FRIDAY, 2 JUNE 2023
8PM - 10PM
This screening session features 9 short films. All films are in English OR have English subtitles.
Palace Central (Cinema 7)
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.
BAILEY'S BEADS (USA) BY JOHNNY CLYDE
Synopsis: A TV magician opens a viewers third eye, giving him a chance to confront his own consciousness. Running time: 00:04:38.
WINDOW (SWEDEN) BY SARA KADEFORS
Synopsis: A middle-aged woman begins to watch a young man in a window across the street. The drama that takes place there makes her remember her own life as a young woman, a time that was both fantastic, and which she realizes, as the man's life becomes complicated, difficult, and painful. One day she is interrupted in her thoughts, and her life takes an unexpected turn. Running time: 00:11:40.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Venice Film Week, Amsterdam Independent FF, Toronto Arthouse FF, and more.
SECANT (USA) BY TIMOTHY DAVID ORME
Synopsis: Music by Lanier Sammons. Running time: 00:03:00.
I LOVE YOU DON'T LEAVE ME (USA) BY ALEX LEOMBRUNO
Synopsis: An absurdist drama following the endless torment experienced by a young woman dealing with an eating disorder. As she tries to cope with obsessive tendencies and routines, Ghillie, a looming swamp monster, follows close behind. Ghillie is the most prominent thing in Morgan’s life — that is, until she meets a strange neighbor while out jogging and invites her over for dinner. What ensues is a stressful encounter for Morgan as she tries to fight past the thoughts of Ghillie. Running time: 00:15:41.
Selections/awards: Producer's Night LA 2022, Boston Short FF, Super Shorts London (Best Actor), Toronto Arthouse FF (Best LGBTQ+ Film), Brussels Independent FF, and more.
TO DO (UK) BY SAUL PANKHURST
Synopsis: A reflection on the Self Improvement Industry, explored through the filmmaker’s attempts to participate in a guided pseudo-mindfulness exercise. Running time: 00:03:23.
Selections/awards: Super Shorts London, Toronto Film Week, Brussels Independent FF, and more.
RETURN (GERMANY) BY GHIATH AL MHITAWI
Synopsis: Damascus, spring 2013. Husam is an ordinary Syrian soldier who visits his family on a 24hr leave. He sits in the kitchen and after a long absence enjoys the company and food of his mother, but there is a lump in his throat. He would like to open his heart and tell her what he really feels: that he is fighting for a group of corrupt and criminal people, that he is afraid of death and wants to escape military service. His mother insists on seeing him as the hero who is fighting for his country and family honor. Running time: 0:16:30.
Selections/awards: FF Max Ophüls Preis, Kurzsüchtig Leipzig (Grand Jury Award – Narrative), Brest European Short FF.
UTE (POLAND) BY MACIEJ PISAREK
Synopsis: Desert, voices, mystery... Music video from a debut, independent album "Now The Grass Grows Through My Skin" by Anchey. Running time: 00:03:59.
Selections/awards: Parai Musical International Awards, Super Shorts London (Best Music Video), Toronto Arthouse FF, Brussels Independent FF, and more.
THE DREAM MACHINE (FRANCE) BY MICHAEL WILLIAM WEST
Synopsis: A woman experiments with a Dream Machine, hoping to escape trouble. Within the light and dark of the machine, violent emotions awaken. Running time: 00:09:29.
Selections/awards: L'Etrange Festivale, Brussels Independent FF (Best Experimental Film), Super Shorts Los Angeles (Best Experimental Film), Obskuur Ghent FF.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE (ITALY) BY ANTONELLO SCHIOPPA
Synopsis: A woman's lifeless body is lying on a room's floor. A shocked man is staring at it. Beyond the closed door, someone is quietly trying to get in: he's a 9 years old child. These three are a family. Or what's left. Running time: 00:19:50.
Selections/awards: Sulmona Int Short FF (Best Abruzzo Short Film), Visioni Italiane 2020 - Cineteca di Bologna, Varese IFF, Asti FF (Best Short - Young Jury Award), Falvaterra FF (Best Actor), Super Shorts London (Best Director), and more.