Sydney and Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2023 - Network Round Shorts
Saturday 23rd December - Tuesday 2nd January
Dir. Marnie Baxter
Logline: A young girl develops muscles, but finds a different kind of strength.
Dir. Rodrigo A. Rodríguez
Logline:Karina, a violinist, is a talented woman who dates Matias, a chef specialized in making cakes and cookies. He makes her addicted to his recipes using his special ingredient.
Don't Wait: The Men's Mental Health Project
Dir. Elliott Sauvage, Matt Kirby
Logline: This project explores the mindset of 4 athletes whose battles with mental health have inspired them to create opportunity for change in others.
Dir. Harrison Mitchell
Logline: Paperboys, Matt and Dewey race the clock to beat a delivery record, but their joyride ends in a problem that tests their friendship.
Beyond The Cut
Dir. Daniel Guerrero
Logline: It was 1968 when a 14-year-old Italian, Paul De Luca, walked into a barber shop to ask for an apprenticeship. In 1973, he took over the shop and 54 years later he’s still in charge.
Despite the changes and challenges that come with time, Paul’s dedication, craftsmanship, and devotion remain unwavering.
This is the story of Brisbane's Most Iconic Barber.
Dir. Ella Maree Carey
Logline: During her first term back at high school, Eliza is on the delirious brink of her first kiss. But a brazen boy crushes her innocence.
Dir. Shane Joseph Willis
Logline: A thief who downloads memories and information to sell to the highest bidder is cornered by a mysterious woman who wants information of her own; but the woman is not all that she appears.
Dir. Raphael Cosme
Logline: When Terry turns to garden gnomes to cope with a tragic accident, things start to go south when a pet fish is introduced.
Sandro Cavazza - The Days
Dir. Paul Jerndal
Logline: In this emotional music video Sandro Cavazza says goodbye to his career as an artist. Affected by his friend Avicii’s (Tim Bergling) passing and after years of doubts Sandro Cavazza made the decision to end his career as an artist before it was too late.
Dir. Chase Bowman
Logline: When a restless young woman finally gets to sleep, she’s met with
confronting and alluring imagery, but will she be able to wake up before it’s too late?
Agent: Billy the commando
Dir. Teyva Yannick Alex Yannick Alex Ndong Ndong Mba
Logline: Agent is about a trained agent who is going all around the world in mission to do justice.
Dir. Madi Phoenix
Logline: Unfinished Business is a twelve-minute short film aimed at children set in the magic realism genre. It is about thirteen-year-old Indigo and her best friend Connor. The two help each other to let go of the past and learn to live life to the fullest.
The Naughty List
Dir. Luke Antoun
Logline: A young girl kidnaps and tortures Santa in an attempt to get off The Naughty List.
Smartphone Users Anonymous
Dir. Madi Phoenix
Logline: Are you using your phone or is it using you?
My name is Madi and I used to be addicted to my smartphone until 6 months ago when I swapped it for a Nokia brick.
Welcome to Smartphone Uses Anonymous where we discuss our relationship with our phones and whether they are doing more harm than good when it comes to our connection with the world around us. My fellow Gen Z’s take part in a difficult experiment and document their experience. Their challenge: to go for 24 hours without their smartphone
Dir. Tessa Tan
Logline: An elderly wife struggling to live with her husband and his deteriorating cognition, finds reprieve in the card game Solitaire.
Dir. Josiah Mioni
Logline: As his parent’s marriage disintegrates, Patrick is dragged along to a Saturday morning garage sale by his father, Wayne. The hidden conflict between his parents can’t be avoided when a concerned neighbour enquires after Patrick’s mum, causing tension between father and son. Only then does Patrick seek refuge from his father’s manipulations.
The Little Magician
Dir. Tibet Aslan
Logline: 1920s style black and white silent film made by 14 year old director and edited and sound production by Tibet Aslan.
Dir. Courtney Wagner
Logline: Princess Ellora has some reservations about inheriting the throne. Her reservations are often quelled by her guard, Brynn, who promises to support her through even the toughest times. After Ellora's betrothal becomes imminent, the girls must decide if their feelings for one another are to be acted upon before it's too late, or extinguished.