Australian Short Film Today


Featuring the latest short films from Down Under, this annual sold-out event offers a lively sampling of comedies and dramas, live-action and animation, Oscar nominees and film school graduate projects. Susan Talbot curates the collection and shares her insights on these remarkable and varied works. Reception follows.

Co-sponsored by ADVANCE, American Australian Association, and Chris and Francesca Beale.

2 min.
Writer/Director/Producer: Rain Moya
A young filmmaker traces the links between her feelings and her work.
Winner, Open Category, Katoomba
Short Film Festival 2009

Liebermans in the Sky
18 min.
Writer/Director: Richard Vilensky
Producer: Jessica Redenbach
Film School: AFTRS
On the worst day of his life, a waterbed salesman realizes that falling can be a
way to cope with failure.

Nominee, AFI Award, Best Short Film, 2009
Nominee, AFI Award, Best Short Screenplay
Nominee, ADG Award, Best Direction in a Short Film

Miracle Fish
18 min.
Writer/Director/ Producer: Luke Doolan
Producer: Drew Bailey
Awaking to find his school mysteriously deserted, a solitary eight-year-old learns
something about how words and actions can impact lives.

Nominee, Academy Award, Best Live Action Short 2010
AFI Award, Best Short Fiction Film
AFI Award, Best Screenplay in a Short Film

12 min.
Writer/Director/ Producer: Tresa Ponnor
Film School: AFTRS
Dissatisfied with her home life, a Pacific Islander schoolgirl lives a fantasy in a model home.

The Cat Piano

8 min., animation; narrated by Nick Cave
Writer: Eddie White
Directors: Eddie White, Ari Gibson
Producer: Jessica Brentnall
A Beat poet narrates a film noir tale about a city of singing cats.
Nominee, Academy Award, Animated Short 2010
Best Animation, Flickerfest
AFI Award, Best Short Animation
Best Short Film, Melbourne Film Festival
Best Animated Film, Sydney Film Festival

The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock
16 min.
Writer/Director: Lucy Gaffy
Film School: AFTRS
A young x-ray technician fleeing her past is forced to confront the shadows.
Gaffy was named Best New Female Filmmaker 2007, Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, and won the
European Union Award at AFTRS Graduation 2009

Being Carl Williams
6 min.
Writer/Director: Abe Forsythe
Starring: Gyton Grantley
Actor Gyton Grantley, best known for his TV portrayal of the notorious murderer Carl Williams, plays himself in a deadly case of mistaken identity.
Best Comedy, St. Kilda 2009
Best Comedy, Tropfest
Second Prize, Tropfest


17 min., animation
Writer/Director: Stephen Kanaris
Producer: Lisa Shaunessy
Seeking independence, a 35-year-old with Down Syndrome sets out to get a job in the city.
Best Film, St Kilda 2009
Best Director, St Kilda
Funded by NSW Film and Television Office

7 min., claymation
Writer/Director: Glen Hunwick
Producer: Beth Frey
A disgruntled farmer and his hardworking dog struggle to survive in a harsh rural landscape.
Best Animation, St Kilda 2008
Yoram Gross Animation Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 2008
Funded by Australian Film Commission

Event Details

Wed 05 May 2010
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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$7 members; $9 students with ID/seniors; $11 nonmembers
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