Call For Papers Extension: A one-day symposium on The Films of Ivan Sen

University of Canberra, Friday 10 July 2015

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen has written and directed a number of feature films including Beneath Clouds and Mystery Road, as well as Loveland, a sci-fi romance currently under-development. He is recognised for his low budget, minimal crew approach to filmmaking as well as his short films and documentaries. By highlighting the work of Ivan Sen, and showcasing his trajectory as an artist, the symposium will explore his career to date and contribute to the appreciation and knowledge of Australian cinema.

The symposium will focus on the creative practice of filmmaking and encourage a conversation about the art form through the eyes of a visionary filmmaker.

A selection of Ivan Sen’s films will be screened at UC in the month prior to the symposium, which will allow members of the broader academic community and the general public to engage in a collaborative discussion of Sen’s work.

Ivan Sen will be attending the symposium and discussing his practice, as well as screening some rough edits from his recent film, which begins shooting in May.

The screening series and the symposium are hosted by the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research (CCCR) in association with the Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, at the University of Canberra.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The use of space within and outside the frame
  • The power of silence in film
  • Cinematography and the visual metaphor
  • The performance of, and working with untrained actors
  • The screenplay/screenwriting – writing for different roles such as the director, cinematographer, sound, editor and actors (eg. Toomelah)
  • Ivan Sen as composer and the role of music in film
  • The role of the audience/viewer
  • ‘Indigenous cinema’ – what’s in a name
  • Representation of Indigenous identities on screen
  • Pedagogy – considerations, perspectives and voice

Extension Deadline for Proposals: Abstracts to be submitted by Friday 5th June 2015

Submission guidelines

All proposals must include the following information:

  • An abstract for a 15 minute presentations (max 300 words)
  • A brief biographical statement (max 100 words)
  • Submissions should be sent in electronic form to

Postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

Symposium registration will occur in June.

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