Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) is proud to be partnering with the Marché du Film, the world’s largest film market, at the prestigious Festival de Cannes, 14–22 May 2024.

This partnership will see AFF showcase five near-complete projects as part of the formal market presentation and lead a delegation of ten South Australian filmmakers through a program of activities — connecting them with the global film market and showcasing South Australia as a creative centre of independent filmmaking.

This Adelaide Film Festival initiative is funded by the Government of South Australia, Department for Premier and Cabinet with additional support from the South Australian Film Corporation for the participation of two First Nations filmmakers.

Adelaide Film Festival Goes to Cannes Showcase

Time: 14:00–15:50
Date: Friday 17 May 2024
Venue: Palais K, Cannes.
The session will also be screened online 24 hours after the event.

Download the AFF Goes to Cannes booklet here.


Showcase Films

Kangaroo Island
Director: Timothy David
Australia, Feature Fiction.
In post-production, 2024 release.

Lou Wells has hit rock bottom after a promising start to a career in Hollywood. Her ex needs her to move out, her friends are distancing themselves from her and her talent agency “just isn’t excited by her anymore.” Truth is, Lou Wells isn’t excited about Lou Wells either. Broke and aimless, she reluctantly accepts a ticket from her estranged father, Rory, to go home to Kangaroo Island, Australia. But what begins as a reunion to foster reconciliation turns complicated when Lou and her sister learn their father’s secret.


Lesbian Space Princess
Directors: Emma Hough-Hobbs & Leela Varghese
Australia, Feature Animation
In post-production, 2024 release

A space princess is thrust out of her sheltered life and into a galactic quest to save her bounty hunter ex-girlfriend from the Straight White Maliens. Introverted space princess Saira is devastated when she is unexpectedly dumped by her girlfriend Kiki for being needy. Deep in the depths of despair, Saira is thrown a lifeline when Kiki abruptly calls for help. Kiki has been kidnapped by forgotten incels known as the Straight White Maliens. Problem is, they’re holding her ransom for the one thing Saira doesn’t have: one of the most powerful weapons known to lesbian kind – her royal Labrys! Panicked and with just 24 hours on the clock, Saira sets out to save her ex in the hopes of winning her back. Along the way, a spaceship with a problematic personality and Willow, a runaway gay-pop idol, join Saira’s hazardous encounters with gloom goo, blade-wielding maniacs, dangerous dick turrets and the scariest thing of all: her own self-doubt.


Director: Anthony Frith
Australia, Feature Documentary
Seeking additional investment

If you’ve seen The Da Vinci Treasure, Atlantic Rim and Tom Invader, you have been tricked by The Asylum, a US-based production company responsible for producing ‘mockbusters’ — low-budget films created to exploit the publicity of upcoming major releases. The Asylum have agreed to let Anthony, whose once-promising career brimming with creative ambition has since dwindled into a soulless corporate grind, direct a mockbuster in Australia. With only a micro-budget and six-day shoot, Anthony must deliver 90 minutes of usable footage towards his debut feature, a challenge that will push him and his ragtag crew to their limits. Will Anthony finally be able to balance his artistic aspiration with commercial reality? Or will this destroy his career and creativity entirely?


The Iron Winter
Director: Kasimir Burgess
Australia and Mongolia, Feature Documentary
In post-production, 2025 release

In Mongolia’s coldest valley, horses mean life. But in the Iron Winter, nothing can survive alone. For countless generations, the herders of the Tsakhir Valley have protected their horses from ferocious arctic storms by amassing a giant winter herd, nominating their bravest young men to protect it. The daring tradition served as a brutal coming of age ritual, until five years ago, when under increasing environmental pressure, it abruptly ended. Fearful about the loss of culture, elders soon vowed to revive it. And two young friends were handed the daunting responsibility to not only protect the valley’s herd — but to save its most sacred practice. For four months, the boys battle Mongolia’s deadliest winter on record, testing friendship and faith in a fight to keep 2000 horses alive, and preserve an ancient way of life.


With or Without You
Director: Kelly Schilling
Australia, Feature Fiction
In post-production, 2024 release

Chloe, 26, sets out to remove her entertaining but alcoholic mother Sharon from the claws of temptation, with plans to take them both to start new lives in idyllic Byron Bay. But when Chloe’s ex-boyfriend torches her caravan and everything in it, including her life savings, they find themselves on an unexpected road trip with a mysterious West African, Dalu, who’s also determined to make a better life for himself. Passions between Chloe and Dalu ignite, but Chloe resists. The last thing she wants is to follow in her mother’s footsteps by making repeated wrong choices in love. As the three embark on the road trip in Chloe’s rundown wagon, misconceptions, misunderstandings, and miscommunications along with humour, detours and wrong turns, lead to the realisation that facing your fears is the first step to freedom.


Delegates in Attendance

Sandy Cameron
Sandy Cameron is an Australian Writers’ Guild award winning screenwriter and feature film producer. His work has screened at Sundance, Toronto, Venice and South By Southwest film festivals, streamed on Netflix, Stan and Binge and been remade in foreign languages. He has been nominated for an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award and a company he co-founded has been nominated for Production Company of the Year by Screen Producers Australia. He has also worked extensively in screen funding agency and screen education roles, and is currently a Lecturer at UniSA. His notable credits include The Infinite Man (as producer, SXSW 2014), Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (as writer, Sundance 2015), and Boys In The Trees (as co-producer, Venice 2016).

Ben Golotta
Ben Golotta is a prominent figure in Adelaide’s film industry, known for his work as a Producer/Director and as co-founder of Repeater Productions alongside Morgan Wright. With a strong portfolio comprising of award-winning short films, TVCs, and documentaries, Ben has earned recognition as a leading talent in South Australia. The Iron Winter marks his venture into feature film production, representing a significant milestone in his career and positioning Repeater Productions as a key player in the industry. Ben’s commitment to excellence in storytelling is evident in every project he undertakes, resonating with audiences and contributing to the advancement of cinematic standards.

Timothy David
Timothy David is the Producer and Director of a feature film in post-production, Kangaroo Island set in South Australia. As the Producer, Timothy developed the material over two years, raised the financing, then attached the star talent, before attaching local South Australian producers and crew to make the film alongside Timothy as director. South Australia is a place Timothy now calls home after 20 years abroad. Kangaroo Island is a film that can and should promote Adelaide, South Australia and Australia as a film destination. It has an Australian theatrical distributor attached and will shortly be seeking an international sales agent. Timothy produced and executive produced and directed in the US (New York) for over 15 years, winning the highest awards for films in advertising, including a Cannes Lions Grand Prix (x2).

Kelly Schilling
Kelly Schilling is an Australian screenwriter and director who works across film, television and online series. In 2023, Kelly finished production on her debut feature film, With or Without You, with producers Su Armstrong and Carolyn Johnson attached. Starring Marta Dusseldorp, Melina Vidler and Albert Mwangi, With or Without You will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October, 2024. Kelly has directed and written on two Netflix series in Australia, and was a writer and director on Network Nine’s Two Twisted series, produced by Aussie film Icon Bryan Brown, starring Sam Worthington and Susie Porter. She was attached to director Phillip Noyce on his feature production Catch a Fire, and has won and been nominated for a mix of awards for her short films and her screenplays. Kelly’s goal is to find the extraordinary within the ordinary and to bring universal, authentic stories to the screen that give audiences hope.

Leela Varghese
Leela Varghese (she/her) is a writer/director and musical comedian with a passion for joyful, diverse and impactful stories. Her queer comedy short, Crush, was a 2019 multi-award-winning Tropfest film. She directed the Screen Australia short, Science+ with over 100k views on Dust. Her award-winning comedy short Furbulous, was selected for Flickerfest 2023. Leela also directed the award-winning short, The Normals, currently in development with Stan for TV adaptation. Leela has an accomplished career in television, working as a presenter/segment producer for Totally Wild and Behind The News. She is co-director/writer for the feature film, Lesbian Space Princess, currently in production after being developed through the SAFC Film Lab: New Voice Initiative.


Other Filmmakers Joining the Delegation

Travis Akbar
Travis is a Wongutha man based on Peramangk country in the Adelaide Hills. He was mentored in screenwriting by Hollywood-credited writer, Steph Lady and selected for AFTRS State and National Talent Camps. In 2022-23,he was awarded a place in AiF’s Untapped, SAFCs Film Lab 2 program, awarded Documentary Australia’s Centralized Fellowship and completed a Director’s Attachment on feature film The Red. He made several documentaries along with the award-winning short film Tambo, which premiered at the Inaugural SXSW Sydney and played at the Adelaide Film Festival. He has been awarded development funds from several agencies across Australia to develop projects such as The Mish, Revelations, The Forgotten and Manhunt and has worked independently across five countries, working alongside names such as Stuart Beattie and Victoria Hill. In 2024 he directed the award-winning music video for Eskatology’s I’m Sorry, Travis attended Screen Forever as part of Broad Horizons, a Netflix x Screen Producers Australia Initiative.

Lisa Scott
Lisa Scott is one of Australia’s leading producers and founder of Highview Productions. A multi-award winning producer, her recent productions include the hybrid feature documentary Speedway, which previewed at Adelaide Film Festival 2023, along with the short film Blame The Rabbit which premiered on opening night and shared the audience award for Best Short Film, the hit series The Tourist (Stan, BBC1 and HBO Max) smashing ratings records on BBC in 2022 and winning 3 awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, including Best Series, and A Sunburnt Christmas for Stan. Other award nominated productions include The Hunting (SBS), Pine Gap (Netflix/ABC), ANZAC Girls (ABC) and three seasons of Janet King (ABC). Lisa has two features in development: Desert Fish to be directed by Wayne Blair, currently in script development funded by Screen Australia, and Dearly Departed to be directed by Luke Rynderman based on an original concept written by Luke and Michael Mackenzie. Lisa was recently selected to be part of the AiF/Screen Australia initiative Global Producers Exchange.

Joshua Trevorrow
Josh Trevorrow is a proud Ngarrindjeri man. His father was a survivor of the stolen generation. His mandate is to champion First Nations talent. Josh was attached to feature film Mortal Kombat and hasproduced and co-directed short documentary films Keep Yarning Strong and Kondoli. His project Blak Coffee was selected for Screen Australia/SBS Digital Originals development initiative in November 2024. Josh has a slate of scripted and non-scripted projects in development, for Untold Productions and has recently commenced early development on a multi-year feature-length factual project of significant historical and cultural importance for the Ngarrindjeri people.  He participated in the most recent Adelaide Film Festival, South Australian Film Corporation and Screen Australia’s Film Lab: New Voices initiative, as a producer.  Josh has also worked as a short film programmer, including for the Art Gallery of South Australia and for Country Arts SA/Nunga Screen.

Matt Vesely
Matt Vesely is a South Australian writer and director, working across TV & Film. Matt works as a story producer, writer and development executive with award-winning South Australian collective Closer Productions. Matt’s latest short, System Error (AFF Investment Fund 2020), was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and opened the 2021 St Kilda Film Festival. His directorial feature debut, the science fiction thriller Monolith (AFF Investment Fund 2022), was selected to have its international premiere at South By South West in 2023. He is represented by XYZ Films in the US and HLA Management Australia.

Nara Wilson
Nara Wilson is a proud Wirangu, Kokatha and Larrakia woman who lives and works on Peramangk country in beautiful Mount Barker, South Australia. From 2018 – 2022 Nara implemented South Australia’s first and second First Nations Screen Strategy at the South Australian Film Corporation she then in 2022 – 2023 implemented the state’s inaugural First Nations Arts Strategy at Arts South Australia. In July 2023, Nara returned to being an emerging Creative Producer and is currently an Associate Producer at Vishus Productions working across their slate of TV and feature animation projects. Nara is also the Company Director of BiRiny where her passion lies and is focused on producing First Nations animation and documentary stories for the screen.


Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund Success

Since 2003, the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund has premiered and seeded over 150 projects, launched careers, and supported some of the most significant Australian films of the 21st Century.

Major AFF Investment Fund titles include Talk To Me (Danny and Michael Philippou, 2022), Hotel Mumbai (Anthony Maras, 2018), 52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013), Tracks (John Curran, 2013), Snowtown (Justin Kurzel, 2011), Samson and Delilah (Warwick Thornton, 2009), Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer and Peter Djiggirr2005) and many more acclaimed films and moving image works.

Discover the AFF Investment Fund slate here.


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