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Poi Dogs 
12 minutes
Director: Joel Moffett
Year: 2009
Country: USA
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A glimpse into the real Hawaii as two local teenagers find common ground by overcoming their pride and accepting each other's help. Small, guarded steps are taken in their awkward attempts at expressing an interest in each other.

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Axioms of A Dishwasher 
7 minutes
Director: Vance Malone
Year: 2009
Country: USA

This satirical meditation examines the art of finding, keeping and coping with one of the world’s necessary but thankless jobs. Part instructional video, part philosophical treatise, the film beautifully explores the subjective nature of self-worth and poses the question: can you take pride in any job well done? See director Vance Malone’s other film The Poodle Trainer.

Danse Macabre 
9 minutes
Director: Pedro Pires
Year: 2009
Country: Canada

This beautifully photographed experimental dance film is based on a concept by Robert Lepage. Set in the haunting location of a morgue, a corpse stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet. Are these spasms merely erratic motions or do they echo the chaotic twists and turns of a past life? [adult content]

Junkyard Dogs 
14 minutes
Director: Sohrab Noshirvani
Year: 2009
Country: USA

In this coming of age tale about two brothers- one an alpha male and the other his loyal minion- younger brother Eddie goes from being a lackey for his older brother Jay to becoming the top dog. The heart of the story however, is not how he does this, but what he loses in the process. [adult content, language, violence]

Miracle Fish 
18 minutes
Director: Luke Doolan
Year: 2009
Country: Australia

Eight year old Joe has a birthday he'll never forget. After his friends tease him for his lack of birthday gifts, he hides out in the school and falls asleep, wishing that everyone in the world would go away. When he awakes, he finds his school empty and wonders if his wish has come true. But his fantasy is shattered when an event darker than the thought of being the last person on earth confronts him. Oscar-nominated for Short Film: Live Action. [violence]

The Butterfly Circus 
23 minutes
Director: Joshua Weigel
Year: 2009
Country: USA

Audience Award: Best Short

At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover Will, who lives out his life in a sordid carnival sideshow, far below his aspirations of the grandeur of the great circuses. Having only known a life of limitation and discouragement, Will is struck by an intriguing encounter with the showman that leaves him hope, and a drive to struggle against everything he has ever believed.

Your Lucky Day 
16 minutes
Director: Dan Brown
Year: 2009
Country: USA

When an elderly man discovers he's won $156 million in the lottery while shopping at a convenience store, a young man decides to make his own odds. The store manager and a married couple are also mixed up in the game. Who will make it out of the store alive? Cast includes the director (Lynn Shelton) and star (Sean Nelson) of My Effortless Brilliance (2008 AIFF). [language, violence]
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