The inaugural Accelerator programme brings together some of Victoria and New Zealand's brightest filmmaking prospects. We're proud to present a selection of the participants' celebrated short films
Two Cars, One Night (New Zealand, D Taika Waititi) (Winner of the Panorama Short Film Award at the 2004 Berlinale, this is a tale of first love, set in the unlikeliest of places.
Heartworm (Australia, D Ben Chessell) Daniel has a crush that has taken over his life. To make matters worse, he's moving into a street with her name.
My Sister (Australia, D Yen Ooi) This beautifully photographed and conceived vignette tells of a young Chinese-Australian girl who's struggling with her cultural identity, and traditions that she doesn't understand.
His Father's Shoes (New Zealand, D Samantha Scott) A vagabond son returns home to collect his inheritance. The comedic interaction that results between parents and son only serves to highlight their estrangement.
Where is She' (Australia, D Richard Vette) Medical controversy. Questionable psychiatric methods. Secret footage in grainy Super8. Interviews with those who suspected something. Where is She' presents the bizarre facts of some strange goings on in the world of psycho-therapy.
Closer (New Zealand, D David Rittey) A poignant film about a deaf boy, coming to terms with the death of his sister. Screened at Cannes .
As Dreams Are Made On (New Zealand, D Gabriel Reid) It never rains, it pours for Reuben Mills, a struggling yet talented young actor. A rainy night provides the perfect backdrop for a series of calamities that culminate in a liberating decision.
Mona Lisa (Australia, D Sotiris Dounoukos) Over a single night in their small suburban home, widow Helen and her only child, George, 34, play out a volatile family ritual as they struggle with the intensity and intimacy of their co-dependent lives.
Accelerator is a Melbourne International Film Festival initiative in partnership with Film Victoria and the New Zealand Film Commission, and in association with Dendy Films and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
A solitary mole man's routine existence is rocked by the arrival of a potential companion. With his desire for contact at war with his suspicion of others, the mole man makes a series of attempts to … More »
'Abbas Kiarostami has had extensive influence on world filmmaking over his 30-year career, particularly in Iran and developing countries. 10 on Ten,a self-contained masterclass on cinema, succinctly … More »
Singapore'Growing up in the world's most oppressive nanny state can be bad for your mental health, and 15 tells it like it is. 26-year-old Royston Tan's social satire has given local censors their bi… More »
Hong Kong/China, 2004
20: 30: 40 Hong Kong/ChinaSex and the City Taipei-style. Nominated for the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, this irresistible film from Sylvia Chang is a fun and entertaining romantic… More »
2D or Not 2DNetherlands/Canada When Paul Driessen unleashes his legendary imagination, things are never as they seem to be. 2D or Not 2D is a love story that illustrates the human capacity to spin fi… More »