Amissa Anima - short film


Amissa Anima
is now complete and we're calling for support to contribute towards its film festival's journey.
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Posted during pre-production 2019

*Top 20 selection: Australia Writers Guild - Monte Miller Script Award 2018*
*Best Overall Script finalist: 9th Edition of Oaxaca Film Festival - Global Script Challenge 2018*
*Script Competition Second Rounder: Austin Film Festival 2018*

Supported by the City of Port Phillip's 2018/19 Cultural Development Fund

Amissa Anima will be a fifteen minute drama about four teenage boys surviving on the edge of existence in St Kilda in the early 1980’s. Their fragile balance is broken when an act of betrayal pushes them to retaliate.

The characters are fictional, but the story is based on true crime events and the personal experiences of the writers who grew up on the streets of St Kilda during this time. This is the story of four boys who survived this trauma. Some of these children, now as adults have found the courage to share their stories and collaborate in writing this short drama in a journey to personal and social healing.

Joining with scriptwriters, directors, actors, film crew and experts in child protection they are creating a short dramatic film, Amissa Anima. The film will tell their stories of survival and healing.

Support us to expose the truth about this form of child exploitation in Australia. That it went on, that it's going on and that it's getting worse.

Amissa Anima is a short drama to be produced on 4K digital video, engaging a crew of 25 people, with a cast of six main roles, and several supporting and stunt roles. 

Timeline: Filming over two weeks in January 2019, with a six month post window and 18-24 month distribution period - aiming at the film festival circuit, alongside educational screenings and filmmaker Q&As.

We raised $5,000 through The Australian Cultural Fund already. We received a $10,000 grant thanks to support from a City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Grant, and we now seek the final $15,000 to cover all the necessary safety and equipment requirements to make the film. The more raised, the more we offer token payments for crew and cast, the better the quality of their cheese sandwiches and higher the production values.

So many people are already working tirelessly, as complete volunteers on this project. Even if you can't contribute financially, please contact us if you think there's another way you could help - perhaps you can help with some catering, some transport, donating or lending gear, facilities, expertise or resources. Please just get in touch. Also, it really helps us to have others spread the word about this campaign, which will remain open until the completion of the project - we receive everything contributed by the way - GoFundMe pay your donations directly into our account monthly. So if we don't reach our target, we're still able to benefit from your contribution. 

Growing up in St Kilda at a time when a highly active network of paedophiles were harvesting the streets for vulnerable boys, these boys fell victim to sickening crimes. Crimes that can be hard to imagine, hard to discuss, hard to contemplate and even harder to survive. But survive they did.

They are understandably distressed at the explosion of online child pornography; that the sexual exploitation of children not only continues but has escalated. Today children who are sexually exploited can face the unimaginable degradation of having their images circulating through the digital world.

A driving purpose behind the film is the need for community and governments to recognise this form of child slavery and have it included within international measures aimed at eliminating all forms of child slavery. Procured and sold to adults concerned only for their own sexual gratification. This form of domestic child trafficking is not readily acknowledged or discussed. It's time it was.

We are a strong team of experienced artists and industry professionals paired-up with emerging crew members. We haveAuspicious Arts Projects overseeing the project and as such, all our production insurances and permits will be in place. Ellery Ryan is our DOP, one of Australia's most experienced and well respected practitioners. 

Art and storytelling are able to reveal depth and insight into unspeakable stories that are almost impossible to access via mainstream creative forms without being prurient and voyeuristic.

The crew on AMISSA ANIMA are all working as volunteers and we have generous in-kind donations already but we can't get everything for nothing at all. Even token fees, heavily discounted rates and out of pocket expenses add up.

All funds raised will go directly towards production costs, a portion of wages/contractors fees and expenses associated with night, exterior dusk and dawn shoots and the employment of child and young adult performers.

If we raise money beyond our target - it will mean we can bring in that extra light we wanted, or hire the better lenses, or offer some more interesting catering, or spend a little longer in post, or on music, or film festival entry fees etc etc. So if we go over our target, it will ultimately mean we can take some pressure off our crew, and broaden the creative scope. 

To see the cast and crew list, request budget details, read the script or if you are interested in crewing or just want to know more visit one of the following sites, or email us directly at:  [email redacted] 

And of course, please drop by and Like our Facebook page.

AMISSA ANIMA translates to lost soul. 

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Tatiana Cichowska Doroshenko 
St Kilda VIC
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