Cause Film Festival

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Cause Film Festival

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 08 March 2018
Category Cinema Screening

Join us for this unique annual festival, where filmmakers and charitable organisations share their messages with the public through the art of film. This is a night of sharing stories and warming hearts with awards, prizes and great films.

This year’s finalists support charities including Beyond Blue, Suicide Prevention, Children of Sumatra and LGBT Rights and Inclusion. Box Office profits from the festival will be donated to the charity represented by the winning film.

Come along to the pre-networking event and after party. Click the tab to check out the ‘Top 10 Finalists’ and their causes.

CTC – Please see our website closer to the event

Dates & Times:
Thursday 8th March
6:30pm – 7pm – Red carpet entry
7pm – 7:30pm – Introduction and speeches
7:30pm – 9pm – Screening and Awards Ceremony
9pm – 10pm – Networking and Photos

Early Bird tickets are available until 14th February 2018
Ticket and Drink includes a complimentary standard drink of house wine, beer, soft drink, tea or coffee from Riverside’s Bar

The top 10 finalists and their causes are:

Changing The Tide

In the climate-change-ravaged, not-so-distant future of Wellington, New Zealand, Aunt Jamie and Sam must travel back to 2016 to try and right the destructive course humanity is on. It’s up to them (and you) to help save the future. Changing the Tide was made by Film for Change Aotearoa in collaboration with Keep a Cool World

Jonathan Mines: Director
Courtney Rose-Brown: Writer
Tasman Roy: Producer
Emily Fong: Producer

Curated Illusions
Road Safety

After an accident leaves her with amnesia, Skye Reed tries to use her social media account to rediscover who she is. But when the online version of her life doesn’t reflect her reality, her world begins to crumble as she realises she doesn’t like the person she truly is.

Rachael Belle Myers: Writer/Director/Producer

I’m Here Too – Festival Version
Suicide Prevention

Teenager, Claire Prescott (Carol Elsden), has the perfect life; a family who cherish her, a boyfriend who adores her and friends who admire her, she even has the social respect with over 2,000 followers on Instagram – so why does she suffer from depression? I’m Here Too, tells the touching story, through the eyes of Claire, as she narrates her thoughts and emotions, whilst struggling to uncover the answer to the ultimate question – Is her life worth living? As the emotional journey unfolds, Claire’s narrative, explains an intricate and emotional topic in an intelligible way, as she endures the trials and tribulations of her severe depression, but by the time she finally realises she doesn’t have to suffer in silence, it may be too late.

Brendan Byrne: Director, Writer, Producer
Marissa Kaye: Producer

James is Grandiose
Mental Health

An autobiographical short comedy about a young man diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder and his attempts to make a film.

Writer: James Hartley
Director: James Hartley and James Shepherd
Producer: James Shepherd

Winter Retreat
Beyond Blue

A heartwarming drama set in a meditation retreat, Winter Retreat deals with loss, grief, friendship and forgiveness.

Anne Brito: Director
Nell Nakkan: Producer

Operations 2017
Children of Sumatra

The Children of Sumatra was set up with the aim of helping children suffering from cleft lip and palate living on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Many families on the island are too poor to pay for a simple operation that can transform their child’s life. This film briefly captures what they do and their work done in 2017.

Mohit Sebastian: Director/Cinematographer/Editor
Katie Pavett: Narration

Remember everything, to not forget anyone
Migrants from Africa

A man is walking around Lampedusa, an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, reciting the names of the victims of October 3rd 2013, when more than 500 emigrants died while attempting to reach Europe. This man is Marco Pietrantuono. He is one of the very few established Italian hyperthymesiacs, people with an extraordinary autobiographical memory. If the victims’ names are declared by a person who will never forget their names, they will be remembered, thus symbolically alive, for ever.

Paolo Caspani: Director
Enrico Chiarugi: Writer/Producer

Luke Batty Foundation

Superheroes is a live action / animated short film which tells the story of a boy’s connection to his imagination. Ten year old James uses his amazing talent of drawing his own superheroes as a sanctuary for safety, a way of keeping his family’s hopes for safety and respect alive in a household dominated by his father’s use of family violence.

Chris Busuttil: Director/Writer
Jessica Pearce: Producer

Suicide Toilet
Anti-Depression/Suicide Prevention

Tom has thought this through. He has decided. He’s ready to jump off the building to his death. Moments before the leap, his stomach growls with diarrhoea. What does he do. Toilet? Jump?

Jasmin Anderson: Director/Writer
Kevin Kim: Producer

The Cycle 
LGBT Rights and Inclusion

The Cycle follows the homecoming journey of a gay Singaporean man, who desires his father’s acceptance of his husband, their soon-to-be born son and ultimately, himself. The man reconnects with his childhood through a game of Chinese chess with his father, and satisfies a childhood desire to learn how to cycle from him. Through this journey, the man comes to a revelation about fatherhood and the cycle of life.

Benjamin Zhang & Dewi Tan: Directors
Benjamin Zhang: Writer
Jean Ng: Producer

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Approximately 2 hours

Ticket Prices

Early Bird $17
Early Bird & Drink $21
Standard $20
Standard & Drink $24

Transaction fees apply

Screen $1.65