News and Events
The war on creativity asks young artists to respond to the effects of gentrification in their cities and neighbourhoods. Make a film in 3m or less that responds to these issues, first prize $3000!
EngageMedia was in attendance at the Open Video Conference in New York city on June 19-21.
Pacific climate change activists and ambassadors began meetings on Sunday 21 June in the lead up to the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Copenhagen later on in the year. The meetings began in Cook Islands and will continue on for a month throughout the Pacific also documenting climate change in places such as Samoa and Vanuatu. Leaders on climate change will be meeting with the global NGO Greenpeace and other travellers aboard the Esperanza such as Oscar nominated star of Whale Rider, Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Indigenous men and women currently in Victorian prisons will have a public voice during NAIDOC Week, 5 - 12 July.
Indigenous men and women currently in Victorian prisons will have a public voice during NAIDOC Week, 5 - 12 July. 3CR Community Radio Station, Melbourne, presents four prison broadcasts as part of a week of on air NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) celebrations. Please find a Press Release and flyer for the broadcasts attached
On Saturday 20th June supporters of Aboriginal rights in Melbourne will be marking the two-year anniversary of the Northern Territory intervention with a solidarity rally in the CBD, followed by a public meeting at Trades Hall. The events will feature live music and a range of speakers, including a woman from the Alice Springs town camps. I'm coordinating a group of people to film this event and upload online soon-ish after the rally. I would need people with filming equipment/audio/photography... If anyone out there is able to help out on this day... email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Thanks Sheryl
Environmental activists are still struggling in a legal battle against the timber giant Gunns that has been going on over four years now. Gunns have been been suing the remaining 14 activists from the original 20 over their anti-logging protests citing their activities as damaging to the company
On Saturday 13th June 2009 there were rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart on the same day as part of an initiative by Australia's Climate Action Summit in February 2009 when over 140 climate action groups came together. The rallies are our chance to secure strong global action to cut emissions in time to avoid catastrophic climate change. In December 2009, governments of the world will meet in Copenhagen to forge a critical new global climate change agreement in the lead-up to this we will be calling for 100% renewable energy by 2020 and Australia to lead the way in combating climate change.
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World Environment Day June 5, 2009 Documentary movie premiere in Melbourne: Uranium – is it a country? Start the Journey from Australia’s Uranium Mines to Europe’s Power Plants in Melbourne at RMIT’s Casey Plaza Theatre on the 5th of June 6:30- 8:30 pm (RMIT City, Building 10, Bowen Street, enter La Trobe Street) Speakers: Ruth Schaldach (German Movie Maker), Dave Sweeney (ACF), Friends of the Earth
EngageMedia successfully hosted another video distribution workshop in Jakarta a week ago on the 23-24th May. Twelve people attended and over the two days explored the ways and means of how video makers all over the world are distributing their videos through the online world. Its important for people to put out their own stories on social and environmental issues so the world sees more than what the news agencies put out. There are millions of stories out there and EngageMedia helps give people the tools and knowledge to put these stories out.
The long running community TV station in Melbourne C31 is still being denied the opportunity by the Rudd government to broadcast in digital. C31 does not receive any government funding and to ensure long term survival must be given the opportunity to simulcast now. The government is running a $140million campaign to encourage the Australian public to switch to digital and with 80% of its funding coming from sponsorship and revenue C31 should be given one of the three channels left of the digital spectrum in Melbourne. C31 provides a platform for the community to communicate and is the largest broadcaster of local content in Australia.
The Media That Matters Film Festival brings high-impact shorts and Take Action tools to audiences around the country all year long through the distribution of the jury-selected collection on DVD and by web streaming, broadcasts and community screenings. Join us for the Premiere on June 3rd for this year's award winning collection of shorts and documentaries!
On 4 May 2009, Nova from EngageMedia’s Indonesian office met with the folks from Media Champon in Tokyo; an online-media project which distributes information from Asia all over the world. Our connection with Champon began in 2008 at the Transmission meeting in Sukabumi, Indonesia hosted by EngageMedia.
EngageMedia is currently undertaking a range of video distribution projects within the Asia Pacific region. One of our latest projects in Indonesia is aimed at creating four "local archives" for video makers to be able to store and share their work. This extends EngageMedia's online video sharing website to a more local and offline understanding of video distribution and community access sharing, that routes around the limited bandwidth problem in countries like Indonesia and embraces in a more realistic and viable hybridity between the on and offline.
A film that explores our perception of identity and challenges our hatred of the “other”
All are welcome to join the celebration for the opening of the FUTURE CANVAS space at the Docklands on Friday 8 May 2009. The night will feature: premiere short film screenings – Dj- MICHAEL LELLIOT – LIVE band ‘THE GOOD CHINA’ – art/FASHION exhibition – delicious produce/organic beverages.
Screenings of the best investigative documentaries 'Raising West Papua' & 'Rainforest Warriors' as well as showcasing new films about the latest developments of International Parliamentarians coming out in support of West Papua. Traditional music from West Papua's freedom fighters 'Tabura' and urban hip-hop guerillas 'Pataphysics'. West Papuan Refugees tell their stories and speak out about the current situation in West Papua.
Bank watchdog calls ADB response to financial crisis a sham: Deep concerns about high risk offshore private equity portfolio
4 May 2009, Bali - The largest Asian NGO network monitoring the ADB today slammed the bank's response to the financial crisis, calling it "a dangerous plan to unleash massive infrastructure funding while reducing environmental and social oversight."
3 May 2009, Bali - NGOs and peoples organizations today disputed ADB claims of aid effectiveness, saying the bank's has opted for an aggressive external relations drive which has masked the failure of projects to address the needs of the poor. Civil society bank monitor NGO Forum on the ADB attributed the failure of ADB operations to the incredible breakdown of access to information by people directly affected by the bank's projects.
2 May 2009, BALI – The NGO Forum on the Asian Development Bank today challenged the multilateral bank’s move for a general capital increase (GCI), calling it irresponsible and dangerous.