International Shorts

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia


Short but sweet, this fascinating collection of international shorts showcases diverse new environmental stories from around the world. Explore a post-apocalyptic look at protecting natural resources in Mexico, then travel to Switzerland to examine the first – and last – Swiss made nuclear power plant, before joining the fight over limestone mining in the ancient Ojnare forests of Gotland, Sweden. From farming crickets and overfishing oceans, to cultural ties to the natural environment and the recent loss of the many of the worlds endangered species, this collection of world-class cinema provides an introduction to environmental issues from across the globe.

Kubo's Crickets

Dir. Michael Allcock | Canada | 2015 | 16mins

Inventor Kubo Dzamba believes he’s found a way to save humanity from a cataclysmic world famine that many scientists say will cripple humanity by 2050. His solution? Farming crickets for food. With the loving support of his offbeat family, Kubo is forced to navigate a minefield of challenges that  include malfunctioning equipment, lack of money – and a world not at all ready to gobble up bugs.

La Laguna

Dir. Aaron Shock | Mexico / USA | 2016 | 38mins

Set within the rainforests of southern Mexico, La Laguna tells the story of a Mayan boy’s remarkable journey from childhood to adolescence. While Yu’uk and his younger brother José enjoy a childhood of uncommon freedom in the jungle, Yu’uk’s family’s problems begin to mount and leaving his village – and his beloved little brother – may be his family’s only hope.


Dir. Marcel Barelli | Switzerland | 2015 | 6mins  

A festival hit at Tribeca and numerous festivals around the globe, this quirky animation tells the story of the first nuclear power plant 100% made in Switzerland… which was also the last.


Dir. Rafael Altamira | Mexico | 2015 | 8mins

A man survives in a barren and contaminated earth. As he runs low on food and water he must make a choice to continue on surviving, or sacrifice himself for the greater good of the planet.

The Perfect Protein

Dir. Caterina Barjau, Jorge Martínez  | Spain | 2015 | 19mins

According to the scientists, our fish stocks are in serious decline. If the 30 countries that control more than 90% of the fish caught in the world approved effective management measures to stop overfishing, limit incidental bycatch and protect habitats, there would be enough fish to provide nutritious daily food for a 1,000 million people. Oceana and its spokespeople lend their voices to these – and many other – proposals to save the oceans and feed humanity in The Perfect Protein.

Seriously Deadly Silence

Dir. Sara Koppel  | Denmark | 2015 | 1min

Serious Deadly Silence is a unique, superbly crafted one minute moment showcasing the beauty of 60 of the world’s most endangered species. Created by one of the last standing animators in Denmark, who is still drawing on paper and creating animations from the page.

The Limestone Conflict

Dir. Petter Ringbom | Sweden | 2016 | 9mins

The fight over limestone mining in the ancient Ojnare forest of Gotland, the largest island in Sweden, has become a highly charged, local manifestation of a conflict you find all over the world, a conflict pinning industry and jobs against the environment. In “The Limestone Conflict,” we meet three  representatives from different sides of the issue that has divided the island.


Dir. Kevin McCrae & Jonny Harris | Scotland | 2016 | 3mins

Rewild: to restore an area of land to its natural uncultivated state (used especially with reference to the reintroduction of species of wild animal that have been driven out or exterminated).

From a 3-day journey into the Scottish Highlands come Wildless - a short experimental film integrating 3D animation and visual effects into specially filmed environmental footage, resulting in stunning and intriguing visual responses to our natural environment.

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