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Film Name

Length

Country

Description

Director

 

Be My Brother

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7

 

Australia

 

A young man’s charm and charisma challenges the prejudices of a stranger at a bus stop, while impacting on her world he also changes the heart of some else close by.

 

Genevieve Clay

 

Beatbox Choir

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61

Germany, UK

The Beatbox Choir follows Shlomo, acclaimed British Beatboxer, as he attempts to push the boundaries and break common preconceptions of the vocal art of beatboxing by creating the world’s first Beatbox Choir. We witness the joys and stresses  from the first time they meet until their first performance, headlining The International Beatbox Convention at London's prestigious concert hall, The Southbank Centre.

Colette McWilliams

Ed and Ed

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20

U S A

'Ed and Ed' is a 20 minute story about poet and painter Ed Cain, afflicted with bi-polar disorder. The film is woven with interviews between Ed (Edward) the artist and his make believe (alter ego) identical twin brother Ed ( Edwin), a chicken farmer. Edwin represents an unsurmountable wall for Edward's attempt to express his creative spirit through art. The film is both humorous and tragically sad.

 

Selected Screenings:

Seattle Northwest Film Festival.

Port Townsend Film Festival

 

Australian Premiere

Galen Garwood

 

End of the Road

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5

Australia

Jason can't be bothered being a hero when an old man rolls down a hill in his wheelchair.  However, when the screams of the old man's hot grand daughter catch Jason's attention, he thinks again.

 

Selected Screening:

'Mudfest', July '08.

Benoit McCullough

 

Folk!

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73

U S A

'Folk!' opens the door to the unique, high-flying, and seemingly 'underground' world of Ukrainian folk dancing in present day New York City. A hysterical look at what it’s like to grow up in a Ukrainian-American community and keep ties to your heritage and culture in an increasingly modern world. When a legendary folk dance choreographer begins organizing a finale performance, her students past and present come back to the stage one last time.

Roxy Toporowych

 

Grown Up

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21

Israel

During one evening that gets out of control, fifteen year old Shira learns an important lesson about her new power as a woman.

 

Selected Screenings:

First Prize - The OFF-Era Filmowa in Bydgoszcz, Poland. 2008.

Best Short Film - 15th Bradford International Film Festival, UK. 2009.

The 59th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany. 2009.

RIFF - Roma Independent Film Festival, Italy. 2009.

3rd NexT International Short & Medium Length Film Festival, Romania. 2009

 

Australian Premiere

Dana Neuberg

Mole

 

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10

U S A

After getting struck by lightning, a man who is plagued by an explosive bleeding mole is saved by an agoraphobic woman who is afraid of people, blood, and germs.  Could this once-in-a-million situation lead to romance for the awkward and anti-social duo?

 

Selected Screenings:

Washougal International Film Festival, Washington
Gangrene Film Festival, Utah
Small Town Film Festival
, Canada

 

Australian Premiere

Katie  Mahalic

 

One Shoe Short

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9

Australia

On a town camp in Alice Springs, Australia, a boy searches for a pair of shoes so he can go to school. His friend tries his best to help him out.


Selected Screenings:

The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival, London, UK, October 2008.

Buster Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival, Denmark, 2008.

Women in Film & Television International Showcase, US, Canada, China, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand. March 2009

 

Australian Premiere

Jackie van Beek

 

Queue

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10

UK

A warning to managing directors everywhere.

Jonathan Miles

 

Reach

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4

Australia

A tiny robot is given the gift of life with only one limitation, the length of his power cable. When a curious bird appears at the workshop window, his lust to live outside of his reach, may be his demise

Luke Randall

 

Saving God

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101

Canada

Who will Save God for the Souls who have Lost Him? Convicted felon Armstrong Cane (Ving Rhames) returns to his neighbourhood a changed man looking to take over his father's old church and congregation.  The neighbourhood though is tough and full of drugs and gangs.  Through Armstrong's tough demeanour and strong faith he tries to make a difference - especially with Norris - a youth on the edge of falling into a lifetime of drugs and gangs.  Armstrong must also deal with his past history of violence and make sure he doesn't fall again.

 

Trailer: http://www.savinggodmovie.com/SavingGod-Trailer.mov

Film Website:  www.savinggodmovie.com

Duane  Crichton

 

See You

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34

Denmark

Grief stricken, Nete moves to a new school. There she meets a boy. Shocked she realises that he looks exactly like the brother she lost in a car accident ...

Jesper Waldvogel Rasmussen

 

Sledhead

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84

Canada

From the cold, community rinks of small town Canada to the cavernous Olympic size sheets of ice in foreign countries, Sledhead tells the story of indomitable, world-class athletes who smash the stereotypes of 'crips' and 'gimps' through their words and actions in their determination to prove they are the world's best disabled hockey team.

 

Selected Screenings:

Whistler Film Festival

Sunscreen International Film Festival

Trail Dance Film Festival (awarded "Best Foreign Film")

Newport Beach Film Festival

Okanagan International Film Festival

David McIlvride

 

String Phone

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6

Japan

''Nico'' has a boyfriend who has gone abroad, and she hardly get through to him on the telephone. Today also she called him up, but there was no answer. At that time, Nico found 'string phone' at the old antique shop. She bought a pair of them for an international call, and gave him a call again and again...

Selected Screenings:

2008 ADFEST: Thailand

2009 ION International Film Festival: USA

2009 Roma Independent Film Festival: ITALY

2009 American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival: France

Australian Premiere

Kazuhito Nakae

 

Tangent

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13

France

A young man washing his car offers an attractive woman a ride wherever she wants to go. The two set off on a journey with no plans and no direction, but as their relationship grows can they continue living their life of the rock-and-roll aesthetic or will they have to compromise and settle down?

Vincent Vesco

 

The Night Watchman

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90

Canada

Excellent thriller that borrows from influences such as "Magnolia," "American Beauty," and "Talk Radio".  Stewart is a down on his luck talk radio disc jockey who is on his last leg, both personally and professionally. After openly abusing, berating and dismissing many of the show’s callers, the station manager decides to put an end to Stewart’s reign as the late night king. With just one final night to go on the air, neither the manager or Stewart could know how memorable and meaningful a night it would be.

Scott Eldridge

 

Thimbles

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5

Australia

Can her thimbles protect her from the disturbing presence bounding down the hallway?

 

Selected Screenings:

Dungog Film Festival - NSW

Tallahassee Film Festival - USA

Pisek International Film Festival - Czech Republic

Canberra Short Film Festival

Leicester International Film Festival - UK

 

Australian Premiere

Justin Olstein

 

Thing of the Past

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15

Canada

Alex's ex-boyfriend...is an ex-gay.

Nick Butler

Toucan

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16

Australia

The story of a jazz trumpet player who, after a freak accident, thinks his playing days are over, until he realises the injury adds colour to his music.

 

Selected Screenings:

St Kilda Film Festival 2008

Shorts Film Festival (Adelaide) 2008

Temecula Valley International Music and Film Festival 2008

Falls Creek Film Festival 2008

Melbourne Soap Box 2009.

Adam White

 

Two Sisters

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65

U S A

THE TWO SISTERS is a mystery/suspense about two sisters, Kellie and Lannie, whose mother is killed when they are 13 and 14 years old.  The girls are very close to each other and at ages 18 and 19 they attend university. Classmates start becoming friends with Kellie. Lannie is threatened and finds a way to eliminate the problem. Kellie is the nice one, but also has wicked tendencies.

 

Selected Screenings:

Action On Film Festival International, receiving a Best Script nomination.

Shockerfest International Film Festival, receiving a Best Screenplay nomination.

Terri Dawn Arnold

 

Undertow

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9

UK

John is a police diver. His life of quiet emotional reserve and studied professionalism is transformed by a discovery of extraordinary and unexpected beauty.

Ria Krause

 

Us The Damned and God Himself

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28

U S A

Held captive in the middle of a railroad crossing, 5 college students must determine who killed their friend before the next train comes.

 

Selected Screenings:

2008 Asheville Film Festival, North Carolina, USA. 2009 Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii, USA.

Australian Premiere

Chuck Michael