SATURDAY, 7 MAY 2022
7 PM - 9 PM
This screening session features 10 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Central Park Mall (Level 3)
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.
POISE (PORTUGAL) BY LUÍS SOARES
Synopsis: A sad and restrained man lying on the bed in his empty room. Hesitates, ponders hypotheses in a cycle without deciding, stuck. In exhaustion all anguish is equal. Another man is sitting at the window: he looks at him and to the street. Characters in broken situations. The key positions, the suspended sequences, are shown. The man almost decides - and they almost return, inside and out, to them and to the city, time and movement. Infinite dawn. Running time: 00:07:00
Selections/awards: Slamdance FF, Indielisboa, Brussels Independent FF, Curta Cinema Brazil, Animac (Audience Award), and more.
About the director: Luís Soares' (Lisbon, 1981) first animated film, Any Other Man, premiered at the Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival in 2012 and participated in dozens of international festivals and shows where it won five prizes. His second animated film, Poise, premiered at the 17th IndieLisboa in 2020.
CELENTANO'S SEASICKNESS (ITALY) BY SAVERIO CAPPIELLO
Synopsis: Loredano, known as Celentano, due to seasickness has never been able to be a fisherman, his dream since he was a child. Now he works in a bar and waits for Alex, his nephew, who has recently started working as a fisherman, to give him a gift that initiates him into that world that is water and that he has never been able to touch.Running time: 00:12:05.
Selections/awards: Venice Film Week (Winner Best Documentary Short Film), Brussels Independent FF, Super Shorts FF London, and more.
About the director: Saverio Cappiello (1992, Italy) graduated from Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti (Milan). His first short film Clinamen (2015) was presented at about thirty festivals worldwide, and he's won several awards with his subsequent shorts and documentaries. He is currently working on his first feature, L’altra via.
LEAP (ARGENTINA) BY JUAN BAIO, EINO ANTONIO
Synopsis: On the rooftop of a massive building, surrounded by the blazing Buenos Aires’ skyline, two friends are taking a relaxing sunbath. In the flash of an instant an unexpected event takes place, which will call into question their friendship and leave them both on the brink of a resolution that could change their lives. Running time: 00:02:37.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Super Shorts London.
About the director: Juan and Eino met in Buenos Aires in the process of making a short film. Juan is a graduate from the acting program of Universidad Nacional de las Artes. Eino graduated graduated as Film Director from Universidad del Cine.
A LETTER TO MY MOTHER (IRAN) BY AMINA MAHER
Synopsis: A heartfelt letter to tell a mother the most painful of secrets. Amina Maher, who in 2002 was the young protagonist of 'Ten' by Kiarostami is now a transgender director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and be understood. Running time: 00:19:33.
Selections/awards: Kasseler Dokfest Lovers FF, Sparrowland Short FF Brisbane (Best Documentary Film), LGBTQIA+ FF, Ontario International FF (Winner Best International Documentary), Verona IFF (Winner Best Experimental Film), Beirut International Women FF (Winner Best International Short Film), and more.
About the director: Amina Maher (Tehran, 1992) is an Iranian queer filmmaker whose works deal with themes of social taboos and gender-identity in relation to violence and power structure. She began her cinematic activity as the main protagonist in Abbas Kiarostami's "Ten” which featured the real-life relationship between Amina and her mother. Her multi-awarded short film, Letter to my mother, was part of the competition at numerous international film festivals.
LE GRAND (AUSTRALIA) BY OLIVER MARSDEN
Synopsis: Brad comes to terms with leaving home. Running time: 00:02:19.About the director: Oliver Marsden is a 21-year-old filmmaker from Cairns, Australia.
LONIS (AUSTRALIA) BY JEREMY ARTIS
Synopsis: 'Lonis' is a short film drama that takes place within the Greek Orthodox community of Melbourne. Lonis goes back to the house he grew up in just after his father's funeral, to deal with his traumatic childhood and burn down the place where he was sexually abused. Running time: 00:08:21.
About the director: Jeremy was born in Melbourne and raised in Greece where he completed his studies in Graphic Design and Drama School. He has worked in Theatre and TV. He moved back to Melbourne in 2018, chasing his dream to become a film maker. He is currently doing a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University. In 2019 he directed his first short film 'Freddie'. In 2020 he directed a short documentary 'Artemis', then 'Lonis' in 2021.
LIFE SKILLS (U.K.) BY GINO EVANS
Synopsis: Life Skills tells the story of Nathan, a former soldier who is struggling with life after serving in the Armed forces. When Nathan’s world is collapsing and he is at his lowest point, he seeks respite by taking a unique path to try to overcome his problems. Running time: 00:05:26.
Selections/awards: Flickers' Rhode Island Int FF, Super Shorts London FF, Carmarthen Bay FF Indie Shorts Awards Cannes, and more.
About the director: Gino Evans began working as a writer/director combining film with theatre. In 2009 Gino began focusing fully on film, writing and directing numerous shorts and sketches, working most notably on BBC 'You Tube Kids' comedy sketches and 'Bus Baby', his 2010 award winning 'Virgin Media Shorts' film co-directed with Jason Wingard. His next films and documentaries (Blind Faith, Bourne Septuagenarian, Anxiety – Ellis’s Story,...) went on to win severals awards. From 2012 - 2019 he was creative director of Manchester production company Brickhouse productions, writing and directing numerous adverts and award winning documentaries. In 2019 he wrote his first feature - Pure O - a hard hitting film about mental health and addiction within supported housing in the UK.
SNAKE DICK (U.S.) BY DAVID MAHMOUDIEH
Synopsis: Jill's got the snake. Julia's got the flute. Alone, they have nothing. But together, they have a secret weapon to fight the darkness... Running time: 00:07:47.
Selections/awards: South London International FF (Winner Best International Short Film), Salem Horror Fest (Winner Audience Award), Venice Film Week, British Horror FF, Brussels Independent FF, and more.
About the director: David began his career as a trainee AD on productions including 'X-Files', 'The Outer Limits' and 'Batman Begins', where he was lucky enough to learn from some of the best directors in the business. He won the ECU Screenwriting Contest with his spec script, 'Rain'— the story of a young girl with an allergy to water — now in active development as an 8-part mini-series with Neve Campbell attached to star and produce. He was recently hired by Roddenberry Entertainment, creators of Star Trek, to write and direct the adaptation of their graphic novel, 'Worth'. Last year David directed his first feature-film as a “director-for-hire”, the indie drama 'See You Soon' starring Harvey Keitel, Liam McIntyre and Poppy Drayton, which secured a theatrical release in the US and Europe against a modest budget. (Disclaimer: he hates it!) David is a proud ambassador for Kids In The Spotlight, a charity which helps foster kids write their own short films and cultivates opportunities for them within the industry. 'Parallel', a film David directed for the charity, recently won Best Dramatic Short at Shiver International Film Festival.
OPEN THE BLINDS (GERMANY) BY TIMM GILLNER
Synopsis: In the noise of our expectations, ego, and thoughts, Mihael feels trapped, crushed, longing for a moment of silence. He desires lucidity but no matter how close he is to himself, such realization is hard to achieve. Running time: 00:03:13.
About the director: Timm has always expressed himself through all kinds of art. Working interdisciplinarily, he likes to combine all the experiences he gathered. After studies in Art and Design, and later Film, he founded TRUST’N’TRY in 2015, a Berlin-based Production Company focusing on campaigns and branded content around lifestyle, fashion, and sport. Storytelling within longer formats is what truly drives him, but he also admires the craft of creating narratives in shorter commercial formats. His commercial for Snipes x Stranger Things (Netflix), which he produced and directed, was shortlisted for the Berlin Commercial Festival in 2020. He worked for and with several agencies, production companies like Iconoclast, and Brands like Red Bull, Nike, Adidas, Snipes & Netflix, Facebook, and many more. His experiences within the art of filmmaking include not only the creative part of directing, camera and editing, but he has also produced most of the commercials in his portfolio.
NEIGHBOUR (GEORGIA) BY DAVID BORCHKHADZE
Synopsis: The quiet life of Beso and his daughter is suddenly disrupted when neighbouring workers damage the wall of their house. Running time: 00:30:00.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Super Shorts Ny, Super Shorts LA, and more.
About the director: David Borchkhadze has been working around sets since the age of 16. He worked as editor at almost all TV channels in Georgia, and later directed episodes on several TV shows, including one of the first reality shows in Georgia. He also has been independently shooting the biggest commercials in Georgia, totaling over 300 commercials. He directed an episode of the film 'Tbilisi Love Story' and soon after shot his first independent feature film ,'Seazone' in 2010. In 2019, he shot the first interactive 3-hour commercial film in Georgia, 'Arena'.