/
SCREEN ANARCHY COVERS MATHILDA ONLINE RELEASE
Screen Anarchy review Simon De Bruyn has covered Mathilda's online release, just short of one year after it's international festival premier at Fantasia International Film Festival.
MATHILDA TAKES HOME SILVER!
Mathilda was honoured at the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival with the Silver Audience Award for Best Short Film. Mathilda's world premier at the festival was programmed with William Friedkin's Killer Joe. Writer and Producer Tess Meyer was there to represent.
Mathilda has gone on to screen at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival, and Monster Fest, and was featured as part of Ain't it Cool News's Saturday Shorts