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 ShowcaseDoors 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
Dir. Nic Barker
Dir. Evan Hughes
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.
Dir. Samuel Darby
Some Kind of Beautiful
Dir. Rahul Prasad
The Tallest Man
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.
Dir. Gareth Calverley
Dir. Matthew Victor Pastor
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
Doors Open: 7:30pm
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.
Dir. Alexander Moore & Tavis UrquhartTwo estranged brothers meet for the first time in over 30 years and catch up on lost time over a burger.
The Parting Gift
Dir. Christopher BaileyA man pursues the woman he loves in an effort to give her a parting gift.
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)