Finalists named for AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected

The five finalists for AACTA’s national short film pitching competition, AACTA Pitch: Forever Unexpected presented by Mini, have been announced.

The finalists are the creative teams behind Lachie and John, Our Greatest Escape, Special Delivery, The Rockstar and To the Rescue.

Each team will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in Sydney on June 3, competing for the grand prize which includes $5,000 cash; $15,000 towards the production of their short film; post-production support from Spectrum Films worth $2,500; tickets to the 2019 AACTA Awards; and feedback and mentoring opportunities with the judging panel.

Lachie and John Dan Haberfield

When John’s wife leaves unexpectedly, his young son Lachie helps him see how he can become a better man in this light-hearted comedy exploring the expectations put upon family members and the importance of stepping up to share responsibilities.

Our Greatest Escape Loani Arman, Kelly Hucker

A young advertising executive gets back to her creative roots when she takes her mum on ‘one last ride’. Drawing from her personal experience in caring for a loved one with dementia, Loani Arman and her creative partner and Hot Docs Best Short Documentary Award winner Kelly Hucker remind us all that even though life moves on, there’s still magic and fun to be had.

Special Delivery

Gemma Knight, Millicent Malcolm, Jasper Garner Gore, Liam French

From the producer of Skit Box and the Canneseries Award-winning comedy Over and Out comes the story of an Australian postman who faces a difficult choice when forced to deliver an increasingly bizarre and dangerous set of objects to a quiet suburban home.

The Rockstar Jacqueline Lim, Daniel Stevenson

On her 60th birthday, Elsbeth receives an old guitar pick in the mail. The surprise reminder of her ambitious past encourages her to relive her dreams, breaking down stereotypes as she celebrates her birthday, her way.

To the Rescue Jamieson Pearce, Cyna Strachan, Liam Heyen, Alex Serafini

Can’t it still be magic? Can’t it still be fun? Following a couple going to extreme lengths to revive their romance this comedy plays with audience expectations, questioning the status quo while revealing the spirit that lurks beneath.