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Make a film in one weekend


One weekend. One great author. As many films as you have the energy to make.

Filmonik Melbourne is putting on a James Joyce Kaberet – between June 6 & 7 we’ll be furiously turning scripts into short films, inspired by James Joyce.

It’s free, it’s fun, and we would love you to be involved.

It’s all about creating a space to inspire people to make great short films.

Where:  10am, Docklands Library, June 6 & 7
Night-time lab location to be revealed upon registration
Bring:    Any film equipments, any costumes, a sense of creativity
Cost:      FREE !

The Filmonik community is a group of passionate short film makers, part of the international Kino movement, urging film makers to do more with less.

This Kaberet is a collaboration with Bloomsday in Melbourne, who are seeking entires for the Very Short Film Showcase until June 8.

Details about the short film competition are available here.

Register: email,  message us on fb , tweet @filmonikmelb

We’re back! Filmonik #18 Monday March 30

We’re baaa-ack!

Filmonik 18 promo

Come join us for the first officious Filmonik of 2015 on Monday March 30 at Loop Project Space and Bar, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne CBD.

Join your hosts Kevin Smith and Emmanuell Aroney for the usual combination of brand new short films, music, popcorn, community and trivia.

Oh yeh.

For this Filmonik only we have a short time slot so make sure you are at Loop at 6:30PM.

Come earlier if you are bringing your own 5 minutes or less short film with you. Email us if you have any questions.

ENTRY IS FREE but we’ll slowly be introducing the option of a gold coin donation for Filmonik’s expenses.


Filmonik #18

Seen and Heard have released their amazing program!

See another side of the picture, hear the rest of the tale.

Seen & Heard have released an awesome line up of 4 days (13th – 16th November) of film-drenched fun! Head on over to to check it out! There’s shorts and features and docos and drama and comedy and erotica and horror and everything and anything. The festival is devoted to celebrating female talent. It’s feminist and bad ass and radical.

Three of your favourite Kino/filmonik-ites are responsible for bringing you this fantastic celebration of female-identified filmmakers. Mia Falstien-Rush, a Kino Sydney veteran, who’s made Filmonik her new DIY cinema home, (and has screened some of the most quirky and inventive film’s we’ve seen at Filmonik), has poured her entire life into this project over the past 12 months. Holly Ryder-Ingham, who premiered at Filmonik a few months back, and Robert Zappulla, who collaborates with Mia, are also to thank for bringing us this wonderful filmic feast of a weekend.We can’t wait to help Mia celebrate this fucking amazing achievement. So go book lots of tickets kids! Now!

Here’s some stuff I stole from their website about why the event is so damn important:

Seen & Heard was launched in Sydney in 2009 as a non-profit film festival by Lucy Randall with the view to promote women’s filmmaking and bring to light industry prejudices that may not be so clear to the consumer.

At that time, a woman had never won an Academy Award for Best Director (and only three females had ever been nominated in the entire history of The Oscars). Nobody talked about the absence of women in production roles in mainstream media.

Female filmmakers, particularly in Australia, have long campaigned for their place in film as activists and as film collectives. Over the course of the festival’s lifetime, both industry and media are slowly sitting up and taking more notice of these issues too. It is clear, though, that wider cultural change remains a distant goal.

According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film,

“Women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 (U.S.) grossing films of 2013. This figure represents a decrease of two percentage points from 2012.

In 2013, women accounted for 6% of (U.S.) directors. If foreign films in the top 250 are included, this figure increases to 8%. In other roles, women comprised 10% of writers, 15% of executive producers, 25% of producers, 17% of editors, and 3% of cinematographers.”

The dramatic under-representation of female filmmakers inevitably leads to a dearth in solid female characterisation as well. Female characters remained dramatically under-represented as protagonists, major characters, and speaking (major and minor) characters in the top grossing films of 2013. Again, the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film reveals in their most recent report:

“On-screen female presence remains abysmal. In 2013, females accounted for 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters. Female characters were younger than their male counterparts and were more likely than males to have an identifiable marital status. Further, female characters were less likely than males to have clearly identifiable goals or be portrayed as leaders of any kind.”

Further disadvantages in the film industry exist for women of colour, non-cis women, queer women, women from low-income backgrounds, and women with disabilities.

It is not hard to see that the lack of any type of women in the film industry is an impoverishment to our culture, one that can only be rectified once we recognise that the dramatic under-representation of women amongst both cast & crew is a problem.

For the first time this year, Melbourne audiences are invited to join us in taking that small, but necessary, step towards female filmmakers being both Seen & Heard. We promote the message that films made by women are not just for women: they are wonderfully rich films that should be seen by everyone. Trust us, you’re in for an exciting program of films that are as diverse as they are visually stunning.

We look forward to seeing you at ACMI from November 13 – 16.

For an easy-to-digest infographic on the Celluloid Ceiling, go here. For a more in-depth look at the same, go herehereherehereherehere, and here.

Kino Montreal turns 15!

Filmonik received a telegram yesterday from Christian Laurence, It’s super cute and reminds us where we came from and how big, yet how connected the kino movement is… It went something like this:

“Hello all Kinoites of the world!

Christian Laurence here, writing from Montreal.

Some of you may know me… 15 years ago I challenged a few friends to make a film every month for a whole year… 15 years later, KINO has taken over the planet, creating a new form of cinema that is more free, more collaborative and more imaginative. And it’s because of people like you!

To celebrate our anniversary, I would like to create a short video with messages from all over Planet Kino. Just gather a few of your members and wish a “HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY KINO!” in your native language.

There’s no need for top quality. A quick message recorded on a smartphone will do. But if you feel imaginative (being kinoites, that should be a given) don’t hold out and get crazy!!!

Thank you so much! YOU are the reason Kino is still alive and thriving!

Christian Laurence”

We’re celebrating our 15th screening while the movement celebrates its 15th year… if that’s not special I don’t know what is. So make sure you come along to our 15th event ever (on October 27th at Loop) and we’ll record a message to help Montreal celebrate their fabulous 15 fucking years!



Minnie Street set to jazz up Filmonik #15

‘Minnie Street’ are booked to play for us at Filmonik 15 and we couldn’t be more excited to hear their premiere performance! Their harmonious blend of stripped back female voices, paired with acoustic guitar and bass will showcase an intimate set of jazzy-folk originals. Also, they said to tell you: “the milky bars are on us”. Cryptic and cute. What more could you want? Come along to Loop (23 Meyers Pl, City) and see the magic. x2013-07-26 08.54.45

Filmonik #14 Fringe Edition – Recap

What can I say about Filmonik #14 Fringe edition? Fantastic? Exciting? Super-fun-happy-time? I can say all those things and more. How about: It was possibly the best Filmonik yet? For the first time ever Filmonik Melbourne was part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. We got a listing in the snazzy fringe guide, it was held at a very snazzy venue, long time supporters of Filmonik, Tuxedo Cat. It was all utterly… snazzy.

Our half time entertainment was provided by the velvety vocal tones of Frank Lee Darling, aka the Ambassador of Love. Frank was also our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, providing the introductions for Filmonik’s dynamic hosting duo, Sophia Davidson Gluyas and Kevin Smith.

But of course we all come to Filmonik for the movies… and we were treated to some fucking fabulous films. here’s the round-up:

First out of the hat was Anthony Dillon’s ‘Standers’. Standers was another in the line of Anthony’s imaginative, sweet and hilarious films. Wonderfully clever filmmaking. Anthony also happens to be Frank Lee Darling’s long lost twin brother. I guess talent runs in the family.

Nadia Astari (another of our gorgeous filmonik regulars) screened a thought provoking and beautiful short film about the instillation art piece Chinese Whispers, created to examine and discuss the nature of racial based hatred and violence. The film included an introduction from Chinese Whispers lead creator Rani Pramesti. Chinese Whispers was also part of Melbourne Fringe and we were so stoked to hear that the piece won the ‘innovation in culturally diverse practice’ award AND the ‘best live art’ award. Big congrats guys!

The wonderful Bj Hill continues to refine his technique which involves creating animation using hundreds of photos. His film this month titled ‘Biscuit’ explored the inspiration and creation of new culinary ideas.

Valentin Mayer-Eichberger showed us his film: ‘Linha Vermelha’. It was a heartbreaking romantic-tragedy about finding love in the digital age. The film was shot in picturesque Rio De Janeiro in May 2014. It was originally created for a Brazilian film festival dedicated to producing a short film in 72 hours. This was the second video Valentin has submitted to Filmonik, with hopefully more to come.

‘Sunday’ (Soph’s first serious film) was a collaboration between multiple team Filmonik members. Soph wrote the script and performed alongside Imogen Coles. Lawrence Makoona skillfully shot, directed, and edited the film. The soundtrack was comprised almost entirely of artists who have performed half-time at Filmonik: Jehan, Lyra Will, Purr and Shiver Like Timber. The film is a beautifully shot single scene, which explores the dynamics of a relationship through an insightful, funny and cleverly written conversation.

‘The Dead Quiet’ by Mia Falstein-Rush and Robert Zappulla had us in stitches. It was originally made for Kino Sydney (and also screened at a Filmonik in 2013) but we decided break all the rules and show this excellent Film noir spoof (with Dinosaurs!) again. Mia has been super busy organizing an awesome feminist film festival and so understandably didn’t have time to Kino it up and make a new flick as the rules stipulate. She has however made tons of new films since our inception and is very dear to the Filmonik community. Mia also let us all know about this imminent incredible event that she’s directing called Seen & Heard Melbourne 2014 opening at ACMI on November 13th. The Seen & Heard festival focuses on celebrating and supporting female-identified filmmakers. It’s going to be wonderful. Program should be out really soon, we’ll let you know all about it.

‘Kernal to Cup: The Story of Filmonik Popcorn’, was submitted by everyone’s favourite projectionist (and popcorn provider) Glyn Francis. Shot and edited in 5 days, the video explores the rich history and exciting future of Filmonik popcorn. Glyn impressed the crowd with his terrific knack for comedy. The short certainly had everyone in the room snorting with laughter and quite a few punters casting a suspicious eye at their popcorn cups.(NB – soph wrote this bit, glyn isn’t blogging about himself!)

‘Wife Times epdisode 9: Q&A with Sophia’ was provided by and starred long time Filmonik contributors Mylie Nauendorf & (Kirsty) Quinn. Sophia Davidson Gluyas’s voice (and camera work) also made a guest appearance. In this episode Quinn & Mylie talk about their increasing need to employ an assistant/intern to help take their art to the next level and help manage their busy lives as influential cultural icons. Quinn and Mylie have been invited to host our final Filmonik of 2014 (27th of October at Loop) We can’t wait to see their hilarious banter live on stage!

Olivier Bonenfant’s second submission to filmonik left every jaw in the room on the floor. It was mesemerisingly beautiful. ‘Mimicking’ showcases the incredible street art of Melbourne and also the equally incredible filmmaking skill of Olivier. A beautifully surreal journey of the imagination.

For our final film of the evening we showed the trailer for Filmonik Melbourne’s first ever Kabaret event which is just around the corner (October 31st – November 2nd)

Shot, directed and edited by Lawrence Makoona and featuring most Filmonik team members in various roles. It’s a great example of what a group of people can create with just an idea, a camera and a sense of fun.

Speaking of our Kabaret Event, we have some exciting Kabaret related news coming soon. Stay tuned for updates.

A big thank you our hosts Tuxedo Cat who gave us their amazing venue in kind, Maddan Productions who paid for our festival registration and an ongoing thank you to Hub Melbourne who help us in a multitude of ways. Without the generosity of these wonderful members of our artistic community we couldn’t have had such a radical Fringified Filmonik. We’d also like to thank everyone on team Filmonik and of all of you gorgeous people who attended Filmonik #14 and made it so damn lovely!

The Changemakers Festival 2014

Probably the most exciting thing about Filmonik #15  is that we’re part of ‘The Changemakers Festival 2014:

“The Changemakers Festival is a nationwide celebration of the great work happening in our community, an exploration of the ideas, techniques and technologies that are driving this change, and an invitation for everyone to get involved in creating a better future for our communities and our world.

The Changemakers Festival brings together a diverse community of people passionate about making a difference, wherever they are, however they can. It’s a platform to showcase new and innovative ideas, to share our experiences, inspire one another, learn from our failures and celebrate our successes.

The very first Changemakers Festival took place over a weekend in late 2012 in Sydney, and was instigated by the late Steve Lawrence – one of Australia’s pioneers of social innovation and social enterprise. The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) took the Festival national in 2013….”

check out our listing (then browse and see what else is on offer) here:

(see you at Filmonik #15, 27th October 2014, 6.30pm, Loop – 23 Meyers Place, City)


Filmonik #13 short film recap

On Monday August 25th we celebrated Filmonik #13. Despite the sometimes ominous reputation (perpetuated by cinema) of the number 13, it was anything but an unlucky night for us. We enjoyed some stunning films, hilarious stand-up comedy, and of course, the ultimate measure of success; there was no left over popcorn!

This was our second event held at Loop Project Art Space and Bar. Once again we were impressed with their high quality facilities and friendly helpful staff. In a first for Filmonik, our half time entertainment was provided by talented comedian Kirsty Mac. With no microphone assistance Kirsty stood alone on stage and captivated us with a charismatic comedic performance. Kirsty’s comedy stylings weaves insightful hilarity with an honest perspective of a woman living in today’s world. Like Filmonik, Kirsty is also participating in the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival with her show Truth Bombs at the Portland Hotel. You should absolutely get along and see it.

In the film department we were very lucky to screen a film by Olivier Bonenfant. Olivier spent two years running the Montreal Kino (where it all began!) and will be in Melbourne for the next 7 months helping us make Filmonik even more awesome (I know, it’s not really possible but we’re happy to let him try). Olivier screened the gorgeous ‘Quad Diamond’. An incredible film about a young lady who goes snowboarding in a place you might not expect. It is a stunning example of what a small talented team of people can create with the technology we have available today. The good news is, Olivier will be a mentor during Filmonik Kabaret in November to help you create dreamy special effects like this for your films!

We also had a visit from Kino Sydney regular Valentin Mayer-Eichberger. The thought provoking ‘I Found My Phone’ was originally made for Kino Kabaret Sydney 2013 and then completely recut for Filmonik #13. It was inspired by a statement attributed to Sasha Grey regarding porn: “It’s like junk food. We all need a little McDonald’s once in a while”. Valentin is also sticking around for a while, so you’ll be seeing more from this director!

Jack Bear made his Filmonik debut with a film created as a powerful dedication to his heroic friend Daniel Cowan titled ‘Yolanda and I’. The film chronicles Daniel’s journey to the Philippines where he helped the local people in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda.

Another first-time-Filmonik director Michal Urbanczyk screened his gorgeous short: ‘Melbourne Passage’. A stunning combination of time lapse phototography and music, celebrating the beauty of Melbournes CBD at night.

Vanessa Macedo (who also made her Filmonik premiere) brought along her beautifully crafted film ‘The Ship Visitor’ to show us. It tells the story of Seafarer Bob Grech and his mission to improve the wellbeing of people who work on ships and in the shipping industry.

In the Filmonik regulars department we sorely missed Quinn and Mylie (aka ‘the wives’). It was the first Filmonik Mylie has ever missed and the first Filmonik we haven’t seen a something from them (they mostly submit films, but there was that month they submitted a song). It wasn’t the same without you wives, and we can’t wait for ‘Wife Times episode 9’ at Filmonik #14 to see what you’ve been up to. We did of course, as usual, have films from BJ and Soph. BJ Hill screened another of his famously intricate stop motion animations, entitled ‘Eattin’. This one’s focus was gastronomic delights and the joys of simple home cooked food. Sophia Davidson Gluyas submitted another film in her distinct portrait video-diary style entitled ‘Greasy’. It was created as a challenge to Kevin Smith’s statement at Filmonik #12 that “We don’t play greasy films”. I think Soph totally won that spar… but time will tell if Kevin makes a response film.

Soph’s dad, Ric Davidson submitted his film ‘Making Lucy’ a video clip about the  journey from rehearsal to performance of a haunting and beautiful song ‘Lucy’ by talented singer songwriter Laura Bunting.

We were treated to two films from long time Filmonik contributor (and Filmonik organiser) Lawrence Makoona. The first was the about GovHack Melbourne 2014, an event which brings people together to experiment with the creative reuse of government data. The second film was the long awaited promotional video for our Filmonik Kaberet event, being held throughout the weekend starting October 31. Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Filmonik Kabaret 2014. Tickets are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment.



Big thanks to everyone who attended Filmonik #13 and Loop Bar for having us. Filmonik #14 is part of this year Melbourne Fringe Festival being held at Tuxedo Cat on Wednesday the 24th September at 7pm. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!