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Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
81 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Long gone are the days of shorts films simply being proof of concepts for long form projects. Short films are an industry unto their own and the competitive quality has risen exponentially. Shorts provide an outlet for bold and provocative storytelling on an international stage. In 2022, AFF presents a slate of premium short films in four diverse packages. These provide a crisp and concise insight into the issues and ideas raised by filmmakers from around the world.

Programs curated by Emma Hough Hobbs

Screens with: Cuties

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Theo W Scott
2021
United Kingdom
5 minutes
Unclassified 15+
A film not to be missed on the big screen, a hand-drawn sequential telling of human history in all its horror and how we continue forward in spite of our proclivity for violence and destruction. 
Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language English
Director Theo W Scott
Producer Jessica Loveland

Screens with: Donkey

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Jonathan Daw, Tjunkaya Tapaya OAM
Australia
6 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Made in collaboration with 20 Tjanpi Desert Weavers artists, this gorgeously crafted stop motion tells the story of how donkeys came to be malpa wiru, valuable friends and helpers, in the desert community of Pukatja.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Jonathan Daw, Tjunkaya Tapaya OAM
Producer Karin Riederer, Michelle Young
Writer Akitiya Angkuna Tjitayi, Anne Karatjari Ward, Imuna Kenta

Screens with: Freedom Swimmer

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Olivia Martin-McGuire
United Kingdom
15 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Combining hand-drawn animation and film, in this extraordinary and captivating hybrid film we see the retelling of a grandfather’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution.

Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language English
Director Olivia Martin-McGuire
Producer Brooke Silcox, Ron Dyens
Writer Olivia Martin-McGuire

Screens with: Hike

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Justin Wight, Alexander Rodeghiero-Smith
Australia
3 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Exploring grief, memory and growth in the wake of a tragedy. A teenager honours the memory of their mother, following the same trail they hiked together and revisiting their relationship. 
Premiere World
Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Justin Wight, Alexander Rodeghiero-Smith
Producer Justin Wight
Writer Alexander Rodeghiero-Smith

Screens with: Honekami (A bite of bone)

Sat Oct 29, 6:00 PM
Director: Honami Yano
Japan
9 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A visual splendour of a film unlike anything you will see this year. Painstakingly animated with tiny dots, this film explores the relationship between a young girl and the death of her father.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language Japanese
Director Honami Yano

Screens with: Local Middle Schooler

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Sanjna Bharadwaj
United States
10 minutes
Unclassified 15+

In this jam-packed explosion of a film, a girl with wish fulfilling magic eyelashes battles the weight of the world with the weight of being a middle schooler.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language English
Director Sanjna Bharadwaj

Screens with: Money and Happiness

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.
Serbia
10 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A dark and entrancing stop motion set in Hamsterland, a perfect state with a perfect economy. The hamsters live and work here where there is no unemployment and 100% of the population declare themselves happy.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.

Screens with: Something in the Garden

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Marcos Sánchez
Chile
6 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Unforgettably atmospheric, in this expertly animated short we catch a glimpse of night-time in the suburbs, the calm stillness is interrupted by a strange presence, a creeping and sinister being that lurks in the dark.  

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Marcos Sánchez

Screens with: The Future of Everything (Unlimited Ducks)

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Mike Greaney
Australia
4 minutes
Unclassified 15+

In this quirky and clever short a team of scientists in 2025 discover proof that the universe is a simulation. It doesn't take long to chaos to ensue. 

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language English
Director Mike Greaney
Producer Nicholas Colla, Nicolette Minster
Genre Ducks

Screens with: The Hork

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Nicole Stafford
United States
4 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Every second filled with mind bending animation, in this short set in an alternative dimension, the stoic god of Power-Unrecognised waits for unrelenting Greed to come and consume her power.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Nicole Stafford

Screens with: Without Us (Uten Oss)

Fri Oct 28, 6:00 PM
Director: Julie Engaas
2022
Norway
9 minutes
Unclassified 15+

In this hauntingly beautiful short we observe what it would look like if all human beings vanished from the face of the earth. How nature would react relieved from the constant pressures of humanity.  

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animated Shorts
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Julie Engaas
Producer Cecilie Bjørnaraa
Genre Environmental