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A Taste of Shorts program is shown on the Outdoor Screen throughout the month of February as part of the MIFF Summer Residency.

Highlights from Sundance, Venice, London, and Toronto abound in this program that sees a range of styles, from local animation and comedy to universal stories of love are placed alongside heart-wrenching tales of loss. If a forbidden romance among the cornfields (The Field by Sandhya Suri) or a minimalist examination of nostalgia and competition (Rules of Play by Merlin Flügel) does not pique your interest, then perhaps a story of an unusual creature applying for asylum (Magic Alps by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi) will – there really is something for everyone. 

- Mia Falstein-Rush, MIFF Programmer 

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'Dance of The Dead'; Scarlet Sykes Hesterman; Australia (2019)


  • Dance of The Dead; Scarlet Sykes Hesterman; Australia (2019) 

A gathering of native animals welcome a new member of their group in a bittersweet celebration. A glass display cabinet sits dormant in a large silent room when, slowly, something stirs. 

  • Magic Alps; Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi; Italy; (2018)

When an Afghani asylum seeker brings his beloved pet goat on his months-long journey into Italy, immigration authorities are confronted with the task of processing the two as a pair. Based on true events. 

  • Rules of Play; Merlin Flügel; Germany (2018) 

A gathering of weary playground visitors meet for one final showdown. 
Merlin Flügel (Echo, MIFF 2013) explores the concept of play in this minimalist world. Familiar games, ritualistic and ordered, bring a sense of nostalgia but also an intoxicating competition. 

  • The Field; Sandhya Suri; France, UK, India (2018) 

Sandhya Suri (I For India, MIFF 2006) returns to MIFF with an award-winning short which tells the story of a female agricultural labourer and her illicit romance in the cornfields. 
In The Field, winner of the Best International Short Film at TIFF 2018, a woman dreams of a different life away from the pressures of being a wife and mother. 

See what we have planned on the BIG Screen for summer 2020/21