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GIRLS IN HOTELS
Dollhouse Pictures

Genre Drama
Producer Jessica Carrera, Gracie Otto
Executive Producer Robyn Kershaw
Director Gracie Otto
Writer Lee Tulloch
Synopsis In different time zones and hotels, six women live through a definitive moment of their lives.

MEMOIR OF A SNAIL 
Chunky Wonky Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama 
Producers 
Adam Elliot, Liz Kearney
Writer/Director Adam Elliot
Synopsis A stop-motion animated feature that will retell the biography of a melancholic woman addicted to sausage-rolls and romance novels.

ONCE A QUEEN 
Rough Trade Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama 
Producer 
Lois Randall
Executive Producers Sue Maslin, Veronica Fury
Writer/Director Lawrence Johnston
Synopsis Once a Queen is a Cinderella story with a different edge that celebrates the beauty and tradition of three generations of women all connected to the magical town they love which is locked in time. Shirley wants to rule, Lana thinks she wants a prince, Sally just wants to be the Queen!

STEALING EVEREST
See Saw Films
Genre 
Drama 
Producer 
Rachel Gardner, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Tom Hern
Director TBC
Writer Michelle Sahayan
Synopsis When 27-year-old New Zealand woman, Lydia Bradey, claimed she was the first woman to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, her fellow teammates – and the rest of the world – called her a liar.

THE GOOD PEOPLE 
Aquarius Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Thriller 
Producers 
Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford
Director TBC
Writer Hannah Kent
Synopsis Hedged in by gossip and joined by their desperation, three women in nineteenth century Ireland are drawn together in the hope of rescuing a child from a superstitious community.

TIME TRAP 
Hopscotch Features
Genre Action adventure, Comedy, Science fiction
Producers Andrew Mason, Troy Lum, Maeva Gatineau, 
Writer/Director Michael Shanks
Synopsis When an intergalactic traveller becomes stranded on the long-abandoned Earth, he joins forces with a teenage girl also lost in time, as they both try to return home.

DIGGER
Bluebird Productions
Genre 
Comedy
Producer Alexandra Blue
Executive Producer Marian MacGowan
Writer/Director Dave Wade
Synopsis: After having their hearts collectively broken, the residents of a small town find solace in a mysterious stranger, who is digging a hole in the middle of the desert. 

INTO THE NIGHT
Swing Wing Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Thriller
Writer/Producer David Curzon
Writer/Director Simon Portus
Writer Maziar Lahooti
Executive Producer Carolyn Johnson
Synopsis: Into the Night follows the journey of Rafi, an Iranian immigrant who is implicated in the disappearance of Kirsten, a pregnant teenage girl. 

MISFIT
Made Up Stories
Genre 
Drama
Writer/Director Luci Schroder
Producers Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson, Steve Hutensky
Synopsis: A troubled woman’s warped experience of time is haunted by memory, she loses her job, home, and independence, on a journey to find connection and her way in the world.

NUDE TUESDAY
Good Thing Productions & Firefly Films (New Zealand co-production)
Genre 
Comedy 
Producers Nick Batzias, Virginia Whitwell, Emma Slade
Director Armagan Ballantyne
Writer Jackie Van Beek
Synopsis An absurdist comedy about a couple that spends a week at a new-age retreat in a bid to save their marriage.
 

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