2019 Officially Selected Films
Voodoo Medics // 51min // Documentary // 2018 // Australia
Director: Kristin Shorten
Voodoo Medics is an eight-part documentary about trauma, resilience and post-traumatic growth in the medics who served with our special forces in Afghanistan.
Odd Angry Shot // 92min // Comedy // 1979 // Australia
Writer/Director: Tom Jeffrey
In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.
Escape and Evasion // 93min // Drama // 2019 // Australia UAE
Writer/Director: Storm Ashwood
Cast: Rena Owen, Hugh Sheridan, Firass Dirani
After his men are killed in Burma. A lone soldier returns home in search of solace.
Christmas in Baghdad // 80min // Documentary // 2020 // USA
Director: Sonya Dunn
Writers: Tymur Yashchenko, Robert Kwilman
A media journalist is allowed unprecedented access to the 2018 USO Holiday Tour with high profile celebrities.
The Swallows of Kabul // 91min // Animation // 2019 // France
Directors: Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
Writers: Zabou Breitman, Zabou Breitman, Yasmina Khadra, Patricia Mortagne, Sébastien Tavel
Summer 1998, Kabul in ruins is occupied by the Taliban. In love despite the daily violence and misery, Mohsen and Zunaira want to believe in the future.
#3 Normandy Lane // 21:10min // Drama // 2019 // USA
Director: Brenda Strong
Writer: John Farmanesh-Bocca
Army wife and young mother, Sarah Winston’s life is inextricably altered when a series of visitors arrive on her doorstep.
Beyond Her Lens // 19:01min // Drama // 2019 // Czech Republic
Director/Writer/Producer: Tereza Hirsch
Inspired by the life and work of female conflict-zone photographer Jana Andert.
Carcerem // 6:40min // Drama // 2017 // Australia
Director/Writer/Producer: Jason Trembath
A young officer wants to leave the desolate planet of Carcerem after completing his required tour of duty, but he is manipulated into staying by his obsessed Commanding Officer, who believes a war is coming.
Carpe Diem // 20min // Drama // 2019 // Russian Federation
Director: Irina Kholkina
Instead of preparing for entering university a young man Tomash mocks at people calling random phone numbers. Meanwhile the Nazis occupy Czechoslovakia.
Darkest Corner // 12min // Drama // 2019 // Australia
Writers/Directors: Dave Beamish, Zac Loy
When two unlikely young saboteurs are trapped by a hostile extremist militia, the pair must risk their lives in hope of escaping their post-apocalyptic nightmare.
Entrenched // 14min // Drama // 2018 // Australia
Writers/Directors: Joseph Chebatte, Julian Maroun
When four Australian soldiers capture a young Afghani boy spying on their position, tensions rise among them as they decide whether he’s helping the Taliban or simply playing.
Escape By Sea // 14min // Drama // 2019 // Australia, Finland
Director: Eero Heinonen
Writer: Melissa Lee Speyer
Based on true events of Ensio Tiira. Two Scandinavian soldiers flee French Foreign Legion by jumping ship in Strait of Malacca.
Milk // 16:36min // Drama // 2019 // New Zealand
Director/Writer: Pennie Hunt
January 1945: on a lonely farm in coastal New Zealand, a young widow confronts two crewmen from a German submarine who have come ashore on a secret mission – to get fresh milk.
Minor Accident of War // 10min // Animation // 2019 // USAs
Director: Diane Weis, Piotr Kabat
Writer: Edward Field
A true story written and narrated by the man who lived it — Edward Field, 95 years old and a WWll veteran.
Nooreh // 22:22min // Drama // 2018 // India
Writer/Director: Ashish Pandey
Nestled in Kashmir valley lies a small village on the India-Pakistan border always caught in the crossfire between the two warring nations.
Old Warrior // 22:22min // Drama // 2019 // Russian Federation
Director: Sergey Bataev
Writer: Alina Galiaskarova
Spring 1945. Yegor Kuz’mich, a shell-shocked old man who has been through more than one war, tries to join the army.
The German King // 20min // Drama // 2019 // USA
Writer/Director: Adetokumboh M’Cormack
Set in 1914 at the start of World War I, the unbelievable true story of Rudolf Manga, a German-raised African prince who becomes king after his father’s death.
The Sea Swells // 16:15min // Drama // 2018 // Iran
Writer/Director: Amir Gholami
A fisherman lives a seemingly simple life in a shack in the middle of the ocean. The line between nightmare and reality blurs when the man is bombarded with the sights and sounds of battle.
War Machine // 6:31min // Animation // 2019 // Bulgaria
Director: Iva Dimanova
Observing a world with no good and evil, in which war and its consumption of life has become a well-oiled machine.
Their War // 16:15min // Drama // 2019 // UK
Writer/Director: Max Mason
Two soldiers on opposite sides of World War One must do all they can to survive and get back to the families they left behind.
Surviving with Grief // 14:02min // Documentary //2018 // USA
Director: Brooke Mailhiot
Writer: Kristen Lusk
Corporal Alfred Brenner IV’s story about his canine, Grief.
Mosul 980 // 10min // Drama // 2019 // Iraq
Director: Ali Mohammed Saeed
Writers: Mustafa Sattar Jabbar, Ali Mohammed Saeed
A 17 years old kidnapped Yazidi girl disguised in ISIS uniform tries to escape form ISIS. She finds no way to break free, but a military vehicle set on explosives.
Sursis // 14:58min // Drama // 2016 // France
Writer/Director: Raphaël Treiner
Winter 1916. A french lieutenant finds himself the sole survivor of his company after a deadly assault. In search of allied refuge, he is haunted by the ghosts of war.