INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
12.00pm | Saturday 26 October | Cinema Nova
In the context of impending climate disaster, hope can feel like the scarcest resource of all. Both heartening salve and provocation, this collection of shorts charts resistance and action, both individual and collective.
ABOUT THE FILMS
Max Lowe | USA | 2019 |19 mins
For the last 15 years, Polar Bears International have worked tirelessly to protect polar bears, whose sea ice habitats continue to decline due to climate change. Both devastating and hopeful, Bare Existence is an urgent call to action.
BAYANDALAI: LORD OF THE TAIGA
Aner Etxebarria & Pablo Vidal | Spain, Mongolia | 2018 | 11 mins | Subtitles
In the remote Taiga of northern Mongolia, we meet Bayandalai, his family, and their reindeer herd. With heart and grace Bayandalai narrates his spiritual connections to land and wildlife, lamenting their endangerment by the lures of urban life.
Mohammadreza Vatandoust | Iran | 2018 | 13 mins | Subtitles
With patient stoicism, a mother grieves her son across a government-imposed divide, following the disastrous impacts of damming. A moving exploration of grief amidst exile.
OR ELSE EVERYBODY DIES
David Nast Cole | USA | 2018 | 1 min
Hell hath no fury like a glacier scorned.
SIDES OF A HORN
Toby Wosskow | USA, South Africa | 2018 | 17 mins
Based on real events, Sides of a Horn explores the human and ecological costs of poaching. Filmed in the South African townships and game reserves most directly impacted, Sides of a Horn also examines the complex yet perverse relationship between the poachers’ survival and their very practice which threatens this.
THE FLOOD IS COMING
Gabriel Böhmer | Animation | UK | 2018 | 9mins
Fearful of an impending flood, a woodsman blindly seeks vengeance. Instead he generates destruction on a disproportionately exponential scale in this oblique exploration of climate anxiety, and the unintended consequences of misguided fear.
Fraser Jones | USA | 2018 | 16 mins
The citizens of Uniontown, Alabama, are uniting and rising to reclaim their town from inept politicians and corporate polluters.
Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.