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LOUD, Australia’s first national media festival of youth culture and the arts, was launched in April by Senator Alston, federal Minister for Communications and the Arts, and Michael Lynch, General Manager of the Australia Council. Scheduled throughout January 1998, the festival will encourage youth (12–25 years) creativity in print and electronic media (television, radio and online) to produce documentaries, short film, soundscapes, vox pops, photography and written articles.

In the television arena, young people will have the opportunity to produce, write, direct and film a range of subjects, ranging from short pieces which focus on themes of identity and place, to involvement in documentaries which voice the perspectives of youth. Networks which have confirmed their participation include ABC, SBS, Network 10, the Comedy Channel, V and Optus Vision’s Ovation and Local Vision. The programming includes LOUD dox, a showcase for young documentary filmmakers. Our Place is a national video project involving filmmakers from all over the country producing short documentary self-portraits that reflect both their own viewpoints and youth diversity. The works will be produced for TV broadcast with seeding funding and resources which filmmakers will be able to access locally.

LOUD bits, a national competition revolving around the interpretation of LOUD, invites submissions of funky, funny and in-your-face experimental or animated pieces of between three seconds to three minutes duration. Airtime will be secured for the LOUD short film festival.

LOUD online will bring together established and aspiring net heads to create a collaborative web site with the support of a range of new media companies and ABC multimedia. Chat rooms will enable young people from around Australia to ‘meet’ and share interests.

A multimedia magazine featuring moving images, music, sounds, stories, animation and design will evolve continuously and an online exhibition will showcase the best emerging digital artists, while the national home page competition will thrust young backyard web designers and artists into the public eye. RT

LOUD, Media Festival of Youth Culture and the Arts, January 1998.
For more details about submitting project proposals, etc, visit the LOUD website at [expired]

RealTime issue #19 June-July 1997 pg. 23

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