2015 Veterans Film Festival

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On 11 November 2015 Canberra will host the first, of what is designed to be an annual, Veterans Film Festival at the Australian War Memorial.

Remembrance Day was chosen specifically for the screening as the festival showcases stories about serving and ex-serving military personnel, their families and the impact of war on society.

Over 100 submissions were received from filmmakers world-wide, including America, Japan, Israel, Malta, Germany, United Kingdom and Australia.

Festival Director, Tom Papas, said:

“It was a real challenge to select a program of just 20 short films as there were so many great films. We are particularly proud of the quality of the films being presented."

18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. She is carrying her suitcase waiting with a military officer, with her family waving goodbye in the background.The Haircut // 14mins 5 secs // USA // 
18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. 
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Entries include: The Haircut (USA) 18 year old Amy struggles to survive her first day as a cadet, swallowing self-doubt and fighting to prove she has what it takes; The Last Night (New Zealand) a sensitive piece about a peacekeeper’s delicate negotiations with an Afghan warlord; No Mans Land (Finland) a modern commentary, in animation, on the extraordinary Christmas Eve occasion when WW1 German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and play football.

A screenshot from the No Man's Land film, showing a humanoid animal holding a weapon with a military capNo Man’s Land // 4mins // Finland // 2014
Famous story from the trenches of World War One, when British and German soldiers made a brief truce for Christmas Day.
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Red Poppy Awards, created by Canberra glass artist Annette Blair, will be given for the Best Australian Film and the Best International Film.

Public screenings commence at 6pm at the Australian War Memorial. Ticket and program information is available at the Veterans Film Festival website.

The Australian Government was proud to support the Veterans’ Film Festival with funding from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.