Home' In The City : In The City - Spring 2012 Contents Christian Doran is a man with a plan.
A finalist in the past four Canberra
Short Film Festivals, Doran has
taken to the festival's helm and set
course on an ambitious path.
Looking to become the third Australian
festival -- after Flickerfest and St Kilda -- to
become Oscar-accredited, Doran plans to
make his mark on the world film-scape.
"It takes a long time to become
accredited ... it is definitely at least a five-
year plan," he said.
Determined to reach critical mass and
as many eager viewers as possible, after
the festival's initial presentation at Dendy
Canberra from September 14 to 16, the
show will hit the road for the first time.
"The winners will be headed north,
south, east and west to the likes of
Batemans Bay, Cooma, Wagga and Albury."
Swelling from the original three
categories of schools, local and national to
five with the addition of documentary and
international - there is a place for everyone
to receive appropriate recognition of their
genre and inspiration to expand their
"Documentaries are the same art form
but a different form of that art; storytelling
but in a different way," Doran said.
"To be judged against the form of art
that's very different, is unfair, they should
be judged in their own style. I hope in
years to come it will snow ball and it will
be the place to be judged."
"International raises the bar and gives
us perspective, in terms of film making.
It broadens our minds to help us see and
create better quality works."
The Canberra Short Film Festival's main
aim is to engage viewers and film makers
alike and this year it will expose them
to the inner workings and detail of the
industry in three individual workshops.
"We don't just want to be a festival that
shows films, we want to help film makers
make better films. We have to get in there
and train and get better together," Doran
Determined to dispel the misconception
that Canberra has no film industry, Doran
will reflect on the capital's previous
endeavors in a unique addition to this
year's event, Local Feats.
The collective of 10 Canberra films
from 1971 to today will be screened in a
marathon fortnightly basis, then packaged
and retained by the National Film and
Sound Archive for posterity.
"I was approached by the artistically
minded NewActon to come up with
something cultural," Doran said.
"Heading to Facebook's 'directors den'
forum (a call out place where we all hang
out), I posted a question, 'Does anyone
know of any Canberra feature films?' It
was flooded with responses. I took it upon
myself as a passion project to track down
and select 10 to be presented. "
Doran believes this year's Canberra
Short Film Festival will begin on that path,
raising the bar and is defiantly an event not
to be missed.
"If you want to take an interest in
Canberra's film industry, this is the critical
time and we're stepping up."
SCREENING: August 16
Freeman's first and only
theatrical feature film
was conceived as being
a futuristic a-political
drama and metaphor
for the generation gap.
In Canberra, Australian
Minister for Defence Joe James hosts a vital
conference in hope of strengthening relations with
South-East Asia. But when his antiwar activist
son Gerard Maguire insights a series of violent
demonstrations and protests supported by the
capital's students, Joe's political career falls into
Adapted from H.P.
Lovecraft short stories,
a small town is gripped
by an unspeakable
horror. Under threat
from the Cthulhu cult
and a terrifying invisible
monster, they turn to two unlikely heroes for
salvation. But when one of their own becomes
possessed, betrayal and murder leads to only one
question: If the dead can physically control the
living, how do you know who to trust?
SCREENING: October 11
Discontent with his
lot in life and having
always believed that he
and his little sister were
destined for something
better, Anthony swiftly
embraces new friend
Grace and her seemingly-
perfect family unit. Fabricating the perfect lie, the
duo is welcomed into the family's home, but as
Anthony's need for perfection intensifies, cracks
and imperfections within the not-so-perfect family
lead straight to Grace, who he believes can easily
INTO THE SHADOWS
SCREENING: November 22
A documentary that
investigates the rise and
fall of Australian cinema,
exploring the mentality
and reasoning as to why
out of the $945.4 million
spent at the Australian
box-office in 2008, a
mere $35.5 million (3.8 per cent) was spent on
Australian films. A scape where culture thrived
turned to barren wasteland of emptiness, the film
investigates the domestic production industry's
tumultuous history and the dedicated few who
HOBBY FARM DIRECTOR: Brad Diebert
SCREENING: December 6
Jules is in charge is the
hobby farm, a hive of
illegal gambling, drugs
and sex slavery. A
recently released inmate,
Jules is to keep track
of the proceeds while
his counterpart Vince
maintains strict order
among the ladies. But when demons of Jules' own
past begin to surface, he baulks the established
order in a violent attempt to save both the ladies
A Canberran on the stage on Oscar night is the long-
term plan for Canberra Short Film Festival director
Christian Doran. BY JOANNA BAKER
• 200+ New Entries
• 12 Esteemed Judges
• 5 Categories
• 3 Days of Events
• $6000 Prize Money
• 1 Amazing Weekend
The 17th Canberra Short
Film Festival (CSFF) three-
day showcase of cinematic
talent has reached new heights
with a new extended program
aimed at engaging viewers and
For those eager to see
behind the cinematic curtain,
the CSFF - in partnership
with ScreenACT - will host a
trio of insightful workshops to
welcome aspiring filmmakers,
students and the public alike
into the ever-evolving industry.
In addition this year will
see the premiere of Local
Feats, a collective assortment
of Canberra's own cinematic
offerings from 1971 to today.
Beginning on Thursday, August
16, and continuing fortnightly,
10 local films will be presented
by their director in a Q&A
forum at the Kendal Lane
Theatre, New Acton.
For more information visit
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Canberra Short Film Festival director Christian Doran.
PHOTO: DANIEL SPELLMAN
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