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International Shorts

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

Short in length, but big on impact, EFFA’s carefully curated international short films bring local perspectives to environmental challenges, issues and solutions.

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The infinite vastness of the ocean. A mother whale and her calf. An old folk belief which says that a whale dreams for the entire duration of its life. 

Dir. David Jansen | 15 mins | Germany | 2018

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Born of Stone

A short documentary about Pinuccio Sciola, Sardinia's most important modern artist. A sculptor with decades of experience, especially famous for his music stones.

Dir. Emilio Bellu | 15 mins | Italy | 2017


Gold Fever

In Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, the poverty of the population and wealth of the subsoil remain irreconcilable, taking the lives of hundreds of miners. Did you know that your health also depends on your work?

Dir. Raul de la Fuente | 25 mins | Spain | 2017



Springtime in northern Albania sparks the herding of goats from the lowlands, up to the towering mountainsides. Will broken shoes and an umbrella suffice for the four-day trek?

Dir. Grégoire Verbeke | 15 mins | Belgium | 2017

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Nobody Loves Me

High in Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains, a large and homely frog once thrived – a species endemic to altitude and cold water, named Telmatobius culeus. But over-collecting for human consumption, pollution and predation by introduced species have devastated this amazing creature. 

Dir. Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman | 12 mins | USA/Peru | 2017

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The Fourth Kingdom

The Fourth Kingdom is the kingdom of plastics – a redemption centre in New York for immigrants and underdogs, where the American Dream becomes possible indeed.

Dir. Alex Lora & Adan Aliaga | 14 mins | Spain/USA | 2017

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Indigenous tribes in the Amazon use plant-poisoning methods for fishing – a deeply-rooted cultural habit, which uses ichthyotoxic plant roots to help catch fish. If water levels rise, these toxic plants, commonly known as Timbó, can be deadly to humans.

Dir. Peiman Zekavat | 9 mins | UK | 2017

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Earlier Event: October 15
Anote's Ark
Later Event: October 16
The Experimental City