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As we prepare for 2016, below is the 2015 program.  Expect even more sessions and surprises in the new year.


The entire 2015 festival took place at the The Backlot Studios in Southbank.  Big congratulations to all the 2015 finalists and a slightly bigger congratualtions to the winners:


Opening Night Best Film - Rhododendron by Lewis Attey
Opening Night Best Director - Pedal by Gareth Calverley
Opening Night Best Actor - Annette Crockford from Some Kind of Beautiful
Opening Night Audience Favourite - Pedal by Gareth Calverley
Saturday Matinee Audience Favourite - A Long Walk Home by Rob Stanfield
Music Showcase Best Music Video - The Wolf by Asian Envy
Music Showcase Audience Favourite - How Deep Can I Go? by Hairy Soul Man
Best High School Film - Women in the Media by Kayleigh Carmichael
Best Feature Film - Pretty Good Friends by Sophie Townsend
Closing Night Bonus Best Film - Go Fish by Kristin Skye Sargent
Closing Night Audience Favourite - Obsolete by Jay Perry




Short Film Showcase


Thursday November 26th, 2015

Doors Open: 7:30pm

Show Begins: 8pm


Simply the best short films Melbourne has to offer. Sit back with free popcorn and a drink and immerse yourself in films that have travelled the globe, films that have won big, films that are big premieres. An array of dark romance, thrillers, powerful drama, and even a real life exploration about the human desire to colonize Mars. Help decide the 'Audience Choice Award' and see which films take home our 'Best Film', 'Best Director', and 'Best Actor' awards.





To Have and Withhold

Drama (7min)

Dir. Nic Barker


Balloon Ride

Animation (5min)

Dir. Evan Hughes


Mars Calling

Documentary (10min)

Dir. JP O'Brien


We all make mistakes, but do we all own up?

  A young boy dreams of escaping his abusive home life.  

Two candidates for human colonisation explore why they wish to travel Mars.


Furniture Friend

Comedy (12min)

Dir. Samuel Darby


Some Kind of Beautiful

Drama (14min)

Dir. Rahul Prasad


The Tallest Man

Thriller (9min)

Dir. Alexander Moore

Things are about to get a whole lot more difficult for Micheal when everyone he touches turns into furniture.


As Sarah's world crumbles, a rookie police constable may be the only one who can help her.


Not all is as it seems during a romantic dinner between a husband and wife.



Drama (21min)

Dir. Gareth Calverley


Valentine's Day

Romance (6min)

Dir. Matthew Victor Pastor



Drama (10min)

Dir. Lewis Attey

A young man enlists the help of his fellow drug rehab patient to cycle home to Perth.

  A Vietnamese sex worker is about to learn the real meaning of love.  

A middle aged man works himself into a violent rage and confronts his noisy neighbours.




Friday Night Feature


Friday November 27th, 2015

Doors Open: 7:30pm

Show Begins: 8pm


Hit the Friday night lights, get cosy in the Backlot sofas, and enjoy our special selection of films on a Friday night.  A pair of terrific shorts focusing on relationships kick things off - the hard and twisted Double Patty and whimiscal romance The Parting Gift - followed by award-winning 'out of body comedy' The Heckler.



Double Patty

Drama (10min)

Dir. Alexander Moore & Tavis Urquhart

Two estranged brothers meet for the first time in over 30 years and catch up on lost time over a burger.

The Parting Gift

Romance (8min)

Dir. Christopher Bailey

A man pursues the woman he loves in an effort to give her a parting gift.



The Heckler

Dir. Ben Plazzer

Prod. Steve Mitchell & Ben Plazzer

Starring Simon Mallory, CJ Fortuna, Emily Taheny, Kate Jenkinson


Feature Presentation - Comedy (91min)


A self-obsessed comedian on the fast track to fame, has his body hijacked by the spirit of a jealous heckler and must find a way to reclaim it before the imposter ruins his career forever. 


Shot on location in Melbourne, Australia, CJ Fortuna (Any Questions for Ben) stars as 'The Heckler' along with Simon Mallory (Comedy Inc.), Kate Jenkinson (Offspring), Emily Taheny (Mad As Hell) and notable Aussie comedy performers Tony Martin, Jeff Green, Dave Lawson and Scott Harrison.

The Heckler premiered through a sell out screening at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, followed by screenings at a number of Melbourne and Victorian cinemas.  Now here is your chance to see it at the cosy Backlot at MIM.  An Aussie comedy big on laughs and big on heart, get behind The Heckler and see why it is winning raving reviews and why it won 'Best Ensemble' at the LA Comedy Festival.


The Heckler is "a delightfully charming comedy ... wonderfully witty! For once an LOL that is really an LOL!"  Steve Kaplan, Hollywood comedy guru  (LA Comedy Festival)


"Heart warming and hilarious. Makes you laugh, cry , and think. Awesome!" Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars)


"A mix between King of Comedy and Freaky Friday, The Heckler is an entertaining film... full of laughs." Elizabeth Harnett (Adelaide Fringe)






Saturday Movie Matinée


Saturday November 28th, 2015

Doors Open: 2pm

Show Begins: 2:30pm


Step out of the heat and laze away the afternoon with an assorted collection of brilliant local shorts.  A line-up consisting of more premieres and award winners from some of Melbourne's finest independent filmmakers, showcased in a relaxed environment, the perfect way to wily away the afternoon haze.  Stick around after the session for a BBQ and a free live music.





Fantasy (16min)

Dir. James Vinson



Drama (7min)

Dir. Jonathon Gittus


The Cube An Puzzle

Supernatural  (9min)

Dir. Colin Paxman


A father captures the last man seen with his missing daughter - an enigmatic street magician.



A man struggling with loneliness and a meaningless job has an interaction that motivates him to change.



A grieving father honors the last wish of his late son, resulting in an unexpected turn of events.



Sci Fi (11min)

Dir. Sam Rogers


Road to the Grand Final

Documentary (6min)

Dir. Mark Hellinger & Jesse Maskell



Drama (28min)

Dir. Gregory McCann

Dave and Tim are preperaing for the end of the world, until their friend Max comes over and tells them they are crazy. 



An Intellectually Disabled Australian Rules football team gets a shot at glory in the Grand Final.


After a recent break up, James and Kate are brought back together due to unforseen circumstances. 


Letterpress to impress

Documentary (6min)

Dir. Jack C. Levitt

A Long Walk Home

Drama (7 min)

Dir. Rob Stanfield


Before & After 23

Comedy (7min)

Dir. Vee Shi


John has been printing since 1962 and he shares his passion for letterpress as a craft.






A soldier returns home from duty, hoping to see his wife when she comes home.





Steve wakes from an accident, finding himself in a "parallel universe", with a wife who doesn't know who he is. 





Melbourne Music Showcase

Saturday November 28th, 2015

Live Music & BBQ: 5pm

Music Video Screenings: 6pm


Over the years we have screened many music videos but this is the first time we are gathering the best of Melbourne music and filmmaking together in one session.  Imaginative video clips combined with head bopping tunes, kicked off by a free live music set from altenative rock band Also, Dragons and a good old fashioned BBQ.  Closing the jam packed session is controversial documentary Bodycrash which looks into the unique Melbourne nightclub scene so get your groove on and head on down to MIM for our premiere Music Showcase.



Also, Dragons Live




by Life is Better Blonde

Dir. Natalie Erika James



How Deep Can I Go?

by Hairy Soul Man

Dir. Kai Smythe


We've Got Us

by Amistat

Dir. Maren Preuss




by Maddison Wilson

Dir. Nayomi Pattuwage


Shine a Light

by Sampology

Dir. Jesse Vogelaar



To the Sea

by Stevie and the Sleepers

Dir. Jason Fandos


The Wolf

by Asian Envy

Dir. Julian Lucas








Dir. Adrian Ortega

Documentary (28min)


Special Presentation


Bodycrash takes you deep into Melbourne's infamous nightclub scene and tackles the issues surrounding it, from drug use to underage clubbing to the 'juicy wiggle.' This stylish documentary speaks to prominent figures within the industry to see if the scene has evolved or whether it has just repeating past traits.


Featuring music from Melbourne producers such as Orkestrated, Will Sparks, The Mischievous Men & AZMAC, Bodycrash is a controversial look into a sound and scene that is uniquely Melbourne.




Saturday Night Feature

Saturday November 28th, 2015

Doors Open: 8pm

Show Begins: 8:30pm


Welcome to Saturday night at the movies.  Another pair of powerful shorts, this time with family as the theme - first the aptly titled The Family then heart-warming fantasy Lil.  The shorts are followed by evocative feature The Dream Children, a beautifully crafted drama which is screening and winning praise all over the world.  So join us for fantastic night of film, followed by Q & A's with the filmmakers, and enjoy a local showcase with cold drinks and great company.


The Family

Drama (15min)

Dir. Jayden Stevens


A man from the suburbs organises strangers to visit his home and enact family moments.




Fantasy (15min)

Dir. Parisa Shams Latifi

Lil yearns for the attention of her work obessed parents and can't relate to her school peers. She drifts through routine and a lonely reality until a chance enounter reigintes her wonder for the world.





The Dream Children

Dir. Robert Chuter

Prod. Christopher Pender & Robert Chuter

Starring Graeme Squires, Nicholas Gunn, Jessikah Brown, Christopher Pender, Renee Palmer, Stefan Taylor, Raphael Kilpatrick, Liam McIntyre


Feature Presentation - Drama (98min)

(Film Screening Out of Competition)


Alex wants to become a father. Steven, his partner, has to confront his insecurities and fear of change after a lifetime smothered by superficiality. Unable to adopt legally, but still eager to become parents, they decide to turn to the black market, adopting a child from a desperate young woman over the internet, who's return with a dangerous new boyfriend, threatens to destroy everything they love.


Based on a 2001 play by Julia Britton entitled Internet Baby, The Dream Children had it's first public screening at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and has gone on to screen around the world at LGBT festivals in Miami, Mumbai, Indianapolis, Torino and more. 


Shot with an open and European-esque attitude to sexuality much like French films Betty Blue and The Dreamers, and anchored by easy chemistry between leading men Greame Squires (Home and Away) and Nicholas Gunn (Neighbours), The Dream Children is a bold and beautiful story about love and family and a desire for normalcy in a world that still tries to keep marriage equality to the sidelines.


"We made a rule that the film wasn't to hide anything; that it has to be searingly honest ... Given the themes in the story, we refused to be coy, and went with the philosophy that if it's there in life, we'll replicate it on screen." Robert Chuter (Director)


A must see event and MIM is proud to bring this procative and striking drama back to Melbourne. 








High School Showcase


Sunday November 29th, 2015

Doors Open: 2pm
Show Begins: 2:30pm


This is the future of filmmaking. Our High School Showcase, screening the best short films from Year 12 students and under. The films are diverse, quirky, powerful, each displaying talent and assuredness that belie the filmmaker's age. A great event for the whole family but all patrons take note - The Backlot is a licensed venue and as such:


Minors (under 18) will not be permitted without an adult guardian.






Drama (7min)

Dir. Lyn Le

Suzanne Cory High School


Women in the Media

Documentary (8min)

Dir. Kayleigh Carmicheal

St. Columba's College



Action (8min)

Dir. Vivian Cao

St. Aloysius College

Hannah looks like a regular girl but she has a secret. A story about love, life, and acceptance.   A look at the role of women in the entertainment industry and the challenges met when striving for equality and success.  

When a heist goes wrong, Lime is forced to save her kidnapped housemate.



Drama (6min)

Dir. Zane Borg

Emmanuel College



Animation (2min)

Dir. Lauren Hunter

St. Columba's College


A Journey

Dance (7min)

Dir. Anna Holloway

St. Columba's College

A mother and son reunite over a cup of tea in a picturesque winery.


Allison is experiencing an identity crisis due to social categorisation.


A young girl's emotional journey and search for belonging is portrayed through dance.


Dear Lucy

Thriller (10min)

Dir. Jackson Barnes

Xavier College



Romance (5min)

Dir. Liam Kelly

Padua College



Frank writes a eulogy to his wife who has recently been murdered.

  In a black and white world, a young office worker searches for colour through love.  





Sunday Movie Matinée


Sunday November 29th, 2015

  Doors Open: 4:30pm

 Show Begins: 5pm



One more movie matinée to wile away the afternoon.  A pair of short films - the poignant Master Poet and the mythological Nymph - followed by our final award-winning feature, Pretty Good Friends by Sophie Townsend, Australia's first mumblecore film.  Part of the Australian Film Focus earlier this year at the Classic and Cameo cinemas, Pretty Good Friends is a natural and beautifully crafted 'dramedy' that continues to win rave reviews around the world.  Join the cast and crew for a Q & A and drinks after the screening.



Master Poet

Drama (10min)

Dir. Justin Olstein


Sarah's poem is to be published in an online anthology at a cost to her. But that won't deter her, publication means validation. But when her housemate won't lend her the cash, Sarah takes things into her own hands.



Fantasy (9min)

Dir. Roxanne Halley

A young and foolish Pan is tempted by the beautiful nymph, Syrinx. Under her power his world becomes stange and twisted, thus he is forced to flee into the wilderness. A modern re-telling of the Ancient Greek myth.




Pretty Good Friends

Dir. Sophie Townsend

Prod. Sophie Townsend, Nathan Barillaro, Tom Swinburn

Starring Jenni Townsend, Rain Fuller, Nathan Barillaro


Feature Presentation - Mumblecore  (77min)


What happens when you test the boundary between friendship and love?


Pretty Good Friends tells the story of Jules (Jenni Townsend), who moves home to Melbourne with the hopes of re-inventing herself in time for her 25th birthday. She moves in with her childhood friend, Sam (Rain Fuller) and Sam’s long-term boyfriend Alex (Nathan Barillaro). Juggling the rekindling of an old friendship while an exciting new one emerges tests the boundaries of friendship and puts Jules in a dangerous position.


A combination of comedy, romance and drama, Pretty Good Friends confronts the idea of the ‘emotional affair’ and how human connection can inspire and ignite unknown truths within us, for better or worse. Set against a real representation of Melbourne, the film provides an intimate and raw portrayal of three young people on a journey of self-definition.


Pretty Good Friends has been dubbed Australia’s first mumblecore film, the unique film subgenre that shot Lena Dunham (HBO’s Girls) to fame. Director Sophie Townsend was inspired to create a Melbourne mumblecore film using a small cast and crew and an even smaller budget.  The result is "one of the most naturalistic films that you are likely to see." (The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Film Show)


Winner of Best International Feature at the 2015 Starlite Film Festival Florida, and official selection at the 2015 Going Green Festival USA as well as the 2015 Australian Film Focus series at the Classic and Cameo Cinemas, Pretty Good Friends is a testament to the imagination and ingenuity of local filmmaking.  Catch it on the big screen at MIM and see why Pretty Good Friends is winning awards and fantastic reviews.


"Unlike many productions that try to mimic naturalism with bigger budgets, Townsend creates realism with realism. With no funding, the film is so natural and well crafted that it leaves you looking at your own life from a different angle." (The Australian Times)









Closing Night Shorts

Sunday November 29th, 2015

Doors Open: 7:30pm

Show Begins: 8pm


Our finale.  More of the best short films, more multi-award winners, more premieres, more stories packed with twists and thrills, tears and joy, love and power.  Join us to meet the filmmakers and participate in Q & A's, grab some popcorn and a cider, help decide the 'Audience Choice Award' and see who the judges select for 'Bonus Best Film'.




Position: Vacant

Animation (3min)

Dir. Leonie Yue


Comedy (13min)

Dir. Jay Perry


Era of man

Thriller (9min)

Dir. Matt Mirams

A man going for a job interview ends up fighting for his life.

  A retiree is thrown into the frightening complexities of new technology.

Three would-be kidnappers get more than they bargained for when dealing with an adulterous wife.





The Ahes of Isadora Ivan

Horror (9min)

Dir. Ryan Paturzo-Polson


Rigor mortis

Comedy (5min)

Dir. Luke Goodall & Shaun McCarthy

Go Fish

Drama (13min)

Dir. Kristin Sargent

After the urn of Isadora's ashes is spilt, Erica's night becomes a nightmare. 


A detective's first day becomes a handful as he is set to a vulger task by his superiors.


Sam struggles to deal with tragedy and tormenting school bullies.







Animation (2mins)

Dir. Glynn Urquhart



Drama (14min)

Dir. Daniel Anthony Porto


A man finds a doppelganger of himself through the peephole of his front door.

  A group of suburban kids torment a lonely retiree.