Spark Short Film Showcase + Undiscovered Country


  • The DIFF world premiere SOLD OUT so we added a new show! Tuesday 25 September on sale NOW

  • SPARK will be preceded by a screening of Tyson Mowarin's 20min short, Undiscovered Country, featuring Territory icon Balang T Lewis in one of his last roles.

 SPARK Film Showcase!

Dedicated to the support of emerging filmmakers in the Darwin region, SPARK is deployed throughout the Top End’s dry season. After a series of workshops, five short film projects were selected by a panel of award-winning screen industry professionals. Each project received a seed fund to go into production, and a distribution package with DIFF and the NTTFF (NT Travelling Film Festival). Launched in 2017 by DIFF, SPARK is the first program of its kind in the NT.

A humorous story about a man struggling in a mad world. A world where oxygen is a commodity and corporate interests unethically rule over human rights. A world where losing one's job to artificial intelligence is the norm. And a world where forgetting to pay bills on time can be fatal.

A young autistic child is implanted with an app called 'Gadget' to aid a normal life. Flash forward 10 years - Ari & Gadget discover the world is run by machines mining DNA. Together they find a solution. Ari learns that emotional bonds make humanity more complex than machines.

Three Australian teenagers hear a ghost story about their hometown. They decide to test their courage and try to summon the spirit of the ghost. Not knowing what they have done, they tease each other to their doom.

On her 89th birthday, Ingrid, a frail, wheelchair-bound woman suffering Alzheimer's is left alone on a beach by her carer. A passing musician - heartbroken and homeless - tries to steal a piece of Ingrid's birthday cake, but something about her vulnerability reflects his own state.

Mickey's having a tough time being herself. She's fed up with her annoying brother, had it with a condescending boy at school, and all the men who just push her around are plain rude. Instead of just daydreaming about the perfect comeback, Mickey's overactive imagination gets the better of her.

Thank you to our judges

Shayne Armstrong, Screenwriter, QLD
Rachel Clements, Producer, NT
Aurora Scheelings PhD, Filmmaker, Lecturer, NT
David Tiley, Screenwriter, Editor, VIC

Darwin Film Society, Screen Territory and Jacana Energy are the major sponsors of this bold new initiative

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Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Tuesday 25 September
Deckchair Cinema

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Running Time

90 minutes


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