After a record breaking 2014, Revelation Perth International Film Festival has announced its expanded 2015 program.
Revelation is acclaimed as Western Australia’s leading international film festival and annual screen culture event and firmly established as Australia’s filmmakers’ festival. It is dedicated to presenting independent cinema from around the globe in a context that explores film’s great traditions, its contemporary movements and its future directions.
Curated once again by Jack Sargeant, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival sees a diverse selection of films drawn from across the world. Boasting Revelation’s commitment to signature works, independent cinema, genre film, world cinema, and unique breathtaking movies, this year is no exception with a program drawn from Australia, Iceland, Israel, France, Ukraine , Japan and all points in between. Featuring award-winning movies, world, international and local premieres, new Australian works and live performances, Revelation is a celebration of the strength of all aspects of film culture.
Expanding across the city and wider community, Revelation plays a central role not just in the Perth calendar but also nationally and internationally. Featuring dedicated programs from the Iranian Film Festival, Polish Film Festival in Perth, Revel8 and ScreenWest, once again Revelation will entertain and inspire audiences, while RevCon will feature some of the festival’s many guests exploring key aspects of the industry at dedicated panels and workshops. Meanwhile Revelation Academic sees scholars – both those from academic institutions and independent researchers – delivering papers and exploring cinema and visual culture, in the fourth instalment of this critical platform that remains utterly unique to any Australian film festival.
According to Program Director, Jack Sargeant “there’s always a sense of discovery that informs the process of curating Revelation, searching for films and strands that reflect what is happening now, but also that suggest possible futures and forthcoming possibilities. Describing the process as curating – rather than simply programming – really serves to emphasise the nature of Revelation, which seeks to establish a sensibility and aesthetic that exceeds expectations. This year there’s a selection of new, emergent road movies, some exciting science-fiction (or slip stream quasi-science fiction) documentaries and features, and of course a number of Australian movies that really showcase the talent here, as well as some excellent music documentaries, and films by genuine cinematic auteurs like Abel Ferrara, Guy Maddin and Peter Strickland, and much more besides. It is – as always – a pleasure to curate Revelation – to see movies and ask ‘what really matters’ and to invite everybody to join our trip through cinema.”
“While we’ve always been enormously proud of the event annually, this year we really feel has reached a whole other level of sophistication and maturity in its program and in its place on the calendar” says festival founder Richard Sowada. “We’re constantly learning, moving and developing as an event and I feel that openness to the elements has really come together this year with a robust and distilled event.
Highlights of Revelation 2015 will also include industry guests and speakers, seminars and masterclasses; Last Cab To Darwin – an soon to be classic Australian road movie; The Tribe – a feature film whose entire dialogue is sign language; ScreenWest’s annual showcase of emerging WA filmmaking talent in Get Your Shorts On!; the return of hugely popular Iranian Film Festival; the debut of the Polish Film Festival in Perth; the Revel-8 super 8 short film festival and the WA Screen Awards.c
Attracting audiences of over 10,000 people annually, Revelation continues to grow and has become the “go-to” event for independent filmmakers, distributors and discerning audiences. 2015 will feature 123 films, 4 world and international premieres and 38 Australian premieres.Revelation is proudly supported by the Australian and West Australian governments through ScreenWest and Screen Australia.