MUFF 777




Mini MUFF
Local & International Short films
Curated by Jason Turley

Short films screening at MUFF this year are a mixed bag in the best possible sense. No genre is over represented and the quality is very high throughout. Programming has accounted for various tastes and predilections. A glance through our catalogue will reveal a generically grouped session or three to arouse anyone’s interest.

Standouts include Melbourne actor John King’s Penny. Even those who loathe romantic comedies will be reformed by Holly Marshall’s endearing performance in the title role. From Spain we have Pablo Valiente’s Roast Rabbit, Peruvian Girl and Desolation, a fantastic tragi-comic film about an ageing male porn star who is unwilling to gracefully step aside for younger flesh.

Darker films include David Jackson’s Snuff Machine and Steven Kostvissios’ The Horseman. Horror fans will be impressed by the Swiss/Italian co-production by Paolo Vandoni, L’Amore Ritrovato, and also by Annabel Osbourne’s Midnight Screening with it’s original use of special effects.


Programmers picks:
Roast Rabbit, Peruvian Girl and Desolation
Another Shot
Penny
The Elusive Eel
Presented by



SESSION 1
Monday 10 July 7pm | Loop


ALBINO SANTA COP
Dir: Tom Priestley | 2006 | Australia | 4 mins | Animation
A greedy Traffic cop gets what he deserves.

SWORD BOY
Dir: Tristan Orchid | 2005 | Canada | 5 mins | Animation
A still pic animation about a boys quest to attain greatness.

ERRORSIM: A COMEDY OF TERRORS
Dir: Eddie White | 2006 | Australia | 4 mins | Animation
Meet Terry an Inept Cartoon Terrorist.

INK
Dir: Adele Wilkes | 2005 | Australia | 9 mins | Experimental
A lonely young woman writes sad love poems to get her through a long night.

SURFING THE NOW
Dir: Doug Mason | 2005 | Australia | 3 mins | Experimental
Einstein tells us there is no universal now. But is that the end of it?

THE WHISPER STOP
Dir : Emma Rozanski | 2006 | Australia | 8 mins | Experimental
Five passengers encounter a mysterious woman on a train.

INSECT
Dir: Magda Matwiejew | 2006 | Australia | 4 mins | Animation
A beautiful woman grows into an insect.

GRIP OF DEATH
Dir: Frank Candiloro | 2006 | Australia | 3 mins | Animation
A Wooden puppet tries to keep it’s dying companion from death.

DIMENSION X
Dir: Nick Kunin | 2005 | USA | 7 mins | Animation
A comic strip story of vampires, astronauts and political scandals.

THE MEATHEADS - THE MEAT SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
Dir: Marc Eiden | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Animation
Mankind is wiped out by a giant intergalactic meatball.

THE PHOTOSYNTHESIST
Dir: Grantley Smith | 2005 | Australia | 8 mins | Experimental
In the depths of a water well a man finds an interesting escape route.

THE BUILDERS
Dir: Brad Betts | 2005 | Australia | 3 mins | Animation
Bizarre little creatures attempt to find the answer to the ultimate question.

META 4
Dir: Katrina Mathers | 2006 | Australia | 2 mins | Experimental
Exploration of four/fore/for/4 in our language and everyday life.



SESSION 2
Monday 10 July 9pm | Loop


SCORNED
Dir: Andrew Murray | 2006 | Australia | 4 mins | Comedy
When a cheating husband is caught in the act, the battle begins.

SECOND
Dir: Greg Apps | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Comedy
Two brothers set out on a day of adventure.

NUMBER 2
Dir: Martin Copping | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Comedy
Sylvia has finally met the man of her dreams, but will one mistake wash her chance of love down the drain.

PENNY
Dir: John King | 2005 | Australia | 16 mins | Drama/Comedy
Penny has fallen for Josh, but will he be everything she hoped for?

RICHARD
Dir: Mick Elliot | 2006 | Australia | 3 mins | Animation
Meet Richard, an ordinary man striving to keep his head up.

HEADACHE
Dir: Tim Auld | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Black Comedy
Two guys courier a severed head.

WHEN YOU GOTTA GO

Dir: Clem Malina | 2006 | Australia | 6 mins | Comedy
A dark comedy about love, heartbreak, suicide and sushi.

BOUNCING BETTY
Dir: Jason Stacy | 2005 | Australia | 5 mins | Black Comedy
A soldier steps on a land mine.

THE DEAD SHIFT
Dir: Ana Djordjevic | 2005 | Australia | 7 mins | Comedy/Horror
A naïve gas station clerk receives a visit from a zombie in the dead of the night.

THE MAN WHO OPENED SPAM
Dir: Simon Best/Paul Murphy | 2006 | Australia | 9 mins | Comedy
What if everything spam promised delivered?

SUPER-ANON
Dir: Stephen H Plitt | 2005 | Canada | 10 mins | Mockumentary
A look at a therapy group for relatives of superheroes.

MATTHEW AND JOHN
Dir: David Brand | 2006 | Australia | 8 mins | Black Comedy
Two Mormons find themselves in dire straits.



SESSION 3
Tuesday 11 July 7pm | Loop


MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE
Dir: Shane Northey | 2005 | Australia | 11 mins | Mockumentary
A satirical look at the history of Melbourne.

DIG
Dir: B.Walker | 2005 | Australia | 4 mins | Experimental/Animation
Before the age of Industry Potatoes were dug by hand.

THE ELUSIVE EEL
Dir: Richard Hughes | 2005 | Australia | 7 mins | Documentary
A giant eel shakes up a country town.

N FOR NELLY
Dir: Katrina Mathers | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Mockumentary
In 1985 the phrase “N for Nelly” was first heard.

THE SPEAKING ROLE
Dir: Ivan Duzel/Adam Krongold | 2006 | Australia | 6 mins | Mockumentary
A guy who is mis-cast and sacked on set, tries to find resolve.

WHO IS THE SONIC MANIPULATOR?
Dir: Zev Howley | 2005 | Australia | 10 mins | Documentary
Meet Musician and inventor Claude Woodward.

THE OKAPA CONNECTION
Dir: Pip Starr | 2006 | Australia | 15 mins | Documentary
Follows the journey of Fairtade coffee from PNG to Melbourne.

BUSINESS AS USUAL
Dir: Joe Hiscott | 2005 | Canada | 10 mins | Documentary/Experimental
Reveals the grotesquely human nature of the executive citizen.

RAT RIBBONS
Dir: Chrissie Hall | 2006 | Australia | 25 mins | Documentary
A look at the world of completive rat shows.



SESSION 4
Tuesday 11 July 9pm | Loop


ADDICTION TO CONVICTION
Dir: Mark Aquilina | 2005 | Australia | 3 mins | Preview
Life is a bitch and so is revenge.

MIDNIGHT SCREENING
Dir: Annabel Osbourne | 2005 | Australia | 8 mins | Fantasy/Horror
Being short after midnight can be deadly.

FUCK FRANKIE
Dir: Jason Turley | 2004 | Australia | 3 mins | Experimental
One nerds wild night.

L’AMORE RITROVATO
Dir: Paolo Vandoni | 2006 | Switzerland-Italy | 15 mins | Horror
A woman makes love to a man after meeting at a concert.

NETHERWORLD
Dir: Greg Connors | 2005 | Australia | 14 mins | Thriller/Horror
God bets on a rigged boxing match between Gabriel and the demon of pain.

DUDES OF DOOM
Dir: Christian Malmquist | 2005 | Aus | 16 mins | Comedy/Adventure/Horror
A man walks into a pub and meets Lemmy and Ozzy who tell him they met the devil.

THE LISTENING DEAD
Dir: Phil Mucci | 2006 | USA | 14 mins | Horror
An obsessed composer neglects his wife, with horrifying consequences.

WOODEN ICE CREAM CONES
Dir: Michael Kratochvil | 2006 | Australia | 2 mins | Experimental
Imagery from Bugsy Malone, Society and Fade to Black edited with additional footage.

GOATSTOP
Dir: James Barahanos | 2006 | Australia | 6 mins | Drama
An imp looks for the perfect subject.



SESSION 5
Wednesday 12 July 7pm | Loop


DEAR JOHN
Dir : Mat Cavang | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Black Comedy
A filmmaker rejected from a film festival does something about it.

JOLLY GOOD FELLOW
Dir: Jean Philippe Lopez | 2006 | Australia | 5 mins | Black Comedy
A young man is kidnapped by a gang of would be terrorists.

TWO FOR THE SHOW
Dir: Mark Priems | 2006 | Australia | 9 mins | Drama
A criminal and his girlfriend hold a wealthy executive hostage.

DEAD END
Dir: Flora Georgiou | 2006 | Australia | 9 mins | Drama
A desperate junkie accepts to take on a job for his next hit.

THE HORSEMAN
Dir: Steven Kostvissios | 2006 | Australia | 16 mins | Thriller
The council exterminator comes knocking. Scenes may offend.

ROUTINE
Dir: Jamshed Mubaraki | 2006 | Australia | 18 mins | Black Comedy/Drama
Days in the life of a racist, sexist call centre worker.

THE SNUFF MACHINE
Dir: David Jackson | 2005 | Australia | 20 mins | Thriller
A young man picks up a mysterious girl at a bizarre bar called the snuff machine. Scenes may offend.



SESSION 6
Wednesday 12 July 9pm | Loop


DICKLESS
Dir: Ben O’ Mara | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Black Comedy
Have you ever felt like less of a man?

THE BARN
Dir: Fluer Nelson | 2005 | Australia | 8 mins | Drama
Six year old Rosie hides a stranger in her barn.

HOLE IN THE WALL
Dir: Peter Hegeous | 2005 | Australia | 11 mins | Drama
When a strange hole appears in his wall, Ben is shocked by what he sees.

PHASE
Dir : Sky Crompton | 2005 | Australia | 15 mins | Drama/Animation
The story of a post modern superhero coming to terms with the realities of modern life.

SCRUB
Dir: Douglas Watkin | 2006 | Australia | 10 mins | Drama
A biker has conformed into mainstream society.

ROBOTS ARE BLUE
Dir : Bill Sebastian | 2005 | USA | 8 mins | Comedy/Sci-Fi
In a workplace infiltrated by robots, sometimes the line between human and machine becomes blurred.

TEST SHOOT FOR RCHARD WOLSTENCROFTS NEXT FEATURE
Dir: R.Wolstencroft | 2006 | Australia | 25 mins
An adaptation of an old novel brought to life through a lens of the writing of Bret Easton Ellis and Festival director Richard Wolstencroft. See this sneak peak at a few scenes shot as a test for RW’s next feature.



SESSION 7
Thursday 13 July 7pm | Loop


THE WHISKEY BAR
Dir : Michael Hoath | 2005 | Australia | 12 mins | Drama
After a bungled suicide attempt, a young man wanders the streets, eventually finding a deserted bar.

THE KILLING ROOM
Dir : Alex Kuzelicki | 2005 | Australia | 14 mins | Drama
A Colombian freedom fighter must assassinate an idealistic youth for a cause which goes against everything he’s been fighting for.

ANOTHER SHOT
Dir: Simon Ryan | 2006 | Australia | 7 mins | Drama
One man’s heartbreaking story of regret and his determination to turn his life around.

3:18
Dir: Anthony Samangy | 2005 | USA | 12 mins | Drama/Comedy
Take two stoners, mix in a bit of urban isolation and what you get is something truly unique.

ROTAGITSNI
Dir : Lee Kennedy | 2005 | Australia | 8 mins | Drama
Ekul finds himself drinking his problems away in a strange bar called Rotagitsni.

WAKE UP
Dir: Dane Owen | 2006 | Australia | 10 mins | Drama
A man wakes up alone in a room with no sign of entry or exit.

THE BLEEDING MAN

Dir: Melissa Azizi | 2005 | Australia | 18 mins | Drama
A story of a man who bleeds the filth of the world through his senses.

THE LAST OUTPOST
Dir: Cassie Dart | 2005 | Australia | 20 mins | Drama
Darius’ girlfriend Shelley has an addiction and he doesn’t know how to help her.



SESSION 8
Tuesday 11 July 5pm | Pop Shop


DARK DECISIONS
Dir: Scott Lawson | 2005 | Australia | 15 mins | Drama
After witnessing his life fall apart, James searches for a new life in a new world.

STILL LIFE
Dir: Tahnee McGuire | 2005 | Australia | 17 mins | Drama
Ron had no life until Mandy lit it up.

PERDITION
Dir: Matt Carter | 2005 | Australia | 7 mins | Drama
Josephine is a young woman who is in the fight of her life.

DOMESTIC
Dir: Katie Hides | 2005 | Australia | 8 mins | Comedy/Action
It’s crouching lover, hidden agenda when a couple put their relationship and martial arts skills to the test.

GLASS
Dir: Ivan Duzel | 2006 | Australia | 8 mins | Drama
A story of two Melbourne gangsters.

EVE
Dir: Paul Leeming | 2005 | Australia | 15 mins | Sci-Fi
Companion. Servant. Lover. Machine.

BZZZZZZZ
Dir: Lee Demarbre | 2006 | Canada | 22 mins | Comedy
A group of characters are trapped in Canada’s capital city during a killer bee invasion.

ROAST RABBIT, PERUVIAN GIRL AND DESOLATION
Dir: Pablo Valiente | 2005 | Spain | 12 mins | Drama
A former porn star finds it hard to move on.