Program
97 minutes
Unclassified 18+

These South Australian shorts showcase the breadth of talent and deft creativity of local filmmakers and crew. Traversing many different genres and media, no stone is left unturned in this vibrant cross section of SA filmmaking. Featuring the World Premiere of two cutting-edge Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund shorts, this is a night you don’t want to miss.

Program Strand Best of the Fest, Made In SA, Short Film Programs

Screens with: A Very Lockdown Birthday

2 minutes
Unclassified 18+

Created in isolation, this charming stop-motion animation explores one girl’s imaginative quest to hold a birthday party in COVID times. Winner of the Helpmann Home Alone film festival.

Screens with: Aftershock

16 minutes
Unclassified 18+

CW: Late one night, Kate finishes her shift at a diner when she becomes victim to a regular customer in a violent attack. A sudden earthquake destroys the diner, trapping and forcing her to confront her attacker.

Screens with: Aquaphobe

15 minutes
Unclassified 18+

In this magical realist short, Alex is shocked to discover his cat Miriam has transformed into a human! Feelings spark as Miriam seeks to find her place in the human world.

Screens with: Last Meal

18 minutes
Unclassified 18+

This documentary hybrid interrogates capital punishment through death row inmates’ final meal requests. Through mesmerising cinematography, food becomes a larger than life symbol to explore the life and crimes of incarcerated individuals sentenced to death. This captivating film unveils the neglected truths of execution and legal justice.

An AFF, SAFC & Panavision Short Film Fund production.

Screens with: System Error

13 minutes
Unclassified 18+

George the service robot lives a monotonous life working a convenience store. Until one day, George is thrown into disarray when Sid the human attempts to make a connection.

Screens with: The Recordist

18 minutes
Unclassified 18+

In this sinister thriller about filmmaking, Andrew, a sound recordist, fuels his obsession with a young actress through nefarious means. A sound recordist’s job is one that’s often overlooked or forgotten on set, no matter how essential. When Andrew’s flirtations are turned down by actress Amy, he swiftly takes advantage of his ability to listen in on any conversation in a twisted bid for control.

Screens with: Waiyirri

16 minutes
Unclassified 18+

In this historical short, an English settler’s wife and First Nations woman develop a special and enduring friendship through difficult circumstances.