Revelation Perth International Film Festival

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Revelation 2007 Poster

Revelation Perth International Film Festival began in 1997. Founded to showcase a large range of independent feature films, documentaries, short films, and experimental works. It runs every July in Perth, Western Australia and is regarded by few as one of the best independent film festivals in Australia.[1]


Revelation's roots are as an underground film festival starting in the basement of the Greenwich Club, but the festival has now evolved into a large cultural event, screening films at cinemas and nightclubs across the city. Revelation specialises in independent film and documentary film. Since its inception the festival has grown in size and scope. Alongside film screenings the festival also features special events which have included collaborations with musicians providing live soundtrack scores, academic conferences on cinema and culture, and associated visual art exhibitions.

It is a tightly curated event that also includes international animations, short films, experimental works and hybrid styles. It annually receives around 400 entries from the international community and is programmed from a mix of these submitted and invited works.

From 2001 - 2008 the festival collaborated with SPLIF - Screening Perth's Local Independent Films - showcasing local independent films and short films as part of the festival.

In 2006 founder and festival director Richard Sowada began working at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and filmmaker, broadcaster and journalist Megan Spencer became program director for the 2007 festival.

Since 2008 film theorist, author and curator Jack Sargeant has programmed the event, maintaining its unique status amongst Australian film festivals, even as the festival has grown year-upon-year, attracting wider acclaim and an increased international profile.

Since its inception Revelation has featured numerous films, including Australian premieres, of films such as Sonic Outlaws directed by Craig Baldwin, Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Heavy Metal Parking Lot by Jeff Krulik,WADD: The Life & Times of John C Holms, Divine Trash, Spellbound, One Hundred Mornings, Wheedle's Groove, Nude Study, Pictures of Superheroes and cult movies such as Beat Girl, Pull My Daisy, Gimme Shelter, and Cigarette Girl.

The event has actively participated as a platform for a range of feature and documentary works that have gone on to attain theatrical, DVD or other on-going release and sales in Australia. It also works actively with a range of major Australian screen culture events, organisations and festivals with guests, curated programs and individual titles.

Guests have included:


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