Revelation Film Fest 2015

For Revelation, films are a backdrop to a wider conversation.

Revelation commenced its formal life in 1997 in the basement back room of the Greenwich Club , Perth’s legendary jazz venue.

The festival was designed to showcase ideas “at point” in contemporary independent film and find a place for them in a conservative cinema and social environment. Amongst the new works lived curated archival programs that highlighted pivotal – often hidden – creative points over the decades.

All were presented on very beautiful, very analogue 16mm from the back of the room. No projection room, no digital sound. Experimental idea, 1 person, 2, projectors and 12 films.

Today, the event includes over 120 international films presented at cinemas, galleries, cafes and bars across Perth. It attracts 12,000 patrons and 50 national and international guests over 10 days.

Revelation also includes a unique Academic component (introduced in 2012), industry discussion sessions, live performances, masterclasses, visual art exhibitions and other hybrid activity generated by the event or independent curators. Revelation always welcomes independently curated or initiated programs and ideas and actively embraces creative professional development and mentoring opportunities.

It sees over 500 films submitted for selection from local and international filmmakers and features world and Australian premiere films of all genres. It has a particularly strong representation in experimental and documentary films.

In 2014 Revelation introduced the monthly Australian Revelations program designed to explore the best in new and archival Australian Cinema.

Revelation maintains its focus on signature driven works and embraces audiences of all ages, tastes and backgrounds. Like the films it presents, the event maintains an vitality and enthusiasm for the industry quite unlike any other film festival in the country.

Over its 18 years it has developed a reputation as Australia’s leading independent film event and continues to actively advocate for Australian screen culture practice in a still conservative exhibition environment.

It maintains an ethical partnership agenda which is not always easy to do in resource and mining based economy, has an open mind and has a strong social justice program at its core.

Just finally, although no longer associated in anything more than spirit, we must acknowledge our founding sponsors REVelation Magazine and its founder Peter Collins. As purveyors of counter and youth culture, REVelation Magazine maintained an energy and powerful connection with its readership, making it one of the country’s most progressive publications.

We are about cinema, ideas, politics, personality, history, access and equity.

We’re scheduling like crazy right now and there’s many sleepless nights ahead, but we can guarantee you that the program will be ready by June 6th at our program launch to be held at Luna Cinemas.

It’s our biggest program yet and it’s packed full of special events, a bumper collection of world premieres, our largest program of locally produced works, masterclasses and of course guests from around the world.

Tickets will of course be on sale then and we suggest you get in early given the number of sold out sessions last year and the big ticket items we know are in there.

Either way, we look forward to seeing you for what is unquestionably going to be our biggest year ever!


One of our most popular annual special events is back for another monster year. – and they want your film!

A special creative marriage between musicians and filmmakers bought together through the beauty of the smallest of film gauges – Super 8 – Revel8 is the most unusual of creative blind dates.

This year Super 8 also celebrates its 50th year so we encourage you to join the party.

Rules are simple – shoot a 3 minute film in camera (no editing), give it to Perth Super 8 guru Keith Smith and he’ll give it to musicians at the WA Academy of Performing Arts who’ll create the soundtrack and the first time you’ll meet is on the night of the screening!

Keith will make it even easier by providing a film cartridge as part of the registration fee and providing advice and support.

The theme for this year is MAD LOVE. Ever desired something or someone with the kind of passion which knows no limits? Gone to a place where obsession clouded judgement and the object of desire began to take over your life?

Enter Revel-8 2015 and take us on a Super 8 journey where the heart rules the mind, crazy antics replace measured behaviour and where highs, lows and bruises are all part of the fun. Leave us with some life lessons or the inspiration to reach for the sky!

Revel-8 films will premiere to their makers for the first time at Revelation Perth International Film Festival on Sunday12 July, 2015. Awards to be presented include Best Film, Best Music Soundtrack, Best Cinematography and Audience Choice.

Entries close June 8th.

More details about the festival can be found at

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