Once upon a time
A boy who might be a fish, a girl who might have werewolf genes, a mystery about a missing egg, a festival love story between a robot and a scarecrow… These shorts take stories of love, family and trauma and elevate them to something much more magical, fantastical and even phantasmagorical. Let go of notions of reality and dive head first into this collection of dark fairytales.
Invisible is a coming of age tale of a boy struggling to come to terms with the loss of his father and with his mother’s new relationship.
Directing Award – Melly Still
IT’S NOT CUSTARD
It’s Not Custard is the darkly comic story of Louise, a teenager suffering the dual blows of unrelenting acne and continual bullying, at home from her cruel older sister Jennifer, and at school from Wayne.
U25 Directing Award – Kate McCoid
THE EGG AND THE THIEVING PIE
Community Police Officer, Shona, finds herself battling the call of the ocean when investigating the theft of a precious egg. Whilst interviewing the local residents she comes face-to-face with their animalistic traits culminating in surreal exchanges, leading to the thief.
Directing Award – Lola Blanche Higgins
Cinematography Award – Alvilde Naterstad
Composing Award – Hollie Buhagiar
A surrealist tale about the all-encompassing nature of living with guilt.
Animator Award – Anita Bruvere
ROBOT & SCARECROW
A fairy tale set against the backdrop of a heady summer music festival, where a robot and a scarecrow meet and fall in love.
Editing Award – Jinx Godfrey
When Alice’s mother, Grace, tells her that her father has become a “beast,” Alice begins to question who or what she really is.
Directing Award – Leonora Lonsdale