Supanova Brisbane 2007 feedback

May 8, 2007

April 13-15 RNA Showgrounds.

It appears that Supanova is still going strong in Brisbane, they have moved to a larger venue and continue to draw in the crowds.

In trawling through the forums and blogs I unearthed a few interesting reports that I will detail here.

Firstly, there was the massive lan-party (computer gaming) that was going to be a major part of the competitions.

The LAN will accommodate 63 computers per day, with 3 major comps to be held on each day.

They had their share of problems though, none of them compare to the complete lack of interest showed by attendees.

Ka-LAN was suppose to run a lan party with computers but we only had one person register and attend i thank him so to ensure we can entertain still we have less than a week to setup the consoles and after suffering massive headaches and lack of sleep and with the help of so many people we pulled it off.

Continued further:

I do hope you enjoyed the consoles and the event. but with the lack of forsight not to mention the wall were were placing the projectors on when we planned it ….. was indeed glass lol but i assure you our hindsight has 20/20 vision

A common complaint with Supanova events is that Pre-Paid and Door sales all start at the same time, so even if you paid weeks in advance you may still be waiting in line whilst people who pay on the day go straight in.

I, personally, felt the queues to get in were a debacle. I’m forced to wonder, given that I didn’t attend the Preview Night, and that the queue to buy tickets at the door moved faster than the pre-paid ticket line, what, other than preview night, was the incentive for pre-purchasing? Honestly, more than one volunteer was needed to be checking peoples tickets and placing on the wristbands.

I could say there is a direct involvement of Madman in the running of Supanova but I don’t want to step on any toes, so I won’t. Nevertheless it is quite obvious that some of the Supanova event staff are also Madman staff, which leads on to my next point.

Considering the close ties there was not much surprise when Supanova announced in 2006 that videos entered into the AMV competition needed to comply with OFLC regulations. The rules from 2006 are no longer online, but a thread detailing the AMV rules is on the Madman forums.

The restriction to use OFLC rated videos was mentioned a few times by the AMV Coordinator, but when it came to the results – that restriction went out the window.

And finally, the most surprising of all comments was the turnout for the screening of Sunshine (2007). This was a Free screening for anyone who had pre-purchased Supanova tickets, yet amazingly only a handful of people attended. Considering that the amount of publicity that movie has had in the recent weeks I cannot come up with any comprehensible reason why so few people would attend.

I’d just like to thank Supanova for holding the Sunshine screening last night.

It was a good movie. Only about 20-25 people showed up though.



  1. In regards to the AMV results at Brisbane:

    I think it’s not a matter of going unnoticed or anything because there is clearly a right for the organizers to run a competition with sources that are unrated by the OFLC – Section 5B of the 1995 Classification Act clearly states that sources not rated by the OFLC can be considered exempt sources and rated accordingly following the guidelines in the act and can only be shown in public if sources were considered PG and below. – as stated in Supanova’s upcoming AMV contest

    And with music covered by APRA, I think Supanova’s AMV contest is more than safely covered compared to other conventions around Australia. I think this is the beginning of where AMVs can be legal in Australia. It’s a good thing for us editors.

  2. The Act is VERY CLEAR on what films are exempt from classification. The types of films that are exempt are related to documentaries or professional in nature. They include films of technical nature, documentaries of various subjects, scientific observations, sporting events, musical presentation, and the like.

    Read the excerpt from Section 5B here: http://www.classification.gov.au/special.html?n=281&p=193

    Anime Music Videos are edited footage of animation for entertainment purposes set to an alternate music track. In this case Supanova is claiming they are exempt based on Section 5B, yet how on earth could you make AMVs fit into one of those exempt film types?

    To the best of my knowledge Supanova is basing their rules on their own misrepresentation of Section 5B of the 1995 Classification Act. I do not believe there is any exempt film category that could apply to AMVs.

    I would have every expectation that the organisers of Supanova (which include staff from Madman) would be very familiar with The Act. I believe that the fact that the AMV Competition is no longer listed on the Supanova site (it is only listed in the forums) and the fact it is apparently not promoted directly by Supanova or Madman staff is an indication that they are very much aware of this flaw in the rules and may be distancing themselves from the AMV Competition for liability reasons.

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