SHORTS SESSION NO.1
Directors: Meg Case + Brad Porter | Drama, Horror | 32m 7s | United States | 2020 | Australian Premiere
Amidst a mandatory quarantine, a young woman living in isolation battles against her growing paranoia and deteriorating mental health as her fear of the outside world drives her deeper inwards.
Director: Michael Chereau | Black Comedy | 14m 42s | France | 2020 | Australian Premiere
Night has just fallen. It’s time to go to sleep, except for Sandier whose hard work has only just begun. On his bike, a big canvas bag full of sand in the back, he crosses the city to put the children to sleep. In front of a house, ready to enter, he discovers that he has awkwardly left his bag on his bike. He turns around and discovers with amazement that his bike has disappeared.
Director: Natalie MacMahon | Drama, Comedy | 7m 40s | Germany | 2020 | World Premiere
In the near future eating meat has become a crime and one gets punished by being put in a cage. Once a year, when the most important public holiday, "Skeleton Tiger Day" is celebrated, one lucky contestant of a live show gets the chance to change his fate.
DOT GOT SHOT
Director: Honey Lauren | Drama | 6m 45s | United Kingdom | 2012 | Australian Premiere
She carries a badge and a bullet in her head.Ever since she broke up a neighbour’s domestic quarrel and left with a bullet lodged in her skull, Dot suffers from “night Terror”: powerful nightmares that are all emotion and never a night’s sleep. Exhausted, armed and suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Dot is in a very bad mood…
Director: Tamás Rebák | Animation | 7m 43s | Hungary | 2019 | Australian Premiere
Escape velocity: the minimum speed needed for an object to escape from the gravitational influence of a massive body, without ever falling back. An astronaut awakens in an abandoned cave of a strange planet. An interstellar vagabond, so to say. A light path leads him to the surface, where he looks at his compass and heads for his spaceship. He keeps glancing back, treading nervously, looking afraid. He has been chased by a creature for a long time, and his only way to break free is to escape this curious planet.
Pipi Thay Too'
Director: Laura Alice | Animation | 10m 24s | Australia | 2020 | World Premiere
'Pipi Thay Too' (The grandmother Tree') is an animated film celebrating resilience, the power of identity, mystical encounters with ancestors, and the Karen and Karenni refugee experience.
The Ephemeral Orphanage
Director: Lisa Barcy | Animation | 15m | United States | 2020 | Australian Premiere
A group of tattered paper dolls daydream alternate realities and surreptitiously explore the hidden lives of their strict and secretive caregivers. Hijinks ensue and discoveries are made as the characters live out their childhood fantasies. Created with found paper dolls cut from a 1920’s newspaper and found in an attic, the film explores the adults attempt to dictate what girls learn, and the children’s talent for discovering forbidden knowledge.