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Australia | 2013 | 15 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Samuel Leighton-Dore | Producer:
Diana Burnett | Cast: Lucas Pittaway, Mal Kennard, Richie
Finger | Production Company: BNZ Productions
After the unexpected death of his mother, a young
football player finds himself struggling to support
his depressed father – while fighting to keep safe
the secret he once shared with his mother.
Samuel leighton-Dore graduated from AFTRS in
2010 and has since directed music videos for the likes
of Jessica Mauboy, Marina Prior and Sons of the East.
is his first short film.
Australia | 2013 | 22 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Warwick Young | Producers: Rachel
Argall, Warwick Young | Cast: Travis Cotton, Anita Hegh,
Jan Oxenbould | Production Company: Australian Film
Television and Radio School
Taxidermist Peter Murphy loves his mother, so
when she dies he can’t bear to live without her
and does all that he can to keep her close.
WarWick Young graduated from AFTRS. His first short,
, screened at the Rome and Florida International
Film Festivals, and won best comedy at the Flake
International Film Festival.
was awarded the
European Union Film Award.
the Video dating tape of
deSmondo Ray, aged 33 & 3⁄4
welcome to iRon Knob
Australia | 2013 | 4 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Steve Baker | Producers: Steve
Baker, Laura Mustchin | Cast: Bill Waters | Production
Company: Taxi Film Production
His name is Desmondo Ray – and this is his video
Steve Baker is a filmmaker working in both live action
and animation. In 2007, his film
An Imaginary Life
the first animated film to win Tropfest. He is a resident
curator of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s online production
Australia | 2013 | 21 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Dave Wade | Producer: Alexandra
Blue | Cast: Linda Cropper, Jessica Ryles, Chris Duncan |
Production Company: Bluebird Productions
When a young boy accidentally shoots a stranger
with his father’s gun, it is left to the nonchalant
townsfolk of Iron Knob to cover it up as quickly as
possible – then get back to whatever it was that
they were doing before...
Dave WaDe began his film career with a number of
low-budget short films. His short
(SFF 2011) was
nominated for Best Short Film and Best Short Screenplay
at the AACTAs.
Australia | 2013 | 8 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Jessica Harris | Producer: Heamin Kwun |
Cast: Ant Neate, Chess Julia Allan, Jacinta Stapleton | Production
Company: Victorian College of the Arts
A stop-motion animated film noir that follows Joe
and the tough choices he must make to protect
those dear to him.
Jessica Harris is a Melbourne-based animation artist who
studied at the Victorian College of the Arts.
the recipient of graduate awards for Best Production, Best
Postgraduate Production, Best Master of Film and Television
Production (Animation), and Best Achievement in Editing.
Australia | 2013 | 19 mins | In English
Director: Richard Hughes | Screenwriter, Producer: Dave
Christison | Cast: Shane Connor, James Rolleston, Richard
Sutherland | Production Company: The Woolshed Company
A worn-out, ageing shearer gets on the gear to
keep up his numbers. But when the drugs take
over, he must learn what it really means to be
a man, before he loses so much more than his
ricHard HugHes is the director, cinematographer and
at Seven Network. He graduated
from RMIT Film and Television in 2007.
Australia | 2013 | 15 mins | In English and Denka with
Director, Screenwriter: Eddy Bell | Producer: Khoby
Rowe | Cast: Dylan Watson, Mayik Deng, Akuein Kueth |
Production Company: Victorian College of the Arts
A South Sudanese refugee happens upon a bull
he believes is his spiritual totem. He decides to
rescue it from the abattoir where he works. Once
home, the animal begins to jeopardise the family's
chance of fitting into their new life.
eddy Bell studies at Victorian College of the Arts, where
he was awarded the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship to
Australia, UK | 2013 | 5 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter, Producer: Alex Grigg | Cast: Clifford
Hume, Sarah Jones | Production Company: Late Night
In the aftermath of an accident a young couple
learn to deal with phantom pains.
alex grigg graduated from Queensland College of Art in
2008 and is a member of international animation collective
Late Night Work Club.
is his debut film as
Australia | 2013 | 14 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter, Producer: Ariel Martin | Cast:
Matilda Brown, Marta Dusseldorp, Karl Beattie | Production
Company: Filmgraphics Entertainment
A boy forms a connection with the family's iMom
a futuristic product designed to “raise your
children for you.”
ariel Martin has been awarded by Cannes Lions,
Adfest, and Shoot New Directors Showcase while shooting
commercials for clients such as Coca Cola, Fairfax,
Australian Bananas and Thrifty.
i WANt to
Australia | 2013 | 29 mins | In English
Director, Screenwriter: Matthew Bate, Gideon Obarzanek |
Producer: Rebecca Summerton | Cast: Steven Rodgers, Elizabeth
Nabben, Phillip Rose | Production Company: Closer Productions
In need of some form of human contact, a grieving
man takes up dance classes with a young instructor.
gideon oBarzanek is an Australian choreographer and
the former Artistic Director of contemporary dance company
Chunky Move. MattHew Bate’s film The Mystery of
won Best Short Documentary at the 2010
Melbourne International Film Festival. His film
Shut Up Little
Man! An Audio Misadventure
screened at SFF 2011.
Screens with Tender
(see page 17).
Both films participated in the groundbreaking residential lab, the
HIVE. Cross-Pollination, a panel discussion about the project, will
take place at the Festival Hub on Tuesday 10 June (see page 33).
This screening is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Lyn Norfor, producer of Perception
(winner of the 2013 Dendy Live Action
Short Award); Nick Hayes,
Head of Theatrical Operations,
Icon Film Distribution;
Miranda Nation, director of Perception
We’re thrilled to present the line-up for the 2014 Dendy
Awards for Australian Short Films, a competition now
in its 45th year. Could the next Jane Campion, Phil
Noyce or Ivan Sen (all past competitors) be amongst
this year’s finalists?
The 10 films compete for three illustrious prizes: the
Dendy Live Action Short Award, the Yoram Gross
Animation Award and the Rouben Mamoulian Award
for Best Director. In addition, each finalist qualifies for
the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award.
ALL FINALISTS SCREEN TOGETHER IN TWO SESSIONS,
WITH GUEST FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE.
SAT 14 JUN 3:50PM EV4
SUN 15 JUN 11AM EV8
18 DENDY AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2014
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