Bad Luck BBQ

It is Lachlan’s birthday and when a friend plays plays a practical joke on him, with a fake winning lottery ticket, things go horribly wrong.
Directed by Lucas Chehab (Australia)

You Were Chosen

Adoptees voice their experiences of being adopted, with Prof Shurlee Swain explaining the laws, the effect that has on adoptees, how the entrenched narrative is still being enforced via pro adoption advocates and the damage that is causing.
Directed by Heather Waters (Australia)

Well Spent

Marooned in a trench thousands of miles from home a group of young men cling to the few things they have left as the veneer of what was supposed to be an exciting war has faded away.
Directed by Matthew Tompkins (Canada)

Pier Las Vegas

Gao Xing, a hearing-disabled and vocally impaired person from a small town in China, an ordinary house keeper at a Las Vegas casino hotel, always rummage through the guests’ luggages secretly while cleaning the room to search for clues about his sister who was adopted by an American family long ago.

Hotel work is only a part of Gao’s life. He shuttles in the crowds at the most prosperous city with a teddy-bear suite after work, and distributes the tracing notices to passers.

At one afternoon, when Gao was cleaning a room, he encountered a girl who was going to the music festival near the hotel. After she left, in her suitcase, Gao found a little bear toy which was the one hand-stitched by her mother when he was young. Gao was smiling and tearing, but he couldn’t hear the continuous gunshots outside the window. The massive shooting at the Las Vegas Music Festival that shocked the world later on is happening…
Directed by Yun Xie (USA)