Sunday November 20



 Monday November 21 Red Carpet from 6.30pm


 Tuesday November 22 Red Carpet from 6.30pm




Our Women In Film and Television event will be attended by some of the industries most influential women in the film industry like Suzanne Ryan, the founder of SLR Productions, one of the largest animation companies in Australia and Kylee Ratz the head Cutting Edge post arguably one of Australia’s best production houses with productions like The Matrix Trilogy and The Great Gatsby under their belts.

All major guests will partake in a Q&A and some achievements will be recognised.

The television and film industry in Australia and across the world is by fact male dominated. For example only 7% of the top 250 films in the world are directed by women. 

Women Comprise 7% of Directors on Top 250 Films (Study)

With events and awards like the “The GIFT” Girls in film and television award and “The LIFT” Ladies in film and television award, women can be recognized for excellence in the industry and are then provided with a platform for stories to be told that will inspire future generations of women in the industry.

This will be covered by mainstream media including Nine news, Sea FM, Gold Coast Bulliten and many film and television industry magazines.

Sunday November 20th at 5.30pm

Red Carpet Event

VIP drinks and hors d’oeuvres and entertainment at the Village Theatre Sanctuary Cove.

7pm Short Film Festival & Launch

with awards presentation.

Cast and crew in attendance for after party and Q&A

Sanctuary Cove Film Festival

Director Jon Bling

Starring Ann Troung


Director Jon Bling’s transnational film puts the spotlight on a young woman’s journey of the heart as she deals with intergenerational and intercultural gaps. When Kim (Ann Troung) a young Vietnamese Australian woman, hears about her estranged father’s death, she returns to Vietnam for the first time in 10 years to begin the process of reconciliation and healing. Caught between two worlds, Kim must decide what she wants to learn and take from her homeland. In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), she gets reacquainted with an old extended family friend, Bao, who gives her a local view of the city. As she explores the dynamics of the place she had left behind, the tension between wanting to forget the past and always remembering begins to fade. With its completely bilingual dialog, the film shows the language limitations of a Westernized generation and the emotional confusion that comes with navigating what it means to be Vietnamese in today’s hybridized world.

As she plays childhood card games and recalls old romantic love songs—Kim’s cold demeanor begins to melt and the audience sees the beginnings of joy for someone who is finally discovering who she is and what she wants. Yet will she stay in Vietnam with Bao or return to her other life with her white boyfriend in Australia who had just proposed marriage? Despite one’s lack of linguistic fluency, Never Forget reminds us that the language of love is always powerfully and clearly understood, no matter where you are.

By Long Bui

In attendance at movie screening: Jon Bling (Director)

6.30pm Tuesday November 22  – QUEENSLAND PREMIERE of BURNS POINT


Tuesday November 10th Red Carpet from 7pm

Queensland Premiere

CREW In attendance..

Director Tim Blackburn – Writer Chris Blackburn – Cast – Andrew Lowe – Ron Kelly – John McNeill –


After a young woman is murdered by her jealous boyfriend, her brother Jeremy expects the family to get swift justice. But the killer’s father is a powerful and corrupt policeman who rigs the evidence to wreck the prosecution case. A jury sets the son free, but days later his broken body is found on a dark street… and Jeremy is running for his life.

Cast and Crew In attendance for after party and Q&A

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CURRENT FILMS IN SCIFF 2016 (subject to change)

First Name Last Name Project Title Project Title (Original Language) Synopsis Country of Origin Directors Writers Producers Key Cast
Michael McCallum Buffalo Roger a lonely cab driver who is diagnosed with a terminally ill disease. He is shaken by the sudden death of his ex-wife, and steals a cab from his job and sets out to find the son he hasn’t seen in more than thirty years. United States Michael McCallum Michael McCallum, William C. McCallum Michael McCallum, William C. McCallum, Jonathan Worful William C. McCallum, Barb Dalman, Erik Keener, Mackenzie Beckmann, Sineh Wurie, Denis Link
Amy Cartas Acacia Rachel Ashcroft, a conspiracy theory blogger, receives a package that could expose a top-level government conspiracy against the American people. In a race against time, she must find a way to decode the information before those willing to kill for it catch up to her. United States Amy Cartas Amy Cartas Brian Mahoney Beth Gallagher, Andrew Dean Pearson, Karenssa LeGear
Bernabé Rico Cowboys Martin is a finished actor, both professionally and personally. He’s divorced, has no friends and a son he hasn’t talked to for more than a year. But one fine day he’ll get a working offer his agent will not let him pass: to be companion of a 5-year-old boy in a costume contest at the Amusement Park. Spain Bernabé Rico Bernabé Rico Olmo Figueredo, Bernabé Rico Clive Arrindell, Rodrigo Martínez Rico, Richard Collins Moore, María Adánez
John Duncan Wild Scotland For my second aerial film, entitled ‘Wild Scotland’, I wanted to showcase some of the wilderness this magnificent country has to offer. From the Highlands and Islands on the west coast to John O’Groats and North Berwick on the east I’ve captured just a fraction of the stunning wilderness which Scotland has to offer.     I’ve spent the last few months travelling up and down the country capturing locations, carefully planning my schedule to take advantage of the best light, be that dawn or dusk. Along the way I’ve been lucky to pick up some unexpected shots such as deer near Ardnamurchan and a large group of seals in a bay near John O’ Groats at the very top of the British mainland United Kingdom John Duncan
Dinka Dzubur Little Hands A young Australian tourist, Mia (Dinka Dzubur), arrives to the graceful yet haunted post-war Mostar city in Herzegovina on a ‘mission’ to find her only living family, her little sister Sofia (Manon Bennett). Australia Claire McCarthy Dinka Dzubur & Claire McCarthy Dinka Dzubur Dinka Dzubur, Manon Bennett, Miraj Grbic
Jacob Detwiler Cul-de-sac Susan and Mei are nothing more than co-workers at a dingy Chinese restaurant, until they mistakenly swap handbags, intertwining their lives for the better. Australia Jacob Detwiler Jacob Detwiler Rebekah Taylor, Holly Hayes Candice Hill, Christine Milo
Jordon Prince-Wright La Chienne Francaise Set at a railway station in rural France in 1946, Danny is one of a small team of Australian soldiers who had remained in France after WW2 assisting in special duties. After spending a few days with relatives, his final journey back to Australia was to begin with a train journey to the port of Cherbourg. Once on the train a tired Danny becomes involved in a confrontation with Lulu. The fast moving action that follows this initial confrontation becomes a series of comical scenes. Australia Jordon Prince-Wright Mel Shead Jordon Prince-Wright, Roslyn Park, Mel Shead Kelly Belinda-Hammond, Daniel Williamson
Elle Marsh PUP CULTURE Pup Culture is a glimpse into the world of dedicated the dog hobbyist.     You think you’re pet obsessed? Meet the Melbournians that take dog ownership to a whole new level. Whether it’s eight hours of grooming for a dog show, creating the perfect dance routine, or collecting thousands dog figurines.   Shot in the outer suburbs of Melbourne Australia Elle Marsh Elle Marsh
Joel stephen Fleming Jehovah A ruthless murderer is constantly interrupted during his attempt to torture his victim. Australia Joel Stephen Fleming Joel Stephen Fleming
Darwin brooks Revolving Doors Revolving Doors is a film following two stories. A late night check – in who pays in cash. We follow his story as he makes his way to his room, but he has a last minute decision not to stay the night and proceeds downstairs to check out. Meanwhile we follow the story of the cash, which seems to make it way through the establishment. What will happen when the guest returns to check out…….. Australia DARWIN BROOKS DARWIN BROOKS BLAIR MOORE IAN STENLAKE
sivan vigder Holiday of Holidays Filmed in Israel, by an 11 year old young American film maker , Talia Cohen-Vigder, “Holiday of Holidays” documents the annual holiday festival at the primary school located in the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, Israel’s only purposely integrated community of Arabs and Jews. The festival, which exemplifies the school’s values, brings together the students’ families and enlists them to participate. Children perform together in both Arabic and Hebrew and engage the multiple cultures and histories of the groups inhabiting Israel, thus demonstrating the possibility not only for peaceful coexistence, but actual friendship and community among Jews and Arabs. United States Talia Cohen-Vigder
Jason Fitzgerald The Insect & The Alien An amateur entomologist follows a self-proclaimed “alien” on a mountain expedition, desperate to immortalise his dead wife through the discovery of a new insect species. Australia Jason Fitzgerald Jason Fitzgerald Jason Fitzgerald, Laura Falkner Christopher Sommers, Will Kelly, Jack Henry
David Hansen Slingshot SLINGSHOT is an amusing analogy on modern love through the eyes of one of its latest victims. Australia David Hansen David Hansen Michael Ciccone, Margo Lowry, James Meldrum Wright Ruaumoko Toatoa, Natasha Thompson
Michelle Crocker Anatomy of a Hero Anatomy of a Hero’ examines, recognizes and celebrates ordinary individuals within their local environment that become something extraordinary out of adversity.   Anatomy of a Hero documents the personal story of Doug Hislop, his impressive actions on the Brisbane River on the 13th January 2011, the impact his act of heroism had on his community, and what lies behind the man.     It is told from his and his community perspective, as he transforms in the minds of his community while still acknowledging him as a man, his thoughts on being labeled as a hero, and the imprint his actions have left on his life. Australia Tyra Gunnis Tom van Kalken Michelle Crocker Doug Hislop, Jennifer Woodward, Dr Justine Kemp, Paul Bolton, Dr Axel Bruns
bidyut kotoky Guns and Guitars – a musical travelogue Guns and Guitars track the journey of the director Bidyut back to his root – northeast India.     The 8 northeastern states connect with the rest of the country with a mere corridor of 21 km in breath at places, but shares more than 4500 km of international borders with 5 different countries Filmed as a travelogue, this musical quest brings to light the positive influence of music emanating from the youth living in this region, which is crippled by state and non state violence for the last half a century.     The journey finally culminates on the celebratory night of 24th May with Bob Dylan’s birthday concert, organized by the legendary northeastern musician Lou Majaw for the 41st consecutive years, where all the 8 rock bands with whom we interacted earlier participate. With guitar in their hands and songs of life and hope on their lips, these youngsters are truly instrumental in changing the northeastern canvas of despair and anguish into one of hope and peace, much like how Bob Dylan operated in the America of 60s, torn by civil rights movements & Vietnam War … India bidyut kotoky bidyut kotoky bidyut kotoky , vivek bansal bidyut kotoky
Ainsley Pettitt Anchor A depressed teenage boy is admitted into a psychiatric unit where he struggles to come to terms with his illness and stop ignoring the fact that he needs help. Australia Emma Wright Emma Wright Ainsley Pettitt Elijah Wellsmore, Josh Keiser
Vincent Chen FLASH! Kara goes out to dinner. She’s expecting to play pleasantries with awkward school friend Scott but she’s greeted with something surprising. Australia Vincent Chen Vincent Chen Jessica Cotton Dash Kruck, Rachel Gobel
Linus Leung POLAR ACCUSATION 極地控訴 A mother sitting in a prison room, looking dignified. The foot steps approaching, and the door opened, a guard and a interrogate person walked in. The person sitting opposite with the poker face and starts interrogating. The story of the case, process, and consequence told the story of Lisa’s. Telling the life of the polar bear, perseverance, and also love of a mother. Yet, also castigating the action of human, accuse the white power. Hong Kong Vincent HO Alice FUNG, Eugina LAU
Drew Bailey Young Labor In a time where Australia has lost faith in our politicians, One young woman, KATE STINGER, the first female leader of Young Labor is taking it upon herself to win back the nations’ love through her small, failing youth division of the Labor party. Young Labor is a satirical look at our idealistic leaders of tomorrow and their struggle to be noticed at the bottom of the food chain . Australia Leon Ford Monica Zanetti Drew Bailey Geraldine Hakewill
Angie Hawes HIS FIRST TIME A young man always remembers his “first time”. First time being truthful that is. Watch as he learns a valuable life lesson from his girlfriend….sometimes it IS best not to tell the truth. Canada Angel Violet Angel Violet Brian Morelan
Megan Chambers Arcade Maggie is stuck in a dead-end job,   supervising old games in a run-down arcade. She’s an avid reader of how-to books, but struggles to put theory into action. On a fateful bus trip she meets Ferdinand, a free-spirited and eccentric retiree, who teaches her that there’s no how-to book for life. Australia Megan Chambers Megan Chambers Jacob Detwiler, Ayla Beaufils Pia O’Connell, Tony Cooke, Cameron Caulfield, Harrison Carr, Rebecca Bradley
Jon Bling Never Forget A young nurse must travel back to her homeland to attend her father’s funeral. Her family sends a suitor to escort her back to her home town. Along the way, both of them not only learn about themselves but each other. For her, trying to learn the old traditions is hard enough and for him, a deep dark secret hangs over him. Australia Jon Bling Jon Bling Jon Bling Ann Truong, Tam Dinh, Van Nguyen, Ivan Bradara
Tristan Savage Gubbament Man Frederick Alford, a forty-five year old Indigenous man working for the Australian Department of Discrimination Prevention, is in the middle of an interview with a documentary film crew. When his teenage daughter Kyeema shows up at the office, he is only too keen to get her involved. Australia Rodrigo Arias Tristan Savage Tristan Savage Tristan Savage, Lili Bayles, Liv Wilson
ChaoYang University of Technology Afro Crab 爆炸頭阿蟹 A-SIE,the crab, was watching TV with his friend, the fish. Suddenly, Cook came and took the fish.To save his friend, A-SIE left his comfort zone and fight with Cook! Taiwan Chen Liang Yu Chen Liang Yu Chen Liang Yu
ChaoYang University of Technology Falling Bébé 再見寶貝 Our main topic works primarily from the perspective of a baby in the womb and as a starting point to discuss the issue of abortion for social views, and try to figure out each person’s most pure innocent childhood, also discuss the momentum when a women’s womb are the symbol of protection failing. We were unable to give   an absolute answer on abortion on social values , because it is not just a simple yes or no, it affect a variety of reasons and concerns after the decision made, like this world there things that’s simply inevitable .   In today’s society we talking about politics, homosexuality, social cases and other issues, but about “abortion” in this topic, we are unable to use a positive mind to think even feel shy, embarrassed. But the fact that abortion is one of the topics you and I have a need to know, according to statistics abortion people are not a minority, but people are willing to share the experience of only a few.   The project presented in animated form, for a variety of injuries abortion, mental and spiritual aspects of small to large to social perception, to explore and analyze the role and use of the set of twins, a rare precious irony declining birthrate society twins. No dialogue form to the island as the main body of the uterus, using bubble, tree, red rain and other elements, a symbol of women from pregnancy to abortion during the baby feel for the environment, with the baby feel about the environment, so that the viewer understands the fetus in fact, the body has all the senses, so when they suffer pain during an abortion is even more unspeakable.     The ultimate goal, to arouse the viewer’s reflection, like a silent movie dialogue form, the viewer can also reflect upon the importance of life. Taiwan Wang Yang Zhen Wang Yang Zhen Huang,Guan-Min
ChaoYang University of Technology Memory 悸憶 People about to lose their center of gravity. Even suffering from disorders due to trauma. Animation to horror suspense way, exhibit psychological feelings of   post-trauma stress disorder. Hope to let people know more about it. And hope they can be better. Taiwan LI, YUEH-JONG LI, YUEH-JONG LEE KUAN GUAN
ChaoYang University of Technology The Persimmon Tree 在柿子樹上 This story is set in the fall. We bound the images of “persimmon” and memories of mother together. To send the persimmon to mom, the little mouse constantly went higher and farther. It seems awkward, but impressive to convey the thoughts to meet the person in the heaven. Taiwan YEH CHAO CHUN YEH CHAO CHUN, WANG PEI YUN, TU AN NI
Toonz Animation Tim and His Books Tim does not care for his books and one fine day the books decide to have their say and make sure that Tim takes care of his books. India Animesh Nigam Toonz Animation India
Aaron Ellis Spill It is 1999 at West Meadows Primary School and the marble craze has hit an all time high. Maxy, through his good sense of judgement and likability has scored himself a decent marble collection and has become a force in the sandpit. School bully Plugga catches wind of Maxy’s growing collection and the fact that it is beginning to threaten his position as marble leader. With this newfound knowledge, Plugga devises a plan to stop Maxy in his tracks. Will Maxy overcome Plugga or will he fall victim to his antics like so many before him? Australia Aaron Ellis Aaron Ellis Lester Ellis Jr Samuel Edwards, Ellmir Asipi, Grace Rosebirch, Lester Ellis Jr
Thomas Evans The Feud of Brick Hill Two lego space men feud over a hill in space. Australia
Radheya Jegatheva Don’t Look Under Your Bed Someone moves from one apartment to another and it leads to some disastrous consequences, as things that go bump in the night are not merely dreams… Australia Radheya Jegatheva Radheya Jegatheva Radheya Jegatheva, Jay Jay Jegathesan Menso Jagtenberg
Christian Grewe Airtime Set in the desert of Dubai, the urban spaces of Hongkong or the stunning landscapes of Hawaii, “AIRTime” is a 4K drone film, which chronicles a mix of travel experiences filmed across 12 countries over 7 months. Reaching those moments took me 80.000 km of journey.     The film contains several different trips, one around the world, one to South Asia and some short trips around Europe.     cinematography / production I Christian Grewe music I Ryan Taubert “We All Play A Part” licensed by destinations I Germany – Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Neu Schwanstein, Rothenburg, Lüneburger Heide, Netherlands – Amsterdam, Italy – Lake Garda, Greece – Crete, USA – Maui, Canada – Vancouver, Hong Kong, Tokio, Dubai, Vietnam – Halong Bay, Myanmar – Chaungtha & Bagan, Southafrica – Cape Town, Table Mountain & Lions Head   equipment I DJI Phantom 3   contact I Add me on Facebook: Christian Grewe   Email:   special thanks to I Verena Mühlenbeck & Benjamin Semm & Romano Warlo & Viviana and Kosta Mühlenbeck.   All flights were produced as noncommercial filmmaterial and operated with an international insurance. Further on I abided by security agreements. All rights reserved. I explicitly prohibit using my work without permission. Germany
Keiko Yagi BEHIND THE COVE Rebutting the Academy Award® Winning Documentary “THE COVE”.   Negative media coverage on Japan about the never-ending whaling issue prompted first-time documentary filmmaker Keiko Yagi to find out more about the topic. With no budget, limited experience in filmmaking, no fluency in English, but armed with a video camera and a strong desire to find out about the truth of the matter on whaling, I started my research.   What started out as a personal investigation triggered by childhood memories of whale meat dishes inevitably led me to the town of Taiji, the center of the whaling debate and the stage of THE COVE. What I found through my experiences there and elsewhere was a much bigger story than I had initially imagined. Japan Keiko Yagi Keiko Yagi Keiko Yagi Louis Psihoyos, Richard O’Barry, Joji Morishita, Hideki Moronuki, David Hance, Kazutaka Sangen
Rachael Myers First World Problems Two mates discuss the hardships of their lives over a bad cup of coffee, oblivious to the beauty and sadness surrounding them. Australia Rachael Belle Myers Rachael Belle Myers Rachael Belle Myers Clint Facey, Joe Davidson
Angie Hawes Mind Game Demon Canada Angie Hawes (14 year old Student) Angie Hawes Michele Hawes Angie Hawes, Melina Suelzle, Devin Hawes, Michele Hawes
Joe D’Arcy ‘Je suis un Crayon’ (I am a Pencil) Je suis un Crayon (I am a Pencil) ‘Je suis un Crayon’ (I am a Pencil) was inspired by the three million people in France who marched in support of unity, peace, and the freedom of expression on January 11th 2015 after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Whilst the pencil experiences its life, it draws the world ‘as it is-as it sees it’. The pencil (like the artist) has an innate drive to create and it will always express, irrespective of whether it is granted permission or not. Australia Joe D’Arcy Joe D’Arcy Joe D’Arcy, Carol D’Arcy Pierre Maubouche, Carol D’Arcy
Jonathan Brooks Ghostboy Ghostboy is an award winning stop-motion animated short film for kids funded through Kickstarter.     An exciting tale of mystery, mayhem and friendship, ‘Ghostboy’ teaches the very important lesson to not judge a book by it’s cover…   Arriving at their new house, Alfie’s ever-joyful Mum insists the new house is simply wonderful and perfect in every way but Alfie is not so sure. Meanwhile, Granny is still trying to climb out of the car!     With only his pet goldfish Sarah for company, Alfie must embark on the spooky, mysterious, and sometimes dangerous mission of exploring the empty house. Or so he thought… United Kingdom Jonathan Brooks Jonathan Brooks, Trevor Hardy, Neil James
Tristan Barr Gabby’s First Time Meet Gabby. She’s a complete social misfit who likes walks along the river and wearing Christmas jumpers all year round. When Gabby stumbles upon a film of low morals and an even lower budget, her sexual curiosity sparks an unexpected journey of self-discovery, social acceptance and human connection. But will Gabby ever meet someone who sees the world the same way she does? Gabby’s First Time explores boys being boys, girls being girls, and that no matter who you are, you’re never alone in the world. Australia Tristan Barr Chelsea Zeller, Tristan Barr Ally Bjornstad, Tristan Barr Chelsea Zeller, Ally Bjørnstad, Jackson Trickett
Shoko Takegasa Little Shimajiro In a small, quiet forest, an energetic boy named Shimajiro falls into a hole. The residents of the forest gather to help him, but young Shimajiro only ends up hurting them. Then, something happens–Shimajiro encounters great kindness, leading him to find kindness within himself. Japan Isamu Hirabayashi