Creative Directors Sal Cooper and Kate Neal. An aural and visual excursion into both the musical fugue and the psychological ‘fugue state’, While You Sleep unites string quartet, piano, electronics, video and animation in a surreal counterpoint of music, movement and image where nothing is quite as it seems.
Directed by Platon Theodoris. In a suburban garage, Neville Umbrellaman spends his evenings presenting his own radio show, broadcasting to the local community where Neville and his strange guests ruminate on all manner of topics, people perform, and events unfold. Meanwhile, elsewhere, another world slowly unfolds.
Feature Documentary | 2022 | USA, Lebanon | 78 min | Directed by Rita Baghdadi
Sirens tells the story of Beirut based musicians Lilas and Shery and their band Slave to Sorens. With their brand of thrash, the group are the Middle East’s first all-women metal band, and Rita Baghdadi’s film tells the story of the women’s friendship and the band all against the backdrop of a conservative country undergoing political turmoil.
Directed by Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier. New York’s Chelsea Hotel is legendary. Exploring the hotel and following the few remaining residents, the ghosts of the past and the changes coming, Dreaming Walls is a quiet, impressionistic documentary in and around one of the most iconic buildings in art, music and popular culture.
Feature Documentary / 2021 / Australia / 75min / Directed by Jane Castle
Cinematographer Jane Castle ACS tells the story of her mother Lilias Fraser, a true pioneer of Australian cinema, while simultaneously telling her own story. Not just a story of filmmaking and creativity, but also of family, trauma, and human experience, this is a deeply personal film that is unafraid to fully engage with its themes.
Join our experienced panel as they each share their journeys from the start of their careers up until that first big break. They'll provide tips to inspire emerging filmmakers today on their journey toward getting their projects made, as well as their views on the changing landscape of development, finance, and production today.
Special Event / 2022 / Australia / 50min / Creative Directors Sal Cooper and Kate Neal
An aural and visual excursion into both the musical fugue and the psychological ‘fugue state’, While You Sleep unites string quartet, piano, electronics, video and animation in a surreal counterpoint of music, movement and image where nothing is quite as it seems.
Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont. Winner of Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Best Director Prize, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s Golden Alexander and FIORSCI award, and Best Nordic Documentary Gotenburg Film Festival, A House Made of Splinters is an observational documentary filmed in a children’s home in the Eastern Ukraine.
A selection of short dramatic films that explore the complexities of the human condition, the choices we face, the decisions we make, and the shifting changes that mark all of our lives. Poignant, moving, evocative, and human, these films reveal the storytelling power of the short film to affect the audience.
Feature Narrative / 2021 / Serbia, Germany, Slovenia / 120min / Directed by Srdjan Dragojevic
We love magical realism and fly that flag rather high year to year – and 2022 is no exception with several titles that take the bold step into the wilder sides of the imaginative experience. Heavens Above is one such title that not only bends expectation but film form.
Special Events / 2022 / 66 min
From visual and aural loops, cut-ups, media manipulations and found footage to technical exploration, home printing, and all points in between, a selection of experiments in cinema and visual/audio media. Themes of rhythm, music, movement, location, nature, culture, and the performance of the social ripple through this selection of short experimental works.
Producer Kate Separovich (Evie, Good Night), writer/director David Vincent Smith (Good Night), and director Chris Elena (Refused Classification) share insights about making short films, storytelling in short films, and the importance of short films as their own entity plus more in this panel discussion.
Directed by Brian Vincent. The eighties NYC art scene was a place where anything went, the Lower East Side was a hot bed of creative energy. Make Me Famous explores this scene, but rather than focusing on the era’s more famous figures like Basquait, Keith Haring, and David Wojnarowicz, it tells the story of unknown expressionist painter Edward Brezinski.
Directed by Ryan A White and Alex Clausen. Documenting the gay porn studio Palm Drive Video, Raw! Uncut! Video! tells the story of the safe-sex studio based in a Californian ranch that created safe sex-focused porn during the early years of the AIDS pandemic. Along the way, we’re treated to a wild and no holds barred ride through the extremities of gay porn of the period.
Writer/Director Adam Morris (Edward & Isabella), writer/director Platon Theodoris (The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour), and writer/director Matthew Victor Pastor (A Pencil to the Jugular), explore what goes into making an indie film in Australia: from the writing, to the directing, to the difficulty of shooting during a pandemic.
Directed by Oscar Harding. When Oscar Harding’s grandfather passed away, Oscar’s family inherited a strange video tape made by farmer Charles Carson. Intrigued by this strange VHS tape, titled A Life on the Farm, Harding sets out to unravel the mystery of the video described as “Monty Python meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”…