'SHIT YOURSELF' SELECTED FOR AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST SHORTS 2017

Our first official Mad Kids Originals sketch, "Shit Yourself", which we released online in January 2017, is 1 of 15 shorts selected from across the country for Australia's Funniest Shorts 2017! Australia’s Funniest Shorts is a national comedy festival presented by Vulture Culture, the team behind annual island extravaganza, Rottofest. The festival provides a platform for Australia's best comedians, funny people and filmmakers to screen their work to a live comedy audience. The festival showcases short comedy films (between 3 and 8 minutes) and sketches (up to 3 minutes). "Shit Yourself" is in the running for a $500 cash prize at the CinéfestOZ screening on Saturday 26 August 2017. Wish us luck!

MATURE AGE STUDENT NOMINATED FOR BEST NEWCOMER AT VIDEO JUNKEE 2017

A few weeks ago, Emily Rose Brennan made her digital comedy creator/writer/performer debut with her epic creation, Mature Age Student produced exclusively for our Mad Kids Originals YouTube channel. The video scored over 30,000 hits, hundreds of comments and loads of new fans. It turns out the great minds at Junkee noticed and nominated Mature Age Student for BEST NEWCOMER at their Video Junkee 2017 event in Sydney! A massive CONGRATS to Emily and the entire Mad Kids Originals gang and a big thank you to Junkee!

THE SHAPES AND DAFUQ? NOMINATED FOR SEVEN AWARDS AT REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL'S NEXT GEN WEBFEST 2017

Mad Kids have been nominated for 7 AWARDS at Revelation Perth International Film Festival's Next Gen Webfest 2017! The winners will be announced at The Backlot in Perth on 9th July!

1) Best of the Fest Grand Jury Award - The Shapes
2) Best Comedy - DAFUQ?
3) Best Screenplay - Henry Inglis and Matt Lovkis for DAFUQ?
4) Best Director - Henry Inglis and Matt Lovkis for DAFUQ?
5) Best Actress - Amberly Cull for DAFUQ?
6) Best Editing - Antony Webb for DAFUQ?
7) Best Sound Design - Xoe Baird for The Shapes

THE SHAPES WINS BEST ANIMATION AND BEST KIDS AT THE ONLINE VIDEO AWARDS 2017!

We won!! We scooped two awards at the national Online Video Awards - Best Animation and Best Kids for The Shapes! Henry Inglis and Timothy Nelson kindly accepted the awards on behalf of our entire team and their fabulous speeches were live streamed on YouTube. 

Thank you so much to the OVAs and to the judges for selecting The Shapes! Check out the complete list of winners here: www.ovas.tv

THE SHAPES AND DAFUQ? NOMINATED FOR FIVE AWARDS AT THE ONLINE VIDEO AWARDS 2017

The Shapes has been nominated for Best Animation and Best Kids, and DAFUQ? has been nominated for Best Comedy, Best Performance and the Next Up Award recognising new talent at the Online Video Awards 2017! Yay! Check out all of the accolades our series have received over the last year.

DAFUQ?
Official Selection - St Kilda Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Online Video Awards 2017 (Best Comedy, Best Performance, Next Up)
Official Selection - Raindance Film Festival 2016
Official Selection - Melbourne Webfest 2016
Official Selection - CinéfestOZ 2016

THE SHAPES
Official Selection - St Kilda Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Online Video Awards 2017 (Best Kids, Best Animation)
Official Selection - CinéfestOZ 2016
WINNER: Best Australian Animation and Official Selection - Melbourne Webfest 2016
WINNER: WA Screen Awards 2016 - Outstanding Achievement in Animation

The winners will be announced at the Online Video Awards in Brisbane on 18 May!

THE SHAPES AND DAFUQ? SELECTED FOR ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2017

The Shapes and DAFUQ? are 2 of only 10 web series selected for St Kilda Film Festival 2017! Both series have now scored a whole bunch of accolades in Australia and across the globe! 

THE SHAPES
Official Selection - St Kilda Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Online Video Awards 2017 (Best Kids, Best Animation)
Official Selection - CinéfestOZ 2016
WINNER: Best Australian Animation and Official Selection - Melbourne Webfest 2016
WINNER: WA Screen Awards 2016 - Outstanding Achievement in Animation

DAFUQ?
Official Selection - St Kilda Film Festival 2017
Official Selection - Online Video Awards 2017 (Best Comedy, Best Performance, Next Up)
Official Selection - Raindance Film Festival 2016
Official Selection - Melbourne Webfest 2016
Official Selection - CinéfestOZ 2016

The Shapes and DAFUQ? will be screened at "Australia's Favourite Web Series" at the Festival in Melbourne on Sunday 21 May, check it out here!

DIGILANTE SELECTED FOR HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2017

Our first ever documentary, DIGILANTE has been selected to make its International Premiere at the prestigious Hot Docs International Documentary Festival to be held in Toronto, Canada from 27 April to 7 May 2017!

After meeting through ABC's Fresh Blood, Lauren Elliott joined forces with Melbourne boys Mike Nayna and Mark Conway from Checkpoint Media (Dayne’s World, Fancy Boy) to bring DIGILANTE to life and we still can't quite believe our first doco has been selected for North America’s largest documentary festival! This year, the Festival will present 230 cutting-edge documentaries from around the globe. The Festival’s mission is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary and promote excellence in documentary production.

“The Hot Docs programming team has scoured the globe to bring the finest
documentaries to Toronto audiences for a festival-high of 58 countries,”

Shane Smith, Hot Docs Director of Programming

DIGILANTE was the season finale in a series of five half hour documentaries produced as part of the 2016 season of Opening Shot, an ABC and Screen Australia initiative, designed to see young filmmaking teams bring a fresh perspective to some of the big issues facing younger Australians. Since 2013, Opening Shot has commissioned 19 documentaries and DIGILANTE is the first to be selected for Hot Docs, cementing Mike as one of the most exciting voices in Australia’s next generation of documentary filmmakers.

Mike and Mark will be attending the Festival in Toronto in May to meet with some of the world’s leading industry tastemakers with a view to attract international distribution for DIGILANTE.

“Incredibly tense and brilliant.” - JON RONSON

“DIGILANTE needs to be seen. It delivers a powerful message for contemporary Australians.” - EDDIE MARTIN

"A timely and fascinating look at the new face of citizen journalism." - FILMINK

Check out our trailer and press clippings below, and if you're going to be in Toronto between 27 April and 7 May, get your tickets to the Festival here!

DIGILANTE WAS PRODUCED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SCREEN AUSTRALIA, THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
AND FILM VICTORIA

THAT'S A WRAP ON 'YOU HAVE BLUE EYES'

THAT'S A WRAP! We have now wrapped production on Alison James' debut short film, You Have Blue Eyes and we're thrilled to announce our lead cast, Alexandra Nell and Nick Pages-Oliver. Since graduating from NIDA, Alex has performed in a number of Western Australian short films, music videos and commercials, culminating in her winning Best Actress for her performance in We Were Here at the WA Screen Awards in 2016. Improv extraordinaire, Nick has been performing with The Big Hoo Haa as well as honing his writing and performing skills as co-founder of Perth-based production company, Bastard Theatre. Joining Alex and Nick on screen is Perth-based actress, Sarah McNeill who is an industry aficionado as both a theatre performer and arts writer for The Post Newspaper.

We've also assembled an incredible Western Australian crew of award-winning filmmakers including Lawrie Silvestrin ASE, Mick McDermott, Glenn Martin and Ash Gibson Greig, as well as celebrity photographer, Fabrizio Lipari. Fabrizio recently moved home to Perth after 17 years in Sydney as one of Australia's most respected photographers in advertising, fashion, editorial and celebrity portraiture.

Stay tuned for Festival announcements for You Have Blue Eyes in the coming months! #youhaveblueeyes

All photography by Fabrizio Lipari. 
www.fabriziolipari.com

 

'SET YOURSELF FREE' SELECTED FOR DEAD BY DAWN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Our faux Public Service Announcement, 'Set Yourself Free' which garnered over 20 million hits on YouTube has been selected to screen at Scotland's international horror film festival, DEAD BY DAWN! Our gory digital short will play in the Lamb to the Slaughter shorts programme in Edinburgh on Thursday 20 April 2017.

The 24th annual festival will take place from 20 to 23 April 2017. Check out the lineup here http://www.deadbydawn.co.uk/ and watch the video here https://youtu.be/STHpMUYeznQ