History

See a selection of short films shown in the past years of the Festival –

TitleGenreCountrySynopsisDirector
Drawcard ComedyAustraliaThey say a picture tells a thousand words, sometimes its better to keep your mouth shut. Antonio Oreña-Barlin
Pigeon: Impossible AnimationUSAThe tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase? Lucas Martell
Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary DocumentaryAustraliaWhat happens when a $3.7 billion dollar regional rail project gets derailed by a 76-year- old man and his humble doughnut van? Rachel Morssink & Ian Tran
Walter ComedyAustraliaIt’s 1969 – Two young hippies accidentally run over a dog belonging to a family of proud war veterans. Dave Wade
La Madre Buena Satire/ComedyUKA Mexican mother, her only child’s birthday looming, embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics to find the right piñata for her son. Sarah Clift
Latte e Miele DramaAustraliaSisters, Sofia and Liliana arrive in a rural town of New South Wales in 1953. They have travelled far from their hometown in Naples, Italy in search of a new life in a country that is labelled ‘the new America’. Andrea Demetriades & Louisa Mignone
Mute AnimationNetherlandsIn a world populated by people without a mouth, a gory accident leads to the discovery a mouth can be created by cutting yourself. This unleashes an enthusiastic chain reaction among the population! Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins & Job Roggeveen
Death in Bloom Drama/ComedyAustraliaA quirky dark comedy about a door-to-door ‘death’ salesman, who struggles to close a deal with a fabulously difficult customer. Dael Oates
A Single Life AnimationNetherlandsWhen Pia plays a mysterious vinyl record single, she suddenly knows how to travel through her own life. Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins & Job Roggeveen 
Best Man ComedyUKDonald is engaged and wants Patrick to be his best man. However, when Patrick is asked to go beyond the call of duty he starts to question Donald’s sanity. Freddie Hall
Slingshot ComedyAustraliaFrankie is a 10-year-old kid on summer vacation at a run-down trailer park. When Tayla, a 10-year-old girl, shows a romantic interest, Frankie’s holiday becomes a whole lot more complicated. Amusing analogy on modern love told through the eyes of one of its latest victims. David Hansen
Stutterer DramaUKA man whose lush inner thoughts are rendered mute by a crippling stutter, feels isolated from the world despite a flourishing online relationship. Benjamin Cleary
She Sells ComedyAustraliaAn epic sales negotiation between a cut-throat business executive and a surly little girl. Jordan Bond
Jiffy AnimationSpaint’s ten o’clock. A family sits down at the table. It’s dinner time. Robert Valle
Through the Haze Comedy/DramaAustraliaWhen a hazing ritual at a construction site goes horribly wrong, things quickly spiral out of control. Kieran Wheeler
Lost Property Office AnimationAustraliaEd is a thEd is a thorough and practical custodian of a large city transit’s Lost Property Office.
In many ways he is as lost as the items he is tasked to look after.orough and practical custodian of a large city transit’s Lost Property Office.
Daniel Agdag
Un Buen EjemploDramaSpainAre we a good example? We will never know. Leonardo Pérez 
CatastropheAnimationNetherlandsWhen a pet bird keels over in its cage, suspicion naturally falls on the cat in the apartment. Jamille van Wijngaarden
Bluey DramaAustraliaBluey, an angry young woman trapped in a life of violence, meets a mystery mentor who could change everything. Bluey is a story of courage, heart and the fight for survival. Darlene Johnson
Love is Blind ComedyUKAlice, in the passionate embrace of her young lover, finally succumbs to temptation. However, when her husband James returns home early, Alice finds herself in an emotional minefield as she attempts to save her marriage while simultaneously negotiating her lover’s escape. Dan Hodgson
Garden Party AnimationFranceIn a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts. Florian Babikian & Vincent Bayoux
Deighties DocumentaryAustraliaA tender look at dating in the golden years of your life – your eighties. Phil, a widower at the age of 86, decides to venture into the unfamiliar world of online dating in a search for companionship. Mason Fleming
Spoetnik ComedyNetherlandsTeenager Sam from Limburg starts working at Spoetnik, a clandestine chips stand named after its specialty. Right across the street is a brothel with an alluring girl who evidently needs Sam’s help. Noel Loozen
Stems AnimationUKAinslie Henderson’s eulogy to the short life span of stop motion animation puppets. Ainslie Henderson
Mrs McCutcheon Comedy/DramaAustraliaHaving always felt he was born in the wrong body, 10 year-old Tom chooses the name Mrs McCutcheon rather than the name he was given at birth; he also prefers the flow of a dress rather than the cut of a pant. John Sheedy
Golfing with Ida DocumentaryUSAIda Pieracci is a San Jose Country Club legend. At 102 years of age, she holds the course record with eleven holes-in-one and is still regularly playing golf today. What’s the key to a long, happy life? “Just being a good kid!” Dustin Cohen
FYSH Adventure DramaAustraliaThis is the story of an old man and the fish that changed his life. Billie Pleffer
WaterDramaAustraliaWater is life. And without it, life does not exist.
A pregnant woman must survive in a dystopian world without water.
John Harvey
Backseat DriverDramaUKA banker becomes the target of his chauffeur’s fury – but is the power dynamic on these four wheels quite what meets the eye? Rich Peppiatt
Birdie DramaUSAA woman walks alone to the train station. As she descends the stairs to the underground platform she smiles at a young man, he smiles back. With the smallest of gestures, the woman becomes caught in a subtle and sinister game. Shelley Lauman
Negative Space AnimationFranceEven though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase. Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter
The Hitchhiker HorrorAustraliaJade hits the road to Byron Bay with two besties, resolving to keep her terminal diagnosis on the down-low. When an enigmatic hitchhiker makes her an offer, she finds it hard to refuse. Adele Vuko
Apprentice of the Year ComedyAustraliaWhen a builder takes advantage of his apprentice, he finds out the hard way to never underestimate anyone. Justin Evans
Ritual DramaAustraliaFor the Devlin family God is everything. When their eldest daughter disappears from their remote farm, the local cop sent to investigate is disturbed by what he uncovers. Robert Linsley
The Polygamist ComedyAustraliaPolly is involved in a multiple-partner relationship. Life in a modern polygamous marriage seems to be great, but is this alternative lifestyle beginning to take its toll on her? When the cracks begin to show we realize that perhaps polygamy isn’t everything she hoped it would be. Craig Melville
Be You T. Fool DocumentaryAustraliaAn anonymous street artist reveals her secret practice of pasting portraits on the pillars of Chandler Highway Bridge in Melbourne, Australia. Brendan Pinches
Desert Dash Comedy/ActionAustraliaOn the outskirts of Australia, opals are now the currency for survival in the game of Desert Dash. When a feisty heroine gets the opportunity to ‘level up’ there is no choice but to win. Game On. Gracie Otto
Lost & Found AnimationAustraliaLost & Found is a stop motion short film that tugs at the heartstrings. A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life. Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe
Jackrabbit ComedyAustraliaBased on a true story. An Italian backpacker stops at a remote gas station in Australia and is confronted with a strange situation. Alex Feggans