AFIN 2022 Programme
AFIN 2022 presents a world-class lineup of live events, screenings, and a workshop for the film industry, and film lovers alike.
You can find a full list below of our events, and all films which are screening in our 2022 program. We look forward to seeing you with us!
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2022 Screening Films
A Figment Of One's Imagination
Short Film (Australia) - Screening 29th October - Self-rated MA-15+ content guide
Nominated for: Best Australian Film, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design
A brief story about 2 young boys, one a Jew and the other a Sicilian, who lose their family at war. As they grow up into men they grow a strong hatred for people and the system. They infiltrate into the hierarchy/the system. This short narrative is poetically written, nothing with to much depth in terms of storytelling but more visually orchestrated to the narration. Each shot has a symbolic meaning to the message.
Across the Ocean
Music Video (Korea) - Screening 29th October - Self-rated G content guide
Nominated for: Best Music Video
The ocean — both wild and calm, dangerous and beautiful — is made up of majesty and mystery, and it is indeed a force of nature we stood in awe. While we may appear very small to such greatness of the ocean, human endeavors and emotions can be powerful like the ocean. Beyond the horizon of the sea, we may have someone dear to one's heart. Especially during this stressful year, it's important to reflect on all of the kinship, blessings, and emotions you miss. So I wrote this piece of music and made this clip, dedicating it to all the people who love the ocean and miss their loved ones who may be missing you across the ocean.
Short Film (Hong Kong) - Screening - 29th October - Self-rated PG content guide
Nominated for: Best Actress, Best Student Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best VFX, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Director
A pair of lovers, one of whom is a humanoid, go to a robot repair shop hoping to have their relationship mended by the mechanic.
On his advice, the human owner Jackie agrees to an irreversible upgrade for Tammy, her humanoid soulmate. However, the results are not as expected.
Tammy meets Anima, a fellow humanoid, setting in motion a series of events in a tango between the intangible sense of love, the harsh reality of possession, and the price of independence.
ANIMA POSSESSION is an intricate and delicate short which explores human-on-human, human-on-humanoid, and humanoid-on-humanoid love relationships and what it means to be soulmates.
Feature Film (Australia) - Screening 26th October - Self-rated MA15+ Content guide
Nominated for: Best Actress, Best Australian Film, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Picture
After a heart transplant a young woman finds herself connecting with a homeless man through classical music. Throughout a series of dramatic performances and emotional events the two worlds begin to merge as one.
Short Documentary (Australia) - Screening 4th November - Self-Rated M content guide
Nominated for: Best Short Documentary, Best Student Film
Bustard Head recounts the tragic life story of Nils Gibson during his station at Australia’s most gruesome lighthouse. Shining a light on the harsh realities of life at the light-station in the 1800s, this documentary delves into the devastating effects of the extreme isolation on the mental and physical health of its inhabitants.
Short Film (New Zealand) - Screening 2nd November - Self-rated MA15+ content guide
Nominated for: Best Student Film, Best Cinematography
7 years after a global collapse, a lonely, guilt-ridden survivor is pulled out of his hermit lifestyle when trouble begins to brew in the forest he dwells in.
Short Documentary (United States) - Screening 4th November - Self-rated G content guide
Nominated for: Best Short Documentary
A Sir Steve McQueen film to raise awareness and reduce embarrassment of Prostate Cancer to the black community. Produced by UK charity, Male Cancer Awareness Campaign and Lammas Park. Starring Idris Elba OBE. Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE, Micheal Ward and Mr Morgan Freeman
ENDVS | Tears Drown Your Grave
Music Video (Australia) - Screening 29th October - Self-rated G content guide
Nominated for: Best Music Video, Best VFX
After the loss of a loved one dark sentiments can bubble to the surface. How does one detach from their regret? The endless void awaits those who give in to the darker side of their sorrow. Tears Drown Your Grave is a surreal exploration of the effects of loss and the clawing grief that follows.
Eyes Upon Waking
Feature Film (United States) - Screening 4th November - Self-rated M content guide
Nominated for: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Actor, Best Picture
A troubled woman must come to terms with her suicide attempts while spending several days in a holding facility.
Golden Frames in The Closet
Short Film (Indonesia) - Screening 26th October - Self-rated PG content guide
Nominated for: Best Emerging Female Director, Best Live Action Short Film, Best Director, Best Diversity In Film
A mortuary cosmetologist has to face a dilemma when she receives a call from a mother who had lost her child in an accident. A film with no dialog.
Green Is The New Black
Feature Documentary (Australia) - Screening 29th October - Self-Rated - M content rating
Nominated for: Best Feature Doc, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound
Green Is The New Black is a story of passion and purpose behind an ambitious environmental feat of one of Australia’s leading heavy music acts, In Hearts Wake. Their fiercely loyal following has been forged from their relentless world–touring ethic, passionate ecological advocacy and hard-hitting, melodic-driven music. The band have received four top-5 records, an ARIA nomination for Best Hard Rock album, 110 million digital streams and over 100,000 records sold worldwide. But the more they recorded and toured the planet, the clearer it became: they were unwittingly threatening the very thing they sought to protect. The band vowed to record, release and perform their next album, (Kaliyuga), in a radically new and sustainable way. Green is the New Black is a carbon off-set documentary that captures the twists and turns of the band’s urgent mission to stop at nothing as they face backlash, bushfires and an unprecedented global pandemic.
Through conversation with creatives, experts and professionals such as Damon Gameau (2040, That Sugar Film), Tamara Smith (Greens Member for Parliament), AY Young (United Nations Young Leader), Jess Ducrou (Splendour In The Grass Festival founder), Heidi Lennfer (FEAT Artists), and Luke Logemann (UNFD Records), join In Hearts Wake as they uncover unsettling truths, face human adversity and discover inspiring solutions for a new earth-aligned way forward.
Short Film (France) - Screening 2nd November - Self-Rated G Content Guide
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor
Anna a professional photographer who was promoted to a great career, had been selected to participate in a famous photograph festival.
But her dreams were suddenly broken by an eye disease called glaucoma
Turning her brightness world into darkness.
Blind and desparate, to get through this awful situation, she was helped by Bruno her loving, devoted, husband and an association called "eyes of imagination" giving her hope and confidence to live her first passion once again.
Short Film (Canada) - Screening 29th October - Self-rated M content guide
Nominated for: Best Live Action Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design
June is a story about the fragility of life; the primal forces that drive and control us and the mystery of hope and new beginnings. Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day in June for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.
Feature Film (Canada) - Screening 2nd November - Self-Rated MA15+ content guide
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best VFX, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Director, Best Picture
Mathieu is a brilliant neurosurgeon whose perfect life is falling apart.
Impending divorce, job loss, substance abuse, and a mid-life crisis are all factors that can cause him to go off the rails. In addition, the sudden death of his father forces him to return home to Anishinaabe territory, a place he has tried to avoid since his youth.
Nevertheless, Mathieu agrees to go and deposit his father's ashes in the heart of their ancestral territory and wishes to find himself at the same time.
The break away from the city promises to be a nice getaway until Mathieu realizes that he is now the prey of an evil creature known as the Wendigo. Mathieu's pilgrimage quickly becomes an unimaginable nightmare that will change him forever. Like it or not, our vices always catch up with us eventually.
My Soul To Take
Short Film (Canada) - Screening 4th November - Self-rated PG content guide
Nominated for: Best Emerging Female Director, Best Actress, Best Live Action Short Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Production Design, Best Director
After a year filled with hopelessness, low self-esteem and loneliness, Quinn retires for the night in her downtown high-rise. A software update on her phone appears and is accepted without hesitation. An update, which summons her into a dream world of antiquities and powerlessness.
Painting By Numbers
Animated Film (Australia) - Screening 29th October - Self-Rated PG content guide
Nominated for: Best Animated Film
When we look at great art, do we realise it is looking back? With eyes that see more clearly than we do?
In a mysterious gallery imbued with strange life, shadows of the past and unresolved futures collide when a child's vision peels away the layers of what we call 'reality'...join a journey through the masterpieces you thought you knew as their hidden souls are finally given a voice.
As layers of contemporary 'reality' are stripped away, art's unseen soul brings a challenge we can neither ignore nor escape. Or can we? Will their message be heard in time?
The door is open. The masters' works await us. Who will enter ?
Short Film (Australia) - Screening 2nd November - Self-Rated PG content guide
Nominated for: Best Australian Film, Best Live Action Short Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor
In a library, on the night before a university student leaves for a new life, her friends share their dreams. As each tale emerges, her premonition grows that something is not right.
Music Video (Australia) - Screening 2nd November - Self-Rated G content guide
Nominated for: Best Music Video
To what extent do we define ourselves and others by the things we do?
'Plastic' is a new music video which explores these questions through the story of a break down in a relationship resulting in a profound moment of purpose. The video is a real and surreal story of love, loss and construction, which counterpoints the minimalist electronic music of Micra.
This work is a collision of emotionally rich psychological drama and cerebral construction, think 'Before Sunrise' meets ‘Inception'.
Riot in the Meadow
Short Documentary (United Kingdom) - Screening 2nd November - Self-Rated PG content guide
Nominated for: Best Short Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Sound
Riot in the Meadow is a poetic documentary about the life of artist Vicky Hawkins, former assistant to Iconic 1960s fine artist Bridget Riley.
Featuring and narrated by Actress/Author Roberta Taylor (EastEnders) (Luther) (Viceroys House) and (Shakespeare and Hathaway). We visit Vicky's art exhibition and meet some of her friends at her art studio.
Riot in the Meadow is the name of a poem and also the title Vicky borrowed for her latest art exhibition. It incorporates the vibrant colours she uses in her work, using "A riot of colour" but also Vicky explains how the meaning of the poem encapsulates her philosophy of life, love and death.
Short Film (Australia) - Screening 29th October - Self-rated M content guide
Nominated for: Best Emerging Female Director, Best Australian Film, Best Diversity In Film
'Sacrifice' is a military love story told from a different perspective. Sacrifice follows the new life of Blake Robinson and James Hunter as they are pulled apart by forces out of their control. A heart breaking look into the Sacrifices all people make no matter where this may lie.
Feature Documentary (Australia) - Screening 26th October - Self-rated M content guide
Nominated for: Best Feature Doc, Best Original Score, Best Diversity In Film
Scattered People is an Australian documentary revealing the transformational and healing power of music – bringing together people, cultures and countries.
Saha and Mas, two young Iranian musicians flee their homeland and seek asylum in Australia. In immigration detention they encounter the Scattered People band – a small group of kindred spirits who play music and create songs with refugees and people seeking asylum. Following their journeys, we observe how music breaks down barriers and gives Saha and Mas purpose, helping to shape their identities and offering hope for the future.
Interviews and music from acclaimed musicians Missy Higgins, Michael Franti, John Butler, Archie Roach, Katie Noonan, Dan Sultan, Harry James Angus and Robbie James (GANGgajang), Scattered People explores how music can help unite, heal and restore our compassion for some of the most vulnerable people on our planet.
Street No. 4
Short Film (Australia) - Screening 2nd November - Self-rated M content guide
Nominated for : Best Emerging Female Director, Best Australian Film
Determined to prove to her partner that their new eucalyptus house is perfect for their family, a pregnant woman discovers there's more to the house than what was advertised.
Animated Film (Iran) - Screening 4th November - Self-rated PG content guide
Nominated for: Best Animated Film
In the land occupied with the sprayers army, no one has the right to grow any kind of plants either in public or private.
So many of the people and soldiers do not even know how dose a plant grows or look like, until one day one of the soldiers finds a seed buried deep down in the dust and his curiosity is just the beginning of something extraordinary, something big, something revolutionary