Life looks different through a Gothic lens

Entries are now open for the Gothic-themed 2009 Festival of Short Films competition.

Entries are now open for the Gothic-themed 2009 Festival of Short Films competition.
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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

If you're under 25, passionate about film and inspired by the world of Gothic culture, it's time to get the creative juices flowing for the University of Adelaide's third annual short film competition.

The Festival of Short Films is being held at the University of Adelaide's Open Day on Sunday 16 August and entries are now open for the Gothic-themed competition.

More than $2000 worth of prizes are up for grabs for South Australia's budding young filmmakers who are keen to capitalise on the current fascination with Goth subcultures, across art, genre film, music, fashion and makeup.

"A long and wonderful stream of human creativity has been released by the Gothic imagination," says the University of Adelaide's Head of Media, Associate Professor Mary Griffiths.

"Adelaide's neo-Gothic buildings are bound to inspire some young filmmakers and the possibilities for capturing the theme are endless, including parody," she says.

The short films - of five minutes or less - can take any form, including animation, and must be suitable for a general audience.

The winner will receive a high definition video camera, the use of an editing suite from digital media company Fat City, as well as five hours of mentoring from Adelaide-based US screenwriter Jerry E. Brown, who has worked with some of Hollywood's leading directors and producers.

Other prizes include an iPod classic and iPod nano.

The judging panel includes leaders in the fields of filmmaking, television, advertising, digital and print media.

Dr Griffiths says the previous two short film competitions have revealed a depth of talent among the State's creative youth across the whole artistic spectrum.

"South Australia has a reputation for producing outstanding filmmakers and the Festival of Short Films helps nurture and develop these skills," she says.

Entries close on Tuesday 28 July. There is no cost to enter. For more information and entry forms visit


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Associate Professor Mary Griffiths
Associate Professor in Media
Discipline of Media, School of Humanities
The University of Adelaide
Business: 08 8313 4838
Mobile: 0400 371 319

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
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