SSSFF-2017-Program-Final

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SSSFF-2017-Program-Final

WELCOME TO

THE SETTING SUN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Anna Bourozikas | Founder & Director

Setting Sun Short Film Festival

City of Maribyrnong Mayor |

Cr Catherine Cumming

Marc C. Scott | Lecturer in Digital Media

Victoria University

It’s being a great thrill to see this

festival develop every year. It’s

gone from being a small local

event into something larger, attracting

filmmakers from around

Victoria, interstate and overseas.

We received a staggering

84 short films, predominantly

from outside of Melbourne’s

west. Thank you to all the filmmakers

who have entered.

This year, for the first time, we

are giving out awards on the

Opening Night.

Our women’s program, The

Rouge, is back for it’s second

year. We look forward to

presenting some great films by

talented women filmmakers with

the winner receiving $1000 from

award winning film producer and

Women In Film and Television

Patron, Sue Maslin.

This year, Victoria University

joined us Principle Partner. They

are giving the Top Ten secondary

student filmmakers, a special

prize of a film masterclass.

Thank you to our major sponsors,

the City of Maribyrnong, the Sun

Theatre and Kindred Studios for

their continuous support over the

years and to all the sponsors who

have a donated a prize.

Enjoy the SSSFF 2017.

Council is thrilled to see the

Setting Sun Short Film Festival

back for the fourth year at

Yarraville’s iconic Sun Theatre.

We are incredibly proud to support

the event through our Festival City

program.

Our City is home to an increasingly

large and dynamic creative

community, and events such as

the Setting Sun Short Film

Festival not only support

emerging talent, but also provide

a platform for showcasing it to the

wider community. It ensures our

City’s young people can develop

their interests and ideas, giving

them an opportunity to showcase

their considerable talents.

This is the leading short film

festival in Melbourne’s west and

highlights the formidable

contribution female film-makers

have made, and continue to

make, to our local film industry.

I congratulate Anna Bourozikas,

Festival Director, for the great

work she has undertaken in

organising this event and all

those that have supported her in

celebrating creativity in the West.

The Setting Sun Short Film Festival

(SSSFF) has unearthed some

amazing local, national, and international

talent. Victoria University

is proud to be supporting budding

film makers in the early stages

of their career and experienced

award winning filmmakers who

are keen to show their film in the

SSSFF, win awards and prizes.

We have partnered with SSSFF to

encourage young film makers to

follow their passion and hone their

skills. The festival has become a

good, prestigious stepping stone for

budding filmmakers to showcase

their work alongside award winning

filmmakers. To help you follow your

interests in industries including film,

television, radio, screen culture, online

and mobile media production,

Victoria University has developed

a Bachelor of Screen Media. The

course has a contemporary focus,

and is designed to deliver both

practical and theoretical knowledge

in all aspects of Screen Media in

our newly renovated, state of the

art facilities.

Congratulations to all the finalist

and winners.

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Michael Smith | Owner

Sun Theatre

Dhanesh Trimmer | General Manager

Kindred Studios

Sue Maslin | Film producer, Film Art Media.

Happy days are here again,

the Setting Sun Short Film

Festival and the west has never

been cooler with the Doggies

winning the premiership whilst

the daughters of the West have

hit the ground running which

seems apt, given Sue Maslin’s

support again for the burgeoning

women’s prize in the Rouge

program.

Seriously there’s no need to

cross that bridge.

Oh, unless of course you still

live in the East!

Kindred Studios is honoured to be

supporting Setting Sun Festival

again in 2017.

As the hub for film, video,

photography and digital media

production in Yarraville, it is wonderful

to see a range of technical

production talent showcased here

in Melbourne’s West.

Congratulations to all the entrants

and well done to Setting Sun Film

Festival for another excellent

community event.

The Setting Sun Short Film

Festival women’s program is an

important way to discover new

female talent behind the camera

and address the gender imbalance

we have in the Australian

screen industry.

There are far too few films

released each year with stories

made by and about women. The

Dressmaker Award recognises

an outstanding female filmmaker

and we are absolutely

delighted to be associated with

this wonderful festival.”

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THE GOLDEN SUNSET

OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY 27 APRIL 7PM

The Golden Sunset. Book tickets here.

Olympic Nick: A Donutmentary

Documentary

The true story of how a $3.7 billion dollar rail

project got derailed by an 83 year old man selling

doughnuts from a caravan.

Finalist: Best Documentary West, Best Cultural

Diversity

Directors: Rachel Morssink/Ian Tran

Producers: Ian Tran/Tessa Mansfield-Hung

Ian Tran was a physiotherapist, but his love of film

led him to Olympic Nick, his first professionallyproduced

short film. It has screened widely, with

Ian Tran receiving the Raw Nerve Initiative for

emerging filmmakers and the Gold Remi (documentary

under 60 minutes) at the 49th Worldfest

Film Festival in 2016.

The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco

Comedy

Amy shares everything she has learnt about the

Argentinian culture since dating her girlfriend,

Eugenia: the interesting, the odd and the uncomfortably

sexy.

Finalist: Best Short Feature West, Best Director,

Rouge, Best Screenwriter

Director/producer: Marina Bonofiglio

Marina Bonofiglio is an Argentinian director and

photographer based in Melbourne. This film is

based on her experience as a South American

living in Australia.

Spill

Comedy

At the height of the primary school marble craze,

likeable Maxy has scored a decent collection. But

school bully and marble king Plugga hatches a

plot to settle the score.

Finalist: Best Short Feature West, Best Director,

Best Screenwriter, Best Acting Performance

Director: Aaron L. Ellis

Producer: Lester Ellis Jr.

Aaron Lester Ellis is the founder of Welcome

Stranger Productions. His work has screened

at film festivals around the world, and focus on

pressing social issues close to his heart, including

bullying and youth suicide.

No Smoking

Psychological Thriller

When a traveller checks into a motel and breaks

one of its strictly enforced rules, the result is

unexpected consequences at the hands of the

motel owner.

Director: Nerango Nero

Producers: Niranga Nero/Matt Hughes

Niranga Nero is a Sri Lankan-Australian filmmaker

based in Melbourne and this is his second

short film. His first, RAEES, was showcased in

several international film festivals.

The Jolly Swagman

Documentary

Ravi fled civil chaos in his homeland of Sri Lanka,

hoping for a better life in Australia ... but the

Australian Government had other ideas. A documentary

that juxtaposes Waltzing Matilda with our

asylum seeker policy.

Finalist: Best Documentary Metro, Best Cultural

Diversity

Director/Producer: Charby Ibrahim

Charby Ibrahim is a Masters student in Film &

Television (Documentary stream) at The Victorian

College of the Arts. He also teaches documentary

filmmaking, and video production to young

offenders at Parkville College, a school within the

Melbourne Youth Justice Centre.

More Stuff

Animation/comedy

What’s the true meaning of Christmas? More Stuff!

Finalist: Best Animation

Directors: Simone Giampaolo/Joe Kinch

Producer: Tom Box

London-based Simone Giampaolo is a director

and animator from Switzerland. He’s contributed

to animated award-winning short films and that

have screened widely. He works at Blue-Zoo

Animation for clients such as Cartoon Network,

Disney, LEGO, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Lucasfilm

and BBC.

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Goodnight Sweetheart

Comedy

When Barb undertakes a drastic course of

action, she must re-examine her feelings for an

old friend.

Finalist: Best Short Feature Metro, Best Acting

Performance, Best Cultural Diversity

Director: Bec Peniston-Bird

Producer: Jim M. Wright

Bec Peniston-Bird is a writer, director and

producer who has made documentaries, commercials

and award-winning shorts. She is currently

developing her first feature, inspired by the

real-life defection of Soviet spy Evdokia Petrova.

Goodnight Sweetheart’s cast includes Gillian

Jones and Jack Charles.

Noel

Drama

Starring comedian Greg Fleet. On the day before

Christmas, drug addict and petty criminal Noel

steals a car - but a surprise cargo leads him to

rediscover his humanity.

Finalist: Best Short Feature West, Best Acting

Performance

Directors/producers: Chris Kennett & Hayden Bevis

Chris Kennett is an experienced writer

currently working at The Project. Hayden Bevis is a

Melbourne filmmaker and runs Posterboy Media.

Autocarrot

Comedy

A short comedy film following the story of an

irregular support group. A group full of the most

traumatised and damaged people of all:

autocorrect victims.

Finalist: Best Short Feature Metro, Best Comedy

Directors: Robert P. Fantozzi/Conor A. Woods

Producers: Rob Stanfield, Robert P. Fantozzi,

Conor A. Woods, Cameron Zayec, Aaron Carroll.

Fantozzi and Woods have collaborated on many

small projects together, including Dr Weird, the

winner of Best Comedy at the Sydney Indie Film

Festival.

Uber X-Citing Day

Comedy

Ben drives his Uber as a way to pay rent, meet

interesting people and shamelessly promote

himself as a comedian.

Finalist: Best Short Feature West, Best Director,

Best Comedy

Director: Michael Jones/Jackson Tozer

Producer: Michael Jones/Jackson Tozer/Caitlin

Farrugia

Produced by Blazing Arrow Media, Uber X-Citing

Day has been selected for festivals including

Made in Melbourne, LA Comedy Festival and

Lorne Short Film Festival.

One Second

Drama

A tragic blame game unfolds between two parents

after their child goes missing.

Finalist: Best Short Feature West, Best Director,

Best Screenwriter

Director/producer: Tom Vogel

Tom Vogel is an award-winning director/writer/producer

and actor who has directed 11 short films

- all screened at festivals here and overseas - in

the last decade. He was a Tropfest finalist in 2009

and a winner at the Made in Melbourne festival in

2010. He runs ‘West Side Shorts’, a monthly short

film screening in Williamstown.

The Prince of Chinatown

Comedy

A young tourist returns home, to find he is still lost.

Director: Patrick Mooney

Producers: Patrick Mooney and Nadja Zimmermann

Patrick Mooney is a young independent filmmaker

based in Melbourne. He is a member of the Artist

Film Workshop, a Melbourne based group who experiment

with motion picture celluloid. The Prince of

Chinatown is his first short film since his graduation

from Swinburne School of Film and Television.

No Measure of Health

Documentary

Melbourne anti-advertising activist Kyle Magee’s

public civil disobedience campaign comes at a cost.

In this intimate portrait he reflects on fatherhood,

democracy and his private struggle with depression.

Finalist: Best Documentary Metro, Best Tertiary

Director/Producer: Jessica Hutchison

Jessica Hutchison comes to filmmaking from a

fine-art sculpture background. Her award-winning

student films have screened at festivals around

the world including Clermont-Ferrand ISFF ‘16.

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THE BRIDGE

FRIDAY 28 APRIL 7PM

Mrs Metro

Animation

A homeless guy gets off the train and accidentally

leaves one of his bags behind.

Director: Aggelos Papantoniou

Producer: Mark Lycette

MIFF winner City of Melbourne Grand Prix for

Best Short Film.

Zina

Drama/Black comedy

Zina and Tony share a night they won’t forget - full

of seduction, near misses, bloody noses and wild

surprises.

Director: Ivan Malekin

Producers: Ivan Malekin and Clara Pagone

Ivan Malekin is an award-winning producer,

director and editor, the founder and director of

the Made In Melbourne Film Festival, now in its

eighth year as the only festival exclusively for Victorian

filmmakers. He is on the ‘Top 50 Australian

Independent Film Heroes’ list and runs the film

collective Nexus Production Group.

Sleep To Dream

Drama

A woman grieving the loss of her boyfriend has

a recurring dream in which he challenges her to

move on with her life.

Finalist: Best Screenwriter

Director/Producer: David Nguyen

David Nguyen has been writing, producing and

directing independent short films since 2013. His

films have been selected for festivals in the US,

UK and Australia.

Citizen Reporter

Documentary

A series of interviews with street artists who live

or work in the west, conducted by people with

disabilities.

Director: Lindsay Cox and ArtLife at Footscray

Community Arts Centre

Producer: Footscray Community Arts Centre

Lindsay Cox is an animator and filmmaker who has

worked extensively with diverse communities.

The Bridge. Book tickets here.

Plunge

Drama

A romantic day trip tests the relationship of two

young lovers.

Director: Kate Lefoe

Producer: Laura Faulkner

Kate Lefoe is a director and editor based in Melbourne.

She is a recent graduate of the Masters

of Film and Television (Narrative) from the Victorian

College of the Arts.

Prodigy, Prodigy, Prodigy

Comedy

Prodigy Prodigy Prodigy is a stop-motion short

about two friends sharing a filthy apartment. Jack,

the stoner lizard, is keen to move out with his

stubborn and indifferent friend Greg, the chainsmoking

cockroach.

Director: Tom Bell

Producers: Mark Lycette/Tom Bell

Tom Bell lives in the inner west and works as an

animator at Kingsville-based media company

Trade Creative. His stop-motion short film, This Is

Not an Ape, screened at the Melbourne International

Animation Festival in 2015.

Goodnight Sweetheart

Comedy

When Barb undertakes a drastic course of action,

she must re-examine her feelings for an old friend.

Finalist: Best Short Feature Metro, Best Acting

Performance, Best Cultural Diversity

Director: Bec Peniston-Bird

Producer: Jim M. Wright

Bec Peniston-Bird is a writer, director and

producer who has made documentaries, commercials

and award-winning shorts. She is currently

developing her first feature, inspired by the

real-life defection of Soviet spy Evdokia Petrova.

Goodnight Sweetheart’s cast includes Gillian

Jones and Jack Charles.

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Sudo-Ballen

Documentary

Sudo Ballin is a documentary short showing the

rise of Sudanese Australian basketball on the

world stage and how basketball can help and

inspire people.

Director: Mark Hellinger

Producers: Mark Hellinger/Ez El Deng

Mark Hellinger has written/directed/produced/edited

several award winning short films. A graduate

of Swinburne School of Film and TV, he has also

worked on numerous music videos, TV series and

corporate videos.

Internal dialogue about Immigration and

Terrorism

Dark comedy

A first person documentary exploring how humans

respond with strong emotions to conflict in

a turbulent world.

Director/producer: Camilla Johnsen

A tertiary student entry, Camilla Johnsen has a

background in advertising and video production.

Trolley

Comedy

After a boozy hens’ night, Nic tells bride-to-be Anna

something she’s kept hidden for a long time.

Director: Sam Rankin

Producer: Dominique Mathieson

Sam Rankin is a western suburbs filmmaker.

Seeing The Land From An Aboriginal Canoe

Documentary

The Aboriginal bark canoe was a technology in

demand by European settlers in remote Victoria in the

1800s. They used Aboriginal ferrying and boat building

services to conduct trade and transport, forging relationships

between Aboriginal people and colonists.

Finalist: Best Documentary Metro, Best Cultural

Diversity

Director: Jary Nemo

Producers: Lucinda Horrocks/Jary Nemo

Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks are the co-founders

of Wind & Sky Productions, an independent

company specialising in short documentary films on

culture, community, history and science.

Autocarrot

Comedy

A short comedy film following the story of an

irregular support group. A group full of the

most traumatised and damaged people of all:

autocorrect victims.

Finalist: Best Short Feature Metro, Best Comedy

Directors: Robert P. Fantozzi/Conor A. Woods

Producers: Rob Stanfield, Robert P. Fantozzi,

Conor A. Woods, Cameron Zayec, Aaron Carroll.

Robert P. Fantozzi and Conor A. Woods met while

studying Media and Communication at RMIT. They

have collaborated on many small projects together,

Including Dr Weird, the winner of Best Comedy at

the Sydney Indie Film Festival.

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SATURDAY 29 APRIL 4.30 PM

THE ROUGE

The Rouge. Book tickets here.

The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco

Comedy

Amy shares everything she has learnt about the

Argentinian culture since dating her girlfriend,

Eugenia: the interesting, the odd and the uncomfortably

sexy.

Finalist: Best Short Feature West, Best Director,

Rouge, Best Screenwriter

Director/producer: Marina Bonofiglio

Marina Bonofiglio is an Argentinian director and

photographer based in Melbourne. This film is

based on her experience as a South American

living in Australia.

The Other Man

Drama

A modern young bride flounders when she hears

that the best man used to be in love with her

groom, and she must confront the greatest threat

to her marriage - herself.

Finalist: Best Tertiary

Director: Sher-Li Tan

Producers: Victor Chia/Sher-Li Tan

The Other Man is the work of four emerging filmmakers

from SAE Institute.

Tallboy

Comedy

A young couple discovers a vagrant hiding inside

a tallboy they find by the roadside. He promises

to change their lives over the course of the night.

Beware of hard rubbish.

Director: Sereh Nathan

Producer: Nick Dalton/Sereh Nathan

Sereh Nathan has a creative arts degree, and is a

writer and actor.

Goodnight Sweetheart

Comedy

When Barb undertakes a drastic course of action,

she must re-examine her feelings for an old friend.

Finalist: Best Short Feature Metro, Best Acting

Performance, Best Cultural Diversity

Director: Bec Peniston-Bird

Producer: Jim M. Wright

Bec Peniston-Bird is a writer, director and

producer who has made documentaries, commercials

and award-winning shorts. She is currently

developing her first feature, inspired by the

real-life defection of Soviet spy Evdokia Petrova.

Goodnight Sweetheart’s cast includes Gilliam

Jones and Jack Charles.

Luxville

Fable

Welcome to Luxville, a mythical city west of the

capital; a place where the citizens trade on past glories,

all the while living under a long forgotten curse.

Finalist: Rouge

Director: Erin McCuskey

Producers: Erin McCuskey/Michael Gwyther

Erin McCuskey’s short films, installations and

commissions have screened at Museum of Australian

Democracy at Eureka (MADE), Melbourne

International Film Festival (MIFF), Flickerfest,

Indiefest, Gertrude St Projection Festival and Ballarat

International Foto Biennale.

Exit From Eden – The Story of Lilith

Fantasy

Before Eve, there was Lilith. The Original Woman.

Director/Producer: Tritia DeViSha

Tritia DeViSha is an actress and was host, presenter

and producer of Noise TV (C31 Melbourne/

SBS). Exit From Eden is her directorial debut.

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Plunge

Drama

A romantic day trip tests the relationship of two

young lovers.

Director: Kate Lefoe

Producer: Laura Faulkner

Kate Lefoe is a director and editor based in Melbourne.

She is a recent graduate of the Masters

of Film and Television (Narrative) from the Victorian

College of the Arts.

We’re Here Now

Drama

Two sisters find themselves hiding out in a public

toilet cubicle when the youngest has to take a

pregnancy test.

Director/Producer: Nikki Richardson

Nikki hails from country Victoria. We’re Here Now

is her first film.

From Bella To Chanel –

A Day in the Life of Kristen Stewart

Comedy

Kristen Stewart is the newest face of Chane, but

is the transformation complete? A behind-thescenes

look at fame, makeup, eyes and...eyes.

Director: Tammy Weller

Producer: Claire Pearson

Claire Pearson is an actor, writer, producer and

workshop facilitator with over a decade’s experience

across theatre and film. From Bella to Chanel: A day

in the life of Kristen Stewart was screened at the

Connect Film Festival in Melbourne.

Maybe Next Time

Drama

Following an absence of seven years, Maite

returns home to deal with her father’s estate,

when she meets with her estranged best friend

who makes her face their past and talk about their

unresolved issues.

Finalist: Rouge

Director: Delfina Jaureguialzo

Producers: Delfina Jaureguialzo/Santiago

Mourino

Delfina Jaureguialzo is a Buenos Aires-based

filmmaker. She has written and directed short

films that have screen at international festivals.

She is an editor in film and television, and has

two screenplays in development.

Ravager

Science Fiction

A group of candidates apply for a rehabilitation

program that involves living through virtual reality

goggles for 12 months.

Director: Ramona Wardan

Producers: Ramona Warden/ Isabella Edwards

Ramona Wardan is a recent graduate of Swinburne’s

Film and Television course. This is her

first short film as director.

Falling

Drama

Today she leaves her past; tomorrow is a new

day. But what will tomorrow bring?

Director: Jemma Van Loenen

Finalist: Best Short Feature Metro, Rouge, Best

Acting Performance

Jemma is a Melbourne based writer and director.

Her award-winning short films have screened at

the Made In Melbourne, Melbourne Underground

at LDUB Film Festivals, among many others.

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THE RISING SUN

SUNDAY 30 APRIL 10.00 AM

The Rising Sun. Book tickets here.

The Beast Within

Drama

A man wakes up with amnesia, blood in the back

of his car and strange coordinates written on his

arm. What happened the night before?

Finalist: Best Secondary

Director/Producer: Cian Bennet

Cian Bennet is a first-time filmmaker who made

The Beast Within while finishing high school.

Yaka

Thriller

A little girl goes to battle with her inner demon,

Yaka, in order to be at peace.

Director/Producer: Thilan Ahangama

Thilan Ahangama is a VCE student who attends

Lyndale Secondary College.

Captain Drybone, Gypsy Pirate

Extraordinaire

Action/Fantasy/Comedy

Captain Drybone is afraid of waves. To overcome

his fear he must seek the magic unicorn, despite

the many perils that cross his path.

Director/producer: Dermot O’Brien

Dermot O’Brien is a 17-year-old University High

School student.

An Australian Farmer’s Story

Documentary

An inspiring biographical documentary short exploring

a cattle farmer’s achievements, passions

and memories.

Director: Jonno Kelly

Producer: Jamieson Kane

Jonno Kelly is a 2016 VCE graduate from Scotch

College. He won best documentary and best

cinematography at the Bond University Film and

Television Award 2016, and in 2014 the Gold Student

Prize at the Mt Buller Film Festival 2014.

The Goldfish Theory

Animation

An inspiring personal tale using a mix of animation

with video, The Goldfish Theory is about

making choices and feeling lost during the merge

of adolescence to adulthood.

Finalist: Best Secondary

Director: Alexander Fasso

Producer: Jamieson Kane

Alexander Fasso is a 2016 VCE graduate from

Scotch College. He won the best cinematography

award at the Booroondara Youth Film Festival in

2016.

Rose

Drama/Comedy

A young man receives an ambiguously packaged

box containing an unusual amount of silk rose

petals, as well as a card signed by an ex-lover.

He takes the box into his bathroom and attempts

to make sense of it.

Director/Producer: Tyler Bain

Tyler Bain was a secondary student when Rose

was made.

Vespula

Animation

Insects help each other out.

Finalist: Best Animation

Director: Nelson Dean

Producer: Elwood College

Nelson Dean has been making claymation for

several years. This year, he started an animation

course at Victorian College of the Arts in 2017.

Not Alone

Documentary

An informative documentary aimed at teenage

boys suffering from depression: they often find it

harder to talk about their feelings and get help.

Director: James Cottrill

Producer: Jamieson Kane

James Cottrill is a 2016 VCE graduate from Scotch

College. His film Not Alone was screened at the

Robin Anderson Film Awards in Sydney in 2016.

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Fragile

Drama/Thriller

A man seeks revenge over a lost love.

Director/Producer: Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston made this film as a VCE student

at Elwood College and is now studying film and

television at JMC Academy.

Scorpius

Narrative

A young actor attempts to navigate the realms of

insanity and personal identity, as he plays out the

role of Macbeth in a production cloaked by insidious

human forces.

Finalist: Best Secondary

Director: Sam Zagame

Producer: Jamieson Kane

Sam Zagame is a 2016 VCE Scotch

College graduate, Awarded the Council Prize for

Excellence in Media, 2014 and 2015.

Tied

Realist Drama

Carl is a young man who wants to change the

direction of his life. This causes a rift with his

close friend Andrew. This rift comes to a head

when Carl gets a job at the local bookstore and

befriends the manager Lucy.

Director: Auley Ryan

Producer: Matthew Ryan

Auley Ryan is a 15-year-old filmmaker from

Yarraville. Tied is his first film.

The Genie

Comedy

A boy learns how to become a genie. He decides

to make everyone’s wishes go wrong.

Directors/Producers: Cabramatta Public School

Class 4L and Mr S Sollorz

The class worked with Mr Sollorz for one term,

studying film and animation.

Run

Horror

Two men try to escape as zombies close in.

Director: Billie Rae

Producer: Elwood College

Billie Rae made this film as part of her VCE studies.

Portrait of a Babysitter

Horror

What happens to a series of babysitters at a

strange house.

Finalist: Best Secondary

Director/Producer: Sierra McLachlan

Sierra McLachlan made this film as her VCE

media production at Elwood College.

Tough Guys

Animation

Think you’re tough? You’re not as tough as these guys.

Directors: Fynn Randle/Truman Schlechta

Producer: Footscray Community Arts Centre

The Chopping Block

Fantasy/Comedy

Three knights capture an evil sorcerer and must

bring him to justice! But the sorcerer has other

plans in mind...

Director/Producer: Dermot O’Brien

Dermot O’Brien is a 17-year-old University High

School student and filmmaker.

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SUNDAY 30 APRIL 4.30 PM

The Palm. Book tickets here.

Milk and Honey

Comedy

Latte e Miele (Milk & Honey) is a story about the

first night in Australia for two Italian sisters meeting

their husbands for the first time.

Directors: Andrea Demetriades, Louisa Mignone

Producer: Annmaree J Bell

Milk and Honey was a finalist in the 2016 Australian

Greek Short Film Festival. Azure Productions

have produced a range of award winning short

films that have screened at over 100 film festivals

worldwide and have several feature films in

productions.

Dinner With Donna

Comedy

When Bob meets Donna for dinner he is hoping

for romance but she has something different in

mind. A twisted tale of bad science, bad food and

a very bad possum.

Director/producer: Andrew Robb

Andrew has been making short films for the past

decade. He was nominated in the Best Documentary

category at the St Kilda Film Festival,

and has received awards from the Setting Sun

Short Film Festival, including the People’s Choice

award last year for Millennium Man.

Cinders and the Seven Stage of Grief

Drama/fantasy

A classic fairy story, twisted into a girl-power

cautionary tale. With the help of a kickass fairy

godmother, a modern-day Cinderella learns happiness

only comes when you are true to yourself.

Director: Constance Washington

Producer: Jennifer Monk

The first short film from the Girls Act Good female

talent collective, this is also the directorial debut

for Constance Washington.

Caught Between the Frames

Drama

Guy and Jane are worlds apart, but a brush with

destiny assures Guy she is the one.

Director: Alaine Thompson

Producers: Alaine Thompson and Cassandra

Chiong

Alaine Thompson is currently in her final year

of her Bachelor of Communications (Media) at

RMIT and has been involved in RMITV Student

Community Television.

The Prince of Chinatown

Comedy

A young tourist returns home, to find he is still lost.

Director: Patrick Mooney

Producers: Patrick Mooney and Nadja Zimmermann

Patrick Mooney is a young independent filmmaker

based in Melbourne. He is a member of the Artist

Film Workshop, a Melbourne based group who

experiment with motion picture celluloid. The

Prince of Chinatown is his first short film since his

graduation from Swinburne School of Film and

Television.

Midnight Ice Cream Run

Animation/sci-fi comedy

Officer Jam, a 10-foot tall cop, stops at an ice

cream shop for a midnight snack. There she

meets a depressed teenager. While attempting to

talk to her, the ice cream shop is held up by a duo

of heavily armed cyborgs.

Finalist: Best Animation

Director: Johnny McPherson

Producer: Mark Lycette

A graduate from RMIT Bachelor of Design (Animation

and Interactive Media) course, Johnny

McPherson’s graduate film was shown at the

Melbourne International Animation Festival 2016.

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Heathen

Drama

To win the attention of his father, a 14-year-old

boy conducts an anthropological study on the effects

of the drought on his rural community.

Director: Siobhan Mulready

Producer: Caitlin Johnston

Siobhan Mulready is a Brisbane director who

spends most of her time making ads and the rest

of her time making films and eating cheese.

Your First Boss

Comedy

A boy works for a particularly overbearing fruit

shop owner.

Director: Jesse Maskell

Producer: Annie Thiele

Jesse Maskell’s film Road to the Grand Final,

co-directed by Mark Hellinger, won two awards at

the Setting Sun Short Film Festival in 2015. Annie

Thiele is a director, writer and producer.

We’re Here Now

Drama

Two sisters find themselves hiding out in a public

toilet cubicle when the youngest has to take a

pregnancy test.

Director/Producer: Nikki Richardson

Nikki hails from country Victoria. This is her first

film.

Don’t Change

Drama

When Cassie becomes the victim of bullying at

school, she struggles to find the reason why she

is being targeted. Don’t Change is a comingof-age

story about overcoming self-doubt and

accepting who you are.

Director: Hayley Beveridge

Producers: Pete Valley/Diana Djurcinovska

Diana Djurcinovska is a Melbourne writer who

has created two short films. Hayley Beveridge is

an actress and filmmaker.

Olympic Nick: A Donutmentary

Documentary

The true story of how a $3.7 billion dollar rail

project got derailed by an 83 year old man selling

doughnuts from a caravan.

Finalist: Best Documentary West, Best Cultural

Diversity

Directors: Rachel Morssink/Ian Tran

Producers: Ian Tran/Tessa Mansfield-Hung

Ian Tran was a physiotherapist, but his love of film

led him to Olympic Nick, his first professionallyproduced

short film. It has screened widely, with

Ian Tran receiving the Raw Nerve Initiative for

emerging filmmakers and the Gold Remi (documentary

under 60 minutes) at the 49th Worldfest

Film Festival in 2016.

iStick

Light drama

A young girl learns that there are more enjoyable

pastimes than just video games.

Director/Producer: Gary Hegedus

Gary Hegedus has spent 15 years as manager/

owner of an independent filmmaking production

company.

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SSSFF 2017 FINALISTS

WEST

Best Short Feature West Sponsored by Victoria University

One Second, Dir. Tom Vogel

Spill, Dir. Aaron L. Ellis

Uber X-Citing Day, Dir. Michael Jones, Jackson Tozek

The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco, Dir. Marina Bonofiglio

Best Documentary West Sponsored by Kindred West

Olympic Nick Dir. Ian Tran, Rachel Moorssink

Citizen Reporter Dir. Lindsay Cox

Best Director

Tom Vogel, One Second

Aaron L. Ellis, Spill

Michael Jones, Jackson Tozer Uber X-Citing Day

Marina Bonofiglio, The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco

Best Screenwriter

Aaron L. Ellis, Spill

David Nguyen, Sleep To Dream

Tom Vogel, One Second

Marina Bonofiglio, The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco

METRO

Best Short Feature Metro

Goodnight Sweetheart, Dir. Bec Peniston-Bird

No Smoking, Dir. Nerango Nero

Falling, Dir. Jemma Van Loenen

Autocarrot, Dir. Robert, P. Fantozzi, Conor A.Woods

Best Documentary Metro

The Jolly Swagman, Dir. Charby Ibrahim

No Measure for Health, Dir. Jessica Hutchison

Seeing The Land From An Aboriginal Canoe, Dir. Jary Nemo

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OPEN

Rouge Program Sponsored by Sue Maslin and Rosalie Ham

The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco, Dir. Marina Bonofiglio

Falling, Dir. Jemma Van Loenen

Maybe Next Time, Dir. Delfina Jaureguialzo

Luxville, Dir. Erin McCuskey

Best Comedy

Autocarrot, Dir. Robert P.Fantozzi, Conor A.Woods

UberXciting, Dir. Michael Jones

The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco, Dir. Marina Bonofiglio

Tallboy, Dir. Serah Nathan

Best Acting Performance

Gillian Jones, Goodnight Sweetheart

Ellmir Asipi, Spill

Greg Fleet, Noel

Sepideh Fallah, Falling

Best Animation Sponsored by Creativa Videos

Midnight Ice Cream Run, Dir. Johnny MacPherson

Vespula, Dir. Nelson Dean

More Stuff, Dir. Simone Giampaolo, Dir. Joe Kinch

The Goldfish Theory, Dir. Alexander Fasso

Best Cultural Diversity Sponsored by City of Maribyrnong

The Jolly Swagman, Dir. Charby Abrahim

Olympic Nick, Dir. Ian Tran

Goodnight Sweetheart, Dir. Bec Peniston Bird

Seeing The Land From An Aboriginal Canoe, Dir. Jary Nemo

Best Tertiary

To Be A Star Dir. Matt Bird

No Measure of Health Dir. Jessica Hutchison

The Other Man Dir. Sher Li Tan

Best Secondary Sponsored by Victoria University

The Beast Within, Dir. Cian Bennett

Rose, Dir. Tyler Bain

The Goldfish Theory, Dir. Alexander Fasso

Portrait of a Babysitter, Dir. Sierra McLachlan

The Goldfish Theory, Dir. Alexander Fasso

Scorpius, Dir. Sam Zagame

Best Film Sponsored by the Sun Theatre

Winner announced on the night and will be one of the finalists, excluding the Secondary School

Section.

People’s Choice

Audience members vote for one film screened on Opening Night. The winner will be announced

on the website.

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THANK YOU

This festival is possible because of the generous support and assistance of several people who

work quietly behind the scenes.

Shane Jacobsen for kindly volunteering his time and story for our trailer.

Michelle Finke for copywriting.

Krissa Jansson, Lewis Thorne, Sun Theatre

David Scott, Victoria University, teacher VET Metal Trades

JUDGES

Sue Maslin is an award winning producer of film, television and digital content. She has

created award winning feature and documentary films. Her most recent film is the smash hit

The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis.

Arden Pryor is a comedy writer, performer and producer. He originally started his career as a

stand-up comedian and character actor. As an actor he worked in both theatre and television,

notably playing Rebel Wilson’s mother in Fat Pizza.

Katerina Kotsonis has accumulated a diverse body of work in theatre, television and film. She

has been an active creative for short films both in front and behind the scenes. She is also co-curator

of the Greek-Australian Short Film Festival which is partnered with the Greek Film Festival.

Maria Papas is an actor who has appeared in film, TV and theatre including works for Melbourne

Fringe, the ABC, Neighbours and the Women’s Circus. She has trained with Anna McCrossin

Owen, Wendy Ward and Miranda Harcourt, amongst others. This is Maria’s second year as a

judge.

Jennifer Hallam is a film buff who despite an extensive profesional career finds time to develop

scripts and dabble in amateur photography.

Todd Asensio has had an extensive career as a media educator across a nubmer of schools in

Victoria.

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