Australian Stories 2016

Colourfest showcases the best of migrant and diaspora short films from Australia and beyond. Our annual selection of short films titled Australian Stories, celebrate Australia’s evolving identity as a nation of diverse faces. The films are suited for a family audience and focus on positive stories of migration, human triumph and a sense of community.
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Father by Tresa Ponnor – Father is a short documentary about two fathers; one physical, one spiritual. It follows the story of a young Vietnamese-Australian man as he explores his spiritual and religious commitments, and his relationship with his father. 

Gaffa by Adrian Castro & Craig Anderson – Two sweatshop workers at the Balloon factory battle it out for an apple. What transpires is a final showdown with the big boss, where a piece of gaffa can be more dangerous than it appears. A hilarious action packed film from Western Sydney.

Latte e Miele (Milk & Honey) by Andrea Demetriades and Louisa Mignone – Sisters’ Sofia and Liliana arrive in a rural town of New South Wales in 1953. They have travelled far from their hometown in Naples, Italy in search of a new life in a country that is labelled ‘the new America’.  Here they are welcomed by their husbands Federico and Umberto, whom they have married by proxy but have never met.

Imprint by Hawanatu Bangura – A short dance film about Babsy, an Ethiopian woman who was taught to dance by her mother and now she wants to pass down the dance tradition to her children.

The Alien Boy by Miles Szanto – Miki is a young Hungarian boy who cannot quite understand why he is always the target of nasty bully-attacks at school. Is it because his Mum speaks a different language or because of the weird lunch she packs him? Determined to find out why, Miki embarks on a journey which leads him to discover who he really is.

The Last Refuge – Food Stories from Myanmar to Coffs Harbour by Mandy Hughes – This short documentary explores the stories of refugees from Myanmar who have settled in Coffs Harbour after moving through refugee camps in India, Thailand and Malaysia, some for periods of up to 20 years. Along the way they’ve kept their culture alive through food.

The Fabric – A short film by Thomas Baricevic – Katrina is a teenager whose family have taken refuge in the country town of Shepparton from war torn Sudan. As she comes to grips with her new life and new challenges, a chance meeting with Charlie, a teenage boy changes things for Katrina, shows the town in a new light.