Blake Williams returns to MIFF with a stereoscopic 3D piece that collapses time, distance and intimacy.
Hot Docs 2021’s Best Canadian Short Documentary winner turns the lens on Saïda’s, a salon where Tunisian women can talk politics while getting their hair done.
In 1960s rural India, a village chief and his son resist the pressure of conforming to the new world of Christianity.
Zoe Terakes voices a sex-crazed twentysomething in this lurid fever dream of queerness in lockdown.
In the woods, a young woman and man scuffle as they fight for life.
A young Vietnamese-French woman is faced with the communist takeover of Saigon on 30 April 1975.
An African migrant living in Spain is confronted with the bitter meaning of ‘home’.
A mixed martial arts fighter discovers she’s pregnant in the lead-up to the most important fight of her career.
Winner of two Locarno Leopards of Tomorrow awards, this stunning portrait of adolescent abandon unfolds at the threshold of emerging maturity.
Commissioned by Chunky Move, this playfully experimental work traverses ritual, body modification and algorithms.
A couple’s date at a tucked-away hole-in-the-wall takes a turn for the ravenous.
Claudie seeks advice from an old flame as a new love is born from the embers.
Isolated and maligned by her peers, a woodworker crafts a more assured self-image.
Two Fijian-Indian sisters escape their cousin’s wedding to get high on disobedience and drugs.
An absurdist study of the human body as a limitless instrument for self-discovery.
IFFR Tiger Award winner Daïchi Saïto presents an absorbing, otherworldly study of our planet.
In a nondescript place, seemingly forgotten by time, a teenager tries to outrun his loneliness.
In this coming-of-age tale, which won Venice’s Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film, a Colombian 15-year-old born into privilege experiences a rude awakening.
The directorial debut from producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney reimagines the 1954 auditions for Charles Chauvel’s iconic final film.
Olivia Martin McGuire parallels a grandfather’s journey to safety during the Cultural Revolution with his granddaughter’s fight for freedom in Hong Kong today.
Step into a referee’s boots and onto the field to soak up the ecstasy and thrilling stakes of a soccer match.
MIFF alumnus and Shorts Award winner Eddy Bell returns with an intimate and critical portrait of one of Australia’s worst droughts.
Divorced, lonely and inept with the web, a 50-year-old man decides to try his hand at finding love online – with spectacularly catastrophic results.
Remembrance blooms in this New York Film Festival–premiering avant-garde short.
In a world with extremes of gravity, Rosa must navigate what it means to feel emotional ups and downs.
Shot on cold-hued 16mm, this mournful, restless ode to Hong Kong sketches the city’s fragile present and indefinite future.
Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.
Tilda Swinton sets the screen ablaze in Pedro Almodóvar’s expressionistic, dangerously dramatic English-language debut.
Kevin Jerome Everson’s camera dances with a rollerskater in this mesmerising exercise in fluidity and embeddedness.
Yugantar’s most well-known film is a collaboration with the Hyderabad-based feminist activist collective Stree Shakti Sanghatana and an urgent treatise on domestic violence.
Melbourne has never looked sleeker than in this low-key mumblecore piece.
A young woman awakens to find herself in the midst of a living nightmare.
Prayers by day, dreams by night – a mother keeps her son safe.
Two estranged friends stumble upon each other and reconnect over a shared loss.
Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.
As humans shoot for the stars, what do we lose along the way?
In the 2021 Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize winner, a young girl stumbles upon secrets at her local church in Lagos.
Poised at the intersection of activism and art, wunderkind Fox Maxy’s TikTok-esque tapestry documents the injustice and legacy of colonisation.
Yugantar focuses on female labour rights in Maid Servant (Molkarin, 1981), which features domestic workers in Pune.
An elderly woman and her nephew wax nostalgic in this charming ode to times gone by.
On a slag heap that once belonged to a coalmine, revellers seek erotic gratification.
A 2020 large-scale participatory-dance work choreographed by the acclaimed Stephanie Lake expresses the inexpressible in lockdown.
A timber feller, kept awake by his infant child’s cries of hunger, encounters something perturbing in the woods.
Routine is the only thing keeping Nestor afloat.
Michael Beets depicts an elderly woman enacting the titular Japanese death ritual for her husband.
In this multi-award-winning drama, a child pickpocket dreams of a better life.
When the Victorian Government locks down his public-housing building, a teenager responsible for his mother’s welfare is pushed to the brink.
An uplifting, flower shop–set meet-cute between an apprentice florist and the customer of his dreams.
Loneliness is operatic in the latest film by Renee Zhan.
Join a demon, a puppy and a rat in this stop-motion headtrip about a mysterious, magically summoned apple tree.
In the age of information overload, the challenge is to avoid drowning.
Be swept away by renowned Chilean composer Claudio Recabarren Madrid’s cosmic keys.
Stuck in a holding pattern, two men attempt to break the cycle.
Naina Sen explores the relationship between biracial identity and generational belonging through traditional Balinese dance.
An exquisitely shot insight into dance, dramaturgy and performance featuring dancer Michelle Heaven.
A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.
You always have to watch out for those early warning signs.
A teenager is faced with the choice between rising up to become the better man or debasing himself for acceptance.
An intimidating encounter with a group of teens forces a 12-year-old to ponder her place in the world.
This DOK Leipzig Silver Dove for Short Documentary and Animated Film winner grapples with China’s one-child policy through a story about two friends.
Jillian Nguyen and Mark Coles Smith star as a Chinese erotic dancer and an Aboriginal farmhand in this 1920s period drama.
When a new arrival is alienated by her peers at a girls’ orphanage, she exacts revenge by inventing an activity that takes gameplay to the extreme.
Zoe Terakes and Brenna Harding star as best friends mutually overcoming a tragedy.
A middle-aged woman cares for her elderly father, whose will to live is on the wane.
This intimately-made film draws on conceptual art and performance documentation to self-reflexively survey Barbara Cleveland’s then-15-year collaborative relationship.
Siegfried A. Fruhauf returns with a dazzlingly abstracted Rorschach-like lightshow.
Yugantar focuses on female labour rights in Tobacco Ember (Tambaku Chaakila Oob Ali, 1982), which features factory workers in Nipani.
This cinematic insight into the craft of a taxidermist illuminates the relationship between artist and animal.
After her father unexpectedly hits her, a young girl decides to toughen up.
Peter Tscherkassky pays homage to avant-garde filmmaker Kurt Kren, his own film L’arrivée and the cinema’s original muse in this Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection.
The darkly humorous 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Competition Special Jury Prize winner pits a funeral custom against languishing olive trees.
A family unravels while road-tripping near Death Valley in the California desert.
A French couple travelling by campervan around Australia discover their relationship is at a crossroads.
Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy present a lo-fi 3D film captured in the crushing shadow of volcanoes.
A Noongar high school student struggles to perform a Shakespearean sonnet for her drama class.
A ruminative film on the interplay between bovine lives and human consumption.
On the cusp of turning 10, a Jamaican girl is about to learn how not to drown.
Yael Stone and Emily Barclay star as frenemy sisters in this sibling dramedy by Madeleine Gottlieb.
Winner of Best Short Film at the Swiss Film Awards, this documentary observes the impact of time – and historical trauma – on one commemorative street.