ACCELERATOR LAB WELCOMES MOST DIVERSE INTAKE EVER
Helping tomorrow’s hottest filmmaking talent today, the Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF Accelerator Lab this year welcomes its most diverse intake ever with 28 emerging film directors confirmed to attend the workshop, while 13 alumni directors have new films screening in the MIFF 2017 program and the Accelerator Lab Master-class program includes ticketed sessions with top talent on Acting, Editing and more.
Part of the MIFF 37°South Market suite of industry programs, Accelerator Lab is an intensive workshop that helps selected short filmmakers hone their skills, craft and contacts in preparation for their transition to feature-length film directing with a four-day program of talks, screenings, seminars, networking and discussions on the creative and business aspects of the film industry. Over its 14 years, Accelerator Lab has fostered some extraordinary talent including: David Michod (Animal Kingdom); Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man, An Audio Misadventure); Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays); Justin Kurzel (Snowtown); Ben Young (Hounds of Love); and Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok).
Occurring during the MIFF Shorts & Centre-Piece Weekend, the mid-point of the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest and largest film festival, this year’s Accelerator Lab has 14 participants who have short films in the MIFF 2017 program: W.A.M (Bill) Bleakley; Nina Buxton; Kate Lefoe; Frank Magree; Zoe McIntosh; Victoria McIntyre; Greta Nash; Tin Pang; Simon Portus; Nikki Richardson; Rachel Ross; John Sheedy; Nick Waterman; Dave Whitehead. Audiences can see the films from these up-and-coming filmmakers in two programs of shorts, Accelerator 1 on Saturday 12 August at 4pm and Accelerator 2 on Sunday 13 August at 4pm, which go on sale at www.miff.com.au from Friday 14 July.
Express admission is also offered for a further number of directors in Accelerator Lab partnership programs. This year, six directors will participate via the South Australian Film Corporation’s Pirrku Kuu Writers Room & Aboriginal Production Initiative: Kiara Milera; Edoardo Crismani; Michael Crismani; Isaac Lindsay; Dylan Coleman; and Thibul Nettle; while four directors participate via the New Zealand Film Commission’s Ramai Hayward Wahine Maori Director’s Scholarship: Rachel House; Briar Grace Smith; Jessica Sanderson; and Kath Akuhata Brown. Sophie Hexter, Lisa Matthews and Kelly Schilling will participate thanks to the Australian Directors’ Guild Gender Matters initiative, while Maziar Lahooti participates via ScreenWest’s West Coast Visions. For more information on the 2017 participants visit: http://miffindustry.com/2017-participants.
With some 57% of this year’s 28 participants being female and 35% indigenous, this year’s Accelerator Lab intake is the most diverse ever. Following this year’s intake, some 268 directors will have passed through Accelerator Lab (for full alumni details see http://miffindustry.com/alumni_update) and Accelerator Lab is proud that some 13 of its alumni have films in the MIFF 2017 program, including Eddie Martin (Accelerator 2010) with the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Have You Seen the Listers, Amiel Courtin-Wilson (2004) and Ariel Kleiman (2010) with the remainder to be announced at MIFF’s program launch on Tuesday 11 July.
A select number of Accelerator Lab sessions, ideal for students and those seeking to “look behind the curtain” of filmmaking, are open to the public with strictly limited seating. Featuring key creative talent from this year’s MIFF Premiere Fund-supported titles Jungle, Butterfly Tree and Rabbit, including actors Melissa George (The Good Wife) and Ed Oxenbould (Paper Planes), the sessions, which are now on sale at http://miff.com.au/industry-public-access-events, are:
For more information, visit www.miffaccelerator.com