Two Western Australian shorts are among 13 Australian films selected to screen in London next week at the prestigious Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.

Short comedy Edgar and Elizabeth and the drama My Shout will screen at a special ‘Australia Day’ event at the Festival, which is expected to attract thousands of people including international film producers, directors, financers and the media.

Edgar and Elizabeth will make its European premiere at the Festival, having previously screened at a number of prestigious festivals including Flickerfest, the St Kilda Film Festival and the Rochester/High Falls International Film Festival in the United States.

Written and directed by Renee Webster and produced by Melissa Kelly, Edgar and Elizabeth is an off-beat comedy about how a beastly photocopier brings about an unlikely romance between sassy Elizabeth and stuttering Edgar.

My Shout is produced by Jeff Asselin and written and directed by Julian Argus and follows a farmer who, when faced with adversity, takes matters into his own hands.

Both films were produced as part of ScreenWest’s FILMEX scheme.

In other short film news, LINK funded short film The Aquarium has been selected to screen and compete at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in the United States on July 26.

Held in San Diego, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals. Last year, the Festival attracted more than 125,000 attendees.

The Aquarium is a bizarre, character driven, short comedy about a young man who is forced to choose between his own success at the fish finger company he works for, or the happiness of a five year old girl. The film is written and directed by Ben Young and produced by Martina Breen with Torstein Dyrting as Director of Photography.

The Aquarium was funded through the Film and Television Institute (FTI) and ScreenWest’s LINK production initiative, which gives emerging Western Australian filmmakers the opportunity to develop their skills and experience.

[Release by ScreenWest] 

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