Microflix Film Festival in review

What a fantastic three days of Microflix Festival at Green Square Library . . .

To our 2019 Microflix authors and filmmakers, a huge thank you for being a part of the second annual Microflix Festival! It was a really fantastic series of events; from Thursday’s behind-the-scenes Special Screening Night, to the amazing outdoor awards night on Friday and the fantastic hand-on mobile filmmaking workshop on Saturday afternoon. What a marvellous way to showcase the work of Australian authors, to provide a platform for talented emerging film and sound producers and to encourage anyone to pick up their phone and start creating.

We are so proud of all those who took part and extremely pleased to see so many people rocking along to the events. Thanks to our partners, City of Sydney Library Programs for hosting all three events and to the Australia Council of the Arts and City of Sydney Matching Grants Program without whose support we could not have staged this year’s extravaganza. Special thanks to Sydney Mechanics School of Arts for donating prize money and to Northern Territory Writers Centre, Queensland Writers Centre and Writers Victoria for their support. A very special thanks to UTS animation and sound production staff and students.

We are thrilled to announce this year’s award winners, but would also like to congratulate all of our submitters and finalists.

And the nominees and winners are…

Best Direction $200

Nominations were BIRDING and SCREENED.

Winner was SCREENED directed by Sarah Monaghan, Jacob Sadler, Arti Oza and Shaz Kazi, based on ‘Movements’ by Alana Hicks.

Above: Screened

Best Sound $200


Winner was BIRDING based on ‘Birding’ by Brenda Saunders and the sound designers were Henry Lamshed and Lewis Nisbet.

Above: Birding

Best Adaptation $1000


Winner was LUCKY BUTCHERY by Wendy Lu, Yean Chong, Allan Noh and Madelaine Habi, based on ‘Safe and Sound’ by Danielle Baldock.

Above: Lucky Butchery

Best Writing $500

Nominations were ‘Birding’ by Brenda Saunders, ‘Barrage’ by Jude Bridge, ‘Johnny Cakes’ by Alexandra Geneve adapted as LOQUAT, ‘On The Hour’ by Dorothy Simmons adapted into DIE LIKE A KELLY.

Winner was Dorothy Simmons.

Above: Die Like A Kelly

Diversity Award $1000

The Diversity Award was won by the filmmaking group, ‘Major Arcana’ which included Kiara Rodriguez-Hextell, John Li, Allen Wang, Rubaiya Nur Hasan. Their film DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE was based on ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ by Brenda Proudfoot.

The award was presented by Anne Devrell from the Board of the Sydney Mechanics School of the Arts who have kindly sponsored this $1000 prize.

We’ll be announcing the theme for 2020 Microflix on Dec 1.