Program GIFF19

Acts of God

Director: Sarah-Jane Woulahan | Short Drama | Australia |  2013 | 15:05 mins   

Joan is an eleven-year old girl from the edge of the suburban sprawl in Melbourne, Australia. In the wake of a family tragedy, she becomes fascinated with natural disasters and the emotions of the victims. Desperate to bring her family back together, Joan’s obsession drives her to a dangerous extreme.

The Quiet

Director: Radheya Jegatheva | Animation  |  Australia | 2019 |  10:00 mins 

When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.

Mycelium Made

Director: Emily Medbury | Documentary | Australia | 2019 | 5:00 mins

As the fashion industry desperately searches for new innovations and creative designers, people like Amanda Morglund are stepping forward with game changing inventions we never could have predicted. Watch first-hand as Amanda – Copenhagen Youth Fashion Summit speaker, and the creative and scientific mind behind Mycelium Made - creates clothing from mushrooms.

The Last Children

Director: Fu Le | Live Action | France | World Premiere | 2019 | 10:00 mins

The school merging consists in concentrating isolated primary schools in centralised educational institutes. In 2019, 400 French schools are concerned by this reform.
The Last Children is a choreographic film made in single-shot with the children of a school on the eve of its closure. Through a metaphorical fable, it bears witness to the achievement of the desertification in the rural world and the death of its villages.

Big Heinrich

Director: Kim Collmer, Lars Kreyssig | Animation | Germany | Australian Premiere | 2019 | 4:00 mins 

Once upon a long, long, not all that long time ago, big Heinrich lived in a small German village. A gloomy fellow. Everybody was afraid of the enormous man. Everyone, that is, but little Heinke. But is that really a good thing? 

 

Directed by Kim Collmer and Lars Kreyssig, this dark fairy tale asks us to considers what might happen when adults ignore responsibility and leave children to fend for themselves. 

Crusher

Director: Arshia Zeinali | Live Action | Iran | World Premiere | 2019 | 9:07 mins

CRUSHER is a social story of a fired laborer who used to work in a stone crusher plant. His life turns in crisis as a result of the rumors about war and the rise of dollar currency. Eventually, he decides to do something with lasting effects.


The short film, CRUSHER, is the story of a man who is bogged down in his life while the smooth pace of the film is actually the calm before the storm.

Drug Runner

Director: Charlotte Regan | Live Action | UK | Australian Premiere | 2018 | 7:00 mins 

Phone calls, school and first arrests - the experiences of a 15 year old cocaine dealer.

Beautiful Thing

Director: Adrian Kuciel | Live Action | Poland | Australian Premiere | 2019 | 14:08 mins

When Tomas loses his mother in an accident, both he and his father are forced to renew and tighten bonds, which were highly neglected over the years. They have no time to get used to new, uncomfortable situation as they instantly start a journey connected with father’s job.

Well Rooted

Director: Candace Mae Williamson | Documentary | USA | Australian Premiere | 2018 | 4:40 mins

A short documentary about a girl trying to connect to her own African-American farm roots and the people who keep it alive. The outcome is for the audience to know more about African-American farming culture, gain in interest in learning more about their own history and cultivate a deeper appreciation for hard workers and change-makers that we don’t see everyday.

Heartbreak Motel

Director: Aaron McLoughlin | Live Action | Australia | 2008 | 7:00 mins

It wasn't what he had in mind. 

Some people will pay for anything, and at Heartbreak Motel, everything is on offer.

The Dictator's Show

Directors: Cloé Cannafarina, Claire Lepage, Abigail Saint Jalme, Mathieu Chanay |

Live Action | France | Australian Premiere | 2019 | 3:00 mins

Inspired by Charlie Chaplin's "The Dictator" . While Charlie Chaplin begins his play at the theater, the globe he is dancing with seems to become alive as it disrupts the course of the performance.

Classic Cooking

Director: Dan Go | Live Action | Australia  | World Premiere | 2019 | 6:00 mins 

Your favourite cooking show is back with only the best classic dishes and classic music in one place! In this episode, your host Jean-Paul Huitre prepares a delicious beef rib roast, and absolutely nothing out of the ordinary happens. Stay tuned!

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