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Youth Film Festival

Jonah Brack, the 21-year-old son of a wealthy family, seems to have it all. So why does he leave it all behind with a sunkissed goodbye? A French anthropologist comes to Australia to ask just this question. Seen through his eyes, the film is an outsider's attempt to understand Australia's beach ... Read more
A fight ensues in the bathroom of a disco. Two girls taunt their friend. Nobody takes notice. The fight gets out of hand. Why? What does this tell us about personal relationships based on life inexperience? ... Read more
Ngal, a 19 year old Koorie boy, is caught between cultures. He lives in the city but yearns for reconnection with his ancestral heritage. Ngal was named after his dreaming, Ngalyod meaning rainbow serpent. As he seeks to reconnect he faces a turbulent journey as Western culture impacts on his ... Read more
Tessa is 13 years old and 'kinda fat', something which is not a problem for her but seems to be a problem for everyone else. Tessa has no problem accepting herself but ponders the question "How do you get other people to?" ... Read more
... ... The first adaptation of Tim Winton's work to be made for the screen translates the evoca­tive poetry of his exquisite writing with great faith and subtlety. Amidst shades of Shane The Rainmaker and even Close Encounters comes this fascinating transplanting of the Western mythol­ogy ... Read more
We all know the Wright brothers were the first people to fly. ..but who was the second? ... Read more
... ... Little Samaneh lives with her mother in a one-room apartment and frequently must accom­pany her to her job in a garment factory, where she acts like the wilful pre-schooler she is. Moth­er fulfils a dream by buying Samaneh a pair of shiny red boots, one of which is immediately lost ... Read more
A modem version of a Robert Louis Stevenson story about a young man who is sold a genie in a bottle for a penny. ... Read more
A wonderful depiction of an older and younger family relationship. Who understands anyone in families? Who relates or understands anymore? Sometimes the least likely family member can tap into that special reality that other members simply can't. ... Read more
Families can be difficult. What do you do about a daughter who continually slams her door? One father comes up with a creative solution. ... Read more
The Drum is a dark fairy tale about two little girls, who become enchanted by a magic drum. The only way they can win the drum, however, is if they are mischievous. They dismiss their mother's repeated pleas for them to be good, and soon realise that there is a very high price they must pay for ... Read more
Written by featured director at last year's festival, Abbas Kiarostami, Ebrahim Forouzesh's first feature The Key is a deliciously entertaining comic drama that will appeal to all with its inventive humour and mesmerising pace. ... Like most of the post-revolution Iranian cinema, The Key was made ... Read more
"The magic of the night crept into the room where Flora slept and dreamed". Sure to delight young imaginations, The Long Enchantment is a spellbinding animated fairy tale, where 'once upon a time' ends 'happily ever after'. Flora espies a wondrous pony prancing under her window one charmed moonlit ... Read more
After 350,000,000 years, the insects get their lucky break in this animation about a nightwatchman whose blundering puts evolution into overdrive. ... Read more
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When Princess Bedelia was born, the fairies gave her three gifts: beauty, grace and common sense. Her father thinks beautiful princesses don't need common sense, but Bedelia makes good use of her brains. ... Read more
A group of Aborigines combined their talents to create the pictures and sounds of this traditional tale of conflict between the Imnins and the Timaras in Dreamtime. The story of the Quinkins is an Aboriginal legend about kindly spirits who come to the aid of children in danger in the bush, who have ... Read more
In a small old house in the wilderness of New Zealand - a hunter waits for the final prey which will make his collection complete. But the animal world conspires against him. "...one of the funniest and niftiest shorts to come out of New Zealand." ... Read more
A young boy dreams that his snowman comes to life . Together they share the perils and joys of winter. This animated film uses muted pastels with an exquisite orchestral score to make a non-verbal Christmas tale an experience for all seasons. Based on the book by Raymond Briggs. ... Read more
A fearsome beast is befriended by a saintly knight whose village fears it, then exploits it, before learning a startling truth. ... Read more
Part of the award winning "Long Ago and Far Away" series made for children by the Public Broadcasting Service in the USA, Uncle Ele­phant tells the story of a young boys blossom­ing relationship with his Uncle. ... Read more
This moving and empowering independent doc­umentary follows the experiences of five multi-ethnic students from LA who travel to South Africa and live with South African students in black townships after the supposed dismantling of apartheid and arrive home to the 1992 LA riots. The students ... Read more
What happens when two cultures clash? In a sleepy, country hollow, a hippy has his peace and solitude rocked by the invasion of a heavy metaller who would rather die than turn down the volume. The result? A very funny film about cross-cultural disharmony. ... Read more
Boss kicks man; Man kicks wife; Wife kicks son; Son kicks dog. ... Read more
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