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FRIDAY, 6 MAY 2022
7 PM - 9 PM

This screening session features 9 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.

Palace Central
Cinema 11
Central Park Mall (Level 3)
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008


Tickets are only $8.00* per screening session and include a free drink at the bar afterwards. Get your tickets now.

Free tickets available for students (25-), seniors (65+), and unemployed or low income guests. Submit a request.

*All proceeds go to The Bigger Screen, an international organisation supporting independent filmmakers.




Synopsis: April 2020. Lêg always stays locked up at home, engrossed by screens that all broadcast the same image: a burning car. But is it the outside world that smoulders or Lêg himself ? Running time: 00:04:37.


About the director: Jim Vieille is a french director. Dark, violent and enigmatic, his work in different mediums (film, video, installation) explores the boundary between fiction and experimental. His films have been featured in several festivals. In 2010, his first short, 'Take Me To The Water', won the Prize Of The City Of Clermont-Ferrand. In 2021, his music video "Atlas" was nominated at the Berlin Music Video Awards, has received the 1st Prize for the Best Music Video at the Rhode Island International FF and the Best Music Video Award at the Verona, Bruges, London and Los Angeles International FF. Jim lives and work in Paris.

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Synopsis: The treatment of Bipolar Disorder often entails years of trial and error, whereby patients are required to change their medications numerous times across a lifetime - mood stabilisers, antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, anti-anxiety pills, sleeping pills, and so on. Mood Atlas is a short documentary exploring Bipolar Disorder through one man’s experiences, and his search for hope in neuroscience. Running time: 00:18:30.


Selections/awards: Sci-On FF (Best Medical Documentary), Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, and more.


About the director: Mia Mullarkey is a film director based in Dublin, Ireland. She directed several successful shorts, receiving 40 awards globally, and screening at major international short film festivals such as Palm Springs, Aesthetica, São Paulo, Valladolid, Tehran and Helsinki. In 2018 Mia received the Discovery Award at Dublin International Film Festival for her body of work, and was made the 2018/2019 Filmmaker-in-Residence with Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.




Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve, and Synnøve is searching for her drug-addicted daughter Michelle in an almost desolated city. Synnøve and Michelle are mother and daughter in real life and play versions of themselves in a story that is very close to their own lives. Running time: 00:15:00.


Selections/awards: Aesthetica Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Norwegian Short FF, Ankara Accessible FF (Best Film Award, Best Director Award), Bergen IFF, and more.


About the director: Aslak Danbolt is a Norwegian filmmaker who lives and works out of Oslo, Norway. He studied Documentary Directing at Lillehammer University College and later attended The London Film School. His grad film 'Last Base', was selected for more than 120 festivals (including Tribeca, Chicago & Slamdance) and won numerous awards. He directed the documentary series 'Petter Uteligger – 52 dager på gata i Oslo' (2015), which was nominated for 5 Norwegian Golden Screen Awards 2016, winning Documentary Series and Audience Award.



Synopsis: The conception of The New Man emerged in the 1970s, and has since then reappeared from time to time, with varying ideals about how he should look, feel and act. There are often major inherent conflicts within the same ideal, which can cause great confusion for the man at the individual level. What it is like to be a white, middle-aged man in the western society today, what does the hegemonic masculinity look like and are there other ideals to follow? How does the white man react when his privileges diminish or disappear, when he no longer belongs to a chosen ”we” but is mixed up with "the others"? It is easy to see destructive parts of men's actions around the world, but what is actually a good masculinity? Are male role models important or are human role models enough? And will men in the near future become redundant when women will be able to reproduce themselves without the help of a man? In Rebirth, Nils Agdler visualizes ideas of a coming new man, the unprotected and vulnerable man, the new-born man and the man as nature. Running time: 00:03:40.


Selections/awards: International Short FF Oberhausen, Berlin Flash FF, and more.


About the director: Nils Agdler (1969, Östersund, Sweden) is a visual artist, photographer and filmmaker. Agdler is interested in contemporary social and visual phenomena, representation and history, posthumanism and colonialism, primarily working in the fields of photography and film. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on issues that concern men and masculinities, and in 2018 he produced the retrospective solo show Andropause in Östersund, where all works related to this theme. His work has been shown at museums such as The 5th Moscow Biennale, Kalmar Art museum, Pori Art Museum, Gothenburg Art Museum and Ostrale Biennale O21, Dresden.

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Synopsis: Humans encounter various monsters, but each encounter has a consequence. Running time: 00:01:03.


Selections/awards: South African HorrorFest (Best One Minute Short), Brussels Independent FF, Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival, Hollywood Horrorfest, Warsaw Animation FF, Boston Short FF, HorrorFest International, Santiago Horror FF, Grindsploitation FF, and more.


About the director: James Smith was born on March 20th 1996. He is a filmmaker/animator and has been creating films using the stop-motion technique for over ten years. Most of his animated films have garnered a view count of over 3 million on his Youtube channel.




Synopsis: Mahsa is an Iranian woman TV presenter. She sings and posts her videos on Instagram anonymously. As a result of this, Mahsa faces a challenge during one of her shows. She now needs to decide between leaving the country and losing her job… Running time: 00:14:55.


Selections/awards: Venice Film Week, Boston Short FF, MikroFAF International Short FF (Winner Special Mention Plaque), Super Shorts London FF, Amsterdam Independent FF, Bruges International FF, and more.


About the director: Zahra Ahooei (Tehran, 1990) began her career as a writer, journalist and researcher within social, scientific and cultural realms in national press. After graduating from Hilaj Film School, Ahooei directed her first short film called “Extra Time” (2015). “Prestige” is her third short film.



Synopsis: ‘Forest’ is an experimental short film rendered using real-time graphics. Through contrasting a vibrant virtual paradise with a dark reality, the film reflects upon humanity’s ignorance of their destructive nature on earth; the innocence of youth and the indifference of adulthood. Running time: 00:02:48.


Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Venice Film Week, Super Shorts London FF, Toronto Arthouse FF, and more.


About the director: Dermott is a Real-time Artist/Designer and Concept Artist, based in the UK. A graduate from Ulster University and MA Graduate at Bournemouth University in animation and design, he has experience in both the video game and Animation Industry. He has previously worked as an Environment Artist on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, directed some short films and was as an Environment Lead on a real-time short film Ennui by Taunt Studios.




Synopsis: After losing his lifelong position at an industrial corporation, Raphael is forced by the Austrian Unemployment Office to take an underwhelming job as a night-time security guard. He recently moved back in with his bedridden mother, who is also cared for by the dedicated Ukrainian nurse Vera. Through her support, Raphael gradually learns to cope with his new life situation, but a tragic incident breaks his world apart once more. A warm-hearted narrative about a part of society, whose basis of existence is increasingly threatened. Running time: 00:29:58.


Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Warsaw IFF, SHOTS IFF, Poitiers FF, Tehran Int. Short FF, Super Shorts London FF, Polish IFF, 180' Berlin Filmfest, Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, and more.


About the director: Albin Wildner (Vienna, 1983) shot his first documentary film in Costa Rica in 2004. From 2006 through 2013 he worked as a graphic designer and independent cinematographer, earning an engineering degree and completing a systemic family constellations psychology course along the way. In 2014, Albin Wildner took up directing and cinematography at the Vienna Film Academy.

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