Monday 8th March 2010,
Australian Film Television & Radio School,
130 Bent St, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
6pm for screening 6.30pm


Two Award winning short films Plastic and Look Sharp produced by AFTRS

PLASTIC /   7 minutes 26 secs
Director / writer:  Sandy Widyanata     Producer:  Courtney Wise

Whilst Anna is preparing for a first date with Henry, a man she has secretly loved for years, everything goes wrong. Thus begins Anna’s downward spiral of self-criticism. If only she could change a few things about how she looks. If she can, will she? And… how far is too far?

ATOM Awards Nominated for Best Tertiary Short Fiction Film, Visual Effects Society Awards
Nominated for Most Outstanding Visual Effects in a student project
Los Angeles, U S A, In the Bin Film Festival, Best Sharp Short, Currumbin, Australia

LOOK SHARP /     9 minutes
Director / writer:  Amy Gebhardt      Producer:  Ben Commens

After spending a drunken night together, Jo, a photographer, is compelled to capture the emotional truth beneath the rough exteriors of Sharpie gang members, Darren and Jason. But to what lengths will she go in the name of art?

Inspired by the art of Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus and Carol Jerrems, Look Sharp is a gripping one-scene psychological drama set in 1970s Melbourne.

[Sharpies (also known as Sharps) were members of suburban youth gangs in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in Melbourne. The term comes from their focus on looking sharp. The dress and dance styles were strongly influenced by the British ska, mod and skinhead subcultures. Sharpies were known for being violent, although a strict moral code was also evident.]

Awards and Recognitions

Winner Best Student Production, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2006
Winner Best Direction, Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2007
Winner Best Film, My Queer Career, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2007
Winner Best Actor (Rhonnda Findleton), St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne (joint) Australia, 2007
Winner Special Jury Prize, Best Narrative Short, Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2007
Winner Jury Prize, Post Alley Film Festival, Seattle, USA, 2008


Director / Writer: Susan Cohen       Producers Alisa Wiegers, Amy Sommer, David Newsom

Struggling to come to terms with her life and marriage after breast cancer, Julia gets more than she bargained for when she attends a bridal shower and finds herself locked in a bathroom with a stranger. OPEN YOUR EYES is a poignant and humorous look at our complex relationship with breasts, each other and what it really means to be whole.

Winner:  WOW Best International Short Film Award, Canada International Film Festival
Winner – Best Director, Vancouver, Canada, February 2009 (Film Festival)

Beverly Hills Shorts Film Festival
Winner – Best Film, Best Drama, Best Actress (Traci Dinwiddie), Best Director
Beverly Hills, U S A, February 2009 (Film Festival)

Anchorage International Film Festival
Winner – Best Short Film. Anchorage, U S A, December 2008 (Film Festival)

Palm Springs International ShortFest
Winner – Alexis Award for Most Promising Student Filmmaker, Palm Springs, U S A
August 2008 (Film Festival)

American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women Showcase
Winner – American Film Institute Jean Picker Firstenberg Award for Excellence DWW 2008, Los Angeles,
U S A, May 2008


Australia’s exclusive screening of the International Program of short films selected by Women in Film & Television International to celebrate films made by women as part of the worldwide commemoration of International Women’s Day.  Featuring outstanding shorts by some of today’s best female directors.
On the Cliffs, Arpoador, URSA Dream, Hand Sum, A Warm and Comforting Home, Kylie Goldstein/All American

ON THE CLIFFS / 15 minutes
Director: Lisa M. Perry – USA

Film Synopsis: Best friends Penelope and Dora are the producers and stars of a local cable access show devoted to staging classics such as Macbeth and Moby Dick, only the productions are based on the Cliff’s Notes version of the novels rather than the classics themselves. Problems rise to the surface when Penelope and Dora attempt their interpretation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. This documentary-style short follows the friends as they deconstruct the plot–and each other.

Director bio: After graduating with honors in directing and acting from Skidmore College,
Perry moved to NYC where she began producing plays.  In 2001 she moved to Toronto to work on A&E’s Nero Wolf.  Upon returning to New York she began work on several independent films, including IFC’s IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN. In 2004, Lisa co-founded Sloane Road Productions with fellow NYWIFT member Jessie Hutcheson.

Winner Best Short Comedy – Ohio Independent Film Festival 2004
USA Film Festival Finalist 2005
Best of CineWomen 2005

ARPOADOR / 4 minutes
Director: Fernanda Ramos / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Synopsis: A day at Arpoador (Brazil), told with still photographs.

Director Bio: Since graduating in Cinema Studies from São Paulo University, Fernanda has been working in the audiovisual market for eight years. She has directed projects featuring photographic animation, video installations, theatrical performances, opening titles for feature films, video-clips and video-screenplays, alongside her work as a freelance photographer on graphic projects.

She is a sought-after speaker who has participated in numerous panels, courses and workshops. She has been interviewed about her work for print, electronic and television media.

Selected for Special Screening: Flickerfest, Sydney, Australia 2007
Official Selection: 14 Gramado CineVideo, Special Jury Award Winner 2006
Official Selection: Canadian Film Centre’s WorldWide Short Film Festival 2006
Official Selection: Mexico_ Expresion En Corto 2006
Official Selection: Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival 2005

URSA DREAM / 6 minutes
Director: Kate Brown / New Mexico, USA
Synopsis:  A young girl from an unnamed tribe is drawn into a ceremony where she begins a frenzied dance that will change her life forever.  Hand drawn and painted animation.
Director Bio: Kate Brown discovered animation after 40 years of work as a potter. In 2001, she enrolled as an undergraduate at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and discovered her passion to study animation. URSA DREAM is her first film, with each frame drawn or painted using techniques developed in her work with clay. She plans to continue to work in both clay and animation.  She ponders whether the eventual outcome will be her own form of claymation.
First Place: Animation / Second Place: Best of the Festival:
Port Townsend Film Festival, WA 2005
Official Selection: NYWIFT/ Hamptons International Film Festival: To the Point 2006

Spiritual Film Festival: Goa, Thailand and India 2006
Santa Fe Film Festival 2005
Organ Mountain Film Festival, Las Cruces NM 2005

HAND SUM / 8min, 3 secs
Director: Eva Colmers  – Canada
Film Synopsis: – Miro moves through life without much conviction until a magical incident prompts an escape from the routine of her daily life.  Miro climbs onto a cloud, listens to the birds and has an adventure.  Shot as stunning shadow projection and rich in images, HAND SUM is driven by a compelling rhythm.  Miro is the allegorical “everyone”, searching for the meaning of life.

Director bio – Many years ago, Eva Colmers travelled to the islands of Java and Bali and fell in love with shadow theatre. In Hand Sum, she tries to incorporate some of the wayang kulit elements into her screen work. Eva has created a variety of film work which includes short films, film scripts, a documentary with the National Film Board of Canada and a PSA.  Her work has been seen at national and international festivals as well as on television.  Eva is also very active in her film and theatre community.  She loves photography and likes to travel.

Director: Annette Apitz / New York, USA

Film Synopsis: Using ’60s home movies of the filmmaker as well as quotes and events from her life, the director examines her complicated relationship with her mother.

Director Bio: Annette received her B.A. at McGill University in Montreal and her M.F.A from Columbia University’s Film School. Screenings for her short films include the Hamptons Film Festival, the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, the KarlovyVary Film Festival, the Florida Film Festival, PBS, HBO Latin America, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and MOMA. For her thesis film, A River in India, Annette received the New Line Cinema Award at Columbia and won awards at the Austin Film Festival, the Crested Butte Reel Fest and Film Fest New Haven. Annette is currently developing her first feature film, Fighting Fish, and is completing her script Phoenix, a thriller.

NYWIFT/ Hamptons International Film Festival: TO THE POINT 2006
Austin Film Festival, USA 2007

Director: Eva Saks – USA

Film Synopsis: KYLIE GOLDSTEIN, ALL AMERICAN is the story of Kylie, a little girl adopted from China who is now an American Goldstein.

Director bio: Eva Saks has written/directed for SESAME STREET, Nickelodeon, Time Warner Cable, UPN and the Independent Film Channel (currently airing her CONFECTION and COLORFORMS).  Her FAMILY VALUES (available on Netflix) won a Student Academy Award, screening at Sundance, Telluride and Tribeca. She has a law degree from Yale and an MFA in Filmmaking from NYU (2005).  She is developing “family-friendly” film and television projects.

~ by wowfilmfestival on March 7, 2010.

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