Rob Sheens – You Don’t Know Their Journey

WINNER: You Don’t Know Their Journey Watchdog Spirit Award, Rob Sheens Movie • 8 min 30 sec • Drama Completed Aug 2017 NICHE Women, Student Film, Children, Youth Actresses in this film were nominated for Best Actress: Thalia Castillon (Web series: You don’t know their journey) Sam BT (Web series: You don’t know their journey) Storyline: Rolling in like dark …

Murtdha Hameed – Mariam

WINNER: Mariam Best War Documentary – Murtda Hameed Film Type: Documentary, Short, Virtual Reality Runtime: 28 minutes 18 seconds Completion Date: January 31, 2017 Film Language: Arabic, English Storyline: In IRAQ , a military media team rescue the Mosul family from the rubble after their house was blown up by ISIS. A rare glimpse into the frontline attacks in a …

Arjanmar Rebeta – Livecam

WINNER: Live Cam Best Smartphone Film, Arjanmar Rebeta   Film Type: Short Runtime: 2 minutes 58 seconds Completion Date: September 11, 2017   Storyline: A series of events being recorded live thru a cellphone. A student is recording a pastor proclaiming the Word of God in a jeepney. Two boys get on and asking for alms then eventually rob the …

Ibrahim Faraj – The Joy of Perspective

WINNER: The Joy of Perspective Best Student Film, Ibrahim Faraj Movie • 12 min 12 sec • Drama Completed Jul 2017 Storyline: A young woman, Abby, is working in a funeral when she meets Paul, a grieving older man. Despite his cold and unwelcoming attitude, she takes it on herself to help him through his grief. After driving him home …

Jerry McGiffin – Dole Boy

WINNER: Bole Boy Watchdog Spirit Award, Jerry McGiffin • 6 min 40 sec • Animation, Documentary Completed Aug 2017 Storyline: In a town with no jobs, a hopeless young man struggles to survive. NICHE Youth Director: Jerry McGiffin is a new filmmaker. He has produced his debut film ‘JOAN’ which was premiered at the FilmoneFest in the Atlantic Highlands, USA. …

Bilal Al Badry – Core of War

WINNER: Core of War Watchdog Spirit Award, Bilal Al Badry Storyline: A retired war veteran is ever haunted by his past experiences as a soldier during wartime; primarily centering on a traumatic event that occurred within invaded civilian territory. Tortured by the chaotic, disturbing images of his memories, he tries to seek solace by recalling them through drawings. The film …

Ilia Antonenko – Chocolate Wind

WINNER: Chocolate Wind Best Low Budget Production, Ilia Antonenko Storyline: Lonely and indecisive 18 years old Alla feels like a Cinderella dreaming to escape from the poverty and shabbiness of the environment. Her old friend Masha, who is fairly reckless, finds Alla in Skype and like a fairy suggests her making all the dreams come true… Director: Ilia Antonenko – …

Gabor Kukucska – Lambert

WINNER: Lambert Best Brisbane Documentary, Gabor Kukuscka Storyline: After 12 years in a Tanzanian refugee camp, a long migration process and a “fortunate accident” Lambert starts his adult life full of dreams and aspiration. Director: Since the incorporation of his first video production company in 2005, Gabor has produced, directed and filmed numerous TV and YouTube commercials, corporate short films, …

Shayda Alizadeh – Deadlocked

WINNER: Best Brisbane Film at Watchdog Film Festival, March 4, 2018 – Deadlocked. Storyline: Isolated and alone, a young immigrant woman burdened by financial hardship resorts to prostitution in an effort to survive. She hides the reality from her parents who reside overseas. Directed by Shayda Alizadeh. Shayda is an Iranian-Azerbaijani filmmaker. She grew up in Mianeh city and spent …

Aleix Castro – Timelapse

In the near future, a neuronal implant has been developed to automate mechanical work. The person with the implant remains unconscious during the time the implant is active. Laura, a factory worker, refuses to implant the microchip. Their friends and whole society will gradually adopt this new way of life: small fragmented timelapses. Language: Spanish. English subtitles. Best Director and …