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The Melbourne Indie Film Festival will feature some of the best of independent cinema from around the world, including a mix of award winning films and outstanding emerging talent in the film industry.

The festival has been set-up to showcase new and creative works by emerging local and international artists.

Feature Documentary: Cosmic Whistleblowers (UK, USA)

Director: Simon Sharman

Cosmic Whistleblowers (CW) is a story of one man’s journey in search of truth on one of the great mysteries of our time, UFOs.

We follow director Simon Sharman on his quest for answers against all odds, with unprecedented access to some the biggest experts in the field. Starting out in search of the last living witnesses to the infamous Roswell incident of 1947 the narrative changes direction as US politics clashes with the UFO subject, before taking a deeper look at some of the UFO investigators themselves.

Along the way Sharman finds himself in the middle of controversial new evidence that becomes the biggest story in ufology of the last 20 years, resulting in a transformational moment that touches the UFO community the world over.

The director becomes an unwitting passenger in what becomes a story of broken dreams, subculture celebrity and the power of social media in a world where deception is the name of the game.



Short Films:

Bird Carver (Canada)

Director: Madeleine Cohen

Steven Valleau has been a professional bird carver for thirty years, most of them spent at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine. In this understated film, Valleau shows us that even the quiet and passionate pursuit of a solitary art such as his can take a surprising toll on the lives of those around him. Providing poignant glimpses into an artists’ life, as well as the nature of obsession, BIRD CARVER shows us how time can be purposefully, beautifully, and sometimes dangerously spent.


Diary of a Girl (USA)

Director: Sara Marandi

Cast: Pilar Moraga

Diary of a Girl was inspired by a desire to take the road less traveled. It’s a visceral journey into a tactile world and ultimately the experience of exploring a new land, seen through the eyes of a photographer. Set in a vibrant, colorful land our heroine immerses herself in a world of the unknown, weaving through the stalls of peculiar food and eccentric wares and past the beguiling faces of a unique nation.


3 Minutes (AUSTRALIA)

Director: Shannon Browning

Cast: Lauren Hamilton Neil, Joseph Westwood

Three minutes isn’t a long amount of time. But when it’s filled with everything you can’t say, it can be an eternity. Ashley and Dane feel the pressure of all the words that are left unspoken, as they wait to see the results of a home pregnancy test.

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