MDFF: Short Session 1

Plus filmmaker Q&A

I WANT YOU TO KNOW
Director: Gabriel Morrison
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

When a seven-year-old girl accompanies her mother to the market in occupied Krasnodar, she doesn't realize how much is truly at stake.

BEEMAN
Director: Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere
Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festival

A local conservationist saves an unwanted swarm of bees from extermination using his gift: the ability to communicate with honeybees.

HAPPY ANDROID
Director: Jaina Kalifa
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere
Previous Festivals: Hot Docs

Street performer Paul Cooper brings joy to audiences around the world with his endearing roving act Tubby the Robot, yet he struggles to find joy within himself. Paul and Tubby inhabit very different worlds – one full of sorrow and alienation, the other filled with happiness and love. In this film the two worlds collide, leading to an exploration of family, mental illness and the transformative.

SMILE
Director: Harriet Mckern
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

A heart-warming exploration of photographer Tawfik Elgazzar's community art project, Flash Hub, which provides free portraits for locals and passers-by in Sydney’s inner west. The film celebrates individuality, cultural diversity and the joy of a photographer seeing his subjects smile.

AFTER THE TSUNAMI
Director: Mark Hellinger
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

Sri Lankan survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami reflect on the event, impact, and aftermath of the tragedy.

MIKA YAMASAKI
Director: Ting Ni
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

A Zen-style short documentary for Melbourne based artist Mika Yamasaki.

KISS THE BOY
Director: Jayde Harding
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

Do women kiss men they don't want to? Five women share their stories of why they have, what they’ve learnt and what it means about our society.

RESTORATION ISLAND
Director: Aubrey Comben
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

After the collapse of his business and personal life in the 1987 stock market crash, ex-corporate businessman David Glasheen has now spent 21 years living on Restoration Island. Using the island as an escape from the stresses of society, David, now 75 years old, reflects on what it was that led him towards this alternative way of living - isolated from the norms of society.

BREATH
Director: Ulises Fierro
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere

Fear, breathing, movement, presence. BREATH is an inside look at Margarita Cardoso’s process as she climbs one of the most technically difficult and beautiful routes at Los Dinamos, Mexico City.

AFTER THE FIRE
Director: Derek Knowles and Spencer Seibert
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere
Previous Festivals: Tribeca Film Festival

AFTER THE FIRE follows residents of Sonoma Valley as they struggle to find their places in a community that has been reshaped overnight by the historic Northern California wildfires. It is an intimate look at what they’ve lost, what they’ve gained, and what happens next, after the fire.

TAPUME
Director: Hugo Faraco
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere
Previous Festivals: Doc NYC

Tapume in Portuguese means construction wall, and that's where Brazilian artist Luiz d'Orey finds the material for his collages. In this short film we follow his creative process from the streets, to the studio, and back to the streets.

THURSDAY FIELDS
Director: Harry Zernike
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere
Previous Festivals: Big Sky Film Festival, Doc NYC

A diverse cast of characters gathers every Thursday evening at a defunct airport in Brooklyn. Native New Yorkers and new immigrants; Wall Street traders and construction tradesmen; they come to race bicycles on Floyd Bennett Field’s crumbling, windswept tarmac. The competition is merciless, and the rewards are many.

Legend Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed captions or audio description available for individual use for this session, captions DO NOT appear on-screen.

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

Rating E
Genre Documentary
Running Time 140
Language
D PDF sessions Closed Caption GIFT CARDS hAPPY hOUR NT Live Met Opera