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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

eFirst wins Mobi
eFirst has won a prestigious Mobi award (Australian Mobile Awards) for the best Mobile Payments app for our Sydney Fiilm Festival 2011. eFirst joins the ranks of some of the best talent Australia has to offer in mobile development, and provides recognition that our app frameworks and development practices are in line with the best organisations nationwide.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Smooth launch for SFF
Sydney Film Festival up this morning for full program sales. Nice smooth launch and sales powering through.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival a Huge Success
The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival has been a huge success with 30 sold out sessions and an overall increase in attendances of 22%, contributing to a 16% increase in box office revenue from 2009 (festival was last held in 2009). BAFF audience members also voted via SMS and online to vote the stunning new Australian film SNOWTOWN (Best Feature), the thrilling and poignant SENNA (Best Documentary) and the moving THE PALACE (Best Short) in the BigPond Audience Awards. Of the 48 Australian films that screened at 2011 BAFF, ten new Australian features from established and emerging filmmakers had their world premiere, amid the 150 films from 49 countries that screened throughout the festivalís duration.

Friday, 3 December 2010

6 iPhone apps and counting...
So far this year, eFirst have released 6 iPhone apps with another 2 already in pre-production, and due for submission to Apple before Christmas. 2010 is now officially the eFirst year of the App. In addition, we're looking at some new, and very exciting possibilities in iPhone land. Ssssh! Not just yet, but it is close.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Position Available: Technical and Support Manager
eFirst require the services of a Technical and Support Manager to complement our growing base of festival and event based clients. Download the Position Description here. Applications close 15 December 2010. Further queries can be emailed to:

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

BigPond Adelaide Film Festival website launched!
The BigPond Adelaide Film Festival 2011 website officially launched at 11am (Adelaide time) today. Browse highlights of the program and order passes and tickets to selected events before the rush begins. eFirst has worked with BAFF to provide new social media functionality across the site, including Share and Commenting features, to maximise participation and community within the festival and its passionate audience of film aficionados.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Midsumma iPhone app launched!
eFirst is proud to supply the Midsumma11 iPhone application, our first festival for the new year! The Midsumma app, available from midnight this morning, provides an exclusive preview of the full Midsumma program before official release on 1 December.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

New partnership with the Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival
The Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival has confirmed a partnership with eFirst for 2011. eFirst will be providing website and ticketing services, as well as introducing an iPhone application for the first time. The new BAFF website will launch on 30 November.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Surf Life Saving Lotteries
eFirst are proud to announce a new online website and payment processing system for Surf Life Saving Lotteries, hosted by eFirst. eFirst has combined with Surf Life Saving Lotteries to successfully deliver an electronic ticketing and content management system which has helped promote them to become the 5th largest lottery in Queensland. eFirst will continue to work with SLSL to pioneer new and exciting ways of purchasing lottery tickets for future growth.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Melbourne Fringe Festival
The Melbourne Fringe Festival and eFirst continued to develop their relationship in 2010, finding ways to innovate and develop a ticketing service unique to the Fringe experience. eFirst is delighted to work with Melbourne Fringe to bring independent artists from across the state, country and the world to stages in Melbourne.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Melbourne Writers Festival box office records
The Melbourne Writers Festival has experienced another successful year in both program and attendance, continuing to break box office records. This year represents eFirstís third year providing ticketing services to MWF. The usability of the eTix system continues to soar, with 80% of tickets sold through the festival website.

Monday, 30 August 2010

New partnership with the Brisbane International Film Festival
The Brisbane International Film Festival is set to kick off with a bang after an 18 months hiatus, with eFirst along for the ride supplying the website, ticketing system and iPhone application. eFirst looks forward to its continuing relationship with Festival Director, Richard Moore, and to our new partnership with Screen Queensland.

Monday, 16 August 2010

MIFF wrap up
Melbourne Film Festival wraps up with yet another box office record... with 6 consecutive box office increases over the last 6 years eFirst is very proud to continue to be associated with MIFF - we love clients getting good leverage from our technology!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Melbourne Writers Festival underway
Melbourne Writers Festival underway today with unprecedented demand for Joss Whedon tickets - selling out almost the entire Melbourne Town Hall in less than a day.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Melbourne Film Festival (MIFF) now live
Melbourne Film Festival now live with full program - always a solid day of sales, this years MIFF is going as strong as ever!

Friday, 7 May 2010

SFF Launched - All systems go!
Sydney Film Festival went live at 9am - with bookings storming in. iPhone use running at about 16-20% of total web traffic.

Monday, 26 April 2010

SFF2010 iPhone app approved
Our new iPhone app for Sydney Film Festival was recently approved by Apple, and will now be available from 5 May from App store and iTunes. Stay tuned for the feature set!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

iPhone application for Sydney Film Festival almost complete
iPhone application for Sydney Film Festival is almost complete, and will be available in time for the launch of the Sydney Film Festival (2-14 June 2010). Previews of the app to target users have been met enthusiastically; a range of features not seen in other apps will assist in a rapid uptake of the technology by festival patrons. The app will be available free from Apple's App Store in mid-late May.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Office fitout completed
eFirst new corporate office fitout has been completed by A1Officefitouts. We look forward to completing the move to the groovy, new environment.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Sydney Film Festival
eFirst has won a website and ticketing services contract with the Sydney Film Festival (SFF:2-14 Jun 2010). SFF were impressed with our many features including scanning access control, integrated POS and the upcoming development of iPhone and mobile applications. Key in their selection criteria were our ability to deliver scalable and managed festival ticketing services. SFF join our growing ticketing portfolio which includes other leading festivals including Melbourne Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Centralised eCommerce system for The University of Melbourne
eFirst to supply centralised eCommerce system to The University of Melbourne - 05 Jan 2010 eFirst has released details of a new centralised eCommerce system for the University of Melbourne due for release in Q2 of this year. The system will allow most faculties and departments within the university to sell goods and services to students and the wider public. eFirst has also integrated the eCommerce system with TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE) - the supplier of student services systems for many leading educational institutions. The University of Melbourne joins our other large institutional client Monash University.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

eFirst virtualisation completed
As part of our continual upgrading of infrastructure, eFirst recently moved into virtualised service provision with VMWare. By utilising VMWare technologies we are able to run more flexible service delivery for clients, including scaling up and down systems to meet demand - particularly important for our ticketing and other short run services. Total available bandwidth now exceeds 1000 Gb - more than enough for the most demanding clients.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

eFirst purchase new corporate office
After paying rent for more than 12 years eFirst recently purchased an office in Bay Rd Cheltenham. The new premises results in reduced travel to work for most staff, and a further lowering of our businesses carbon footprint (eFirst is completely certified carbon neutral see Office fitout will be by A1Officefitouts who've done a fantastic job on the interior design and fixtures.

Monday, 27 July 2009

MIFF Film Festival!!
The main MIFF website (not an eFirst website) has been taken offline in response to successful attacks by Chinese hackers - a story which is getting very wide press coverage. All web requests have for the main website been directed to the ticketing website provided by eFirst. eFirst's network has been undergoing concerted attention from Chinese sources, but remains secure and fully operational. The ticketing site remains open for business, and customers can purchase with confidence that their details are secure. eFirst is overseeing a critical response project team with the Melbourne Film Festival to restore services for the main website. Related coverage:,28348,25840613-5014239,00.html