FILMS – 10 Short Films You Probably Haven’t Seen

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‘Shorts’ Are Always Better

Short films are usually made by independent filmmakers and quite often do not generate funds from them. They are usually very low budget or no budget at all; but the short films that exist today can be just as captivating as a full feature film. A short film is considered any film that runs for 40 minutes or less; any more and it would be classified as a feature film. They are usually shot on location, sometimes on sets and also they are often animated. 

Most of these short films are from an Australian initiated short film festival called Tropfest, which is held in Sydney every year.  Over the past few days we’ve been surfing the internet to bring you ten short films that you probably haven’t seen. *They are in no particular order.

1. “The Unusual Suspects” Directed by Steve Mitchell

Australian ignorance and humour at its very best, we start this list off with a film from Tropfest Australia 2012. It’s a new suburb of short films. 

4.5/5 Stars

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2. “Smoking Will Kill You” Directed by Raphael Sammut

Bill’s life was simple and uncomplicated. Sammy’s was contrived and controlled. Like a monkey with a gun, these two should never have met.


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3. “Oktapodi” 

What do you get when you have two smitten Octopuses and a tyrannical restaurant cook? Oktapodi.

4/5 stars

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3. “Unwind” Mainstay Productions

Based on a book by the same name, their interesting choice in focusing on this one particular scene is both creepy and thought provoking. 

3.5/5 stars

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4. “Awakening” Directed by Liam Newton – Tropfest Australia 2010

With little else left in his world, one lonely robot does what he can to restore his only companion before time runs out. 

3/5 stars

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5. “Slimtime” Directed by Bertrand AVRIL

While his wife is undergoing slimming treatment, André goes on a discovery tour of this very unusual centre. 

3.5/5 stars

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6. “The Code” Directed by Murray Fahey

Having trouble studying for exams? Do you need some help? These kids have the right idea.

2.5/5 stars

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7. “A Man Walks Into A Bar” Directed by Rhys Wakefield & Sophie Lowe

An awkward exchange leads to a very awkward morning after. You may recognise Sophie Lowe from an Australian film called Beautiful Kate

2.5/5 stars

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8. “Things To Do” Directed by Daniel Jameison & Ana Maria Belo

What would you do to save the one you love?

3/5 stars

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9. “Y2GAY” Directed by Dan Ilic & James Pender

Remember Y2K? Watch it till the end, it reinforces the message. 

4/5 stars

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10. “Fish Lips” Directed By Duane Fogwell

A story revolving around kids, a game of Yahtzee, a little fish and a girl. 

3/5 stars