Revelation Film Festival 2014

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"the best film festival on Australia’s cultural landscape"

-  Triple J

“IN THE MOMENT, OF THE MOMENT, WITH THE MOMENT"

- Team REV

“Australia’s best kept secret"

- Margaret Pomeranz

“The west coast's leading film event"

- ScreenSpace

“the biggest film culture event that we have"

- AccesSreel

Breaking News

  • 1
  • Sept

2016 INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

Deadline: April 15th, 2016.

We never sleep, and to prove it we've opened our 2016 international call for entries.

Each year along with the film we invite to screen and view, Revelation receives 500+ films through our call for entries. These of course explore all forms, all durations and are from all ages. From these we program all components of the event including the feature film and feature documentary elements which see significant program representation from the call as well as of course our short, animation and experimental programs which are almost entirely programmed from the call.

Rev's tightly-curated and compact nature makes it one of the most difficult to get into but one of the most rewarding as all films selected have room to breathe and move.

We love the brilliant discoveries and in a one-of-a-kind structure, Revelation Festival Director - Richard Sowada - watches each and every film submitted, so you're guaranteed an airing right where the decisions are made...which is usually in his lounge-room and usually quite late at night.

Timing is everything so we suggest sending us your film early before the deluge - anyone who knows the film festival selection business knows what we're saying. 

You can submit your works in one of three ways:

Through our in-house on-line entry form. Simply fill out your details (incl payment) and point us to a link and you're done!

Through WithoutaBox who provide a range of online and hard-copy screening submission platforms.

In the old school way of downloading an entry form and sending us a screener here.

Visit the Call for Entries page right here.

Entry Deadline is April 15th, 2016.

  • 30
  • Aug

LATINO FILM FESTIVAL ENDS SEPT 5!

The world of independent screen culture is alive and well in WA and after a hard and heavy week at Cinefest OZ, Perth film lovers can continue to indulge their passion for international cinema in the final days of the Cine Vivo Latino Film Festival at Cinema Paradiso.

In recent years Latin countries have produced some of the most provocative' political and stylish cinema anywhere in the world. With the enormous depth of trans-continental cultural and political experiences it's not surprising why.

This year’s festival will also showcase a family friendly matinee and Perth’s inaugural Latin short film competition, which has already attracted entries from over 200 cutting-edge filmmakers.

Investigate and find out what, when and where right here.

  • 21
  • Aug

STREET ART: A PUBLIC AFFAIR SCREENING - Sun Sept 27

Rev's not doing it but we're happy to support independent screen, digital and moving image culture of all kinds...so we recommend you take a peek at the upcoming film Street Art: A PUBLIC Affair.

As our friends at Cinema Australia write: "The documentary follows a street art festival which takes place in Perth every April, created and operated by the amazing team at FORM. This year, the event was bigger and better than ever, with over 50 local, national and internationally renowned artists adorning blank walls across five suburbs.

Street Art: A PUBLIC Affair features an incredible array of new urban artworks, along with interviews with a number of the artists involved including Chris Nixon (Australia), Anya Brock (Australia), Brenton See (Australia), Idol Motions (Australia), Stormie Mills (Australia), James Giddy (Australia), Elian (Argentina), Hayley Welsh (UK), Nespoon (Poland) and many more.

This one-off screening is on at Luna Leederville, Sun Sept 27, 8.30pm.

Buy tickets here!

  • 4
  • Aug

AUGUST AUSTRALIAN REVELATIONS - ON THE BEACH

We've been selling out every screening for Australian Revelations so you'll need to get in quick for our August edition of this brilliant and  legendary film featuring an all star cast of A-list Hollywood and top class Australian actors of the time.

Adapted from the classic Australian novel from Neville Shute, this 1959 Stanley Kramer directed drama features Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner (who got into all kinds of strife with her comments about filming in Australia), Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins (in a fantastic performance), Aussie great John Mellion and many others.

The plot is simple - in the aftermath of an atomic incident a submarine sails toward Australia to escape the nuclear fallout - but there is ultimately no escape. What happens in between is a wonderfully played and astutely directed human drama where emotions and politics are stripped to their most most basic. 

An outstanding film by anyone's standards On the Beach is a great moment in Australian cinema and literature - all the more important in the 2015 commemoration of the dropping of the 1st atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 

Monday August 31st
6:45pm
Join us for a complimentary drink and finger food prior to the show.
Backlot Studio, 21 Simpson Street, West Perth

Buy tickets here

Read more here

  • 29
  • July

THE WRAP FROM 2015

2015 was a huge year for Rev.

Packed and sold-out houses throughout, all workshops and masterclasses sold out, a brilliant critical, creative and box office reception and not an ounce of fat in the program we're very proud of what we were able to present to WA audiences. 

We had 11,000+ people plus through the doors who availed themselves to close to 150 individual titles from new directors (some as young as 12!), new styles, new technologies and most importantly new ways of thinking.

As there's no rest for the wicked (anyone who spent time in the Luna Lounge during the event knows how wicked things can get) we're opening our call for entries on September 1st. If you're a filmmaker, curator or visual artist of any form (gallery, visual art and photographic work included) visit us then or join our mailing list.

We want and stand for you.

See you in 2016 - but if you've got any ideas now - especially for non-cinema based or live activity, email us here.

See the snapshot of the event visually here.

See the photo gallery here.

  • 13
  • July

REVEL8 SUPER 8 FILM COMPETITION WINNERS

It was another huge year at Revel8's unique celebration of the most analogue of film formats, Super 8.

An unusual marriage between filmmaking and musical composition, Revel8 is a fascinating "in-camera" film experience and as Rev's closing night event is always great and unexpected fun. Click here to find out what Revel8 is all about - or just scroll down to see the winners:

REVELATION AWARD FOR BEST SUPER 8 FILM
‘Apples and Oranges’ – Filmmakers: Luna Laure and Sam Farringdon 
 
REVELATION AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC SOUNDTRACK
‘Campdraft’ – Composer: Scott Delamotte
 
REVEL-8 AWARD FOR BEST SUPER 8 CINEMATOGRAPHY 
‘Campdraft’ – Filmmaker: Tim Barretto
 
ECU JUDGES COMMENDATION FOR FILMMAKING  
‘Reverie’ – Filmmakers: Frances Elliott & Paul Komadina
 
ECU JUDGES COMMENDATION FOR MUSIC COMPOSITION
‘Lady Killer’ – Composer: Leanne Puttick

 
ECU AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD 
‘My Heart Will Go On’ – Filmmakers: Phillip Salmon & Simon Naylor
 
REVEL-8 DIRECTOR’S CHOICE 
‘Brought to You By The Letter Love’ - Filmmaker: Harry Quinlan, Composer: Chris Surgey 

  • 13
  • July

WE'RE LEAVING ON A JET PLANE...

Another year is done with a fantastic festival, fantastic guests and lots of late nights and hamburgers.

With one of our best critical and box office years done, we wish to deeply thanks evenyone who participated in this year's event. It was hugely enjoyable and believe it or not, we've already started planning some special events of scale for 2016.

If you'd like to explore the vibe of this year's event, we suggest you take a trip to our Gallery that'll give you a great sense of what we did and how we did it.

Feel free to visit our Facebook page here too.

  • 13
  • July

OUR 2015 HOT PROPERTIES

We had some monster films and events during the 2015 event. If you're keen to know what they were, here's our hit parade...

SELL OUTS AND MONSTER SESSIONS

  • 8
  • July

AUSTRALIAN FILMS BUST OUT

We're very proud to see such a large contingent of new Australian films performing so well at this year's Rev.

With huge and appreciative audiences fro Last Cab To Darwin and a brilliant response to Alvin's Harmonious World of Opposites, a sell-out for Parkerville Ampitheatre and the excellent US shot  Oz based What Lola Wants as well as the large contingent of Oz short filmmakers (including a cracker-jack line-up of local films in Get Your Shorts On!, it's clear the local industry is thriving.

Audiences are loving it, we're loving it and the media is loving it. Experience the renaissance yourself right here at Rev!

  • 30
  • June

PARKERVILLE AMPITHEARE DOCUMENTARY SMASHES IT!

Sweet Jesus...this locally produced film is just flying in ticket sales and reviews and we can't be more proud to present the world premiere at Rev. 

It's pure Perth but also a fantastic story of a true visionary - flaws and all. 

We love this film and we see a lot of our Rev-selves in it.

Hats off to all - it's a great inspiration.

Taste the tres cool trailer here..

  • 21
  • June

BECOME A REV MEMBER FOR THAT EXTRA BIT OF LOVIN'

We've been swamped with Rev lovers keen to join the Membership family - and it's not surprising considering the benefits on offer!

Being a Rev Member gives you all manner of event discounts and access, year-round special offers at cinemas and other arts events across Perth, give-aways and special events and activities.

A measly $250 will get you an immediate $500 package that includes a limited edition Rev T-shirt, Gold Pass, wine, special previews, year-round Luna/Palace discount tickets and plenty more.

Interested? As the film and arts lover that you are, you should be!

Click here for more details.

Click here to directly sign up.

  • 19
  • June

GUESTS AND INDUSTRIAL INTERCOURSE

Our guests are one of the most enjoyable parts of the event.

They're approachable, always around, always happy to talk (that's why they're here), and all love cinema. 

It's a gathering of screen artists very different to other film festivals. It's informal, vibrant, approachable and at your fingertips - no appointment necessary.

Guests include producers, directors, film festival directors, performers, writers, academics, musicians and all manner of cross-overs from around Australia and the world. They embrace new filmmakers (as young as 12!) to mid-career and well established screen artists.  

They'll be introducing films, undertaking masterclasses, leading workshops, meeting producers, secretly gauging audience responses , engaging in Q&As, speaking on panels and allowing you to buy them drinks!

If you're a filmmaker or just a lover of cinema we urge you to walk right in and sit right down with any and all of them - that's why they're here. The contact is rare, invaluable and informal.

If you miss them in their various sessions you'll find them every night while they're in town in the Leederville Luna Lounge just waiting to say hello.

Our guest list gets larger every day but here's who's coming and speaking as of the moment:

  • 19
  • June

JUNE AUSTRALIAN REVELATIONS SCREENING: LAST TRAIN TO FREO - SOLD UT

Almost all of our Australian Revelations screenings have sold out so we urge you to get in early with our June title which is a great precursor to the main July Revelation edition.

So - it's with great pleasure we announce the June screening - Last Train to Freo.

Released in 2006 the work came from a stage show penned by local writer Reg Cribb - and for anyone who's spent time on the Midland-Fremantle train line of a number of years ago, this excellent locally made film rings mighty true.

With universally excellent performances and set in real-time, it tells the story of a group of passengers who are thrown together in an almost empty carriage and who along the way confront their own demons and desires.

Last Train to Freo was an exercise in minimalism for me,” says Director Jeremy Sims, “We really pushed our imaginations making it, and I worked with many people I am still working with today. I think Steve's performance is extraordinary, and I still get a kick from watching it.”

Jeremy Sims will personally present the film at Australian Revelations, offering film lovers and local filmmakers the chance to discuss the realities of filmmaking with the Director.

Each Australian Revelations feature screening will be accompanied by a Western Australian made short film, providing opportunities for local filmmakers to have their work seen by new audiences.

Screening: Tues June 30th, 6.30pm.

Where: Perth's Backlot Studios, 21 Simpson Street, West Perth

Read more here.

SOLD OUT!

Revelation would also like to extend its sincere gratitude to Bankwest for supporting Australian Revelations through their community grants scheme.

  • 18
  • June

DOWNLOAD YOUR PROGRAM AND SET YOUR AGENDA

This year's program includes a massive 123 individual titles, 4 World Premieres, 38 Australian Premieres, it's strongest line-up of Australian films (51) and new films from 26 countries.

Featuring new additions of the Polish Film Festival Perth and a host of great (and mostly free) masterclasses and forums, this year's event has taken a  leap forward with more films, more sessions and more access.

View the full online program here.

Download the schedule as one of those old PDF things here.

Download the entire program as a PDF here.

Take a look at what happened at the program launch by visiting the Gallery - here.

  • 18
  • June

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR FEST TRAILERS

In collaboration with the Central Institute of Technology, we're proud to present to you one of our 2015 trailers!

Rev is all about encouraging active production opportunities in WA so we're very pleased with the results here.

In its development, students were required to pitch their ideas to a panel of film lovers, filmmakers and industry types with the winning idea going into production - and here's the result!

The trailer will be screening prior to selected sessions throughout the event.

View the trailer here.

We do of course have another very nice trailer that grabs some fantastic moments of the films themselves...take a look right here!

  • 26
  • May

REV MEMBERSHIP OFFERS! EAT / DRINK / WALK PERTH WITH TWO FEET AND A HEARTBEAT

This is the original Perth small bar tour - established in 2008.

Discover and taste the small and intimate venues in the city and a new nightlife and cultural scene.

Over the course of an evening in a small group, you'll visit three different bars where upon arrival you'll be greeted with grazing tucker or a drink depending on the venue.

During the time between venues you'll be guided through sections of the city and discover other venues, thriving street art, intriguing places and develop and understanding of what has transformed a city centre.

Starting at the Perth Town Hall (the traditional centre of town) and finishing in the King Street precinct, just like Gilligan's Island, the tour lasts three hours and explores the city centre via various nooks and crannies in a fun, relaxed and sophisticated environment.

Tickets are usually $50 per person but Rev Membership will give you 2 people for free!

To become a Rev member click here!

  • 22
  • Mar

THE BACKLOT FILMS ANNOUNCES FILM DISTRIBUTION MODEL OF LOCAL FILMMAKERS 

The Backlot Films today proudly announced film distribution representation across Australia.

This distribution division of parent company The Backlot Studios, The Backlot Films was formed with the specific aim of providing filmmakers with an alternative to the traditional model when securing a commercial cinema release. 

The Backlot Films boasts an array of non-traditional distribution strategies, all designed to realise a commitment to the release of Australian content on the big screen, following through to the subsequent release platforms following a theatrical release including VOD. A variety of distribution opportunities will be on offer such as producers retaining rights to content, P & A /equity investment and a dedicated marketing team on hand.

Click here for more.

  • 26
  • Oct

LOCAL SHORT FILMS WANTED!

Attention all WA filmmakers – we want your short films for Australian Revelations!

Ahead of our monthly screenings, we’re showing a short film made by local filmmakers. This is your chance to get your work on the big screen and in front of local media, industry members and cinema enthusiasts.

If your film is selected, we will provide:

-      A DCP of your film  

-      A double pass to the relevant Aust Rev screening night

-      Automatic inclusion in Rev’s call for entries for 2015 - we'll waive the entry fee

Contact us here for more information!

VIEW ALL

2016 REVELATION ACADEMIC

Critical discussion and debate is at the heart of Rev. For 2016 we'll present the 4th edition of Revelation Academic.

Revelation Academic is the only Academic and critical forum associated directly with any film festival in Australia and it's open to film lovers and academics alike.

FIND OUT HOW TO ATTEND HERE

2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES OPEN!

 We're currently scouring the world for unique and signature-driven works from the world over!

We receive 100's of films from the 4-corners of the globe and films from the call for entries populate all elements of the event....and we want yours!

TAKE A LOOK HERE

Australian REVELATIONS SCREENINGS

Join us for a monthly screening program of new and classic Australian films matched up with great local shorts in our Australian Revelations program. 

The program includes nibbles, sparkling and other wine, skypes with actors and filmmakers and that extra bit of Rev lovin'. Tickets are limited!

READ MORE HERE

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