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It also celebrates 45 years of public screenings of work by the VCA graduating students.
Nicolette Freeman, Head of the VCA School of Film and Television, said: “This is a milestone year for the VCA School of Film and Television, having shown our graduates’ works for 45 years.”
“These films are the culmination of years of intensive training at the VCA and many go on to critical and popular acclaim at national and international film festivals including Melbourne, St. Kilda, Cannes, Sundance, Palm Springs and many more.”
“Each year, these end-of-year screenings at ACMI display the creativity and powerful storytelling of a very diverse student cohort – every story is differently told and realized, and it is always a thrill to witness the culmination of many years of dedicated study,” she said.
The students are showing their work to the film-going public, critics, agents and financiers for the first time and is their opportunity to distinguish themselves as the new crop of directing and producing talent in animation, documentary making, narrative film creation.
“The next step for these filmmakers is the local and international film festival circuits,” she said.
The 2013 Screenings Season includes: Rigor Mortis by Eddie Diamandi – A successful funeral embalmer and a family man gets a visit from an unhinged lover, revealing a secret that can destroy his family unit; Grey Bull by Eddy Bell - When Martin, a South Sudanese refugee, happens upon a bull he believes is his spiritual totem, he decides to rescue it from the abattoir he works in; and Misgivings by Rachel Ross- One Christmas Eve Santa injures himself forcing his wife to deliver the presents but what she brings home he never expected.
Be part of the excitement and feel the thrill of witnessing the new crop of Australian film-makers as they emerge.
Premiere screening dates: 13 - 15 December 2013
Venue: ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square
Program details: http://www.vca-mcm.unimelb.edu.au/events?id=467
Admission: Restricted 18+, fees apply
Bookings: www.acmi.net.au / 03 8663 2583
Available on request: Student interviews, Media Preview DVD and hi-res film stills.