Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.
An unplanned pregnancy unites two very different Costa Rican women in unique ways.
An African migrant living in Spain is confronted with the bitter meaning of ‘home’.
MIFF alumnus and Shorts Award winner Eddy Bell returns with an intimate and critical portrait of one of Australia’s worst droughts.
Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.
Ahead of her 100th birthday, Isey and her devoted son James prepare for the party of a lifetime.
Essie Davis is incandescent as a squeegee-wielding mama bear who won’t stop fighting for those she loves – even if it ruins her own life.
Prayers by day, dreams by night – a mother keeps her son safe.
This illustriously produced vigilante drama centres on a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped daughter back.
Ema star Mariana Di Girólamo is magnetically front and centre – literally – as a dangerous wannabe social media influencer in this dark drama.
Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.
A lead turn reminiscent of Marlon Brando anchors this neo-realist look at the Maltese fishing industry.
Two brothers with diametrically opposed approaches to their faith are pitted against one another in this tense family drama.
A timber feller, kept awake by his infant child’s cries of hunger, encounters something perturbing in the woods.
A twentysomething has to grapple with the pressures of impending maturity as well as the ‘ninjababy’ that has snuck inside her seemingly undetected.
Awarded IFFR’s top prize, this lean, arresting debut follows a primal father–son road trip across the arid landscapes of southern India.
Céline Sciamma returns with a delicate tale of childhood and an intergenerational connection that crosses through time.
In this delightful slacker story, a young Parisian comic-book artist is on the hunt for stability, a career, self-confidence, love – but nothing seems to go her way.
This adaptation of Jennifer Clement’s bestselling novel explores the visceral impact of Mexican drug cartels on the lives of three young girls.
Mads Mikkelsen headlines this ingenious, pitch-black Scandi revenge comedy.
Laura Dern is unforgettable in this 1986 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner – now digitally restored – as a teen who pursues experiences she’s not really sure she wants.
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.
A middle-aged woman cares for her elderly father, whose will to live is on the wane.
Rising alt-comedy star Patti Harrison joins Ed Helms in this wry surrogate-pregnancy comedy that upends traditional gender dynamics and subverts expectations.
A tense mother–daughter survival story that paints an empathetic picture of outsider life across the subways and streets of New York City.
After her father unexpectedly hits her, a young girl decides to toughen up.
A family unravels while road-tripping near Death Valley in the California desert.