Post-Industrial Media

The award for Most Marketable Pilot goes to Samphors Vicheka Ty, David Carlo Marasco, Chalitha Weerakkody & Longyao Zhang for their web series pilot Kitty Punchers. The pilot demonstrates great character development, hilarious scripting, direction and attention to detail.

An Honourable Mention goes to Catherine Hall, Chad O’Brien & Enisa Muranovic for Touched On. This web series pilot episode is a comedic homage to Melbourne’s under cover ticket inspectors.

Contemporary Media Work Practices

The award for Outstanding Digital Story and for building an online community with immediate impact goes to Pasha Nielsen, Samphors Vicheka Ty & Kay Pe Singh for their blog Endo Talk.

An Honourable Mention for exploring a topic that is completely out of their comfort zone goes to the Digi Dames (Zexi Liu, Veronica Ong & Janine Rainbow) for their site Melbourne Street Art.

Strategic Media Project

The award for Best Final Project goes to Ting Ni for her short documentary Mika Yamasaki

The award for Best Innovative Project goes to Christina Larsen Stenseth, Harish Adhithya Lakshminarayanan, Edward Paul Kachappilly and Lise Othelie Andreassen for their short film Positive

Honourable Mentions go to Nga Yu Law, Yang Jiang, and Zhuoying Yan and to Rebecca Small and Jason Cheetham.

Collaborative Media Project

The award for Best Project goes to Chalitha Weerakkody, Yihang Quan and Bai Zihua for Yarra's Dream, an animation that will be screened at Federation Square in the coming months (watch this space). 

An Honourable Mention goes to Catherine Hall , Josh Fielding , Michael Davoren for their film Reflections which will also be screened at Federation Square

Sound and Image

The award for Excellence in Editing and Reflective Writing goes to Sophie MacGillivray

Story, Genre and Medium

The award for Best Proposal goes to Mirka Sulander with an Honourable Mention to Vicente Miguel Locsin

International Media Collaboration

The award for Most Professional Engagement goes to Jemma Douglas and Chad O'Brien

New Directions in Narrative

The award for Best Electronic Proof of Concept goes to Minh Quang Ha, Yahui Liu, Fanying Ning and Sandi Prasetyaningsih

An Honourable Mention goes to Ian Yorski and Natalia Chernaya

Media Career Development

The award for Excellence in Professional Development goes to Natalia Chernaya

Professional Research Project

The award for Excellence in Practice-Based Research goes to Andrew Dunstan with an Honourable Mentions to Nada Almofadda

Master of Media - End of 2018 Screening

Master of Media - End of 2018 Screening

Master of Media - End of 2018 Screening - invitation

RMIT's Master of Media students are visual storytellers from around the globe: Australia, China, India, South East Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. They tell their stories using video, social media, podcasts, websites and virtual environments. They make media that makes a difference.

Come and see the outstanding work produced this semester, followed by the course awards presentation and drinks.

Facebook Event

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (AEDT)

Building 80, Level 1, Room 2 (Cinema)
RMIT University - Swanston Academic Building
445 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Course Award Winners - SEMESTER 1 2018

Post-Industrial Media

Most Marketable Pilot: Natalia Chernaya and Christine Gjelstrup for BAESOP

Hon. mention/s: Jemma Douglas and Andy Cifuentes for The Almost Impossible Love Story of Ellen Rodrigues and Steve Finders

Contemporary Media Work Practices

Best Digital Story: Jemma Douglas, Catherine Hall & Chad O'Brien, for their site Panopticon
Hon. mention/s: Michael Davoren, Elaine Doyle, William Logan, for their site Women in Comedy

Collaborative Media Project

Most Effective Collaboration: Katie Graham, Gemma (Mingyang Qian) and Ashlee (Fanying Ning) for Gordon

International Media Collaboration

Most Professional Client Project: Calum Alexander, Norah Aljebreen, and Thalatassuroury Bin Sulaiman for ANZ Saver Plus

New Directions in Narrative

Best blog: Jason Cheetham

Hon. mention/s: Nan Chen, Ting Ni, and Melissa White 

Sound and Image

Excellence in Reflective Practice and Production: Connor Callaway and Michael Davoren,
Hon. mention/s: Longyao (Blackie) Zhang, Chad O'Brien, Benjamin Roche and Catherine Hall

Story, Genre and Medium

Best Proposal: Catherine Hall for 'The Book of Quentin'. Hon. mention/s: Zoya Adeyi for 'Krown' and Michael Davoren for ‘Out to Sea’

Strategic Media Project

Best Final Project: Federica Fichera, Makara Vorn, Priyankar Ray, Annette Omondi, and Ksenia Fedotova

Most Innovative Project: Andrew Dunstan

Hon. mentions: Nicholas Chan and Stella Pongsitanan

Professional Research Project

Excellence in Practice-based Research: Federica Fichera

Hon. mention/s: Nicholas Chan

Natalia Chernaya wins Encouragement Award

Natalia Chernaya wins Encouragement Award

Congratulations to Director and Master of Media student Natalia Chernaya for winning the Encouragement Award at the VMC Film Festival Competition. Her film ‘Outcasting’ opens up the conversation about diversity from a different angle - the actor's perspective. Natalia has also won an internship with Artificial Studios for 2018.




 Mark Poole (Head of ADG Victoria), Master of Media students, Sue Maslin (film producer) and Simon Baker (actor/director) at the ADG awards

Mark Poole (Head of ADG Victoria), Master of Media students, Sue Maslin (film producer) and Simon Baker (actor/director) at the ADG awards

A team of Masters of Media students led by RMIT Lecturer and ADG Victoria Head Mark Poole recorded the Australian Directors' Guild Awards for Foxtel Broadcast on May 4. Students will gain a production credit. Students also recorded Vox-pops and some of their footage was picked up by ABC news (see below).



Outcasting explores cultural diversity in casting. With 7.6 billion stories to be told, it’s about time we heard from some different perspectives. Created by Natalia, Christine, Vanessa and Katie for the first semester course Contemporary Media Work Practices. Selected for 2018 VMC film festival at ACMI

 First year students Natalia Chernaya, Christine Gjelstrup, Vanessa Crouch and Katie Graham, creators of the documentary 'Outcasting' (2018)

First year students Natalia Chernaya, Christine Gjelstrup, Vanessa Crouch and Katie Graham, creators of the documentary 'Outcasting' (2018)



Contemporary Media Work Practices

Course prize for Innovative Project Promotion online/offline: Sandi Prasetyaningsih, Minh Ha, Chao Fu (Lynn), and Carlos Andres Cifuentes, for their site Coffee RMIT
Hon. mention/s: Christine Gjelstrup, Vanessa Crouch, Katherine Graham, Natalia Chernaya, for their site Outcasting

Sound and Image

Course prize for Excellence in Reflective Practice and Production: Enisa Muranovic & Natalia Chernaya
Hon. mention/s: Christine Gjelstrup & Katherine Graham

Story, Genre and Medium

Course prize for Best Fiction or Nonfiction Proposal: Eleanor Porter for 'Cabal'. Hon. mention/s: Minh Quang Ha for 'The Teachers'

Post-Industrial Media

Course prize for most viable pilot: Rebecca Small, Ting Ni, Zhuoying Yang for 'Abby Tries Dating'
Hon. mention/s: 'Angela's Kitchen', 'Another One Bites the Crust', 'Melbourne in Moving Images', 'Murder Mansion'

International Media Collaboration

Course prize for Xian Zhang (Miro), Zhengxiong Ning (Lyn), Yutong Huo (Hannah), Ksenia Fedotova (KC), Pan Xiong (Wing), Xiaotao Bian (Bessy), and Hong Nhung Nguyen for Best Client based project: The Golden Fish

Hon. mention/s: Nan (Mona) Wang, Ding (Rachel) Yu, Xiaoqing (Jacinta) Zheng, Ming (Bruce) Yang, Zixin (Shena) Wangfor Dok Champa on the Bowl.

New Directions in Narrative

Course prize for Best blog: Andrew Dunstan; Hon. mention/s: Federica Fichera

Strategic Media Project

Course prize for Innovative Project: Abdullah Maghram & Xiaotao Bian for New Academic Street

Course prize for Best Podcast: Eugene Yang & Megan Brewer for Cordova

Course prize for Best Fiction: Shiyuan Zhu, Chenxu Wang, Xiaohua Xie, Han Jin, Apinun Julthong for Grandmother

Professional Research Project

Course prize for Excellence in Practice-based Research: Fiona O'Connell for "Unbalanced: representing working mothers in Australian feature film 2000-2017".

Hon. mention/s: Calum Alexander for "Significant Moments in the Multi-camera Sitcom"

Hon. mention/s: Eugene Yang for "Speak Up: treatment and exegesis for a feature length horror film"

WIL Project: Capturing NAS, a short VR documentary

WIL Project: Capturing NAS, a short VR documentary

 Abdul Maghram and Bessie Bian - 360 video developers

Abdul Maghram and Bessie Bian - 360 video developers

As part of a work integrated learning (WIL) course in Strategic Media Project (Master of Media) Abdul Maghram and Bessie Bian have developed a short NAS virtual reality (VR) documentary

It was shot over the course of a week using a series of complex camera set-ups that allow for 360-degree filming of the new spaces in the NAS building. Abdhul and Bessie researched, contextualised and managed the project while considering contemporary media directions and issues.



Jack Charles, a prominent indigenous elder and a role model, gave a guest lecture to International Media Collaboration students on 18 August. Mr Charles talked about Race, Culture and indigenous Cinema in Australia and provided an overview of the representation of indigenous Australians in media. Charles stressed that one should understand, learn and value the story of the struggle and the resistance of the indigenous people. He also gave a “welcome to the country” to the international students, as he felt that the international students should be given opportunity to learn and understand about the indigenous culture of Australia. The students really enjoyed the interactive session with “Uncle” Jack!

One of the nation’s most respected and enduring actors, Jack Charles is a member of Australia’s stolen generation. Removed from his mother as a baby and raised in a Salvation Army boys’ home, Jack knew nothing of his Indigenous heritage as a child. At 19 he began a career as an actor, but his life was plagued by personal demons. His addiction to heroin and a life of crime saw him jailed. Despite his struggles, he co-founded Australia’s first Indigenous theatre group, Nindethana, meaning ‘place of corroboree’, at Melbourne’s Pram Factory in 1971. His first play, Jack Charles is Up and Fighting, was a runaway hit. Jack has appeared in several movies, including the landmark film, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, and more recently Pan alongside Hugh Jackman. He has also toured his own one-man stage show locally and internationally. Now calm and centred, Jack is a strong role model for a new generation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.



Eight students in the Master of Media had the opportunity to learn about, listen to and creatively render World Heritage Nyungkal rainforest country for the UN-driven ecological assessment platform, IPBES.

Watch their work on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on IPBES's YouTube channel.



Thanks to Mitu Bhowmick Lange, for coming to the mid-year Master of Media screening.

Mitu is the founder and director of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, and the director of Mind Blowing Films, a film production and distribution company that specialises in the distribution of Indian films throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Mitu was kind enough to give out our course awards to our graduating students. Here is the full list of our course award winners:

Strategic Media Project Course Award for Best Documentary: Hsham Aburghif and Anagha Saggar for Eden Again

Strategic Media Project Course Award for Best Online Fiction Project: Jixian Ma, Yachen Zhang and Yihui Kong For Love Isolator

Strategic Media Project Course Award for Best Web Series: David Buckley-Jones, Brian Oti, Kim Williams and Adil Hasan For Where

Contemporary Media Work Practices Course Award for Innovative Social Media Promotion
Nan Chen, Nga Yu Law, Zhenyu Ding, and Zhuoying Yang for their Let's Be Friends photonovel
Honourable mentions: Jason Cheetham, Lise Othelie Andreassen, Zemine Lee, and Nonhlanhla Bulle For Fair To Wear - a story about the Fairtrade fashion industry

Sound and Image Course Award for Excellence in Reflective Practice: Rebecca Small and Nada Almofadda
Honourable mentions: Jason Cheetham and Pooya Sadeghianvarian

Story, Genre and Medium Course Award for Best Fiction or Nonfiction Proposal: Pooya Sadeghi Anvarian
Honourable mentions: Dylan Hartnett, Zemine Lee, Christina Stenseth and Evan Rowe

Post-Industrial Media Course Award for Best Social Media Campaign: Annette Omondi, Makara Vorn and Yiying ZhangFor Recycle Right, Make The Future Bright

Collaborative Media Project Course Award for Excellence in Collaboration: Ksenia Fedotova, Pryankar Ray, Nick Chan, Annette Omondi, Nhung Nguyen, and Federica Fichera

International Media Collaboration
Honourable mentions: Cameron Power and Liang Yue For 'Kabanji - Nyungwarra'
Honourable mentions: Abdullah Maghram, (Kayla) Mingzi Gao, and (Stacy) Xiaohua Xie For Tabet's Bakery VR Experience
Honourable mentions: Shiyuan Zhu, Vanessa Wang, Han Jin (Quentin), and Julian Grant for 'Japan - Kimono & Culture'

New Directions in Narrative Course Award for Best Digital Narrative Proposal: Renee Peterson
Honourable mentions: Calum Alexander and Thalatassuroury Bin Sulaiman

Media Career Development Course Award for Distinguished Engagement with Industry: Megan Brewer
Honourable mention: Vivi Octaviani

Professional Research Project Course Award for Outstanding Creative Research: Kim Williams
Honourable mentions: David Buckley-Jones, Brian Oti, Hsham Aburghif, and Laura Lu Xie



Jonathan Sequeira, Master of Media graduate, releases his feature length Radio Birdman documentary, Descent into the Maelstrom. The film about iconic Aussie band, Radio Birdman, is getting a national theatrical release, with Living Eyes and Umbrella Entertainment announcing screening dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth throughout July.

Descent into the Maelstrom: the untold story of the band who changed Australia

Sydney, Australia. 1974. A group of outsiders band together with a mission. In world of satin jumpsuits and screaming teens on Countdown, they form the high energy rock’n’roll band RADIO BIRDMAN, forever determined to keep compromise from their art.

Switched off, shut down and booted out of venue after venue they stay determined to do things their own way, and they slowly accumulate a cult-like following of youth, a ‘New Race’ of disaffected youth who rally around the band.

Descent into the Maelstrom is the true story of Radio Birdman, from their original formation to the present. Like the band itself, it’s an independent production, made from outside the industry. It shows what the band meant to the fans, and how they changed Australia, by inspiring a golden age of indie music from Cold Chisel to Midnight Oil.

Descent into the Maelstrom features interviews with all surviving members of the band and doesn’t shy away from the internal conflict which sometimes fuelled the band’s performances. It’s already been called the greatest Australian music documentary ever made and is crammed full of Radio Birdman music and rare archival footage and photos, some not seen for over 40 years!



Master of Media graduate, Alex Hipwell, is launching his web series 'Winter' on the 26th of May, 8pm, at The Wesley Anne in Northcote:

He is releasing a trailer for it along with creator/actor interviews and Instagram posts upcoming to the event. There will be a live performance from the band, with two other special guests as well as the screening of the entire series.


Indian Film Festival.jpeg

An eclectic mix of Bollywood blockbusters, indie & cross-over films, alternate cinema and regional movies were screened at this year’s RMIT Indian Film Festival. Dr Vikrant Kishore, the festival director and Master of Media lecturer, chose the festival theme ‘Indian Stories, Australian Screens’. The festival provided exciting opportunities to discuss issues of developing and creating content, funding and distribution through traditional as well as new media outlets in India and Australia. Spread over four days, 21 films were screened along with music & dance performances, a conference and Q&A session with filmmakers. The festival was hosted by RMIT’s Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture.

Indian stories, Australian screen: film festival and conference

Indian Stories, Australian Screens 2016 - Conference & Film Festival!

RMIT initiates Indian Film Festival and Conference

RMIT Indian Film Festival, truly a box-office hit

Indian stories, Australian screen - RMIT Indian Film festival to Kickstart from 1st December!


2016 Master of Media Award for collaborative leadership
Winner: Alex Hipwell
Honourable mention: Han Jin

2016 Master of Media Award for documentary
Winner: Sabine Fritsch for 'Kuona Trust'
Honourable mentions: Helena, Ahmed, Jingwen and Zhang for 'Sovereign Hill - the forgotten Chinese of the Australian Gold Rush' 

2016 Master of Media Award for social media
Winner: Makara Vorn and Stella Pongsitanan for 'Stop blaming the victim’

2016 Master of Media Award for client relations
Winner: Helena Maoqing Lu for 'Sovereign Hill - the forgotten Chinese of the Australian Gold Rush' and Ardour
Honourable mentions: Emma Sharp, Julian Grant, Shamir Muhammad and Keifeng Wang for the Lake Condah project

2016 Master of Media Award for engagement with industry
Winner: Ekaterina Kologrivova for her professional research project, in which she interviewed television industry professionals.
Honourable mention: Megan Brewer for her work with womens' AFL
Honourable mentions: Ahmed, Stacy (Xiao Ma), Ailee Ma, Jing Wen and Dera Huang for 'Start Up Melbourne’

2016 Master of Media Award for innovative mobile video production
Winner: Vivi Octaviani for ‘Eight colours of sound’ 

2016 Master of Media Award for Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
Joint winners: Ksenia Fedotova and Priyankar Ray



In semester 2, 2016, Master of Media students took part in a 10-day field trip to learn about Gunditjmara culture, land and people.

The students are collaborating with members of Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation on a mobile app to be used in the promotion of the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area, near Portland in Victoria's south-west. Currently in post-production, the work-integrated learning (WIL) project is being created as part of the Collaborative Media Project course. The app uses GPS technology to trigger audio, video, photographic and textual content as the user progresses through the site. The content includes interviews with Gunditjmara Elders, rangers and tourism officers, and aims to enhance tourism to the area. The mobile app will be released in 2017 by Winda Mara on the Apple and Google app stores. 

Mobile app to promote Indigenous protected area



Less than 20 years ago in Victoria, LGBTI people had no legal protection against discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Change finally came in 2000 with the inclusion of two new attributes to the Equal Opportunity Act –  sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Pride not Prejudice is a collaboration between the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and RMIT Master of Media students in the course Collaborative Media Project. The project is a series of short films that engages with the amendment to the Equal Opportunity Act in 2000 that included protections for the attributes of sexual orientation and gender identity. The videos feature interviews with prominent members of Victoria’s LGBTI communities 15 years after the amendment came into effect. 

RMIT Lecturer Patrick Kelly said the aim of the project was to give students the opportunity to work on real-life projects, responding to a client brief that helps them prepare for a career in media.

Students help in the fight against discrimination



In February 2016, Master of Media students travelled to India on a two-week study tour to explore Bollywood culture and gain an understanding of the world’s largest producer of film. The tour was organised by Master of Media lecturer Dr Vikrant Kishore.

Master of Media student Prachi Daga said “This experienced really solidified to me what I want to do - make docudramas based on history and culture and take it to a global market…The two weeks in India was extremely eye-opening. In such a short amount of time I was exposed to a range of influential professionals in the industry and learnt about how Indian cinema functioned.” 

Students interpret Bollywood through a lens

Dr Vikrant Kishore talks about RMIT media students India study tour

RMIT students head to Bollywood