Australian Short Film Today


Featuring the latest and most exciting short films from Down Under, the annual program returns with award-winning shorts, including Zak Hilditch's live action drama Transmission (AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film 2013), and animations Baby (dir. Daniel Biggins) and The Maker (dir. Christopher Kezelos).

Curated by Susan Talbot. Reception follows. 

Co-sponsored by Chris and Francesca Beale Private Foundation, Advance, and American Australian Association.

Film selections:

7 min. Animation
Director: Daniel Biggins
Film School: Victorian College of the Arts
An orphaned baby kangaroo is raised by a young boy and his mother.
VCA 2012: EH Shepard Animation Award


13 min.
Writer/Director: Zak Hilditch
Producer: Liz Kearney
A father and his 10-year-old daughter flee a deadly pandemic in a post-apocalyptic western Australian desert.
St Kilda 2012: Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Actor (Angourie Rice, the daughter)
AACTA 2013: Best Screenplay in a Short Film
Tribeca Film Festival 2012 


We’ve All Been There
7 min.
Writer/Director: Nicholas Clifford (AFTRS graduate)
Producer: Michael Ciccone, Jim Wright and Bridget O’Shea
What goes around, comes around.
Tropfest 2013 winner


The Captain
6 min.
Writer: Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser and Taika Waititi
Director: Nash Edgerton & Spencer Susser
Executive Producer: Sue Yeon Ahn   Producer: Benjamin Gilovitz
A man wakes up with a hangover, only to discover the consequences of his actions.
Screened at Sundance 2013


The Fence
14 min.
Writer/Director: Lucy Gaffy
Film School: AFTRS
When a refugee hostel turns into a detention centre overnight, a group of Cambodian refugees finds itself trapped.


The Queen of Hearts
7 min.
Writer/Director: Nick McDougall
Producer: Nick Radford
A married man is looking to spice up his sex life, only to have an unexpected guest drop in on his booty call at a motel. 
Open Road Film Festival 2012: Grand Prize


The Maker
6 min.
Writer/director/producer: Christopher Kezelos
Producer: Christopher Kezelos
Original music by Paul Halley, Australian composer of contemporary classical music
A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life. 
Sydney Film Festival 2012: Best Animated Short
Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2012: Grand Prize


Reprise of an audience favorite from the 2011 program

The Kiss
15 min.
Writer/Director: Ashlee Page
Producer: Sonya Humphrey
On a hot summer's night, two girls, fueled by hormones and alcohol, take a leap that will change their lives.
Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards 2010: Best Live Action Short Film
AFI 2010: Best Short Fiction


Let it Rain
7 min.
Director/Producer: Matt Hardie (NIDA graduate)
Producer: Chris Byrnes
As a state of mind, youth can be ageless.
Tropfest 2013 Winner DSLR category

Event Details

Wed 22 May 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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