Opening Night w/ Australian Shorts
Friday 1 November
Doors @ 6pm
Screening @ 7pm - 9pm (approx)
AIFF19’s opening night. An evening celebrating the very best of the festival’s Australian Short Films, as well as a keynote speech from Tristan Barr, director of Australia's first single take film 'Watch The Sunset.' Nibbles will be provided, and the bar will be stocked! Let's open AIFF19 with a bang!
Cooee Directed by Toby Morris
Drinking, smoking and smashing their way through a family’s house, a group of girls come into contact with what is real and what is fake about themselves.
Daily Bread Directed by Ruby Challenger
In an Indonesian WWII internment camp women and children face a daily struggle against abuse, disease and starvation as the Camp Commandant’s beloved white fluffy cat feasts on fresh juicy meat.
FLIP Directed by Oliver Bailey & Oliver Crawford Smith
Flip is a juxtaposition of narratives which explore the themes of miscommunication, reminiscence and resolution.
The True History of Billie the kid Directed by Leticia Caceres
Billie visits her ageing father in jail, revealing that her childhood in his care was not as safe and happy as he might have believed.
PUB_TALK Directed by Jake Taylor
A young man with down syndrome seeks connection at his local pub, but it's another night of feeling like no one understands him.
My Name is Mohamed and Raghad, We Don't Exist Here Anymore Directed by Ali Mousawi
Two asylum seeker children race home from school to care for their gravely ill father; as the bureaucratic world closes in around their family.
Konya Directed by Isaac Lindsay
Grace dreams about the past until an unexpected opportunity to seek solace and atonement for the mistakes of the past is presented – but only if she’s prepared to forgive and be forgiven.
NORM Directed by Amanda Kaye
A man's fantasy about killing his overbearing wife sees him questioning the difference between imagination and reality.
Night Fill Directed by Joel Stephen Fleming
Phil must face his biggest fear after being left alone in a grocery store during his night shift.
Let's Get Real - 1
Saturday 2 November
Doors @ 3:30PM
Screening @ 4:00PM - 6PM (approx)
AIFF19’s first afternoon of superb documentary films sourced from all corners of the globe. Informative and enriching, AIFF has some very documentaries to share in 2019. You don’t want to miss tHEM
Courage for the long haul Directed by Rani Brown
Community processes unite beyond political affiliation to help protect our life support systems on Earth within a movement of untold thousands.
Stuck on a Rock Directed by Asher Flatt
Ball's Pyramid is the tallest sea stack in the world, a monolithic rock jutting from the Pacific Ocean and the sight of one of the most remarkable rediscoveries of the 21st century.
Stuart X Directed by Thibault Upton
After 40 years in psychiatric hospitals at 60 Stuart was correctly diagnosed with Fragile X. He now has a set of processes and care that provide him with an entirely different quality of life.
The Man of the Trees Directed bY Andrea Trivero
Daniel, who survived polio as a child, decided he could take two paths: begging or taking my life in hand and devoting himself to work with dignity. Now, a senior horticulturist, his story is truly inspirational.
Shangri La Directed by Carlo Christian Spano
After reading the fantasy novel “Lost Horizon”, a Beijing white-collar Chinese worker begins an extraordinary journey with a backpack to find his “Shangri-La”.
SATURDAY 2 November
Doors @ 6:30PM
Screening @ 7:00PM - 9:00PM (approx)
It’ll get saucy, scary and a little bit different - AIFF presents ‘After Dark.’ AIFF19’s adults only screening has films that we have to show, but also let you know - you'll need to find a babysitter. Come and enjoy a drink at Metro Arts, and have some fun with films from all submission categories, from Australia and beyond.
NameLess Directed by Luca Nistler
A child-robot talks about her dream to her mother. A dream taking place within a dark theatre.
Mosul 980 Directed by Ali Mohammed Saeed
A 17 year old Yazidi girl disguised in ISIS uniform tries to escape from ISIS. She finds no way to break free, but a military vehicle set with explosives.
Cuban Queens Directed by Warren Bass
An exploration of ninety-nine evolving images of Havana's street divas through rhythmic construction and de-construction.
A Sweet Man
Directed by Javier Chavanel
For the sorrowful Gustavo, it was an ordinary night: an uninspiring, silent night. But suddenly, fun knocked on this door… and it wouldn't leave until it had run its course.
Soldier of Comedy
Directed by Duke Howard
Comedian Tommy Bissett appears to value comedy above all else - though a devastating methamphetamine addiction might change all that.
F*** Directed by Kiril Shmidov
A Millennial Man and a Millenial Woman attempt to have Millennial Sex.
Directed by Avner Pinchover
A man hurls chairs at a wall in what seems to be a holy-rage attack.
Evestronger Directed by silvia conesa
Will Marta and David, a couple politically committed and somewhat anti-capitalist, follow the "Evströnger" instructions to the letter? Or, on the contrary, will they escape from the diabolical capitalist loop that grips us all.
Directed by Daniel Krige
When buying chocolates and flowers for grandma just isn't enough...
The Chicken Dinner Show Directed by Nicholas James Leo
Chicken Dinner hosts his own TV show which features special guests who this week discuss their opinions of Donald Trump.
Triskelion Directed by Stuart T Birchall
Three realities spiral as a woman sacrifices everything attempting to escape the labyrinth, fighting to become the master of her consciousness.
CUT OFF Directed by RYAN CAUCHI
A true millennial horror story
MIX Directed by Kotoko Nakamura
A “lie” hidden within a happy-looking family. For what, for whom is this secret kept?
Lets Get Real - 2
Sunday 3 November
Doors @ 2PM
Screening @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM (approx)
We had so many great documentaries this year, one screening session just wasn’t enough! AIFF19’s second doco screening is just as good as the first. Informative and enriching, AIFF has some awesome documentaries to share in 2019.
GROUND RUSH Directed by Annabelle Meyer
Ground Rush follows Alex Miziuk, a young BASE jumper determined to live his life on (and over) the edge.
Wanasika - an awakaning of indiginous knowledge Directed by Florence Allen, Rose Bird, Willie Ermine, Preston Gardypie, Gilbert Kewistep, Mary Lee & MArgaret Reynolds
From the fields and forests of First Nations lands across Saskatchewan, a group of Elders address the importance of Indigenous knowledge.
Carving the Divine Directed by Yujiro Seki
A rare look into the life and artistic process of Busshi – practitioners of a 1400 year lineage of woodcarving that’s at the heart of Japanese, Mahayana Buddhism.
Around the World w/ International Shorts
SUNDAY 3 November
Doors @ 4:30PM
Screening @ 5PM - 7PM (approx)
Last but definitely not least, AIFF19 presents some of the very best shorts from all over the world - we’re finishing our screening sessions off with a bang.
On Air Directed by Bastiaan Rook
Brian, who got stuck in a rut, receives a call during his broadcast that doesn't turn into a pleasant conversation.
Directed by t.j. Yoshizaki
In the crime capital of the world, an LAPD officer was having a just another bad day... or not.
Kopacabana Directed by Marcos Bonisson & Khalil Charif
Set in the neighbourhood of Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images.
Oslo Directed by Ali Shady Srour
Ziad, a Palestinian day laborer, is denied entry into Israel for work that day. Not wanting to return home empty handed after promising his daughter meat for dinner, he needs to make some hard choices.
SOUND Directed by Tawan Bazemore
Photographer Isabelle Pisano becomes hearing-impaired after a violent car accident and she struggles to cope. In the muffled and scary new normal something beautifully-terrifying happens...
EXT Directed by Adrian Bobb
A humanoid war machine, leads a team of five robot-bound digital-humans into the real world.
Beyond Her Lens Directed by Tereza Hirsch
Inspired by the life and work of female conflict-zone photographer Jana Andert, Beyond Her Lens follows Alex's (portrayed by prominent Czech actress Lucie Vondrackova) return to Prague as she attempts to piece together a sense of normalcy after shooting footage in Mosul, Iraq.
Smack Edd Directed by Ali GREG Hall
Heroin addict Edd unexpectedly turns up to his son Patrick’s eighth birthday celebration. Mum Fran and her new partner Mark must do everything to make sure he doesn’t ruin the party.