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.

The afterparty for this Gala will be at Roxie's/Chateau Apollo, 188 Grenfell St, Adelaide

Program Strand Made In SA, Short Film Programs

Screens with: A Very Lockdown Birthday

Director: Lucy Gale
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Made In SA
Language English
Director Lucy Gale
Producer Lucy Gale
Screenwriters Lucy Gale
Cinematographer Lucy Gale
Editor Lucy Gale
Cast Lucy Gale, Shabana Azeez
Genre Comedy

Screens with: Aftershock

Director: Gareth Wilkes
2019
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Made In SA
Premiere Australian
Language English
Director Gareth Wilkes
Producer Lisa Bishop
Screenwriters Gareth Wilkes
Cinematographer David Gregan
Editor Danielle Tinker
Music Bree Tranter
Cast Emma Bargery, Vince Poletto
Genre Drama

Screens with: Aquaphobe

Director: Melanie Easton
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Made In SA
Premiere World
Language English
Director Melanie Easton
Producer Gilbert Kemp Attrill
Screenwriters Melanie Easton
Cinematographer Claire Bishop
Editor Sam Matthews
Cast Shabana Azeez, Stanley Browning
Genre Comedy, Drama, Magical Realism

Screens with: Last Meal

Director: Marcus McKenzie, Daniel Principe
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand AFF Investment Fund, Made In SA
Premiere World
Language English
Director Marcus McKenzie, Daniel Principe
Producer Marcus McKenzie, Daniel Principe, Danielle Tinker
Screenwriters Marcus McKenzie, Daniel Principe
Cinematographer Daniel Principe
Editor Daniel Principe
Music Christopher Larkin
Genre Crime

Screens with: System Error

Director: Matt Veseley
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Made In SA
Premiere Australian
Language English
Director Matt Veseley
Producer Kirsty Stark
Screenwriters Matt Veseley
Cinematographer Bryan Mason
Editor Bryan Mason, Matt Veseley
Music Raynor Pettge
Cast David Quirk, Nick Nemcroff
Genre Comedy

Screens with: The Recordist

Director: Indianna Bell, Josiah Allen
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand AFF Investment Fund, Made In SA
Premiere World
Language English
Director Indianna Bell, Josiah Allen
Producer Ashleigh Knott, Indianna Bell
Screenwriters Indianna Bell
Cinematographer Sam Twidale
Editor Josiah Allen
Music Jack Davis
Cast Brendan Rock, Jordan Cowan, Nathan O'Keefe
Genre Drama

Screens with: Waiyirri

Director: Kiara Milera, Charlotte Rose
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Made In SA
Premiere World
Language English, Ngarrindjeri
Subtitles English
Director Kiara Milera, Charlotte Rose
Producer Jodie Kirkbride
Screenwriters Kate Bonney
Cinematographer Nick Berry-Smith
Editor Charlotte Rose
Cast Kate Bonney, Natasha Wanganeen, Michael Gilmour
Genre Aboriginal/Indigenous, History