Short Films

This selection of the best short films from Australia and around the world was chosen from thousands of submissions. Among this year’s offerings are award winners, films competing at Cannes and some of the most compelling pieces of bite-sized cinema you’ll see all year.

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Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

This animated bedtime story, read by a father possum, is an A to Z of ways to die at the hands of the most dangerous animal of all… humans.

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AD 1363, the End of Chivalry

A little-known historical catastrophe leads to the definitive end of the era of chivalry and questing.

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Another Kind of Girl

In this short documentary, a 17-year-old Syrian films an intimate portrait of life in her refugee camp.

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Behind the Mirror

Julius wakes up and finds a spider in front of his eyes. A new nightmare is beginning.

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Black Chook

They were Australia's bad days. Men killed other men and laughed. All that was left for the children of the dead was to remember – if they had the strength.

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Count

In the casino resort town of Atlantic City, a troubled, out-of-work performer obsessively delves into his onstage persona, at the risk of his sanity.

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Dinner

Even the best-laid romantic-dinner plans can go astray!

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Dolfun

What begins as a love story becomes an existential crisis when filmmaker Sebastián Silva (Nasty Baby, SFF 2015) flies to Miami to fulfil his lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin.

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The Emperor of Time

The story of the first motion pictures ever photographed, as told by the son of Eadweard Muybridge.

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Frida and Diego – The Australian Years

Fleeing New York after an artistic scandal, Frida Kahlo (Maria Humphreys) and Diego Rivera (Tiriel Mora) seek sanctuary with the Australian people... of today.

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Judgment Tavern

On a stormy night, a young girl and her disembodied father take shelter in a tavern, where they encounter a retired witch-hunter.

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The King

A poetic portrait of sweet-voiced Andy – scrap metal merchant by day, a performer at night – and his equally charming family.

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Manoman

When Glen attends a primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.

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The Meadow

In a dry, barren landscape, a herd of cattle graze. Step by step our perception of this seemingly peaceful scene changes.

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MESSiAH

A plump, hapless Irishman and his Parisian girlfriend get more than they bargained for when they encounter a mischievous stranger in the spectacular Australian wilderness.

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Mother Knows Best

After introducing his mother to his boyfriend, an angsty teenager faces an awkward car journey home. All shot in two single takes.

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So Good to See You

In this darkly comic take on the complications of friendship, a dinner party goes painfully sour.

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Spice Sisters

A former Bollywood star is bored and restless with her life. When a popular reality cooking show announces a call for contestants, she decides it's now or never to make a change.

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Strudel Sisters

Two elderly sisters share the delicate art of making traditional Hungarian strudel and reveal a deeply personal family story about their mother, who taught them everything they know.

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Ten Metre Tower

An entertaining study of human beings in a vulnerable position: to step out or climb down. Winner of Short Film Award, Goteborg Film Festival.

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Thunder Road

Officer Arnaud (a fabulous turn from director Jim Cummings) loved his mum. Winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2016.

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Wait

A Chinese migrant family in 1980s New Zealand is at the point of breaking apart, until a little girl intervenes.