Homegrown Shorts

Friday, 12.09., 17.30 h, Kino 2

What does home mean to you? In this selection of homegrown Aussie films we discover that home is much more than a roof over your head. It can be a look shared between loved ones, a journey of self-discovery, a place without windows or doors, or a moment with someone who makes you feel safe.

*All films in competition: Down Under Berlin Audience Award



by Apirana Ipo Te Maipi, 2014, 14 min. 46 sec., English; AUS


Going Up bends the rules of reality to delve into the heart of what it means to be young. Over a course of eight hours, a sequence of events changes the lives of five ordinary people who are trying to find out where they belong and where they feel at home.

About Apirana Ipo Te Maipi
Apirana was set on becoming a graphic designer, but a random selection of electives took him to film studies. He shot his first music video in 2005 while undertaking a diploma in visual arts at the University of Auckland. Generalizing his skills across every aspect of filmmaking Apirana found script writing and directing came naturally for him. To be able to share a thought or an idea that could change a person’s life for the better, this is something very unique and very powerful, and something Apirana aspires to produce with all his future films.



by Chris Veerhuis, 2013, 6 min. 09 sec., English, AUS


Liz is looking for love, love is looking for Liz. Can she keep quiet long enough to find it?

About Chris Veerhuis
Since beginning his career in the Australian film
industry in 2006 Chris has gained a breadth of
 experience across various areas of production. 
Chris directed short documentary and music
 videos and was the location 
manager on productions including Red Dog, Satellite Boy, Cliffy and Lockie Leonard 2. Now 
in 2013, shifting his focus to producing and
 directing, Chris has formed West Coast
 Production Services and West Coast Productions. WCPS allows Chris to bring together the skills of exceptional producers, location managers, first AD’s and production managers to provide a complete pre-production service in Western Australia.



by Jason Kempnich, 2013, 10 min. 30 sec., English, AUS


Food shortages during a year-long pandemic force recently widowed George to stray far from home to survive. A simple purchase of rations derails when George stumbles upon a shopkeeper’s secret.

About Jason Kempnich
During his high school years, Jason produced several films with friends and later on volunteered at a local television station. With no formal education in filmmaking, Jason formed Yarnmaker and directed Unfinished Business (2006, 5 awards, 14 official selections), followed by Unrepentant (2010, 4 awards, 13 official selections). Cough is Jason’s third film.


My Mother Her Daughter*

by Erin Good, 2013, 10 min. 40 sec., English, AUS

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After a violent death in the family, a teenage girl struggles to reconnect with her increasingly distant mother, before she loses her too.

About Erin Good
Erin is a Sydney based writer & director represented by RGM Artists. She is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Directing at AFTRS. My Mother Her Daughter is the most recent of several award winning short films Erin has written & directed, which gives a sense of the ideas and styles she would like to explore in the longer form projects she is currently developing.


Going Up*

by Tavis Urquhart and Patrick Neff, 2013, 7 min. 14 sec., English, AUS

Tom Moulder is on his way to the eleventh floor of an old run down building to start his new job, when he encounters a darkly bizarre character with a strange story to tell. Going Up bends the rules of reality to delve into the heart of what it means to be young.

About Tavis Urquhart
Tavis Urquhart is a young independent writer, director and actor. After studying film at Swinburne University, he produced a number of works from short films to music video clips (including Going Up) and has acted in many others. Tavis’ aim is to continue writing and directing films and one day translate what he has learnt about the craft of the short film format and make a feature length narrative.

About Patrick Neff
Patrick Neff studied Film and Television at Swinburne University of Technology. He graduated with multiple strengths in writing, directing and cinematography with his graduate film being showcased at film festivals around the world. Patrick currently works within the camera department at one of Australia’s leading television networks and continues to collaborate on a number of short film projects.


The Future*

by Venetia Taylor, 2011/2012, 7 min. 11 sec., English, AUS

When you’re young and in love, the future seems bright…but what it really holds will surprise you.

About Venetia Taylor
Venetia is a writer/ director/actor based in Sydney, who completed an MLitt in English Literature at Sydney University in 2009 and studied at Screenwise. Short films include Ophelia, Terror on the Northside, Germany, The Palace, Connected, Distant Thunder, Brittany, Garbo, Ave Maria, The Future & Date With Fate. Stage plays include Butterkeks, Hillary Hillary Hillary & Terror on the Northside (Best Script, Best New Talent & Best Overall Production at Sydney Short and Sweet Festival ‘08).


Tony Windberg – A Painter in the Woods*

by Thomas Schumacher, 2014, 22 min., English, AUS


Multi award-winning artist Tony Windberg lives and works in Northcliffe, in the midst of vast eucalyptus forests in the South West region of Western Australia. Due to the impact of the timber industry as well as the lack of natural reforestation, the area has changed dramatically over the last few years. Tony Windberg. A Painter in the Woods is a portrait of a man and his art. Windberg’s varied stylistic range of artwork is represented widely through numerous corporate, public and private collections in Australia.

About Thomas Schumacher
Thomas Schumacher was born in Eppingen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany. He has worked as a magazine editor, in television as a production assistant, and for the German-Polish Artist Radio station. He worked as a teaching assistant in the department for Experimental Sound Art and Sound Design/Sound Studies at the Berlin University of Arts (Universität der Künste). This is his eighth film with his production company Gerne Mehr Film.


The Things My Father Never Taught Me*

by Burleigh Smith, 2012, 7 min., English, AUS


Melvin gives dating advice to his three-year-old son. He teaches him to dress well, act with confidence, and spend time with the right crowd. The results are disastrous. Then Melvin meets Mary, an attractive single mother, and puts his own advice to the test.

About Burleigh Smith
Burleigh is a Western Australian screenwriter, director and actor. His films centre on relationships between men and women and often emphasise dry wit and desperate characters. His strongest influence is Woody Allen. Smith’s short films have been accepted into over 150 festivals around the world. He is a two-time finalist at Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival and won Best Director of Western Australia in 2011. He has a Masters in Film and has also studied under leading Australian film critic David Stratton. In 2011, Stratton wrote that Smith’s enthusiasm for film matched his own. Smith lectures in film making at SAE Institute, Perth.


Milk & Honey*

by Marina Alofagia McCartney, 2012, 14 min. 26 sec., English, NZ

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In the 1970s, Tailoto, a Samoan immigrant, embraces New Zealand as home while she excitedly anticipates the arrival of her baby. However, poor race relations threaten her happiness when she is arrested during the now infamous Dawn Raids. As she desperately tries to persuade Samoan Constable Salevao to help her, he is torn between his duty and his sympathy for Tailoto, as he considers his own future in the land of milk and honey.

About Marina Alofagia McCartney
Marina is a graduate of the MA with First Class Honours in Screen Production from the University of Auckland. Her University of Auckland postgraduate short film, Granda, won the Audience Award at the Pollywood 82010 Film Festival in March 2010. In 2011, Marina was selected from hundreds of applications to be one of six directors from around the world to create the UNESCO funded six-episode collaborative documentary series Ser un Ser Humano. Her MA thesis short film Milk & Honey was selected from over a hundred submissions by renowned film maker Roger Donaldson (The World’s Fastest Indian, Smash Palace, The Recruit) for the inaugural New Zealand International Film Festival’s 2012 short film competition.


The Gallant Captain*

by Katrina Mathers/Graeme Base, 2013, 8 min. 08 sec., no dialogue, AUS


A boy and his cat journey into unknown waters with a bottle, a boat and a vivid imagination.

About Katrina Mathers
Katrina Mathers co-founded Melbourne animation studio The Lampshade Collective, producing the multi-award winning short animation Nullarbor. She has made many award-winning shorts, both live action and animation.

About Graeme Base
Graeme Base is the renowned writer/illustrator of bestselling children’s books including Animalia and The Eleventh Hour. With over thirty publishing awards, sales of his books are approaching six million.