Sydney Indie Film Festival - International Features Films

Now in its second year, the Sydney Inde Film Festival, a small Australian film festival started just one year ago is now an inspiring, notable presents in the independent film scene. Together with the Melbourne Indie Film Festival, SIFF has made a space for little known film artists to find their audiences, with tremedous results.


Founder Shailla Quadra writes, “Our mission is to unite, inspire & entertain, bringing opportunities for artists & great cultural events for the Sydney community.” Yet of the twenty feature films to be screened during this year’s 10-day event, thirteen are films from around the world, making Sydney Indie Film Festival the newest international film event in New South Wales, Australia.

In alphabetical order, the international official selections are:


Alcoholist (ITALY, US) Director: Lucas Pavetto


Alcoholist (ITALY, US) Director: Lucas Pavetto

Cast: Bret Roberts, Gabriella Wright, John Robinson, Bill Moseley, Tania Bambaci

Synopsis: An alcoholic spends all his time spying on his neighbor, waiting for the right moment to kill him.



Better Half (USA) Director: MIchelle Clay

Better Half (USA) Director: MIchelle Clay

Cast: Jamie Fauth, Grant Landry, Avie Weber, Scott Lowell

Synopsis: For years, Tony and Leo have been a happy couple. They had always talked about having a child... someday. So when a sickly infant is abandoned at a local hospital, Tony sees it as a sign. Suddenly, Leo is confronted with making good on his promise to start a family; he must face his deep-seeded fears of being a father, or risk losing Tony altogether.



The Chameleon (UK) Director: Jim Greayer

The Chameleon (UK) Director: Jim Greayer

Cast: Joseph Millson, Sarah-Jane Potts, Amy Manson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Richard Brake

Synopsis: November 1981. A 21-year-old single mom is kidnapped from the streets of Corpus Christi, Texas. Her unknown assailant and his mysterious female accomplice hold Pamela Jackson against her will for twelve terrifying days. As her ordeal unfolds, Pamela slowly learns that the man is wanted across America for a series of brutal murders. As Pamela gets dragged into an ever-increasing cycle of violence, and with the police finally closing in on their prey, the serial killer desperately looks for a way out so he can continue his murderous spree. Based on a true story.



The Dark Tapes (USA) Director: Michael McQuown

The Dark Tapes (USA) Director: Michael McQuown

Synopsis: A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent, original anthology. The movie stars an up and coming ensemble group of actors such as Brittany Underwood (TV star of Hollywood Heights, One Life To Live & Youthful Daze), Cortney Palm (Sushi Girl, Zombeavers) and Emilia Ares Zoryan (Amazon's Bosch: Season 2). Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity. Could the supernatural exist in our everyday lives and have a plausible, scientific basis? The Dark Tapes explores this and more with surprising, sometimes shocking results that will leave you questioning what could be real.



Dumbbells (USA) Director: Chris Livingston

Dumbbells (USA) Director: Chris Livingston

Cast: Brian Drolet, Hoyt Richards, Taylor Cole, Micea Monroe, Fabio , Jay Mohr, Tom Arnold, Carl Reiner

Synopsis: A buddy comedy set in a struggling fitness club where mayhem ensues when a new owner arrives with the grand scheme to save the gym by turning it into a reality show.



Hysteria (MEXICO) Director: Carlos Meléndez

Hysteria (MEXICO) Director: Carlos Meléndez

Cast: Héctor Kotsifakis, Sharon Zundel, Noé Hernández, Enrique Arreola, Fernando Becerril

Synopsis: Federico Anduaga is a shy and feeble architect victim of a violent and abusing surrounding. When he gets a new job at a construction company, he finds himself involved in a corruption scheme.

The pressure he suffers at work added to the constant abuse will lead him to transform his fear into the wrath that will push him to an unexpected limit of his own humanity.



Josephine Doe (USA) Director: Ryan Michael

Josephine Doe (USA) Director: Ryan Michael

Cast: Erin Cipolletti, Emma Griffin

Synopsis: Claire tells the police officer, 'It was all Jo's idea.' But who's Jo? Jo is the bright spark in Claire’s recently darkened reality; a new friend in an otherwise isolated world. The two young women hit the town to let off some steam-and find themselves in trouble with local law enforcement. In the blink of an eye, Claire discovers that Jo is not what she seems-not at all-and her easy friendship with the lighthearted, young woman splits open to reveal the truth. Luminously shot in black and white, Josephine Doe is a raw exploration of family trauma and mental health that shows the thin line between our realities.



Mile End (UK) Director: Graham Higgins

Mile End (UK) Director: Graham Higgins

Cast: Alex Humes, Mark Arnold, Heidi Agerholm Balle, Valmike Rampersad, Mary Jane Lowe

Synopsis: After being forced out of his job, London executive Paul Kerr (Alex Humes) is left doubting his future until he runs into John (Mark Arnold), a friendly American who seems to have all the answers. They both agree that life isn't fair and John comes up with a radical plan to turn Paul's life around. But when a young banker (Valmike Rampersad) is found murdered, Paul begins to question what John really wants.



Not knowing who you are is a beautiful source of surprises (SWEDEN) Director: Karl Sterner

Not knowing who you are is a beautiful source of surprises (SWEDEN)

Director: Karl Sterner

Cast: Lucas Gren, Suvi Panas, Erik Sterner, Karl Sterner, Stella Hilb, Serkan Kaya, Anne Cazenave, Nuno Amaral, Raoul Jochum, Clifford Mann & Dennis Olsson

SYNOPSIS: Johan’s girlfriend, Annelie, has dumped him one month before their wedding. His best friend, Markus, buys him an interrail ticket and sends him off alone on a journey full of challenges. Challenges both the natural once appearing from the nature of travelling but also certain challenges that Markus texts and forces him to do.



Origin (SWEDEN) Director: Andreas Climent, André Hedeoft

Origin (SWEDEN) Director: Andreas Climent, André Hedeoft

Cast: Emelia Hansson, Rikard Björk, Sandra Redlaff, Rafael Pettersson

Synopsis: Three science students are on the verge of making a breakthrough in their research into biohacking and cell ageing. When one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they break moral boundaries and use their untested research on him, in an attempt to save his life. He starts showing signs of strange side effects that enhance the body’s properties, but what seemed like something fun and exciting turns out to be far more dangerous than they ever had imagined.



The Pineville Heist (CANADA) Director: Lee Chambers

The Pineville Heist (CANADA) Director: Lee Chambers

Cast: Basil Hoffman, Wayne V Johnson, Carl Bailey, Presley Massara, Priscilla-Anne Forder, Jacob Brown, Darryl Doughtery

Synopsis: A high school teen stumbles into the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong and finds himself locked inside his school trying to keep himself and his teacher alive as one of the psychotic robbers hunts them down.



Rollercoaster Love (ITALY) Director: Emanuele Valla

Rollercoaster Love (ITALY) Director: Emanuele Valla

Cast: Luca Nucera, Tania Tuccinardi, Elena Curti, Dario D'Ambrosio, Francesco Antimiani, Giorgio Pellegrini, Chiara Militerno, Erica Sani, Elia Galeotti, Daniele Bertani, Davide Pessina, Jo Sassi, Gian Marco Schiaretti, Giacomo Pelizzoni, Mattia Tagliavini, Veronica Mattei, Stella Piroli, Achille Maini

Synopsis: Certain stories are damn true and love is damn unstable: suddenly it brings you up and then it throws you down at the same speed, slamming you around, makes you want to scream, shaking your stomach... However, you want to try again. Like those tangles of iron, bolts and rails that we call roller coasters, for which we go along sometimes mileage queues. The parallelism between schizophrenia of love and iconic attractions from amusement parks is quite obvious: Rollercoaster Love is about that and the seemingly endless queue crossed by David, yet tried by his "last ride", before returning up on a roller coaster ride.



Scratch (CANADA) Director: Maninder Chana

Scratch (CANADA) Director: Maninder Chana

Cast: Julie Romaniuk, Craig Cyr, Romaine Waite

Synopsis: A female rookie armored truck guard is caught between her co-workers' plot to rob their own truck and greedy gangsters desperate to grab the loot.



The second edition of the Sydney Indie Film Festival (SIFF) will take place from the 10th till the 22th of October 2016 in various locations in Sydney including Gladesville, Leichhardt/Annandale and Darlinghurst/Paddington!

Watch the movies, meet the filmmakers and participate in the Q&A sessions to find out how they made all the magic happen!

Fantastic films await at Sydney Indie Film Festival!



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