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From over 200 submissions, the 12th annual Bondi Short Film Festival has selected 14 of Australia’s most talented up and coming filmmakers for its 2012 shortlist of finalists. The finalists will compete for a prize pool valued at over $10,000, judged by a panel of highly respected award winning members of the Australian film and television industry.

The award categories presented by this year’s Festival sponsors include: Hoyts Kiosks ‘People Choice Award’, Proof Sunglasses ‘Best Script Award’, Boca Lupo ‘Best Music Award’, Spectrum Films ‘Best Production Award’, WeWood Watches ‘Best Actor Award’, Santa Vittoria ‘Best Cinematography Award’ and Showtime Movie Channels ‘Best Film Award’.


The 12th annual Bondi Short Film Festival finalists include:


Thin Air  Directed by Natalie Nalesnyik

A teenage gymnast watches a questionable relationship unfold between her teammate and her coach. Confronted by mixed feelings of jealousy and suspicion, she struggles in knowing the truth behind his actions. She must decide, despite her doubts and fears, whether to follow her instincts.


The Art of Boxing– Directed by Andrew Flakelar

We all know boxing to be a brutal pursuit, but few recognise and appreciate the artistry of its finesse, strategy and heart. Seen through the eyes of Newton “The Butcher” Kidd, a grassroots professional fighter from the Bronx, New York, The Art of Boxing takes a cinematic view of the complexity and poetry of boxing by shattering the commonly held view of a simplistic and barbaric contest, elevating the drama, determination and struggles of this passionate boxer.

Push & Pull – Directed by Dorothy Pranolo

Lisa, a young Asian-Australian girl, feels forever pressured by her mother to be the perfect violinist. When tensions between the two collide at Lisa’s much anticipated violin audition, which path will she follow? The life she wants, or the one her mother has paved for her?


Embellish – Directed by Chris Radburn

Chris doesn’t talk about his acting career because he hasn’t got one. But he soon realises sometimes the only thing you can do is embellish.


Mug’s Game – Directed by Lav Bodnaruk and Michael Mier

Shad Newbolt has been a boxer for as long as he can remember, but something has changed. For the first time in his career he is gripped by fear, but Shad’s manager is unconcerned by his fears and presses the point that he doesn’t just box for himself and it would be even more dangerous for him to quit. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, in his tormented mind, Shad only sees one way out!


Grandma – Directed by Michelle Lia

Sean is walking home to his grandmothers after seeing his friend at the park. In the meantime, Sean’s grandmother receives a letter that will potentially change her grandson’s life. She positively can’t wait until he gets home to tell him the good news. Now…when is he coming home?


Reason For Living – Directed by Graeme Simsion

He’s a computer expert in his early 40s, fit and financially independent. He travels widely, has a range of interests and enjoys socialising. What he wants more than anything else is someone to share his life with. But his relationships seldom progress past the first date. He doesn’t seem to be wired for romance. Then he meets someone.  Fate has dealt her a bad hand, but she is destined to become his reason for living. From the author of The Rosie Project, a true story about finding love.

 Young Blood – Directed by Billy Otto

The lives of three extremely vulnerable young men from New Zealand, Australia and Vietnam are traced as they reflect on their desire for acceptance. All coming from broken families, they retell their experience in their local gangs.

The Grand Design
 – Directed by Samuel Bartlett

A metaphysics student that believes he can scientifically decipher fate, must choose between saving his own life or that of a stranger after living the same day twice.


A Place Like This – Directed by David May

A RAAF pilot’s extraordinary survivor tale of a night he will never forget told in a garden paradise that he has created.


The Maker – Directed by Christopher Kezelos

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.

Julia – Directed by Brodie Rocca

A coming of age film that explores themes of manhood, the fight for beauty and classic romance in a modern concrete world. George, the wounded hero who has yet to accept the end of a relationship meets a mystery girl. Young, intelligent and dangerous, she’s about to give him the push he needs.

Resistance – Directed by Blake Borcich
A Nazi officer is blown into a cellar during the bombardment of a French town. Two women are seeking shelter in the same cellar and they become suddenly trapped. But where is the danger – outside or within?

The Gnome Garden – Directed by Elena Hattersley

A documentary that follows the story of Kerry, a collector of all things gnome, who gives the audience a peek into her world and how she ended up with over 300 gnomes.

WHAT: 12th annual Bondi Short Film Festival

WHEN: Saturday, November 24th 2012

WHERE: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach

TICKETS: Moshtix – or 1300 438 849

COST: $33 + booking fee


  • Matinee Session – 3pm (Main Theatre) Doors open at 2pm

  • Evening Session 1 – 7:30pm (Main Theatre) Doors open at 6pm
  • Evening Session 2 – 8:15pm (Seagull Theatre) Doors open at 6pm


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One twenty-something year old girl who has been living in Australia since Jan 2009.


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