Sightlines is a two-day event that will focus on the developing field of filmmaking as a form of academic research.
Universities worldwide contain academics and students who engage in filmmaking practice. Part conference and part festival, Sightlines will include screenings of work within a wide range of styles and formats, as well as presentations and discussions on the diverse ways in which screen practice can be seen as contributing to knowledge.
Presented by the Screen and Sound Cultures Research Group, within RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication, with the support of the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA).
Sightlines is an event designed to both interrogate and celebrate screen and sound practices in the context of academic research. It explores the significance of these practices through keynote addresses, the exhibition of creative works with short author talks, the presentation of creative practice research papers, and papers and panels addressing aspects of screen production industry practice. Included will be conversations with industry which focus on what the academy can learn from industry, and in turn, how academics can contribute criticality and research frameworks to imagine new possibilities for the screen production sector.
- How is film and filmmaking in the academy evolving?
- What new forms of screen production are emerging and in what ways is creative practice research engaging with them?
- How can practitioners focusing on the use of sound and music in creative screen works operate in and around the field of screen production research?
- How can screen production methodologies be developed as academic research disciplines?
- On what basis should the peer review of creative practice works be conducted?
- How can creative practice research in screen production be funded or otherwise supported?
- How can the relationship between creative practice in the academy and the broader media industries be understood and further strengthened?
Opening night (6:30pm, Mon 2nd Dec 2019)
Join us in the world heritage, recently renovated The Capitol for an evening of screenings and conversations around the power of screen production towards achieving cultural understanding and how to develop an inclusive screen industry. With a focus on ABC web series Art Bites: Third Culture Kids, Thomas Banks' Quest for Love (winner of Best Short Film at MQFF 2019), Elders (MIFF 2019 Official Selection), and the BIRRARANGGA Film Festival, we will be joined by Tony Briggs, Santilla Chingaipe, Phoebe Hart and Shannon Owen, as well as Chloé Brugalé and Robert Connolly.
Keynote speaker (Tues 3rd Dec 2019)
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Associate Professor Susan Kerrigan, from The University of Newcastle, who will be speaking about Engagement and Impact using the metaphor of a TV series.
Engagement and Impact - a TV series: the backstory, the audiences and ROI for screen production researchers.
Is it possible to describe the current Engagement and Impact (E&I) agenda, being conducted in Australia through a serial television metaphor?
The original series ran in the UK in 2014. Australia purchased the formatting rights and produced a pilot in 2017. The pilot helped adapt the storylines to Australian conditions, and its success saw the Australian Research Council commission Season 1. You can view it @ 'Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018-19'. Australian Universities appreciated the high production values and strong impactful narratives. Overall, the first season received positive reviews from the eight sandstone universities particularly for the 'Engagement' episodes. The 'Impactful' episodes were well received in the cultural sectors of Arts and Humanities. Strategies are afoot to improve the Return-On-Investment (ROI) for Season 2: Showrunners will plot better narratives for E&I, directors will ensure wide casting calls to select the best impact narrative for each code and producers will work on more co-funding arrangements. Pre-production has begun. Expect S2 to drop in 3 years-time.
How can you get involved? Just describe what you do as a screen practitioner. Making a film with a community group, exploring an issue through documentary, writing a screen play about a taboo topic. It's likely that your research may already be meeting an impact agenda!
While this is a playful way to presents the complexities of E&I, it shouldn't diminish the seriousness of the agenda. It has taken a decade to have screen production research accepted as a way to achieve research excellence. Now we find the engagement and impact agenda requires a different approach, or perhaps not— is it possible that impact may allow us to play to our strengths?
Registration & bookings
- All Days $330
- All Days (student) $170
- One Day $190
- One Day (student) $100
- Opening Night only EARLY BIRD (until Oct. 31) $10
- Opening Night only (Nov & Dec) $15
- Opening Night only (student) EARLY BIRD (until Oct. 31) $6
- Opening Night only (student) (Nov & Dec) $10
Melbourne has many hotels that range in price and rating, mostly between $100 AUD and $200 AUD per night. The location of the conference is in central Melbourne, but public transport is excellent if you wish to stay out of the city.
Here are some recommendations, but this list is by no means definitive.
- Mantra Hotels
- TFE Hotels
- Fraser Place Melbourne
- ACCOR Hotels
- Pan Pacific Hotels
- Intercontinental Hotels Group
- Brady Hotel
- Rydges on Swanston
- Quest Melbourne on Bourke