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i heart short films

i heart short films

Sure, sure, we’re all film makers nowadays, carrying everything you need to make a film in our humble pocket.

But nothing compares to that feeling that you get when you show your film and the audience actually gets it.

Or at least, that’s what people tell me is possible if you can actually make a good film, instead of being able to write a lame self referential web post, which seems to be what I bring to the Filmonik team.

Ahem, back to the point.

We’re a community of film makers (with the stray lame web post writer) and each month we screen short films.

You are a director, a film maker, an actor, a musician, a foley artist, a producer, a boom artist, a broom artist, a punter or any combination of whatever-the-hell-kind-of-title you want.

Bring your film and we’ll screen it.

We give out challenges and collaborate together to master the sheer sorcery that is a great short film.

There’s also popcorn, music, lovely creative folk and, of course, lame web post writers.

This month the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) is coming to show a short and talk about the fabulous-ness their festival supporting independent and guerilla local and international cinema.

Honestly we can’t e-muff of the films they show and we are thrilled to have them along to Filmonik.

Where: The Wilde Bar & Eatery, 153 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
When: 6pm, Sunday, August 30
How much: absolutely FREE !

Save your place for a film and register by emailing [email protected]




Where The Short Films Are : Filmonik #22

Proving you can shot anywhere

Max: Hey, Claire. Wanna see something great?
Claire: [on the phone] Who else was there?
Max: It’s a short movie! I made it.

Come down to the Wilde Sunday July 26th … it’s where the short films are… and we’ll prove that you can make a short movie anywhere.

Where: The Wilde, 153 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
When: 7pm, Sunday July 26th
Register your film: [email protected]

We’ve got some very special guests this time – fab folk from the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF) and West Side Shorts are coming along for a chat & showing their own shorts.

As usual, there will be revelry, talented short film makers, challenges & of course, popcorn.

Filmonik #21


Everybody has a story to tell.

They are words we live by at Filmonik, and next week we’re up to our usual shenanigans where we show all the Melbourne made short films that have been submitted for the month.

In this special edition we show the films made during our Kaberet, where we made short films in one weekend inspired by James Joyce.

We’re also thrilled to announce that Nelson Walkom will be playing a special set for y’all.

Where: Loop Bar and Project Space
When: June 29 from 7pm

Submit films by bringing them along on the night, or by emailing [email protected]

Jackie Sannia to Perform at the Next Filmonik


Pic: Photos courtesy of the VCMC

We’re very excited to announce that none other than Jackie Sannia will be performing at tomorrow night’s Filmonik !!

Melbourne born Jackie Sannia became a household name after qualifying as a finalist in this year’s The Voice Australia. At just 20 years old she has three Top 20 hit singes on the Australian Charts, making her debut in the Aria charts at #24; soaring to 3rd most downloaded single in the country.

Jackie has just finished a tour of local Primary schools singing and giving talks on her recent experience with television, the music industry and working towards your goals. Having recently appeared as an ambassador of the Australian Teenage Expo’s Anti-Bullying campaign and supported Timomatic at the Melbourne Show-grounds, Jackie has announced she is now recording her debut album and hopes to release it later this year/early next year.

Find out more about Jackie here.

See you tomorrow, 7pm, at The Wilde, 153 Gertrude St, Fitzroy for films and free fun times. x 


Getting Wilde – Filmonik #20

Come one, come all #Filmonik20

Peoples, we are getting Wilde – literally – as our next Filmonik will be held at The Wilde, 153 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.

We’re also getting down with our heathen selves – for the first time we’re holding Filmonik on Sunday – the 31st of May to be specific – at 7pm.

Fantastic singer, Jackie Sannia will be performing a 20 minute set in between short films.

There will be flicks, popcorn, trivia, twister, networking, silly, love, and hilarity (and a pool table – which is a good place to settle any heathen related bets that emerge from the eve).

Filmonik is part of world’s most non-competitive, short-filmmaking initiative, Kino (known down here by its adopted local nickname Filmonik, to distinguish itself from certain other film-related establishments).

Oh, and it’s free!

Register your film now: email [email protected]


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 [email protected],  message us on fb , tweet @filmonikmelb

Filmonik #19


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 [email protected] 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

Kino is 15!

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.