Short Film Competition And Showcase Programme

With 10 sessions of competition shorts vying for a cash prize pool of $30,000, the stakes are high! Our shorts categories in competition include Australian Fiction, Australian Documentary, Young Filmmaker shorts, International Shorts and Music Video films. Plus our showcase Opening Night shorts before dinner to tickle your tastebud.

Catch the Short Film Competition Awards at a free presentation on Saturday night, 29 October, at 8pm, before the Festival Party kicks off. And watch the Awards Highlights in a special session on Sunday morning. Shorts, Shorts and more Shorts – we just can’t get enough!

Young Filmmakers Shorts 1 – School Session/ Australian Fiction 1/ Australian Fiction 2/
Australian Documentary 1/ International Shorts/ Young Filmmaker Shorts 2/ Australian Fiction 3/
Australian Documentary 2/ Australian Fiction 4/ Music Videos & Eco Shorts/


THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER

DINING DELIGHTS: FOOD AND FRESH AIR ON FILM

90 MINS, UNCLASSIFIED 15+
A feast of films about food, film and fresh air to whet your appetite for the opening night Long Table Dinner with this pre-dinner programme of food and fresh air films. Films with a food, fresh air and film theme will include the delicious Death By Chocolate, featuring celebrity patissier Adriano Zumbo, the delicate Riceballs and the delightful The Last Fortune Cookie as well as other shorts about eating and enjoying the fresh air and the great outdoors. Download Session Program here.

TITLE CARD
A short film about a short-filmmakers short film.

LANDMARK
8 Weeks living in a tent on the largest private conservation project in North America.

CENTRAL TEXAS BARBECUE
In Central Texas, Barbecue is more than a way to cook meat – it’s a way of life.

LUCY
A dark comedic love story with a dining twist!

RICEBALLS
A heartwarming story about love, pride, resilience and riceballs.

ACROSS ANTARCTICA
2045km, 74 days, -50°C and a whole lot of fresh air.

THE LAST FORTUNE COOKIE
A pessimist and dating failure shares a bag of fortune cookies with an optimist at a bus stop.

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE

A dark and delicious comedy about a pastry chef with a dream… and a very dangerous day job.

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Thursday 27th October, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Cost: Single tickets: $16.00 / $14.00 conc.
+ $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER

Competition Shorts: Young Filmmaker Shorts 1 – School Session

Australia, 90mins, U/C 15+
Hand-picked from our shorts competition this session includes films from Australia’s young filmmakers, aged under 25 years, and school students. This session is open to all festival goers. Download Session Program here.

Checkmate
The game of a lifetime.

DHS News [ATE]
The and the DHS News team were there to cover it.

The Case of the Opium Fandango
A bumbling detective attempts to trap a local mob-boss.

Trapped
Two resilient young women trapped in an endless cycle of dangerous situations.

COMPOSITION
Two young friends investigate music production.

Grounded
A grounded pilot makes a desperate last attempt to fly.

An Unexpected Journey
Everyone has to start somewhere, even Peter Jackson.

The Hermit
A university student struggles with loneliness until one day meeting a mysterious stranger.

RANGERS, PAST & PRESENT
The Lytyentye Apurte CLP rangers take on their responsibilities as outback rangers very seriously…

*Documentary Competition Short

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Friday 28th October, 9.30am – 11.00am
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + booking fee $3.50 or use a film pass

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Competition Shorts: Australian Fiction 1

AUSTRALIA | 100 MINS | U/C 15+
The first of four sessions of Australian fiction films in competition kicks off, showcasing home-grown talent and stories from some of our brightest filmmakers, taking you form the the backblocks of rural China to the colonial outback and beyond.
Download Session Program here.

Detectives of Noir Town
A puppet detective is on the case, but this one is far from black & white.

Tide
A reckless lawyer upsets the wrong people and is left to die adrift at sea.

Foal
On an isolated Australian property in 1915, Aurora faces the repercussions of a passionate affair.

Servo
Lucas has a choice to make, will he run out of time?

The Corn is Flowering
In  remote China, a family deal with a dying grandfather.

Venice
Josh doesn’t understand backpacking, Mum doesn’t understand Skype.

Karroyul
An Aboriginal girl, lost and empty after the death of her mother, discovers her past in an unlikely place.

The Driver
A train driver must confront his traumatic past on his first day back at work

Window
A young man develops a fascination with his neighbour.

Apprentice of the Year
When a builder takes advantage of his apprentice, he finds out the hard way to never underestimate anyone.

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Friday 28th October, 11.30am – 1.15pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + booking fee $3.50 or use a film pass

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Competition Shorts: Australian Fiction 2

AUSTRALIA | 100 MINS | U/C 15+
More shorts from the cream of Australia’s filmmaking talent hit the screen in this second session of fiction films, taking you on a journey created by some very fertile minds! Featuring films about growing up, searching for Santa, finding joy in rice and much more. Download Session Program here.

Balloon Ride
A animated devastating tale of despair

Vampir
A strange loner comes in to town.

Whoever was Using This Bed
A married couple is woken by a mysterious phone call…

Big Bad World
Two teenage girls skip school for an afternoon and face an unexpected loss of innocence.

Finding Santa
A lone elf scours the globe trying to find a missing Santa Claus.

Kane
Reclusive Kane is pushed to the brink by a vicious gang of boys.

Centrepiece
Liam’s birthday glory gets hijacked by a controversial nude painting.

Bluey
An angry young woman, meets a mystery mentor who could change everything.

Slingshot
An analogy on modern love through the eyes of one of its latest victims.

Where: James Theatre, 6 Brown St, Dungog
When: Friday 28th October, 2.00pm – 3.45pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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Competition Shorts: Australian Documentary 1

Australia, 100 mins, U/C 15+
The first of 2 sessions of Australian documentary shorts exploring fascinating stories from Australia and around the globe, uncovering depths in people and places you need to see. From Italian fruit-picking backpackers to Australia’s Queen of Honky Tonk, this session dives deep! Download Session Program here.

Citizen to Activist
How citizens turn into activists – a not particularly serious guide.

A Place to Belong (Freedom Stories)
Finding a place to belong, a long way from home….

At Midnight
Freedom. Love. Choose one.

88 Giorni Nelle Farm Australiane
A journey through dreams, hopes and thoughts of young Italians in Australia.

Rangers, Past & Present
The Lytyentye Apurte CLP rangers take on their responsibilities as outback rangers very seriously…

Doing it Scared
69 kilos, 65 metres, 126 one-armed pull-ups.

Mala’s Cello
A hand-crafted cello, made lovingly over 2 years for a young girl with cerebral palsy, 900km away.

Heart of the Queen
An embattled country singer fights to keep her lifelong dream alive.

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Friday 28th October, 5.00pm – 6.45pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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COMPETITION SHORTS: INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

110 mins, U/C 15+
Global shorts from around the world, from international filmmakers all in competition for the Best International Short Film prize, exploring stories about marine misadventures, museum mishaps and more! Download Session Program here.

Eye for an Eye
A hand-drawn animation about a death row prisoner.

Normal
A young Chavista man helps his former girlfriend during a riot, despite their opposing beliefs.

Boat People
A wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran pick up an unexpected guest.

Brilliance
Six lives collide in a flash of sunshine, bullets and jewels that changes all of them, forever.

Across the Tracks
Two African American sisters, one with fair skin, grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia.

Hounds
For 16 years Iris has guarded the museum’s exhibits, dedicated and no complaints.

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Friday 28th October, 9.00pm – 11pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER

COMPETITION SHORTS: YOUNG FILMMAKER SHORTS 2

Australia, 95 mins, U/C 15+
Catch our rising young talent with this selection of films in competition from Australia’s young filmmakers, aged under 25 years, students and non-students, all in competition for the Awards. Download Session Program here.

Touch
Post trauma, a detached, quiet soul slowly learns to trust the world again

Grounded
A grounded pilot makes a desperate last attempt to fly – whatever the cost.

Kane
Two young brothers are forced to confront a darker side to their relationship.

ARCADE
There’s no how-to book for life. 

The Pines
A young boy learns to fly.

CHECKMATE
The game of a lifetime.

Trapped
Two resilient young women trapped in an endless cycle of dangerous situations.

They Move By Night
After losing the love of his life, Aaron meets Micah, discovering the difficulty in letting go of the past.

PICK UP
A lonely young boy tries to prove himself to his father, only to find out he is nothing like him.

Hench
Carrying a coffin through the forest, two evil Henchman discuss  love, life and leisure.

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Saturday 29th October, 9.00am – 10.30am
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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SHORTS COMPETITION: AUSTRALIAN FICTION 3

Australia, 100 mins, U/C 15+
Session 3 of Australian fiction films brings another fine crop of Australian films to the big screen, battling it out for the cash prize pool and awards. Download Session Program here.

Spaghetti
A fantastical tale of an 8 year old boy’s explosive reaction to meeting a new girl at school.

Big City
A lonely Indian taxi driver is befriended by an enigmatic passenger, who tries to coax him out of his shell.

Home
Home, is missing planes and sinking boats”; a eulogy in the form of a poem.

The Aquarium
A young girl’s only escape from her impoverished and volatile home life is her fascination with fish.

Nan and a Whole Lot of Trouble
All that trouble Nan has come to blows over, may be the same trouble that brings the family together.

Between Lovers
The lives of four people intersect in a moment with profound consequences for all of them.

A Smile in the Back Of My Head
A church janitor examines his own hate

WOOF!
A humiliating sexual experience causes a 16 year old girl to start an unusual revolution.

Flat Daddy
A life-size photographic cut-out, meant to be a source of comfort, ends up causing emotional upheaval.

The Licence
What if you needed a licence to have a baby?

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Saturday 29th October, 11.30am – 1.15pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee; or use a film pass

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SHORTS COMPETITION: AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY 2

Australia, 100 mins, U/C 15+
Another great session of documentary short films in competition taking in misfit Harry Potter fans, the cultural stories of the Petyarre artist sisters and some amazing science and nature that will blow your mind. Download Session Program here.

Brooms In: A Quidditch Story
The story of Quidditch team the LaTrolls, in their inaugural season.

Landmark
8 Weeks living in a tent on the largest private conservation project in North America.

Bright Spots
A poetic portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.

Petyarre
Famous Utopian artist sisters, Violet, Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre return to country they grew up in.

Phoenix
The professional life of challenged photographer Sian Grahl

Hopeless Dream
Prakit faces a constant struggle as he tries to help over 150 stray dogs

The Drover’s Boy
A story of forbidden love between a white drover and his Aboriginal wife disguised as a drover’s boy.

MarATUs
One spider photo can change your life.

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Saturday 29th October, 2.00pm – 3.45pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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SHORTS COMPETITION: AUSTRALIAN FICTION 4

Australia, 90 mins, U/C 15+
The final session of Australian fiction films showcasing homegrown stories and filmmaking talent in competition for the Awards before the jury retires to make some important decisions! Download Session Program here.

Kill Your Dinner
The father of a teenage boy tries to reconnect with his son by having him kill a cow.

Riceballs
A story of a father and a son and a firmly squeezed Japanese riceball.

Hope City
A new life. Dreams. The past.

We’re Here Now
Two sisters, a public toilet cubicle and a pregnancy test.

Oranges Don’t Grow on Trees
Six human batteries rise up against their troubled tyrant.

Gimpsey
Gemma wants out of a crippling friendship.

Sandwich
An alcoholic seeks redemption from the man whose life he destroyed.

Nulla Nulla
Fresh out of the academy, White Cop is put to the test by Black Cop.

Where: James Theatre, 6 Brown St, Dungog
When: Saturday 29th October, 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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SHORTS COMPETITION: MUSIC VIDEOS & ECO SHORTS

60 mins, U/C 15+
Groove along in this special session of great music videos in competition, plus a selection of Eco Shorts, presented with Dungog’s Boomerang Bags initiative. You’ll never look at a plastic bag the same way again. Download Session Program here.

MAKE THEM WHEELS ROLL – SAFIA

CHA CHA CHA D’AMOUR – MICHAEL CULLEN

EVERY TIME – BAKER SUITE

RUBY RED – SYE MCCRITCHIE

NOVEMBER: THOM LION AND THE TAMERS

SHINE A LIGHT (FOR THE NSW NORTHWEST) – LUKE VASELLA

THE LIFE OF A PLASTIC BAG

A WORLD WORTH SAVING

DUNGOG LAUNCHES BOOMERANG BAGS

SAVING THE WORLD ONE CAUSE AT A TIME: ALICE FORREST

RANGERS PAST AND PRESENT


Where:
Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s, 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Saturday 29th October, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Cost: FREE EVENT


SHORT FILM AWARDS

With films from all around Australia and across the world entered into this year’s short film competition, the stakes are very high, especially with $30,000 in cash prizes to be awarded to the winning films across a number of Awards, including Best Australian Fiction and Documentary Short Films and more. Don’t miss the Awards Presentation and find out who wins and then rock on at the Festival Party and celebrate with us.

Plus a special announcement from the Australian Directors Guild about two brand new film scholarships for emerging filmmakers in NSW, funded through a Metro Screen legacy, for short film production and professional development respectively. Applications will open soon.

Where: James Theatre, 6 Brown St, Dungog
When: Saturday 29th October, 8.00pm – 9.15pm
Cost: FREE EVENT


SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

SHORT FILM COMPETITION AWARD HIGHLIGHTS

90 mins, U/C 15+
Missed a few films over the weekend because there was so much on? Don’t worry, catch the highlights of the winning films in this special screening of the Dungog Festival 2016 Short Film Competition Awards. Programme to be announced.

Where: Pop Up Cinema @ St Mary’s 55 Brown St, Dungog
When: Sunday 30th October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Cost: $16.00 / $14.00 conc. + $3.50 booking fee or use a film pass

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