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Short Films: Local and Global

If you’re a West Australian film type you’ll be at one of two places this evening, September 30th 2010.

The first is at Luna Cinema in Leederville checking out the short films made by the graduating class of the WA Screen Academy and performed by the 3rd year students of WAAPA. The theme is Transformations. Further details, including booking, are here.

A still from the movie “Pushbike”

Or you might be in Fremantle to check out the state of international short film making. My article for the Film and Television Institute site follows:

Making films that connect with audiences is a tough business. And most filmmakers do an apprenticeship on short films. This specific form of movie making requires all the story telling, performance and style as its older cousin, but at a fraction of the cost.

So what can you say on film, in around 15 minutes? A hell of a lot if you judge by the 12th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. This festival of truly international shorts has attracted a top class field of mini movies from the people whose features you’ll be watching in the coming decade.

Keep your eyes peeled for the harrowing Polish film ECHO from director Magnus Van Horn. This slow burning drama unfolds detail by detail to reveal a relentlessly tragic tale with a shattering conclusion.

Helene Florent’s Canadian gem LEGER PROBLEME (A Little Inconveneinve) uses old school effects and state of the art computer graphics. to pull of a whimsical comedy that shows everyday people unable to decide between their head and their heart.

German film 12 YEARS (Daniel Nocke) also employs eye-popping computer graphics to tell it’s very short, sharp story of love gone wrong.

The Australian film PUSH BIKE made in Queensland by Mairi Cameron is sure to have the home crowd voting for it, but also arguing over it as it takes an unconventional plot turn that is likely to cause punters to disagree. This beautifully shot and performed film is a very worthy contender in this competition.

However, the Italian short GUERRA (War) will be a definite crowd pleaser. Set in the aftermath of the Second World War this film painstakingly recreates life in an Italian village. Paolo Sassanelli definitely stakes his claim as a filmmaker to watch with this moving comedy of the world of his father and grandfather.

The quality of performances and production values in these films make them a must see for filmmakers tackling the short form or for film-goers who want to see the future of cinema. Come on down, check these out and definitely vote. Last year 60.000 people did but only 126 votes stood between first and second place. And haven’t we all had enough of elections that are too close to call?

See you at the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle, for the Manhattan Short Film Festival, 7pm this Thursday 30th September.

Official Manhattan Shorts website here. Further FTI details here.

Filmically Yours,

Mr Trivia

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