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Singfest: The Literacy of Music

Winner of 18 International Film Festival Awards

Emerson School and Brave Archer Films® present 'Singfest: The Literacy of Music.' A film made in its entirety by one filmmaker, Amel Tresnjic.

Plot Summary: This inspirational multi-award winning documentary film takes us on a journey into the world of music and how music, as a literacy in schools, unlocks student's full potential and transforms their learning. Emerson School, a special needs school situated in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, invites nine local schools to its grounds for the purpose of sharing its’ love of singing and music making. Whilst each school brings its own unique strengths and talents to the day, Emerson School shares insights on the vital role of Music and Music Education in the special needs educational setting. The students from the invited schools come together as strangers but when united through their voices and choral singing for the day, that strangeness and unfamiliarity is taken away. Thus the literacy embedded within Music as an art form has the power to bond people of all different cultures and engender learning that is multimodal and transformational. The embodied cognition in Music Education is a potent tool that humans use to give meaning in both linguistic and non-linguistic ways. Most importantly, music draws people together and helps make their learning journey socially-directed and purposeful. The power that music has to transcend a wide range of learning, cultural and social barriers is demonstrated in this unique and uplifting educational film.

Awards & Achievements: (Winner of 18 International Film Festivals)

Winner: Best Inspirational Film Award at the 2019 New York Film Awards
Winner: GOLDEN FOX AWARD for Best Documentary Film - CICFF Calcutta International Cult Film Festival.
Winner: Winner of 4 prestigious awards at the 2019 Impact Docs Awards.
Award of Merit: Documentary Feature
Award of Merit: Directing
Award of Merit: Editing
Award of Merit: Sound Editing / Sound Mixing
Winner: Honorable Mention for Best Director at the 2019 Vegas Movie Awards
Winner: Award of Excellence for Best Sound Design at the 2019 Vegas Movie Awards
Winner: Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Latitude Film Awards.
Winner: Special Mention Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Global Shorts Awards.
Winner of 5 prestigious awards at the Accolade Global Film Competition 2019.
Award of Merit: Documentary Short
Award of Merit: Editing
Award of Merit: Sound Editing / Sound Mixing
Award of Merit: Use of Film for Social Change
Award of Merit: Viewer Impact: Motivational / Inspirational
Winner: Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film at the London International Filmmaker Festival.
Winner: Honorable Mention: Documentary Featurette Award at the 2019 Los Angeles Film Awards.
Winner: Award of Merit - Special Mention for Best Documentary Short at The IndieFEST Film Awards 2018.

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    non fiction, music, inspirational, educational
  • Runtime:
    49 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2017
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    20,000 AUD
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Director Biography - Amel Tresnjic

All-round filmmaker, animator, and educator Amel Tresnjic creates inspirational films with a strong ethical focus. His passion for filmmaking began when he was a very young boy. From the age of nine, he developed a tradition of watching films every night until he fell asleep and always imagined how he would grow up to become an inspirational storyteller. In 2012 Amel began to realise his dream with the international success of his first entirely self-made documentary film '2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning.' A feature documentary that embarks on an enigmatic journey, forming a greater perspective of our worlds 'current state' and the awakening of a new wave of consciousness. On the day of its free YouTube release, the film went viral and has now been seen by over 4million+ on YouTube alone. It received an Honour Award ‘New Age of Activism 2012 and Beyond,’ top 5star reviews, 8/10 IMDB rating as well as high ratings across many documentary hosting sites. The positive message of the film inspired its’ supportive fan base to host numerous screenings worldwide as well as translate the film into 9 languages. The film was also offered 3 distribution deals, but most important of all to Amel, the film inspired positive change in the world.

Amel is also the sole creator of multi-award-winning documentary film ‘Singfest: The Literacy of Music.’ This uplifting and inspirational feature documentary takes us into the world of music and how music, as a literacy in schools, unlocks students’ full potential. Remarkably the film has won 18 international film festival awards including multiple awards for Best Documentary Feature. The film has been broadcast on Australian National TV Network SBS and is currently streaming on SBS On-Demand

His second educational documentary film ‘The Reading Factory: A Life Changing Literacy Support Program' documents the genesis, implementation and fine-tuning of a highly successful literacy intervention program that changes the course of children's lives. The film has won 9 international awards.

Amel's third educational film 'Talk For Life: English as an Additional Language,' a heart-warming documentary film that takes us on a journey into the world of language and communication and the crucial role it plays for newly arrived refugees in Australia, has won the collected 22 international film festival awards, including 5x ‘Best Feature Documentary’ awards. Talk For Life has also premiered on Australian National TV Network SBS and is currently streaming on SBS On-Demand.

His latest film ‘Giving Back: Students who returned as Teachers,' takes us on a journey into the world of education and the crucial role it plays in social development. This heart-warming film tells the story of students who became teachers and returned to their former primary school to 'give back' and make a difference to following generations. The 79min feature documentary has wrapped up post-production and has recently entered the film festival circuit.

Through his passionate and busy work ethic Amel creates projects for his wide-ranging clientele while still working on personal projects that are close to his heart. Though busy making films, Amel still finds time to teach young filmmakers the art and influence of cinema. He wishes to inspire more storytellers in the world and dedicates much of his time teaching and coordinating the Cert IV in Screen and Media at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Amel is currently in post-production of his brand new entirely self-made feature documentary, 'Spiritual Awakening: Journey to the Inner Self.’

Although now a successful and very busy filmmaker and educator, Amel still watches films every night until he falls asleep.

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“Through the art of film, my aim is to inspire a better world. My method is to produce films of a mindful and moral nature. Films that inform, empower and inspire audiences with untold perspectives on various topics that afflict the world at large”
- Amel Tresnjic