A LETTER FROM 'JIRGA' DIRECTOR BEN GILMOUR, NOW WORKING AS A MEDIC WITH COVID-19 PATIENTS

"That night, three weeks ago, was the start of it all. Two cases of suspected COVID-19 turned into three the following night, and four a week later. As we responded to cases and learned more about this rapidly escalating pandemic, our nervousness increased. We’d trained for major events and mass casualties, but I always thought of these as train wrecks, air-crashes and earthquakes. My global adventures as a paramedic had exposed me to suicide bombings and tsunamis. Terrible as these events were, I don’t recall feeling the fear I do now. These incidents were somehow tangible. The danger would come and go just as fast, leaving me to my job. Now the enemy was invisible, insidious, creeping like an assassin. As a health worker now, regardless of the protective gear I wear, my risk of dying from COVID-19 is much higher than most."

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS TO RECEIVE PASSES TO THE SCREEN FORUM
FILMS IN THE 2019 SHORTS PROGRAM
The 2109 program explored love in many forms, connectivity versus isolation, and technology versus humanity
 
Nursery Rhymes

5 minutes — Drama — Directed by Tom Noakes, written by Will Goodfellow

On the side of a country road, a bizarre encounter with a Metalhead takes a profound turn

Best Director, Sydney Film Festival 2018

Special Mention: Best Live-Action Short 15 Minutes and Under, Palm Springs Shortfest 2018

I Love You Sara

11 minutes — Sci-Fi Drama — Written and directed by Daniel White

An inventor from the not-so-distant future reminisces about his single greatest creation

Judas Collar

15 minutes — Drama — Written and directed by Alison James

In outback Australia a wild camel is fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar

Best Short Film and Best Director, St Kilda 2019, Jury Award, Austin Film Festival 2018

Eligible for entry into the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020

Piano Mums

11 minutes — Drama — Directed by Ellie Hayward, written by Aven Yap

A tiger mum pushes her piano-prodigy son to his limit 

Official Selection, St. Kilda Film Festival 2018

An Act of Love

12 minutes — Drama — Written and directed by Lucy Knox

The bond between identical twins is tested when one sister rebels against their sense of oneness

Best Direction in a Student Film, Australian Directors Guild 2018

On

2 minutes — Animation — Written and directed by Jelena Sinik

In our age of attention scarcity, On explores just where our gaze is falling

Best Tertiary Animation in Australia, ATOM Awards 2018

Loved

7 minutes — Drama — Directed by Samuel Van Grinsven, written by Sue Slack-Smith

A woman's life unravels when an unexpected phone call forces a secret to the surface

High School Lover

8 minutes — Drama — Written and directed by Cielo Croci

After being out of contact for years, a young man reaches out to his high school girlfriend

Official Selection, Flickerfest 2018

A Quick Love Story

7 minutes — Comedy — Written and directed by Brenden Dannaher

Lovable but lonely Steve finally meets a woman who understands him. Unfortunately she is an online survey.

Global premiere at Australian Short Film Today in New York 2019

Fire in Cardboard City

9 minutes — Animation — Directed by Phil Brough, written by Phil Brough and Matt Heath

When a city made entirely of cardboard catches fire, it's up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City and its citizens from impending doom

Finalist: Best Animated Short, Tribeca Film Festival 2018

Our 2020 global touring program is delayed because of COVID-19.

 

Directors of films that win an Audience Award or a Runner Up Award at our screenings will be invited to the Australian International Screen Forum annual industry event at Lincoln Center in New York

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