Opening Night with Australian Shorts


Friday 18 September

Doors @ 6pm

Screening @ 7pm - 9pm (approx) Films play as numbered.

AIFF20’s opening night. An evening celebrating the very best of the festival’s Australian Short Films. the bar will be stocked SO PLEASE JOIN US for what will be an incredible evening! Let's open AIFF20 with a bang!

2.Dry Director Melanie Poole (Australia) 9:49

A bed-wetting boy desperate to go to scout camp learns a valuable life lesson from his irascible grandfather.


9.KAPArA Director Steven Hudson (Australia) 10:19

An Indigenous police officer has a date with the devil.

6.TRUE BLUE Director Bronwyn Bernardin (Australia) 17:25

A farming family suffering through a crippling drought must make a decision that will alter their lives forever.


8.The Funeral Director Paul Rochford (Australia) 7:00

A young couple attending their 4 year old daughter funeral discover that everything is not as it appears to be.

5.The HOLLOW HOURS Director Shane Anderson (Australia) 10:17

A haunted clock brings out the anxieties plaguing a newly-moved-in couple.

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4.THE TON Director Simon Tait (Australia) 10:54

A journey through the epic love of a 99 year old cricket tragic and an 87 year old sky diving pilot on a veritable collision course with their own sunsets.

1. Nadisko ft. Henning - On It  Director Shane Salvador 03:28

In the drought stricken and burning Australian landscape, faith is all but lost as no end to the harsh times seems to be in sight. In a bid of desperation, a girl dances to a higher power to bring the rain and ultimately end these relentless, unforgiving conditions.

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3.eXIT Director Dan Grinberg (Australia) - Experimental.

To sustain her reclusion, Abagail performs as a cam girl online until a chance encounter through the lens of her webcam, leads her to question the fortress she’s built around her.

7.CRACK  Directors Jake Leskarac & Sophie McDuff (Australia) 15:35

Douglas Hayes, a drug taking funeral home employee finds himself in a precarious situation after his stash finds its way into one of the bodies, and he’ll do anything to get it back.


Bending Space and Time: Getting Your Film Made

Masterclass With Director Michael O'Halloran - TICKETS $15

Saturday 19 SEPTEMBER

Doors @ 12:30PM

BEGINS @ 1.00 PM - 2:30PM (approx) Films play as numbered.

Join Michael, an award winning Brisbane based Director, Writer and Producer as he discusses working within the film and television industry in Australia through the story of Space/Time - his first Feature Film. With well over a decade's worth of experience in the Film & TV industry, Michael will bring his extensive knowledge to the table in this up close and personal event. This master class is suitable for all people interested in film making as a career or for those who simply have a passion in all things film.


Screening session two - TICKETS $15

Saturday 19 SEPTEMBER

Doors @ 3:00PM

Screening @ 3:30PM - 5:30PM (approx) Films play as numbered.


Join us for an afternoon screening of animations, experimental films and SHORT FILMS from some of the world's top filmmakers. Producer Kairavi Desai and Director Travis Vetier from the incredibly powerful Documentary “In Bardo” will join festival host Richard Lawton for a very special Q & A at the completion of screenings. This will definitely be one of the many highlights of AIFF20.

4.A Woman's Calling Director Ivy Staker (Australia) 6:11 - Documentary.

Doomadgee women look beyond themselves, rekindling a sense of purpose by helping Papua New Guinea women in extreme poverty.


2.MILD Director Daniel Woods (Australia) 03:37 - Documentary.

Campbell Sims expresses on what it's like to grow up having a learning difficulty in and out of school, whilst talking about how different things such as art has helped him get through life.

12.In Bardo Director Travis Vetier (Australia) 11:32 - Documentary.

His people still in exile, his country forgotten, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal retraces his stripped past and reminds us of his nation's enduring perseverance through his greatest gift, his voice.


7."Nubivagant" Director Jacob Kupferman (USA) 14:50 - Documentary.

In the summer of 2018, an American climbing team completed a free ascent of the Pico Cão Grande tower in São Tomé & Principe.

10.JIMBO Director Kelly Conlin (Canada) 03:00 - Documentary.

A look into the work of multifaceted queer artist JIMBO Insell.


3.ALIGN Director R.E. Wolfe (UK) 07:22 - Experimental.

Ballet and pole dance align as one. The juxtaposition between the two crafts is demonstrated throughout, but choices also allow the audience to see the parallels between the two crafts..

1.Division Series  Director HO KWON KIM (South Korea) 06:00 - Animation.

Prime Minister Abe goes into KFC (Kennedy Fried Chicken) stores to buy chicken, but chicken is already sold out. At the next table, presidents from various countries start playing cards to win the last chicken basket.


11.Nothing to say Director Aubry Mintz (USA) 09:35 Animation.

TA Turtle challenges the zookeeper and other animals by not speaking on command to receive his food. By revealing his story to the others, the turtle exposes themes of exile and being a refugee in a land that provides for the body at the cost of the soul.

5.BADA  Director Songji Kim (South Korea) 03:41 Animation.

A woman sees parallels between her life and that of her dead goldfish.


9.LAST MEMORY Director Neil P George (Korea) 12:00

The Last Memory is a poetic homage to the death of a young Yemeni champion, who tragically lost his life at sea, whilst seeking refuge from the ongoing war in Yemen.

6.FACING THE SKY Director Celine Lochmeier (Switzerland) 03:05 Experimental.

We are all part of one big colorful painting.

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8.Go back forward Director Marialejandra Martin (Venezuela) 09:16

Coco reaches her drama class at the last moment. Allowed to take a seat on stage she embarks a trip into her past for a very special sensory encounter…

CLOSING NIGHT with International Shorts


Saturday 19 september

Doors @ 5:30PM

Screening @ 6:00PM - 8:00PM (approx)

AWARDS @ 8:00pm - 9:00pm (APPROX)

Last but definitely not least, AIFF20 presents some of the very best shorts from all over the world - we’re finishing our screening sessions off with a bang.

5.ANNA Director Dekel Berenson (UK) 14:59.

Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.


2.POACHED Director Jesse Lin (USA) 18:43

Jack, a mysterious loner, is confronted by an unexpected visitor, one who threatens to bring the demons of his past crashing down on his idyllic new life.

3.THE DANCING KETTLE Director Takeshi Kanabay (Japan) 11:00

A mysterious package arrives, shape shifting ensues and a rescuer is rewarded her kindness.


7.Suspense Directors Jacob Burghart & Ben Burghart (USA) 6:55

Having survived a harrowing plane crash, an army pilot finds himself suspended from a canopy of trees high above the forest floor by his parachute. After making contact with his co-pilot on the ground, they realize that something might be watching..

4.Green Screen Director Mangesh Sapkal (Australia / India) 15:24

A young boy fascinated with the idea of magic tries to fulfill his dream of having a mother and her love.

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1.LONELY HEARTS Director Dennis Cahlo (USA) 16:30

Celeste, a lonely outcast, searches for love and understanding online and meets a charming man who has a much different date night in mind.

6.Maurice Director Nicolas Bridot (France) 04:35

A young, homeless teen enthralled by the idea of a gangster lifestyle, pursues his dreams of high mafioso status by living in a world of mythomania where he bumbles his way up the gangster ladder of success.