2019 Program

Opening Night - Friday 31st May

Over 18’s Screening

Watch and have a wine with us at opening night

@ The Backlot Studios, 65 Haig St, Southbank.

Doors: 7:00PM

Screening: 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Held at this cosy cinema in the heart of Southbank, this evening will be the official launch of the Melbourne International Youth Film Festival!

Click the link below to purchase tickets for this event.

Films

Црни и Криви (BLACKY AND FAULTY):

When two not-so-bright friends find themselves penniless and beer-less, they decide to rob a store using toy guns and plastic masks.

DIRECTOR: Marko Dzambazoski

WRITER: Marko Dzambazoski

FILM TYPE: Live action

GENRE: Comedy

RUNTIME: 11:29

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Macedonia

FILM LANGUAGE: Macedonian (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

SINCERELY ANTHONY:

A young man comes to terms with his best friend’s suicide through an imagined note left behind.

DIRECTOR: Max Shoham

WRITER: Max Shoham

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Drama

RUNTIME: 1:08

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: PG

LA TRIVIA ESPACIAL ALEATORIA (RANDOM SPACE TRIVIA):

Pablo spends his time remembering old achievements from the age of aerospace. However, his routine gets interrupted by a TV personality, who invites him to participate in a TV show.

DIRECTOR: José Andrés Aguayo

WRITER: Juan Esparza

FILM TYPE: Live Action

GENRE: Drama

RUNTIME: 09:21

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ecuador

FILM LANGUAGE: Spanish (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

PLIASHKA (BOTTLE):

A life story of a bottle that can express emotions, feel and dream.

DIRECTOR: Yegor Bondarenko

WRITER: Yegor Bondarenko

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Comedy

RUNTIME: 3:44

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ukraine

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: G

MILLIGRAMMES:

Louise, who is on heavy medication, makes the world around her a nightmarish reality.

DIRECTOR: Marianne Marsac

WRITER: Marianne Marsac

FILM TYPE: Experimental

GENRE: Drama

RUN TIME: 03:14

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France

FILM LANGUAGE: French (no dialogue)

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

CANNIBAL CAT:

After his family is killed, a cat is forced to fight to protect his new home.

DIRECTOR: Andrew Martin

WRITER: Andrew Martin

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Black comedy

RUNTIME: 04:08

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

SWEET LIKE SUGAR:

Exploring ‘sugar dating’ platforms in Singapore, two anonymous women recount their experiences of becoming ‘sugar babies’.

DIRECTOR: Chin Yun Ru

WRITER: Chin Yun Ru

FILM TYPE: Live Action

GENRE: Documentary

RUNTIME: 11:57

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Singapore

FILM LANGUAGE: English/English subtitles

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

چرخ‍‌عشق (CYCLOVE):

A heartbroken man grapples with his emotions after his partner leaves him, struggling to find a way back to reality.

DIRECTOR: Seyed Emad Karimifard

WRITER: Seyed Emad Karimifard

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Romance

RUN TIME: 03:30

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Iran

FILM LANGUAGE: Arabic (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: PG

SCENE FROM THE MEN’S TOILETS AT A CEILIDH:

Rory and Dan discuss unaddressed unanswered questions about their relationship whilst a family gathering occurs outside.

DIRECTOR: Louis Norris

WRITER: Louis Norris

FILM TYPE: Live Action

GENRE: LGBT/Romance

RUNTIME: 10:00

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

Australiana Afternoon - Saturday 1st June

Films from close to home. An afternoon of Australian made cinema. Featuring special session: Meet the Maker – Industry Q & A.

@RMIT University, Building 80, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

Doors: 2:00PM

Screening: 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Meet the Maker – Industry Q & A.

An opportunity to hear from industry professionals from varied fields of film.

Followed by a Q & A session where audience members can pitch questions regarding making a career in film, predictions for the future of film and how best youths can make their mark in the cinema sphere.

Click the link below to purchase tickets for this event.

 

Films

DIRTY SING:

A couple comes up with a new, inventive way, to spice things up in the bedroom.

DIRECTOR: Andrew Mills

WRITER: Rhett Hughes & Helena Ruse

FILM TYPE: Live action

GENRE: Comedy

RUNTIME: 3:06

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: MA15+

184 CUPS OF TEA:

A girl tries to navigate her way through an important life decision and when faced with overwhelming choices, realises that a cup of tea with her mum is more than a source of comfort.

DIRECTOR: Lauren Hunter

WRITER: Lauren Hunter

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Biopic/drama

RUNTIME: 04:05

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: PG

GRAVE EXPECTATIONS:

A young grave robber digs the grave of a recently deceased woman, who turns out to be not as deceased as he was led to believe.

DIRECTOR: Andy Burkitt

WRITER: Andy Burkitt

FILM TYPE: Live action

GENRE: Black comedy

RUNTIME: 06:04

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

IRONY:

A film that explores the relationship between humans and technology.

DIRECTOR: Radheya Jegatheva

WRITER: Radheya Jegatheva

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Dystopian

RUNTIME: 07:53

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: PG

LIMBO:

Caught between two different cultures, Li tries to find a sense of belonging.

DIRECTOR: Gwendolyn Lin

WRITER: Gwendolyn Lin

FILM TYPE: Live action

GENRE: Coming of age

RUNTIME: 05:26

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

FILM LANGUAGE: English/Mandarin (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: G

BRADLEY BICKLEMAN & THE PERFECT HOUSE:

Bradley lives in a house, not just any house, but the perfect house. However, Bradley’s perfect lifestyle starts to unravel when a mysterious young boy starts to appear on his doorstep.

DIRECTOR: Brendan Schoenmaker

WRITER: Brendan Schoenmaker

FILM TYPE: Live Action

GENRE: Comedy/Drama

RUNTIME: 10:00

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: PG

Closing Night - Saturday 1st June

The final affair, featuring all the festive flair! We’ll be rollin out the red carpet. Awards will be announced, and all creators celebrated!

@RMIT University, Building 80, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

Doors: 7:00PM

Screening: 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Kick on in celebratory style at local student hot spot ….. where pints will be a plenty.

Click the link below to purchase tickets for this event.

Films

SAURN U LAVU (SATURN IN LEO):

Isolated creatures, each in their own world spend their day’s completing monotonous tasks in search of meaning.

DIRECTOR: Anna Šagadin

WRITER: Anna Šagadin

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Sci-fi

RUNTIME: 04:44

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Croatia

FILM LANGUAGE: Croation (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: PG

À CHACUN SA MALÉDICTION (COUNT YOUR CURSES):

In a town where supernatural beings are a part of everyday life, two roommates go to find a replacement spirit for their house after their last two have mysteriously disappeared.

DIRECTOR:Lorène Yavo

WRITER: Lorène Yavo

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Comedy/Fantasy

RUNTIME: 08:30

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Belgium

FILM LANGUAGE: French (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: PG

THROUGH:

A young man becomes infatuated with his neighbour but is unsure if his feelings are reciprocated.

DIRECTOR: Wang Daotian

WRITER: Wang Daotian

FILM TYPE: Live Action

GENRE: LGBT/Drama

RUNTIME: 09:21

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: China

FILM LANGUAGE: Mandarin (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: PG

TRIBU (TRIBE):

In a fancy restaurant, five privileged business women decide to hold a banquet in order to raise money for the poor children in Africa.

DIRECTOR: Sergi Merchan

WRITER: Sergi Merchan

FILM TYPE: Live Action

GENRE: Comedy

RUNTIME: 09:43

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Spain

FILM LANGUAGE: Spanish (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: M15+

MY DAD IS ORANGE:

A documentary exploring the effects of synesthesia, a cognitive phenomenon where it is possible to smell sounds and taste colours.

DIRECTOR: Elle Ralph

WRITER: Elle Ralph

FILM TYPE: Mixed media

GENRE: Documentary

RUNTIME: 07:07

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: G

Поки не стане чорним (UNTIL IT TURNS BLACK):

As a young girl begins to lose her sight uses photography a way of documenting the world as she once saw.

DIRECTOR: Anastasiia Falileieva

WRITER: Anastasiia Falileieva

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Drama

RUNTIME: 06:23

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ukraine

FILM LANGUAGE: Japanese (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: PG

PENABER (REFUGEE):

A mother and daughter escape their current life with the use of a 3D slide viewer.

DIRECTOR: Ramazan Kiliç

WRITER: Ramazan Kiliç

FILM TYPE: Live action

GENRE: Drama

RUNTIME: 02:52

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Turkey

FILM LANGUAGE: Arabic/Kurdish (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: PG

暑假最後一天 (THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER):

On the last day of summer, a group of children decide to ring out the end of their holidays with a big celebration.

DIRECTOR: Tzu-Chan Chou, Hsin-Hsuan Yeh, Tzu-Ying Chen

WRITER: Tzu-Chan Chou, Hsin-Hsuan Yeh, Tzu-Ying Chen

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Drama

RUNTIME: 03:55

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Taiwan

FILM LANGUAGE: Taiwanese (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: PG

MAGIC PLAY:

A shy young wizard-in-training is forced into a play date with an outgoing young witch, who is unpredictable with her magic.

DIRECTOR: Natasha Cánepa

WRITER:Natasha Cánepa

FILM TYPE: Animation

GENRE: Comedy

RUN TIME: 03:26

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

FILM LANGUAGE: English

CLASSIFICATION: G

FUCK LES GARS (SCREW THE BOYS):

After experiencing her first heartbreak, Anaïs declares war on all the boys in 6th grade.

DIRECTOR: Anthony Coveney

WRITER: Marie-Andrée Brière & Anthony Coveney

FILM TYPE: Live action

GENRE: Comedy/Coming of age

RUNTIME: 08:08

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

FILM LANGUAGE: French (English subtitles)

CLASSIFICATION: M15+