As part of a national initiative to focus on the importance of Australian contemporary live music, the Australians Music Industry Network is pleased to present the top 10 films from the I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60-second film competition.
The competition was a result of AMIN joining forces with the Live Music Office and the internationally accredited St Kilda Film Festival, presented by City of Port Phillip, to present through the medium of short film an awareness campaign about the social, cultural and economic value of contemporary music to the lives of everyday Australians by addressing at least one of the following themes:
‘Imagine life without live Australian music’
‘What I love about live Australian music’
‘What live Australian music means to me’
The finalists were screened at The St Kilda Film Festival’s SoundKILDA event on the 26th of May with the over $12,000 worth of prizes awarded on the night thanks to our sponsors NXTGIG app, APRA AMCOS, Allans Billy Hyde, Sensaphonics Australia, Palace Cinemas, Travel Beyond Group and SAE Institute Australia.
Finalists – 7 from Victoria, 1 from South Australia, 1 from Tasmania and 1 from New South Wales, ranged from submissions from professional filmmakers to independent producers. Producers were asked to feature the music of a local act, who were also awarded prizes on the night.
“The marriage of filmmakers and musicians is an important development in the evolution of both art forms” – St Kilda Film Festival Director Paul Harris
“when we put out the challenge to producers to encapsulate why they love live music in under a minute we didn’t know what to expect but we were thrilled with the quality and diversity of entries that reinforced why live music is so close to our hearts in this country “ – Patrick Donovan AMIN Chair
THE WINNING ENTRY
LIVE FROM KINGSBURY BOWLS
Film by: Sari Braithwaite
Music by: Liz Stringer
Live from Kingsbury Bowls is a film by Melbourne based documentary filmmaker, Sari Braithwaite, about live music’s ability to bring people, young and old, together and engaging them through the universal language that is music. Featuring a performance by Liz Stringer in a community bowls club, the film is centered around the sense of community that local live music creates. Showing that all that is needed to keep live music alive is for individuals to continue to enjoy.
Film by: Cesar Salmeron & Aaron Cuthbert
Music by: Quincy McLean & Simon Bailey
Encore is a film that aims to visually explore what it might feel like to remove live music from the halls that created it. Live Australian Music is the voice of a culture that created itself, bringing people together and acting as the release valve of society. Every live performance is a marriage of time and space that can never be repeated. This film highlights that taking this aspect away leaves us with a discomforting reality. Showing nothing but empty spaces, yet hearing the sounds of an audience allows the film to highlight that music remains vital to support a community of storytellers.
Film by: Jasmin Watkins and Stavroula Tsapaliaris
Music by: Adam Page
Music by: Cowsmuff
Music by: That Gold Street Sound
WHAT AUSTRALIAN LIVE MUSIC MEANS TO ME
Film by: Mark Day
Music by: Stefan Miranda
WHO PLAYED LAST NIGHT
Film by: Thomas Hyland
Music by: Andrew Watson
YOU CAN’T DOWNLOAD THIS
Film by: Jacob Collings
Music by: Sumner
The finalist were screened at The St Kilda Film Festival’s SoundKILDA event on the 26th of May with over $12,000 worth of prizes awarded on the night thanks to our sponsors NXTGIG app, APRA AMCOS, Allans Billy Hyde, Sensaphonics Australia, Palace Cinemas, Travel Beyond Group and SAE Institute Australia.
Thank you to everyone who made a submission. We were blown away by the amount of high quality films we received.