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The members of Nexus Production Group are involved in the organisation of, or have an association with, several popular local film festivals and events.  You'll find more info about each event along with links below.

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MIM is the flagship event of Nexus Production Group.  Ivan Malekin is the Festival Director, Sarah Jayne Administrator, Tim Ferris Public Relations Consultant, and Patrick Siscar the Graphic Designer.  

 

The Made In Melbourne Film Festival is an exclusive showcase for Melbourne filmmakers and films that are 'Made In Melbourne'. MIM celebrates the desire, drive, and diversity of the local film community by screening the very best films Melbourne has to offer.

 

From humble beginnings in 2009 - a one night even held in a cinema bar - MIM has grown year after year to become a key event in the Victorian film scene, playing at grand venues such as the Astor Theatre, BMW Edge, and the Capitol Theatre, as well as fostering a consistent array of sponsors, such as Madman Entertainment, FilmInk, Cinema Nova, Giesen Wines, John Barry Sales, Ben's Camera Hire, etc.

 

In 2013 MIM received an Arts Grant from the City of Melbourne and ran over four nights, showcasing the best local short films as always, but also feature films and films from high school students for the first time.  2014 saw MIM return as a four-day event at Revolt Art Space from Nov 27th to 30th, drawing over 400 people, holding more sessions and screening more films than ever, welcoming more sponsors and prizes than ever, and launching new initiatives such as industry judges and movie matinées.

 

MIM retrospectives have screened at major events such as White Night Melbourne, Movies Under the Stars run by Destination Docklands, and various local film nights.

 

2015 will be the seventh straight year for the festival.  What surprises does the new year hold?  One thing is certain: MIM will always be an exclusive local showcase for the best shorts, features, and high school films.  All local.  All Melbourne.

 

Head over to the official MIM website for all the info and join the festival on Facebook too.

 

 
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During the Winter of 2014 and creeping into Spring Speakeasy Nuevo, in association with Nexus Production Group and the Comedy Gallery, presented a wild and wicked Cinema, Stand-Up & Burlesque show every last Friday of the month.
 
Situated in Brunswick, a creative and funky heartland, Theatre Nuevo screened the best indie shorts from Melbourne movie makers, followed by stand-up comedy, washed down with a burlesque chaser!
 
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And the people responded.  Packed houses, rowdy crowds, crazy atmosphere and drinks with burgers and fries all night long.  It was a unique and unpredictable event, a hybrid of entertainment artforms, and though the schedules and demands of our own respective events meant it was never going to be a long-term arrangement, boy, it was fun while it lasted!
 
Speakeasy HQ still continues to present a big and bustling vaudeville show every Saturday night in the city which we highly recommended.  Check it out when you get a chance, and in the meantime, check out some pictures from Theatre Nuevo below. 
 
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 GIRLS TOGETHER OUTRAGEOUSLY

 

'Girls Together Outrageously' is a fitting title for an all female directors showcase. We say why not celebrate female directors, since they are clearly not talked about nor celebrated as much as their male counterparts, yet they are capable of the same result. 
 
This special Final Cut showcase held on August 26th, 2014, was the first of it's kind for the popular film night run by Richard Harris who holds these film events every last Tuesday of the month at 1000 £ BEND
 
However with Richard overseas, this special event was curated and hosted by Sarah Jayne; Art Director, one part of Nexus Production Group, Administrator for the Made In Melbourne Film Festival, and the writer and director of short film Dusk.
 
Sarah Jayne opened the show with a strong speech discussing women's roles within the film industry and why we need to acknowledge female filmmakers and create strong female characters in film. Stella Dimadis from Women In Film and Television, who supported Sarah Jayne as she curated the event, also made a speech and talked about the Australian organisation which supports females in film. The films followed; each one was well-received, discussed and praised by all who attended.
 
Standouts were the dark yet visually stunning stop-motion animation Butterflies by Isabel Peppard; The Art of Perfection by We Love It Productions, a film about the effects of fashion, body image and false advertising; while Bliss by New York director Hannah Leshaw, which explores themes of sex and marriage, definitely had a lot of people talking. 
 
Many of these films screened had won countless awards, screened at major festivals overseas, or were even local premieres.  Each send out a strong message, had a sure director's hand, or dealt with issues that effect women. 
 
With 120 people in attendance, it was one of the biggest nights for Final Cut in its long history, making Girl's Together Outrageously a complete success. There is talk that more female directed films will be featured at Final Cut in the future and even talk of hosting another Girls Together Outrageously event in 2015.  Time will tell.  If it happens, the NPG site will certainly have the news. 
 
Check out the pictures of the night and the full line up below and follow the links were available to find out more about the films.
 
~ Sarah Jayne
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The Art of Perfection

Film line-up:

THE SALT MAIDEN (2013) – Director Beverley Callow – Drama 15 mins
More info: www.thesaltmaiden.com

KICK HIS CAP (2013) – Dannika Horvat – Music Video 2 mins

BUTTERFLIES (2012) - Director Isabel Peppard – Animation 12 mins
More info: www.butterfliesanimation.com

KIBERA YETU (2014) – Director Robyn Blake – Documentary 8 mins


BLISS (2013) – Director: Hannah Leshaw – Drama 7 mins


ART OF PERFECTION (2012) – Director Crystal Halos – Drama 15 mins

KAMAMBO (BUTTERFLY) (2012) – Director Victoria Goodyear - Drama 10 mins

More info: www.victoriagoodyear.com


CLOSE TO HOME (2014) – Stephanie McDonald – Drama 7 mins

More info: www.standbyyou.org.au

TALENTED (2013) - Jemma Cotter - Thriller 10 mins

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Three years, three venues, over one hundred films screened and hundreds of people entertained, laughs, cheers, tears, prizes, surprises, Halloween parties, karaoke!, industry speakers, and how many drinks?

 

From 2010 to 2012 Short Cut reigned as the biggest, boldest, and most innovative monthly film event in Melbourne.  It began as a follow on from the success of the Made In Melbourne Film Festival - we received so many quality films but simply couldn't program everything we wanted in an annual festival so here was Short Cut to provide a means to get more films in front of an appreciative audience. 

 

The monthly film series, running in seasons from April to October, was readily embraced by the local film community and became a night to catch up with friends, network, grab a beer, sit back and enjoy quality films and meet the filmmakers behind the work.  Over the three years Short Cut averaged fifty people per screening, hitting highs of ninety to one hundred several times, running a smooth and efficient format and a highly organised show that was the envy of contemporary film nights.

 

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(A few Short Cut Special programs)

 

But on October 25th, 2012, Short Cut ran its final show, playing the best films from the past three years as voted by our audience as well as being a fantastic premiere for our own film Reckoning.  After three years it was time to move on and I'm proud to say we did it in style: the final show drew over one hundred people, the atmosphere buzzing, reminiscing, a fun and fitting farewell.

 

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(Program for the final Short Cut)

 

Thank you to the venues who hosted us over the three years - Station 59 in 2010, Red Bennies in 2011, The Order of Melbourne in 2012.  Thank you to the sponsors who supported us and provided prizes every month to giveaway - The Astor Theatre, Dracon Pictures, the Melbourne Actors Lab, StarNow.  Thank you to the crew who made the show happen every month - Heath Novkovic, Patrick Siscar, Stewart Fairweather, Sarah Jayne, Derek Newsome.

 

And most of all, thank you to the filmmakers who screened their work, took park in the Q & A's, and everyone who ever attended an event.  It was your support that made Short Cut what it was ... a damn good show.

 

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