2017 MIFF Shorts Awards

MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the Southern Hemisphere.

In 2017 the eligible short films competed for a total cash prize pool of $56,000.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 56th MIFF Shorts Awards:

City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film

Fry Day
Director – Laura Moss
Producers – Brendan O’Brien, Valerie Steinberg, Danelle Eliav

Jury Statement: This movie is the complete package; beautifully shot and acted, it begins with the almost carnival like atmosphere surrounding the prison where Ted Bundy is about to be executed.   Director Laura Moss uses this backdrop to explore the multi layered effects of misogyny on women’s lives.  What makes this piece so impressive is that Moss accomplishes this while also giving us a taut, engrossing film.

Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film

Mrs McCutcheon
Director – John Sheedy
Producer – Andre Lima, Jenny Vila

Jury Statement: The jury was unanimous in its love for this vibrant, colourful and uplifting story. With strong performances from all performers, stunning production design and sleek cinematography, Mrs McCutcheon is, most importantly, a film full of heart and the joy of celebrating life in all its diversity. John Sheedy is a lively and refreshing new voice in Australian cinema and one that the judges are keen for all Australians of all ages to be able to enjoy!

Swinburne Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker

Julietta Boscolo
For – Let's See How Fast This Baby Will Go
Producers – Eva Di Blasio

Jury Statement: Julietta Boscolo’s Let’s See How Fast This Baby Will Go is a film with the all-too-rare but truly treasured quality of being able to make the viewer both laugh and cry. The film is driven by Liv Hewson’s powerful and dynamic performance in the lead role as a courageous and determined character who faces the challenges in her life head on. The character and her quintessentially rural Australian world are at once familiar and yet bring something new to the screen that makes for a compelling ride.

Cinema Nova and Melbourne International Film Festival Award for Best Fiction Short Film

The World in Your Window
Director – Zoe McIntosh
Producer – Hamish Mortland

Jury Statement: Making the most of cinema as a visual medium and using barely any dialogue, director Zoe McIntosh has crafted an exceptional and emotionally moving story of three isolated individuals. McIntosh uses images, movement and light in original and often enchanting ways to explore the journeys, feelings and relationships of her characters and has elicited exceptional and nuanced performances from her three actors.

SAE Institute Award for Best Animation Short Film

The Burden
Director – Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Producer – Kalle Wettre

Jury Statement: Niki Lindroth Von Bahr’s gem of a film invites us into a world of singing and dancing animals mired in their own loneliness or dead end jobs. The animation is stunning and often hilarious, but what takes it to another level is the filmmaker’s ability to turn the plight of a monkey in a call center or a tap dancing mouse into a poignant, universal question: what is holding us back from living our dreams?

RMIT University for Best Documentary Short Film

The Rabbit Hunt
Director – Patrick Bresnan
Producers – Ivete Lucas

Jury Statement: The Rabbit Hunt is pure observational documentation of characters who live in a part of the world which most viewers will not know or be familiar with. The film informs and educates in a non-judgmental way, maintaining the dignity and humanity of the characters at all times. Patrick Bresnan’s restrained direction and beautiful cinematography put the audience at the centre of an age-old story about a community’s hunting, preparation and consumption of food.

School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne International Film Festival Award for Best Experimental Short Film

bad mama, who cares
Director – Brigid McCaffrey

Jury Statement: In bad Mama, who cares Brigid McCaffrey combines exquisite imagery and mesmerising sound to draw the viewer into the world of her film. It is impossible to just passively watch this film. The viewer is intrigued and seduced by the composition of the images, the colours and textures that the filmmaker has chosen in combination. But also challenged to engage and question because of a sense of mystery and foreboding which the filmmaker has achieved through her use of image and sound. 

Special Jury Mention

Lost Property Office
Director – Daniel Agdag
Producers – Liz Kearney

Jury Statement: Daniel Agdad had created a meticulously crafted piece of animation; from the music to the lighting this John Brack’s painting come to life is a joy to watch. The story is surprising and ultimately uplifting and is a superb example of what animation can achieve when this much care is put into every aspect of it.