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In 2016, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) established ACMI X, a state-of-the-art, 2,000-square-metre, 60-seat co-working space in Southbank which enables greater collaboration, innovation and industry connections for creative practitioners and researchers working with the moving image in fields such as filmmaking, digital production, web development, visual art and design.
The University has committed to a significant industry partnership with ACMI X which includes the funding of six shared desks in the co-working space for current students and recent graduates, five for research students and recent graduates from the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and one to research students and recent graduates from the Faculty of Arts.
Emma Roberts, a Faculty of Arts graduate, and Ben Andrews, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of VCA & MCM and Faculty of Arts, have been working at ACMI X since 2016 on a number of virtual reality (VR) projects.
Ms Roberts said her passion lay in supporting and enabling new creative work. “In a nascent medium such as VR, the residency at ACMI X is allowing us to explore and experiment in this exciting medium,” she said. “The space has allowed us to connect with a bunch of creators in similar fields.”
Nicolette Freeman, Head of Film and Television at the VCA, said she was delighted with the partnership.
“ACMI X is an ideal parallel workspace for our scholarly community to develop their creative practice and, in particular, to develop new creative partnerships within the broader ACMI X community. We look forward to the future realisation of the many great projects enabled by the partnership.”
Bjorn Nansen, lecturer in Media and Communications in the School of Cultre and Communication, expressed similar enthusiasm, noting that: “ACMI X offers a space of potential in which networks of creative workers and social researchers could converge and mingle to produce new formations of productivity and insight.”
The following creatives and researchers have been offered a 12-month residency at ACMI X:
- Malcolm Bloedel (Film and Television, Documentary)
- Marleena Forward (Film and Television, Documentary)
- Jack Keele Wedde (BFA Screenwriting)
- Jack Rule (BFA Screenwriting)
- Quinn Hogan (BFA Screenwriting)
- Brianna Nixon (BFA Screenwriting)
- Brodie Marchant (BFA Screenwriting)
- Meegan May (Master of Screenwriting)
- Charmaine Peters (BFA Screenwriting)
- Nikki Tran (Master of Producing)
- Simon Trevorrow (Master of Film and Television)
- Michael Bentham (PhD, Film and Television)
- Simon Bowland (Master of Production)
- Shontelle Fisher (BFA Honours, Film and Television, Screenwriting)
- Emilie Walsh (Visual Arts)
- Thomas Schmocker (Dance)
- Rohan Schwartz (Visual Arts)
- Sarah Pass (Master of Producing)
- Emma Roberts (B.Arts Film Production)
- Ben Andrews (PhD Film and Television)
- Donna Hensler (PhD Film and Television)
- Tara Lomax (Screen studies)
- Andrew O’Keefe (VCA and FoA)
- Alexa Scarlata (Screen studies)
- Natalia Grincheva (Transforming Technologies Research Unit)
- Stephanie Hannon (Media and Communications)
- Robbie Fordyce (Media and Communications)