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.
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.
GIRLS TOGETHER OUTRAGEOUSLY
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
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.
(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.
(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.