Made In Melbourne Film Festival established the First Nations Script to Screen Initiative in 2016 as part of the festival to give voice to the under-represented indigenous filmic presence in the Kulin Nation.
In the eight years that MIMFF has run and represented local talent, not one entrant has been of indigenous decent so MIM decided to change that by creating this initiative. MIM put $5000 into the production and award-winning local production company threecatsinlimbo Productions added another $5000 plus took on the role of executive producers, lending their expertise in a mentor role.
In August 2016 the chosen script was announced; Half, written by Melbourne animator and proud Wadarurrung woman Stephanie Skinner. Half, set in 1940's Victoria, is a story about identity, love, and finding where we belong when two cultures collide. It was a personal story for Stephanie, and she worked closely with the production team to keep the film as true to the initiative's roots and beliefs as possible - to produce an indigenous story for a Melbourne audience, from Script To Screen.
Over the course of two freezing Spring days in September, Half was shot in Trentham, Victoria. Saara Lamberg led the team as director, with Ivan Malekin and Cory Corbett producing. The result was a powerful and visually captivating short film, starring Malik Keegan as the Boy caught in a conflicted world of black and white, as well as Sermsah 'Suri' Bin Saad, and Lara Deam.
Half premiered under the stars on December 9th as part of the festival - a sold out special presentation called MIM by Moonlight at QV Melbourne, featuring indigenous dance, shorts about identity, Q&A's with filmmakers and the cast and crew.
On this page, you'll find more info about the journey of Half. If you are interested in screening the film, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in more info about the initiative, email email@example.com.
HALF @ WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE
We're lucky to have Half selected to be part of the extraoridinary White Night Melbourne 2017.
On February 18th, for one night only, from dusk ‘til dawn, local, national and international artists, musicians and performers will weave a spell over the city’s streets, parklands, laneways, public spaces and cultural institutions in a celebration of creativity.
With more than 800,000 visitors expected at White Night, Half will grace the screens at the Lonsdale Lounge Cinema, playing on loop from 7pm to 7am alongside Tropfest finalists and VCA graduate films. But already, Broadsheet has dubbed Half 'a highlight of the line-up' which is a honour, so be sure to take a break from festivities and drop by the cinema to catch Half at White Night.
The whole line-up of films is here. Enjoy!
HALF POSTER RELEASED
Beautiful artwork by Ingeous studios for Half'sofficial poster - the inaugural film from First Nations Script to Screen. Thank you to Kathrine Clarke for organizing this and the input of Stephanie Skinner, Cory Corbett, Rahul Perry-Prasad, Angela Perry-Prasad, Saara Lamberg and Sarah Jayne.
These posters will be going out to all our Pozible supporters who have requested one but first we need to get them signed by the talented cast and crew.
PRODUCTION FOR HALF NOW WRAPPED!
Raising a total of $20,463, our Pozible campaign for First Nations Script to Screen has been a great success.
On behalf of everyone involved with this initiative - thanks to everyone who donated, talked about and shared our campaign. You are and were a huge part of this project and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
HALF TO BE SHOT IN TRENTHAM VICTORIA
Some location stills from the last location visit. Happy to announce HALF will be shot in one location, on a private property in Trentham Victoria.
CROWD FUNDING through POZIBLE!
This is the first time in MIM's eight year history of supporting Melbourne film and filmmakers that the festival has put their hand out and asked for public support. But it is for a much needed cause - MIM and threecatsinlimbo Productions are producing the first ever First Nations short film from script to production to post and premiere.
The film, Half, written by proud Wadawurrung woman and mother Stephanie Skinner and is a beautiful and powerful story about identity and belonging.
This is your chance to get involved and be a part of history. For further details go to the campaign here and check out the video below:
SCRIPT TO SCREEN chosen screenplay HALF by Stephanie Skinner
Thank you to everyone who submitted. MIMFF and threecatsinlimbo Productions have chosen the screenplay for the first ever MIMFF Script To Screen Initiative, Half by Melbourne animator Stephanie Skinner.
STEPHANIE SKINNER BIO -
Stephanie Skinner has been practicing animation since she was 15 years old. She has been teaching stop motion animation ever since graduating from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Melbourne. Some of her corporate projects include creating scripts and storyboards for RSPCA. Stephanie is also responsible for animation in ABC's Mother Tongue Project.
In her spare time, Stephanie creates art by working on portraits that keep adding to her own personal creative folio. She is very passionate about what she does and hopes to one day run her own animation company.
Coming from a grass-roots background Stephanie is a proud Wadawurrung Nation Woman and Mother, whose cultural experiences and history are projected through the telling of Half, a story that is very personal to Stephanie and her family.
MIMFF are very happy to be working with threecatsinlimbo Productions to produce HALF, an indigenous story written by Stephanie that is very personal to her and her family. Our STS team are thrilled to have Stephanie on board for the journey to bring HALF to a big screen in Melbourne, come December.
To follow Stephane's STS journey follow us on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use or search #mimfilmfest.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the initiative.