2016 Officially Selected Films
Missione Grado // 84min // Documentary // 2014 // Italy, Afghanistan
Director: Carlo Christian Spano
The film chronicles some military activities carried out by the Italian contingent in Herat and Bala Morghab, Afghanistan.
The Camouflage Closet
The Camouflage Closet // 40min // Documentary // 2013 // USA
Writer/Director: Michael Nedelman
In this veteran-led project, LGBTQ+ veterans were provided with the cameras, tools, and training to create video narratives. Told in nine vignettes, the film incorporates the LGBTQ+ veterans’ first-hand experiences with PTSD, trauma and recovery.
Hyena Road // 120min // Drama // 2015 // Canada
Writer/Director: Paul Gross
There men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives
Boat People // 29min // Drama // 2016 // Germany
Writer/Director: Paul Meschùh
On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran.
In the Neighbour’s Garden
In the Neighbour’s Garden // 12min // Drama // 2015 // UK
Director: Robert Hamilton
Writer/Producer: Andrew Martyn-Lewis and Matthew McPherson
In the First World War, two soldiers live out their existence in either boredom or fear, until a chance discovery lifts them away from the trenches.
The Little Boy
The Little Boy // 8min // Animation // 2015 // Iran
Writer/Director: Mona A Shahi
People are leaving a town by the order of military but a little boy does not want to follow them he has his own mission to do.
There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
There Is Nothing New Under The Sun // 13min // Drama // 2016 // Iran
Writer/Director Faezeh Alavi
A girl narrates her nightmares, and the boundaries of dream and reality start to fade and become indistinct.
Monument // 3min // Animation // 2016 // Poland
Director: Marcin Gizycki
The Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw was designed by Bohdan Lachert and built in 1949-1950. The chief sculptor for this project, which represents socialist realism at its best, was Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz.
Seen Through the Eyes of Children
Seen Through The Eyes Of Children // 3min // Animation // 2016 // Canada
Director: Anna Maria Mouradian
How children depicted the Syrian war.
Ozone // 21min // Drama // 2015 // Serbia
Director: Branko Sujić
Writers: Slobodan Obradović, Branko Sujić
In a post-apocalyptic near future devastated by global nuclear war, Dastagir, one of the few survivors, fights to regain his lost love and rediscover his humanity.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD
The Ripple Effect of PTSD // 12min // Documentary // 2016 // Australia
Director/Producer: Kym Melzer
Veteran Kirsty Greenshields and her husband veteran James Greenshields describe their rollercoaster personal journey from, Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Growth.
Komm Und Spiel (Come and Play)
Komm Und Spiel (Come and Play) // 30min // Drama // 2013 // Germany
Writer/Director: Daria Belova
Berlin. Grisha, a Russian-German boy, fools around with a wooden stick toy gun. The longer he plays, the further he is thrust into an altered reality.
Modern War Song
Modern War Song // 5min // Music Video // 2015 // Austria
Writer/Director: End Brandner
A sunset, helicopters, machinery … just like the Futurists. He believed in the beauty of all of it. Unaware how gruesome and raw the reality of it really was.
Anrath // 20min // Drama // 2015 // Germany
Writer/Director/Producer: Gregor Hoeppner
Nazi Germany, October 1944. A 60-year-old Jewish woman, from the village of Anrath in the Lower Rhine Region, is being deported. She rides crossbar on the bike of an elderly village policeman.
Red Line // 8min // Animation // 2012 // Iran
Writer/Director: Mona A Shahi
In a desert neverland a turtle and a lizard unwillingly get involved in a war between two powers. As a result, they both are put in a tough situation.
Exit Wounds // 11min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia
Writer/Director: Pattie Collins
The story is about a former Australian soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder. The condition developed following deployment with a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Rwanda at the time of the civil war in the 1990s.
Mi e Ti
Mi e Ti // 5min// Music Video // 2016 // Italy
Writer/Director: Samuel Gottardello
Mi E Ti is the story of an Italian soldier, set during the World War I. Dispersed after an assault that turns out to be a massacre, he takes refuge in a forest and gets lost.
Not Their Boots
Not Their Boots // 6min // Drama // 2013 // Australia
Writer/Director: Jordon Prince-Wright
A student short film that was made during Year 12, based on the start of the Second World War, inspired the stories and thoughts of the director’s grandfather.
Biography // 21min // Drama // 2016 // Israel
Director: Arik Kaufman
Miriam, an elderly war widow tormented by her young husband’s death, surrounds herself with archival recordings and writes his biography in her crumbling apartment.
Forgotten Hero // 2min // Drama // 2016 // Australia
Writer/Director: Philip Meddows
A Veteran returns home and visits the house of a high school sweet heart to find her son fixing his old A Model Ford in the driveway.
The Ravens // 20min // Drama // 2016 // Australia
Writer/Director: Jennifer Perrott
When young Ruby’s father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect.
Darryl // 22min // Drama // 2016 // USA
Writer/Director: Christianna Carmine
An Iraq War Veteran is forced to face his past when his estranged daughter, fighting a battle of her own, re-enters his life.
Sarge // 23:26min // Drama // 2016 // USA
Writer/Director: Benjamin Dewhurst
Franklin Spencer (Sarge) is an elderly Army veteran with dementia and PTSD. He longs to escape his nursing home to be with his granddaughter for her high school graduation.
Anzac Letters // 7:37min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia
Director: Alison Rogers
Anzac Letters was created to share the experiences of the soldiers who took part in the first landing at Gallipoli, in April 1915, with a contemporary audience some 100 years later.
Patient 39 // 15min // Drama // 2014 // UK
Writer/ Director: Dan Clifton
When a soldier known only as Patient 39 awakes from a coma with no memory, so begins the search to discover his identity and past.
The Crater // 52min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia
Writer/Director: David Bradbury
A personal story of one’s man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers killed in action.