This screening session features 15 short films. All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.


Palace Central Cinema

Central Park Mall (Level 3)

28 Broadway

Chippendale NSW 2008

Free entry and drink:

Request your tickets via info@sydneyworldfilmfestival.com.

Don't forget to mention the number of seats and the date of the screening you'd like to attend!

Tungrus (India)

by Rishi Chandna

This documentary observes the peculiar lives of a middle-class Mumbai household. What was once a home like a million others in the city, turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with, much to the exasperation of his family.

Duration: 00:12:56


Birth of a Poet (United States)

by James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg

A dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems.


Duration: 00:14:23

ON (Australia)

by Jelena Sinik

In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens.

Duration: 00:02:05

Love (Canada)

by Benoit Ouellet

The friendship between Sam and Mathieu ends.


Duration: 00:04:42

Matter Out of Place (United States)

by Oona Taper

Intimate portrait. Blurred line. Exploration of presence and absence.


Duration: 00:02:28

Embrace; A River Runs Through (Australia)

by Ophelia Bakowski

A queering ceremony for the unseen and unheard: a healing act of letting go. A river’s force nourishes a rite of passage, a queer baptism, a bath of transcendence and a pool of reflection, in order to let go of the confines of ones skin. The gentle dance of the river is a meditation upon the esotericism of nature, in turn celebrating the fluidity of gender. 


Duration: 00:05:32

Pub_Talk (Australia)

by Jake Taylor


Music video. A young man with down syndrome seeks connection at his local pub, but it's another night of feeling like no one understands him.


Duration: 00:04:06


023_GRETA_S (Germany)

by Annika Birgel


A young actress' audition quickly spirals out of control, turning into an intimate and manipulative interrogation. As she fights to stand her ground, one pressing question will remain: how far will she go to get the role? 023_GRETA_S is a disquieting drama about the abuse of power in the film industry.


Duration: 00:11:59


SYMMETRY (Australia)

by Rob Plaza

We are a constantly evolving culture. Eternally cycling, dying, and rebirthing. Are we heading in the right direction? Because of constant noise of machines and growing infrastructure we sometimes forget what silence sounds like. We are living in a jungle... A concrete jungle.


Duration: 00:03:58

Sam Tudor - Joseph in the Bathroom (Canada) by Lucas Hrubizna

Music video. Through the vacant halls of a small town high school, two faceless outcasts are dragged from room to room by an invisible force. When they arrive in the gym, Sam Tudor comes face-to-face with the dark social realities of his school experience.


Duration: 00:04:27

In Passing (Canada)

by Esther Cheung

A portrait of seventies Hong Kong as the director's parents remember it.


Duration: 00:04:08


Intimate Strangers (Australia)

by Chouwa Liang

Gay and lesbian Qiang and Yiling are looking for a heterosexual “marriage of convenience” within the Chinese LGBT community in Australia, trying hard to find the perfect partner to build a stable fake relationship. This documentary lets the audience uncover the resignation and helplessness behind their choices.


Duration: 00:04:15

Room 264 (Australia) by Brodie Rowlands

A woman arrives in an unfamiliar environment and reflects on how she got to be there. As the room comes to life she reaches for a sense of self - using a physical language to expresses emotions that are otherwise ineffable.


Duration: 00:04:40

Union Jake (Netherlands)

by Luuk Walschot

Lead character Jake questions his identity in a politically and religiously divided community. He is done fighting and is in search of something which unites us all.


Duration: 00:02:54


Fifteen (U.K.)

by Peiman Zekavat

A private video of Maria goes viral during a volleyball class in a high school in Lima. 'Fifteen' takes a look at cyberbullying and the culture of victim blaming. Most bullying in the Peruvian capital occurs between the ages of eleven and fifteen.


Duration: 00:10:00


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