Short Films

Our line-up of short films, which screen before features throughout the Festival, are often funny, sometimes shocking and occasionally heartbreaking. It's a lot to pack into a few minutes, so arrive early - these cinematic appetisers deserve your full viewing attention.

400WORDS

400WORDS

This inventive film offers a glimpse into the lives of an engaged couple who are struggling with their parents' cultural legacy.

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Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks

Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks

Filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live in Public) paints a complex portrait of the punk cabaret icon Amanda Palmer in just 18 minutes.

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Buffalo Dreams

Buffalo Dreams

Scott struggles to realise his crazy dream of running Scotland's only commercial buffalo farm.

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Central Texas Barbecue

Central Texas Barbecue

From Australian filmmaking duo, director Matthew Salleh and producer Rose Tucker, this mouth-watering slice of American life shows why barbecue embodies the Texan way.

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David Hockney IN THE NOW

David Hockney IN THE NOW

From Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel, SFF 2013) comes the provocative story of the iconic British artist David Hockney - a man who is adamant about living life in the now.

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The Day She Commits Suicide

The Day She Commits Suicide

Today is going to be a good day, because, today is an ideal day to suicide. But she brushes her teeth, washes her clothes, and eats something, just the same as usual...

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Embrace

Embrace

On the eve of the 18th birthday of his daughter, who is brain-damaged, Daniel Shaw must find a way to reconnect with his family.

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I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

A man struggles to recreate a lost memory of the last day with his mother, using simple objects to great effect.

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Junked

Junked

Australian filmmaker Gus Berger recorded the last days of 35mm projection at St Kilda's George Revival Cinema. It's a poignant tale of changing technologies.

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The Lion’s Mouth Opens

The Lion’s Mouth Opens

A courageous young actor takes the boldest step imaginable to confront her risk of having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington's Disease.

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Love.Love.Love

Love.Love.Love

Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival: Every year, through the endless winters, love takes new shapes and forms.

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Meeting Susan

Meeting Susan

From the Australian creator of interactive series Goa Hippy Tribe: Thirtysomething and pregnant, Jen is on the hunt for an elderly relative in an effort to discover more about her own mother.

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The Other Woman

The Other Woman

This is a brave film set in a secret world of multiple-spouse households, beautifully acted and sensitively filmed against the backdrop of colourful and beguiling Dakar.

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Pocket Money

Pocket Money

Two Sydney schoolboys, Charlie and Izzy, are on their way home from school when a shooting occurs in the street and they are confronted by the gunman.

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The Queen

The Queen

Memi is 11 years old, and she is going to be Queen of the Carnival. It's a dazzling honour, but you have to suffer to be beautiful.

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The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed

The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed

One of the funniest calls ever made from the Oval Office is chronicled in this documentary short.

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White Earth

White Earth

The tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes: Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

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Xenos

Xenos

From the multi-award winning director of A World Not Ours (2012): Palestinian men from Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp find themselves stranded in Greece after the country's economic collapse.

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Yearbook

Yearbook

A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Animation Award.

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