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The MIC UPDATE - 280405

The MIC UPDATE - 280405


Well it is a huge update this time, a veritable cornucopia of
announcements... I hardly know where to begin. Urgent things first.

1) Homegrown
2) Databook

3) New World Chaos
4) Human Rights Film Festival
5) Natural Selection 4
6) Sandor Lau online

7) Public Commission for Grey Lynn
8) Moving Image Artist Residency in Brisbane
9) AV.06 Expressions of Interest

10) "Game"
11) "Boy"
12) European Media Art Festival



Homegrown. MIC's Short Film Programmes in the NZ International Film Festivals. You only have a few more days to get those short films in to us. PO Box 168030 Newton, AK. Get to it! (OK... we'll take them up until Monday at the latest, but don't tell anyone else). Remember works in progress are accepted, just tell us in detail what changes are yet to be made. You won't be marked down for it, but you may be selected!


The Data Book (NZ's screen production directory) Listing forms for the 2005 edition were sent out a while ago. They need you to update your details (if you haven't already) and send them back to them ASAP (no later than the end of April).

If you haven't been in The Data Book before or haven't received your forms please contact: Bev Algar, Ph 09-630 1624 extn 376, The Data Book, PO Box 5544, Wellesley Street, Auckland.

The 2005 edition will be published in August.



An exhibition of art works by 16 different artists, in multiple media, providing "positive visions designed to stimulate ways of living beyond the boundaries of civilization". Opening: Tuesday 3rd May, 5pm - 8pm ArtStation 1 Ponsonby Road.


A film festival with a difference – New Zealand’s inaugural human rights film festival – is bringing extraordinary films to the big screen near you.

With a programme that includes the 2005 Academy Award winning documentary, Born into Brothels and the radical, entertaining Resistencia – Hip-Hop in Colombia, the New Zealand Human Rights Film Festival includes some of the finest documentaries currently touring the globe.

Further highlights include high profile British director Ken Loach’s dramatic feature, Bread and Roses featuring Adrien Brody (also starring in Peter Jackson’s King Kong); and the stunning fictional account of the September 11 hijackers, Hamburg Cell, produced by New Zealander Finola Dwyer.

Auckland 12-19 May Academy Cinema Christchurch 13-15 May Regent on Worcester Wellington 25 May -1 June Paramount Theatre


Natural Selection is an Australasian art reviews magazine edited by Gwynneth Porter and Dan Arps, and based in Auckland, New Zealand. Designed by Warren Olds, it is an online magazine distributed as a PDF (96 pages this issue) that people can print out and assemble as a craft project.

"We accept unsolicited contributions, but we only run what we think is interesting. We encourage writers to interpret the "Australasian art reviews" brief as loosely as they wish - from criticism, to discursive features, to dialogues, to swell maps - and to not back off being nepotistic, poetic, fictional, theoretical, uncertain, epic, lyric, microscopic, or out of sight/date."



In the tradition of shamelessly promoting self-promoters - MIC invite you to the new and live His BEHAVIOURS OF THE BACKPACKER DVD is available for sale and at video shops and retailers nationwide.



Auckland City is calling for artists to express interest in designing a new artistic focal point for Grey Lynn to reflect the different cultures in the area and celebrate the artistic talents of the community.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 16 May 5pm.

Artists may enter concept designs that include a range of artistic responses such as sculpture, multimedia, text-based works, suspended artworks, integrated soft and hard landscape, or kinetic/dynamic works.

The artwork or artwork features could be used to: • communicate the history of the area or surrounding features • describe or express the unique identity of the area • create areas of interest that stimulate conversation and discussion • provide a signal or gateway into the town centre • provide an iconic symbol for Grey Lynn.

The artwork will be located within the boundary of the Grey Lynn shopping precinct at the intersection of Great North Road and Williamson Avenue.

Three artists will be shortlisted and paid $2,000 each by Auckland City to develop a concept design. From these three designs, one concept plan will be chosen and the successful artist will be paid $2,000 to develop detailed drawings and costings. Production and installation of the artwork should be completed by July 2006.

Brian McClure, a member of the Grey Lynn Business Association, is undertaking fundraising sponsorship to cover the production and installation of the artwork, estimated to cost between $75,000 and $100,000.

For a copy of the artwork brief, contact the Community Planning Administration Officer at Auckland City by phoning (09) 307 7548 , email or visit


Interested in working with artists from all around the world for 4 weeks? Raw Space is offering 48 artists this opportunity, making it Australia's largest artist run residency program. Raw Space Residencies is a group residency program where 4 artists can come together, share ideas & explore their practice away from the day-to-day distractions of life. The group will include 1 international & 3 Australian artists. The 4 artists will live in our residential space & work in our moving image studios in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Each artist is required to make at least one screen based moving image work during the residency. This new work will then be exhibited in our new moving image gallery in the heart of Brisbane City. Artists do not need to be a moving image artist to apply.

Raw Space will provide artists with accommodation for 4 weeks, use of a moving image studio, gallery hire for a 4-week exhibition, production of a final DVD, printing of promotional material, basic training, documentation in an online catalogue newsletter & inclusion in our bound colour catalogue.

Raw Space will be hosting 12 of these group residencies from June 2005 to May 2006. For more information & details on how to apply visit our website…

Closing date for round one: 6 May 2005


AV.06: the second audiovisual festival March 2006 NewcastleGateshead, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, UK

The AV Festival is a new bi-annual international festival of digital art, moving image, music and new media convergence which takes place in the North East of England. The second AV festival - AV.06 - will take place across three cities in the North East of England during the first two weeks of March 2006. It will examine one of the key issues within creative and scientific practice - life.

AV.06 will include internationally renowned artists, filmmakers, researchers, technicians and musicians as well as emerging practitioners. Concerts, performances and exhibitions will be complemented by a conference and an education programme.

AV.06 will feature:

- new commissions of film, digital arts, music and games - outdoor projects which will transform landmark public buildings or spaces - live performance events at the Sage Gateshead and other concert venues - a major strand of activity focussing on computer games - a screening programme - exhibitions and installations - an international conference - an education programme of workshops, seminars and lectures - a programme of club events and parties - a radio station broadcasting on-air and online - digital projects for the region's public transport system

AV will be commissioning new works especially for the festival, as well as presenting creative work which has already been produced. AV is now calling for expressions of interest from artists, filmmakers, musicians, DJs, VJs, designers, games developers, theorists, technologists, scientists, philosophers and others interested in this field.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 27 May 2005



“Game”, a short film produced by Dunedin-based Good Company Arts, is one of nine Digital Short Film finalists in the Roma Independent Film Festival 2005. “Game” is also one of ten finalists in the moving image category of the Vodafone Digital Art Awards (, to be announced in May. It comes from the same creative hub as last year’s internationally award-winning “Figure[s] of Speech” (Best Video Creacion Canariasmediafest, Spain).

Directed by Daniel Belton, “Game” features the work of Dunedin artists Jac Grenfell, Juliet Fay, Richard Huber, Donnine Harrison, Peter Belton, Nigel Jenkins, and more. Playwright and actor Richard Huber is the main character in the film. It’s the story of a man with a gamey leg, who finds himself in a futuristic hospital where the patients play with geometry and holographics as a means to curing their ailments.

“It’s a funky film about healing,” Daniel Belton says. “It’s quite sci-fi, mysterious, kinetic, visual - and a lot of fun... we’re all thrilled to have this recognition and what’s important for me is that the film is being recognised locally as well as internationally.”

“Game” was made with the support of a grant from the Screen Innovation Production Fund, Dunedin City Council and the Community Trust of Otago.

11) BOY WINS BEST - From Homegrown to the World.

Auckland film director Welby Ings’ first short film "Boy" has won Best Short Narrative Film at the 2005 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, qualifying it for consideration for next year’s Academy Awards. We are particularly proud as "Boy" screened in last years Homegrown selection.

Produced by Nic Finlayson for Room 8 Productions, the silent short film tells the story of a young male prostitute living in small-town New Zealand, who tries to expose the truth behind a fatal hit-and-run accident.

The 2005 Cinequest Film Festival, which represented films from 40 countries, included 1202 short films in its programme.

“I approached Boy as a typographer and illustrator, not as a filmmaker. That in itself was unconventional,” Ings said. “The result is a visually intense film that deals with an aspect of New Zealand society seldom discussed. I really wanted to offer something new to film and its success vindicates the approach I took.”

Boy has been selected for the American Short Film Archive 100, which is managed by the University of Nevada and contains what are considered to be the world’s 100 most significant short films.

More information and stills from Boy can be downloaded from


For the 18th time, one of the greatest European multimedia events took place in Osnabrueck, from 20 to 24 April: over a period of five days, the EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (EMAF) presented current trends and the latest developments in international media art.

As an international forum for experimental films and videos, performances, multimedia installations, DVD and Internet projects, the EMAF introduced both creative newcomers and renowned artists, check out what they got up to at:

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