Australian Shorts 2018

Winner of Best Australian Short Documentary, 2018:


Directed by Vedrana Music | Australia | 2017 | 5 min

Zeljka retells the story of making her way out of Sarajevo with the first UN Convoy taking mothers and children to Belgrade in 1992.


After the Facts

Karen Pearlman | Australia | 2018 | 5 min

In the early years of cinema, editors were usually women. This short documentary looks at how they wielded power, and how their work was made invisible.



Larissa Behrendt | Australia | 2017 | 5 min

Noongar woman Barbara tells of one grandmother’s fight to get her granddaughter back.


Dani Boi

Logan Mucha | Australia | 2018 | 5 min

Dani performs onstage as Dani Boi, a ‘dragtivist’ with a mission to fight back against oppressive gender norms.


Drum Village Primary School

Vickie Zhang | Australia | 2018 | 14 min

Students and teachers face another winter’s day at a shrinking village school on China’s expansive Loess Plateau.



Baro Lee | Australia | 2018 | 22 min

The director explores his mother’s personal narrative of womanhood and motherhood in this evocative film.


A Life Together

Simon Direen | Australia | 2017 | 13 min

Davo and Valetta live a life of hardship on the streets of Melbourne, but they are connected by love and loyalty.


Motel Story

Melanie Garrick, Mitchell Grant | Australia | 2017 | 5 min

A motel cleaner and owner share stories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Pain is Mine

Farshid Akhlaghi | Australia | 2017 | 12 min

After her spinal surgery, she was always in pain: intense pain, unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time, but one day, she decided to stop.


The Radiophonic Artist

Rebecca Thomson | Australia | 2017 | 5 min

Welcome to the strange and magical world of sound performance artist Julia Drouhin, where radios are instruments and records are edible. (Pictured)


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