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Experimental Shorts

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourneq Australia (map)

From stunning landscapes with dark stories, to simulating the great outdoors via interior design, EFFA’s experimental short films make you rethink your surrounds - indoors and out.

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After the Volcano

The earth quakes, ashes fall from the sky, and a fierce fire rages on - almost  impossible to distinguish. Local villagers take refuge in the forest. Surrounded by wild beasts, a new life begins.

Dir. Léo Favier | 17 mins | France | 2018



In an Arizona desert, a dystopic collective nightmare unfolds where US domestic and foreign policies collide.

Dir. Puck Lo | 15 mins | USA | 2018

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Becoming is a short film about the miraculous genesis of animal life.

Dir. Jan van Ijken | 6 mins | Netherlands | 2017

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A beautiful autumn day, and a lovely landscape is slowly filled by faces passing a camera positioned along the Slovenian part of a refugee path. The faces exchange glances with those on the other side of the camera – the viewers’. At the end, when silence returns, only the landscape is left, but it is suddenly transformed.

Dir. Damjan Kozole | 10 mins | Slovenia | 2017


Eighth Continent

On Lesvos island an old abandoned dump lies on a mountain with two big craters. The craters overflow with thousands of life jackets washed ashore from use by refugees at sea. A worker is the only inhabitant in this place that resembles an alien planet or a new continent.

Dir. Yorgos Zois | 11 mins | Greece | 2017


Managed Retreat

Faced with rising sea levels, three New York City neighborhoods are purchased by the government, to be demolished and permanently returned to nature. These are the first communities in the city to undergo a 'managed retreat' from the waterfront, in the face of climate change.

Dir. Nathan Kensinger | 18 mins | USA | 2018


Nature: All Rights Reserved

Artificial grass on the balcony, a meeting hall with a forest wallpaper, a palm beach in the waiting room of the dentist... This short documentary examines the role of nature simulations in modern society.

Dir. Sebastian Mulder | 22 mins | Netherlands | 2017

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Earlier Event: October 12
The Reluctant Radical
Later Event: October 12
When Lambs Become Lions