Piercing Silence selected for Flickerfest 2013

Ninna Millikin's short film Piercing Silence is one of just 14 documentaries selected to screen at Flickerfest 2013 - Australia's Academy Accredited Short Film Festival.  Ninna wrote, directed and produced the 10 min short documentary film Piercing Silence through Raw Nerve in 2011, a joint initiative of Wide Angle Tasmania and Screen Australia, and was mentored by filmmaker Troy Melville.  Ninna describes her story;

"A carefree teenager and a hard-working woman discover the same news; they’re pregnant. One feels horrified, the other exhilarated. Both choose abortion. Divulging their private thoughts, they reveal their hidden internal turmoil. One feels punished for her carelessness, but unwilling to relinquish her youth, the other unprepared for her urge to protect what’s within her, yet forced to make a decision. Many women experience abortion but silence surrounds it. Willing to share their stories, they won’t risk the personal costs of being identified. The filmmaker shows her face, and with it a new perspective on the subtle stigma, and difficult truth of abortion."

This year FLICKERFEST received an unprecedented number of entries from over 21 countries across the globe. In excess of 2300 short films were received at FLICKERFEST HQ in Bondi - exceeding last year’s total by nearly 200 entrants. From these entries, 116 films have been selected for the four official competitions representing the most innovative, creative and cutting edge short films that the world has to offer.

Screening 11 - 20th Jan in Bondi, Flickerfest tours extensively around Australia and will screen at the State Cinema in Hobart on the 15th & 16th March.

Congratulations to Ninna and her team for being selected to this prestigious film festival!

Today Wide Angle Tasmania launched the call for applications for Raw Nerve 2013 short film initiative - a national initiative that aims to produce high quality films on a small budget to showcase emerging talent and provide a pathway to industry.  Wide Angle Tasmania works closely with successful applicants to take their idea from paper through each stage of production, to a finished film ready for release.   In 2013 a package valued at over $20 000 will support each Raw Nerve filmmaker to make their film.  Applications can be found on the website at;