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Viewing films where section is MIFF Shorts
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2008

2008

Blake Williams returns to MIFF with a stereoscopic 3D piece that collapses time, distance and intimacy.

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Accelerator Shorts 1

Accelerator Shorts 1

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Accelerator Shorts 2

Accelerator Shorts 2

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Accelerator Shorts: MIFF 68½

Accelerator Shorts: MIFF 68½

Revisit selected Australian titles from the MIFF 68½ Shorts program, featuring work by filmmakers participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021.
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Ain't No Time for Women

Ain't No Time for Women

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.

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Angh

Angh

Director Theja Rio

In 1960s rural India, a village chief and his son resist the pressure of conforming to the new world of Christianity.

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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Diverse new animated shorts from around the world and closer to home.
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Are You Still Watching?

Are You Still Watching?

Zoe Terakes voices a sex-crazed twentysomething in this lurid fever dream of queerness in lockdown.

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As One

As One

In the woods, a young woman and man scuffle as they fight for life.

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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Australia’s finest short films.
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Bach-Hông

Bach-Hông

A young Vietnamese-French woman is faced with the communist takeover of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

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Baltasar

Baltasar

An African migrant living in Spain is confronted with the bitter meaning of ‘home’.

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The Bends

The Bends

A mixed martial arts fighter discovers she’s pregnant in the lead-up to the most important fight of her career.

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Best MIFF Shorts

Best MIFF Shorts

A collection of the best short films of the festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury and the MIFF Shorts Programmer.

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Black Hole

Black Hole

Winner of two Locarno Leopards of Tomorrow awards, this stunning portrait of adolescent abandon unfolds at the threshold of emerging maturity.

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Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

After 18 months and however many lockdowns later, bodies tremble for movement. But there is another performer on stage: the camera.
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Bonanza!

Bonanza!

Commissioned by Chunky Move, this playfully experimental work traverses ritual, body modification and algorithms.

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Bubble

Bubble

Director Haonan Wang

A couple’s date at a tucked-away hole-in-the-wall takes a turn for the ravenous.

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Call History

Call History

Claudie seeks advice from an old flame as a new love is born from the embers.

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Craftsman

Craftsman

Isolated and maligned by her peers, a woodworker crafts a more assured self-image.

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Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

Short documentaries from around the globe.
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Don't Forget to Go Home

Don't Forget to Go Home

Two Fijian-Indian sisters escape their cousin’s wedding to get high on disobedience and drugs.

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Each Other

Each Other

An absurdist study of the human body as a limitless instrument for self-discovery.

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earthearthearth

earthearthearth

IFFR Tiger Award winner Daïchi Saïto presents an absorbing, otherworldly study of our planet.

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The Echo

The Echo

In a nondescript place, seemingly forgotten by time, a teenager tries to outrun his loneliness.

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Entre tú y Milagros

Entre tú y Milagros

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.

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Experimental Shorts

Experimental Shorts

Films that experiment with form, content and style.
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Finding Jedda

Finding Jedda

The directorial debut from producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney reimagines the 1954 auditions for Charles Chauvel’s iconic final film.

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Freedom Swimmer

Freedom Swimmer

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.

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The Game

The Game

Director Roman Hodel

Step into a referee’s boots and onto the field to soak up the ecstasy and thrilling stakes of a soccer match.

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Giants

Giants

Director Eddy Bell

MIFF alumnus and Shorts Award winner Eddy Bell returns with an intimate and critical portrait of one of Australia’s worst droughts.

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Glen

Glen

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.

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Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995

Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995

Director Ute Aurand

Remembrance blooms in this New York Film Festival–premiering avant-garde short.

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Gravedad

Gravedad

In a world with extremes of gravity, Rosa must navigate what it means to feel emotional ups and downs.

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Director Simon Liu

Shot on cold-hued 16mm, this mournful, restless ode to Hong Kong sketches the city’s fragile present and indefinite future.

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Hot Mother

Hot Mother

Director Lucy Knox

Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.

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The Human Voice

The Human Voice

Tilda Swinton sets the screen ablaze in Pedro Almodóvar’s expressionistic, dangerously dramatic English-language debut.

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The I and S of Lives

The I and S of Lives

Kevin Jerome Everson’s camera dances with a rollerskater in this mesmerising exercise in fluidity and embeddedness.

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International Shorts 1

International Shorts 1

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
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International Shorts 2

International Shorts 2

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
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Jeanette Is the Dog

Jeanette Is the Dog

Director Pat Mooney

Melbourne has never looked sleeker than in this low-key mumblecore piece.

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Jungle

Jungle

A young woman awakens to find herself in the midst of a living nightmare.

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KKUM

KKUM

Prayers by day, dreams by night – a mother keeps her son safe.

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Laura

Laura

Two estranged friends stumble upon each other and reconnect over a shared loss.

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Lili Alone

Lili Alone

Director Zou Jing

Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.

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Listen to the Beat of Our Images

Listen to the Beat of Our Images

As humans shoot for the stars, what do we lose along the way?

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Lizard

Lizard

In the 2021 Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize winner, a young girl stumbles upon secrets at her local church in Lagos.

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Maat Means Land

Maat Means Land

Director Fox Maxy

Poised at the intersection of activism and art, wunderkind Fox Maxy’s TikTok-esque tapestry documents the injustice and legacy of colonisation.

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Madrid, Bad Life

Madrid, Bad Life

Over a hundred years since the publication of the sociological text, La mala vida en Madrid, that coined the term in Spain, what does it mean to be a ‘lowlife’?

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Marcelita

Marcelita

An elderly woman and her nephew wax nostalgic in this charming ode to times gone by.

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The Men Who Wait

The Men Who Wait

On a slag heap that once belonged to a coalmine, revellers seek erotic gratification.

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MIFF Shorts Awards

MIFF Shorts Awards

One of the most highly regarded short-film competitions in both the Asia-Pacific region and the Southern Hemisphere – now in its 60th year.
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Multiply

Multiply

Director Rhys Graham

A 2020 large-scale participatory-dance work choreographed by the acclaimed Stephanie Lake expresses the inexpressible in lockdown.

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Nest

Nest

A timber feller, kept awake by his infant child’s cries of hunger, encounters something perturbing in the woods.

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Nestor

Nestor

Routine is the only thing keeping Nestor afloat.

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Nezunoban

Nezunoban

Michael Beets depicts an elderly woman enacting the titular Japanese death ritual for her husband.

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Nina

Nina

In this multi-award-winning drama, a child pickpocket dreams of a better life.

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The Ninth Tower

The Ninth Tower

When the Victorian Government locks down his public-housing building, a teenager responsible for his mother’s welfare is pushed to the brink.

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Not a Wallflower

Not a Wallflower

An uplifting, flower shop–set meet-cute between an apprentice florist and the customer of his dreams.

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O Black Hole!

O Black Hole!

Director Renee Zhan

Loneliness is operatic in the latest film by Renee Zhan.

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Oldboy's Apples

Oldboy's Apples

Director Brad Hock

Join a demon, a puppy and a rat in this stop-motion headtrip about a mysterious, magically summoned apple tree.

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One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

Director Wang Yuyan

In the age of information overload, the challenge is to avoid drowning.

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Poise

Poise

Stuck in a holding pattern, two men attempt to break the cycle.

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Poleng

Poleng

Director Naina Sen

Naina Sen explores the relationship between biracial identity and generational belonging through traditional Balinese dance.

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The Prelude - Michelle

The Prelude - Michelle

An exquisitely shot insight into dance, dramaturgy and performance featuring dancer Michelle Heaven.

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Prom Night

Prom Night

Director Lydia Rui

A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.

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Reptile

Reptile

You always have to watch out for those early warning signs.

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Riding Scooters

Riding Scooters

Director Terry Hou

A teenager is faced with the choice between rising up to become the better man or debasing himself for acceptance.

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Slap

Slap

An intimidating encounter with a group of teens forces a 12-year-old to ponder her place in the world.

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Step Into the River

Step Into the River

Director Weijia Ma

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.

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The Story of Lee Ping

The Story of Lee Ping

Jillian Nguyen and Mark Coles Smith star as a Chinese erotic dancer and an Aboriginal farmhand in this 1920s period drama.

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Such Small Hands

Such Small Hands

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.

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Sunburn

Sunburn

Zoe Terakes and Brenna Harding star as best friends mutually overcoming a tragedy.

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Sunset Country

Sunset Country

A middle-aged woman cares for her elderly father, whose will to live is on the wane.

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Thorax

Thorax

Siegfried A. Fruhauf returns with a dazzlingly abstracted Rorschach-like lightshow.

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To Feather, to Wither

To Feather, to Wither

This cinematic insight into the craft of a taxidermist illuminates the relationship between artist and animal.

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Tough

Tough

After her father unexpectedly hits her, a young girl decides to toughen up.

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Train Again

Train Again

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.

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The Trees

The Trees

The darkly humorous 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Competition Special Jury Prize winner pits a funeral custom against languishing olive trees.

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Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

A family unravels while road-tripping near Death Valley in the California desert.

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Une Belle Journée

Une Belle Journée

A French couple travelling by campervan around Australia discover their relationship is at a crossroads.

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Valpi (Tectonics)

Valpi (Tectonics)

Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy present a lo-fi 3D film captured in the crushing shadow of volcanoes.

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Wirun

Wirun

A Noongar high school student struggles to perform a Shakespearean sonnet for her drama class.

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With the Cattle

With the Cattle

A ruminative film on the interplay between bovine lives and human consumption.

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Yellow Girl and Me

Yellow Girl and Me

On the cusp of turning 10, a Jamaican girl is about to learn how not to drown.

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You and Me, Before and After

You and Me, Before and After

Yael Stone and Emily Barclay star as frenemy sisters in this sibling dramedy by Madeleine Gottlieb.

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Your Street

Your Street

Director Güzin Kar

Winner of Best Short Film at the Swiss Film Awards, this documentary observes the impact of time – and historical trauma – on one commemorative street.