Tuesday, March 24, 2020
We hope this update finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. It's not without irony that our dystopian short film has had its release disrupted by a global pandemic, so at least the universe has a sense of humour. In this very weird time, we thought you could all use some good news about something other than the end of the world.
Prior to the global malady, we have been actively pursuing international film festivals that are a good fit for the unique dystopian world of our new film 'Risen'. Thankfully, we are getting a positive response, with the wonderful news that 'Risen' was selected for the Oscar and BAFTA accredited Slamdance Film Festival's Los Angeles event 'Emergence'.
Slamdance Alumni include such acclaimed filmmakers as Bong Joon Ho, Christopher Nolan, Benh Zeitlin, Lena Dunham, the Russo Brothers....and now, our writer/director Tony Radevski.
Shortly after the news of our Slamdance selection we also found out that 'Risen' was selected for the FIAPF-accredited 'Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival'.
'Risen' would have played in a festival programme featuring Pixar's latest film 'Onward'; Toronto FF, Stiges and FantastFest Austin's Netflix acquisition 'The Platform'; and the latest HBO series from the Wire's David Simon, 'The Plot Against America'. Esteemed company indeed.
We hoped these selections would give an opportunity for the 'Risen' TV series we are developing to move another step forward...but life often gets in the way of careful planning.
Now, the actual festivals themselves have been postponed/cancelled, due to obvious reasons, but that does not diminish the selectio
n of 'Risen' and the recognition of the film our wonderful cast, crew and supporters helped create. The festivals themselves were keen to reiterate this, so they have published the 2020 programs online, despite the festivals themselves not going ahead as planned. You can find each program at:
We live in hope that the positive response to 'Risen' continues later into the year, once all of this uncertainty has passed and film festivals can actually open their doors to a delighted public. Until that time, we at Opening Act Films wish you nothing but good health, and hopefully a measure of good cheer, until we can all shake hands again.
All the best,
Founder, Opening Act Films
Saturday, December 07, 2019
At the end of September we discovered that our little film has continued to have a life, being nominated for Best Short Film at the 2019 ATOM Awards.
Since 1982, the ATOM Awards have been celebrating the best of Australian and New Zealand screen content. They are the second-longest-running film and media awards in Australia, behind the AFI/AACTA Awards, having been held annually for over thirty-five years.
The film literally would not exist without the efforts and contributions of the entire cast and crew, and our cherished supporters, so this recognition of the film belongs to all of them.
Some photos from the night...
And, in additional good news, ATOM want to take Pilè on a national screening tour! The National Screenings Tour comprises of free screenings of recent ATOM Awards films across metropolitan and regional Australia and New Zealand throughout the year. In 2019, they screened at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren, Melbourne, Harmony Square in Dandenong, Macquarie Mall Urban Screen at Liverpool in Sydney, and at various schools across Australia.
So, Pilè will be delighting many more eyeballs for a while to come.
Friday, September 20, 2019
I've been doing this weird thing - I believe it's pronounced "living" - lately, so I haven't been very active on socials. To come back with a humblebrag is likely a mortal sin, but if it means I can also say a big thank you to all who supported and made our film Pilè possible, then it's worth it.
And with that, some lovely news - Pilè has been nominated for 'Best Short Fiction Film' at the 2019 ATOM Awards!
A very sincere thank you to everyone who helped make the film and a non-ironic slow clap to our talented writer/director Tony Radevski for allowing this idea to gestate, burst from his chest, and then lurk in the cavernous space ship halls of people's brain cavities.
More information at: http://atomawards.org/2019-tertiary-industry-entry/pil/
Sunday, November 04, 2018
'12.12.12' is going to Chicago!
After successful screenings in L.A. and Kansas City, '12.12.12' is making it's way to the well-regarded 15th Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest.
We are thrilled to be selected, and hope that the Chicago audience responds to the film.
The screening is this Saturday 10th November at the Chicago Filmmakers Theater. Full details at: http://www.projectchicago.com/saturday-nov-10
Monday, July 23, 2018
After years of development with writer/director Tonnette Stanford and Executive Producer Zayn Buksh, our web series ROMP (Love Bytes, season 2) has received post-production funding from Screen Australia.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the journey of making ROMP, especially to Rosie Lourde and Screen Australia for helping us make this new season a reality.
For more information, visit: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/media-centre/news/2018/07-18-screen-australia-$17-million-23-projects
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Great news - our film Pilè is screening at the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival!
Congratulations to our writer/director Tony Radevski, and our amazing cast and crew.
Our session is Saturday, 26 May 2018, 2:00PM - 3:30PM, and we'll be there to represent the film. Feel free to come and say hello.
More details: https://stkildafilmfestival.com.au/film/pile/
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
More good news for '12.12.12'!
This week, our collaborator James Crisp (writer/director) will be there in person to present 12.12.12 at the festival. We're sending supercharged good vibes from Australia for a great screening!
Full details at: https://kcfilmfest.org/product/12-12-12-sunday/