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Aurora Short Film Festival 2012


Call All Creatives!
The 2012 Aurora Short Film Festival is now open for business.
This year’s theme is ‘Make Something’.
And as long as it’s under 10 minutes, we don’t mind what it is. It could be an animation, drama, documentary, music video, anything. The point is to just  ‘Make Something’.
So if you’re after cash prizes, industry recognition, or you’re just in it for the love of the craft, then get those creative caps on and enter the 2012 Aurora Short Film Festival.

What about the prizes?
Critics Choice – $1000 (panel of industry experts)
Viewers Choice – $1000 (online voting)

Entry Details:
Call For Entries: Dec 1st 2011 – April 30th 2012.
Finalists – Top 10 Announced: May 4th 2012.
Voting: May 4th 2012 – May 31st 2012.
Winners announced 3rd June 2012.

Entry Requirements:
Can be animation, drama, photostory, documentary, music clip – anything.
Max 10 minutes in length.
Entries to be delivered on DVD (file format .avi, mpeg, .mov etc) or uploaded to
Finalists must provide a broadcast quality version of the film if they reach the top 10.

Good Luck!

Aurora Partners with Ice to launch Chatterbox – Feb 14

Aurora, Australia’s leading not-for-profit subscription community TV channel, has partnered with ICE to produce Chatterbox – a monthly community arts and events program hosted by up-and-comers Aisha Kamara (East West 101Crownies) and Vuli Mkwananzi (True Vibenation) from 7 – 7.30PM, TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY on Foxtel Channel 183.

Chatterbox is a show by the community for the community, providing a broadcast platform for stories from around Australia that are little told and not often heard. Every month Chatterbox will take FOXTEL and AUSTAR viewers behind the scenes of large and small-scale events that bring communities together – introducing the people behind the projects and the passion and joy of those working behind the scenes.

Tune in to celebrate every-day yet extraordinary Australians, their achievements and find out about upcoming events and opportunities nationwide. The show will connect viewers with their neighbours and put a face to the mosaic of contemporary Australian culture.

Chatterbox is the first initiative to be generated out of ICE’s exciting new partnership with Aurora TV. It presents us with a fresh opportunity to turn up the volume on the rich and dynamic cultural and creative currents being generated in diverse communities nationally. The show will use Western Sydney as a platform and we are delighted to be producing it in-house at Switch Digital Arts Centre with a local crew,” says Lisa Torrance, ICE Executive Director.

Producers Aurora and ICE are also investigating ways to source new content for the show nationwide. We are calling out for community organisations to submit story ideas and events for consideration in future episodes of Chatterbox. For more information, or to submit your story idea, please email producers Ben Rose ( and Kate Taylor ( or call 02 9897 5744

Aurora Celebrates 2011 – A Year of Achievements

Aurora, Australia’s leading not-for-profit subscription community TV channel, is celebrating a year of achievements, as 2011 comes to a close. Major highlights include the launch of the inaugural Aurora Short Film Festival, production of three Wheelchair sports events, coproduction of the Talent Development Project and the launch of multiple new, independent Australian productions.

The past year has also seen Aurora take on more broadcast partnerships including the ATOM Awards, the Hillside Film Festival, the 48 Hour Film Project, Wakakirri, Dance Cancer Initiative and the Ethnic Business Awards.

Phyllisse Stanton, Aurora CEO said, “We’ve achieved beyond our expectations and continued our commitment to providing Australian made, community-focused content – sharing stories and strengthening our relationship with the independent production sector.”

This year, Aurora’s advertising sales were also taken in-house for a more streamlined approach, headed up by Craig Corcoran. The results for advertising sales have been healthy and viewership has remained steady in the face of increasing competition.

“Aurora looks forward to embracing another stellar year in 2012. We’re already in pre-production for our very own community arts, events and news program called Chatterbox, set to premiere in the New Year, along with a slate of more new shows to be revealed over the next few months,” said Ms Stanton.

Aurora recently launched the 12 Days of Giving initiative, which culminates in an ad-free Christmas Day with advertising air time donated to charities and coming soon Australia Week – a week long marathon of Aussie programs to celebrate Australia Day.

12 Days of Giving – Christmas 2011

This Christmas, we’ve decided to give something back to the community with our ‘12 Days of Giving’ initiative! In the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we are donating free airtime to a different charity each day. Then on Christmas Day we are going AD-FREE, dedicating all advertising space to Community Service Announcements for a range of charities – from the big names we’re all familiar with, right down to smaller organisations that need a helping hand.

As our CEO Phyllisse Stanton puts it, “This time of year is all about giving. To get into the spirit of Christmas, Aurora hopes to make a difference by helping those in need. There are so many charities out there that do amazing work but don’t get enough public recognition. ‘12 Days of Giving’ is all about bringing attention to these great causes so that each charity can continue to build on their successes within the community”.

So if you’d like to help, check out the list below and click on whichever one takes your fancy. We appreciate your support, and every little bit makes a difference!

If you work for a charity or not for profit organisation and would like your CSA to be included in our Christmas Day schedule and beyond, contact us on (02)9370 9999.

12 Days of Giving CSA Schedule
• Tuesday, 13th December – Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
• Wednesday, 14th December – Assistance Dogs Australia
• Thursday, 15th December – Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia
• Friday, 16th December – Multicap (High Needs Disability Support)
• Saturday, 17th December – The Big Issue
• Sunday, 18th December – Open Family Australia
• Monday, 19th December – Alzheimer’s Australia (Fight Dementia)
• Tuesday, 20th December – Red Dust Role Models
• Wednesday, 21st December – Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife
• Thursday, 22nd December – The Fred Hollows Foundation
• Friday, 23rd December – AEIOU Foundation
• Saturday, 24th December – The Salvation Army

Ovation Channel

Ovation has been providing arts and entertainment programs for the Australian subscription industry for 15 years. Its programming embraces performance, drama, music, entertainment and visual arts.

Ovation showcases classical and world music; jazz, pop, cinema, literature, performance of opera and dance; and up close and personal looks at the lives of artists and performers, happening in the arts across Australia and around the globe.

With a strong commitment to local programming, collaborations with Australia’s most prominent cultural institutions and the ability to source the best international content, Ovation presents an eclectic mix of programming from ground breaking performance to intriguing arts documentaries.

Ovation Channel is now available to Australian viewers via the internet and will soon be available on new Connected and Smart TVs. It’s also available through Austar, Optus TV and Fetchtv,  It also offers an On Demand service via the internet.