Program
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

Director: Alies Sluiter
2020
Australia
17 minutes
Unclassified 15+

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

Film Type Short
Program Strand World Shorts
Language English
Director Alies Sluiter
Producer Meng Xiong
Screenwriters Alies Sluiter
Cinematographer Jeremy Rouse
Editor Tania Nehme
Cast Babetida Sadjo, Trevor Jamieson, Gary Sweet
Genre Drama, Human Rights

Screens with: Darling

Director: Saim Sadiq
2019
Pakistan
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? 

Film Type Short
Program Strand World Shorts
Language Urdu, Punjabi
Subtitles English
Director Saim Sadiq
Producer Mahak Jiwani, Nadia Afgan
Screenwriters Saim Sadiq, Rodney Llaverias
Cinematographer Mo Azmi
Editor Saim Sadiq
Cast Alina Khan, Abdullah Malik, Mehar Bano
Accolades Venice, Best Short Film, 2019
Genre Dance, Drama

Screens with: In the Wake

Director: Stephanie Jaclyn
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand World Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language English
Director Stephanie Jaclyn
Producer Jodie Kirkbride, Stephanie Jaclyn
Screenwriters Stephanie Jaclyn
Cinematographer Michael Tessari
Editor Nick Crowhurst
Music Christopher Larkin
Cast Jess Kuss, Daisy Anderson, Anna Steen, Katie O'Reilly
Genre Drama, Teenager

Screens with: Mthunzi

Director: Tebogo Malebogo
2019
South Africa
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand World Shorts
Language English
Director Tebogo Malebogo
Producer Petrus van Staden
Screenwriters Tebogo Malebogo
Cinematographer Pierre de Villiers
Editor Petrus van Staden
Cast Nala Khumalo
Genre Thriller

Screens with: The Devil’s Harmony

Director: Dylan Holmes Williams
2019
United Kingdom
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand World Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language English
Director Dylan Holmes Williams
Producer Nathan Craig
Screenwriters Dylan Holmes Williams, Jess O'Kane
Cinematographer David Wright
Editor Mdhamiri Á Nkemi
Music Finn Keane
Cast Patsy Ferran, Leo Suter, Guy Henry
Genre Dramedy, Gay/Lesbian, Supernatural

Screens with: Torch Song

Director: Stephen Lance
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features, World Shorts
Premiere World
Language English
Director Stephen Lance
Producer Stephen Lance
Screenwriters Stephen Lance
Cinematographer Benjamin Cotgrove
Editor Steve Cooper
Music Ack Kinmonth
Cast Jordan Dulieu, Steve Le Marquand, Pippa Grandison
Genre Drama

Screens with: Veronica Doesn’t Smoke

Director: Chiara Marotta
2019
Italy
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.

Film Type Short
Program Strand World Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language Italian
Subtitles English
Director Chiara Marotta
Producer Chiara Marotta, Loris Giuseppe
Screenwriters Chiara Marotta, Loris Giuseppe
Cinematographer Loris Giuseppe
Editor Chiara Marotta
Music Raffaele Caputo
Cast Giulia Lamberti, Mariano Lepore, Ivonne Lamberti
Accolades Venice Critics' Week, Best Short Film, 2019