98 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Exceptional, daring, and most importantly, entertaining!

World shorts brings you the best shorts from around the globe and back home. These shorts present an evocative view into topics filmmakers are tackling in a rapidly evolving digitally connected society. Including winner of the Venice Best Short Film Award, Darling by Saim Sadiq, which follows Alina, a trans woman and aspiring dancer who seeks to overcome a transphobic theatre’s policies. Highlights also include The Devil’s Harmony by Dylan Holmes Williams (Sundance Best Short Award), which follows Kira on a rampage, disrupting the equilibrium of her school in this supernatural dark comedy. World Shorts also presents the Australian premiere of In the Wake by Stephanie Jaclyn, in which Alice after a devastating car crash involving her sister, is left with only her grieving mother and buried memories. These fantastic films screen with Veronica Doesn’t Smoke by Chiara Marotta, Mthunzi by Tebogo Malebogo, Torch Song by Stephen Lance and Ayaan by Alies Sluiter.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Short Film Programs, World Shorts

Screens with: Ayaan

17 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Fresh from the Dendy awards, Ayaan follows an asylum seeker, separated from her group and stranded in the Australian desert.

Screens with: Darling

15 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Alina, an aspiring dancer, has booked an audition with an erotic dance theatre but will her talent outweigh the theatre’s transphobic policies? 

Screens with: In the Wake

12 minutes
Unclassified 15+

After a devastating car crash involving her sister, Alice is left with only her grieving mother and buried memories of the event.

Screens with: Mthunzi

9 minutes
Unclassified 15+

This stirring thriller captures a brief encounter between Mthunzi and his neighbour who suddenly collapses from a seizure. Mthunzi is then involuntarily tangled in a series of events that will shape him forever. AFI Jury Special Mention.

Screens with: The Devil’s Harmony

14 minutes
Unclassified 15+

In this supernatural dark comedy, Kira and the choir club are on a rampage, disrupting the equilibrium of their school by sending the jocks into a permanent slumber. Sundance best short award.

Screens with: Torch Song

12 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A teenager with XXY syndrome hoping to spend the weekend with his father, is surprised to discover him and many other men part way through an intense and surreal burning ritual.

Screens with: Veronica Doesn’t Smoke

20 minutes
Unclassified 15+

The shy Veronica lives vicariously through social media on her phone, but a change ignites in her as she propels herself into party culture.