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Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

119 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Sydney Film Festival’s short film competition has launched the careers of directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and other film creatives in its 53-year history.
The 10 finalists compete for four illustrious prizes: the Dendy Live Action Short Award and the Yoram Gross Animation Award (winners of these two awards are eligible for the Academy Awards); the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director; and the inaugural AFTRS Craft Award. All finalists screen together in two sessions with the filmmakers in attendance.

Films showing at this event:

2166
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
Snippets of daily lives in Cabramatta and Canley Vale focus on sensory experiences, people and relationships, and the feeling of memories being created all around you.
Donkey
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
Three Anangu women of different generations tell the story of how donkeys came to be valuable friends and helpers in the desert communities in the APY lands of northern South Australia.
Farmers
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
Three aliens buy a farm in rural Australia. Their terrestrial visit impacts the local community in ways that are unspeakable.
Ghosted
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
A weekend retreat with a partner turns sinister for a social media influencer when he is pursued by an online stalker.
Right Here
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
After coming out as non-binary to their parents, Grace materialises at their future selves’ birthday party and realises everything they want to be is inside of them, right here.
Sisyphus
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
A modern adaptation of the Ancient Greek Myth of Sisyphus, a former king condemned by Zeus to roll a giant boulder uphill for eternity.
Speech
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
Year 6 student Lloyd is given an assignment to read a speech from a historical figure to his class. Then he learns that his was written by a dictator.
Stonefish
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
A thrilling black comedy about an anxious young poet who accidentally sparks a war with his criminal neighbour when he tries to silence the relentless barking of his dog.
The Moths Will Eat Them Up
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
A woman’s ordinary train ride home at night turns into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a stranger until an unforeseen force is summoned.
Yao Yao Goes to Little Bay
Sat 18 June 1:30pm, Sun 19 June 1:30pm
Chinese international student Yao Yao heads to Little Bay Beach to complete her film school assignment. She runs into Sun Joo, a Korean student in the same predicament – but he has his own agenda.

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Sat 18 Jun
1:30pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 4
Past Event Cancel
Sun 19 Jun
1:30pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films
Classification
Unclassified 15+
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