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BABY CAT
Bus Stop Films Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Drama, Musical
Writer/Director Genevieve Clay-Smith
Producer Eleanor Winkler         
Executive Producers Nathan Basha, Deanne Weir, Tracey Corbin-Matchett
Executive Producer and Contributing Writer Mandela Mathia
Producer’s Attachment Chanel Bowen
Synopsis After her mother dies, a dance obsessed woman with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) must prove to her estranged grandmother that she can live independently or risk losing her family home and her freedom.

BONEGILLA
Ultrafilms Investments & Productions Pty Ltd and Realworld Pictures Pty Ltd 
Genre
 Action adventure, Drama, Thriller
Director Franco Di Chiera
Writers Jason Agius, Franco Di Chiera
Script Consultant Stephen Cleary
Producers Yvonne Collins, Sabella Sugar, Franco Di Chiera
Synopsis When the Cold War migrated to Australia; set in 1952, an Italo-Australian cop is hired by ASIO to root out communists at the Bonegilla Migrant Camp. He soon finds things are not what they seem when he discovers a murder.

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
Enjoy Entertainment
Genre
 Romantic dramedy
Writer Laurie Stiller
Director Mark Lamprell
Producers Phillip Bowman, David Parfitt
Synopsis Arthur and Roberta are facing the end of life’s journey but unexpectedly find each other, and a chance for love and a glorious new beginning. Once More With Feeling is from the novel By Ceridwen Dovey.

DUST
Bunya Productions
Genre
 Drama, Family
Director John Sheedy
Writer Suzie Miller
Producers Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey, Jenny Cooney
Synopsis An environmental crisis triggers a massive wakeup call forcing a group of individuals to look in new directions, grappling with the core of what matters most.

CANARY HIGHWAY
Lumila Films
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Director Allanah Zitserman
Writers Allanah Zitserman, Felicity Price
Producers Allanah Zitserman, Alexandra Taussig
Executive Producers Bruno Charlesworth, Michael Helfand
Synopsis In 1976, a young Sydney mother fed up with her confined existence, breaks out of the suburbs for one liberating night on the town with her girlfriends.

THE GREAT DINOSAUR RESCUE
Fnbproductions
Genre
 Family
Writers Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty
Producers Belinda Bradley, Franz Docherty
Synopsis For twelve years a pack of animatronic dinosaurs toured the world bringing joy to millions of people while celebrating their ancestors. Where are those rock star dinosaurs now? Scattered around Melbourne, gathering dust in shipping containers, waiting to be destroyed. Every tick of the clock bringing them closer to extinction again. Until ten-year-old Spike hears about it. She grew up with those dinosaurs. They're family. Spike’s determination will not only save the dinosaurs but find them a home!

TELL ME I’M HERE
Causeway Creations Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama
Writer Veronica Gleeson
Producers Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings
Synopsis When a charming teenager becomes a tormented young adult his mother must face the reality of having a child living with schizophrenia. This is the true story of journalist Anne Deveson’s quest to save her son and shatter the stigma of mental illness.

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METAL FISH FALLING SNOW
Catherine Moore
Genre
 Drama, Magic realism
Director Olivia Peniston-Bird
Writer Cath Moore
Producers Cath Moore, Olivia Peniston-Bird
Synopsis When her adored mother dies suddenly, neuro-diverse Dylan (12) is driven across the Australian outback by her mother’s boyfriend Pat to live with her Grandfather William, who she has never met. Struggling with what it means to be of colour, Dylan must confront her fears and falsehoods about the skin she is in.

M.A.M (WORKING TITLE)
Ned Lander Media
Genre
 Musical, Action
Director Mrs Ruby C Challenger
Writer Gerard Dewhurst
Producers Mrs Ruby C Challenger, Ned Lander
Synopsis Kate has two jobs that never stop: international spy and devoted mother to her five-year-old son. But when Kate is benched after a routine mission turns fatal, she will jeopardise her dream job, her closest friendship and her family's safety to stop an evil tech giant’s plot to vegetate the world's children.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME
Amplify Live Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult
Writer Jenna Guillaume
Producers Hayley Adams, Michelle Melky
Executive Producers Alex Reid, Tom Maynard
Script Editor Erica Harrison
Synopsis As if finding something to like about herself wasn’t already hard enough, sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin’s summer is turned upside down when her best friend starts dating her childhood crush. But as plus-sized Maisie pushes herself out of her comfort zone and into the limelight of the local beauty pageant, Maisie realises the things she loves about herself have been there all along.

MATRIARCH
Monkey and Pig Productions
Genre
 Horror
Director Jayden Rathsam Hua
Writers Ivy Mak, Jayden Rathsam Hua
Producer Ivy Mak
Synopsis When pregnant newlywed Connie moves in with her traditionalist Chinese in-laws, she becomes ensnared in a demented ritual to immortalise the family legacy.

CRIME CASTERS
Haven't You Done Well Productions
Genre
 Action adventure, Comedy
Director Max Miller
Writer Scott Limbrick
Producer Nicole Minchin
Executive Producers Georgia Mappin, Tessa Mansfield-Hung, Alexandros Ouzas
Synopsis An ambitious young journalist’s scheme to produce a lightweight true crime podcast takes a dangerous turn when she witnesses a policeman dumping a body. Thrown into a bizarre world of conspiracies and cover-ups, she must risk everything to expose the truth – all while managing a perfectionist audio engineer.

THE COCONUT CHILDREN
Caravan Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Drama, Coming of Age
Director Ben Lawrence
Writers Vivian Pham, Kim Pham
Producer Paula Jensen
Synopsis A dutiful, teenage daydreamer is inspired to write a romance novel about a delinquent neighbourhood boy, and discovers that her literary ambitions unlock a gateway to the boy’s heart, their lost childhood and the hidden underworld of her troubled community, until she is confronted with a heart-aching choice - to grow up or just give up.

OVER THE EDGE
Deadhouse Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director Enzo Tedeschi
Writers Barbara Bingham, Enzo Tedeschi
Synopsis When an acclaimed film composer past her prime has trouble finding inspiration, she embarks on a self-destructive hedonistic spiral on a desperate and deadly mission to rediscover and unleash her muse.

SONG OF SONGS
Jump Street Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Romance
Writer/Director Anita Lester
Producer Jamie Bialkower
Executive Producer Shekhar Kapur
Synopsis Over the seven days of mourning following her grandmother’s death, Miriam forms a forbidden connection with a young Rabbi that sets in motion the unravelling of a complex family reckoning with their identities. As she navigates the dynamics of those left behind, and the truth about their matriarch’s controversial past, Miriam’s unexpected feelings for the Rabbi lead her towards a profound personal and spiritual transformation.

WILDFLOWERS
Thomas Wilson-White
Genre
 Drama, Romantic Comedy
Writer/Director Thomas Wilson-White
Synopsis Will Beckett, an out of work dancer, takes a job as an assistant on an international period film shooting in Tasmania and falls into a love affair with the famous male lead. Losing themselves in a gentle and profound romance, the lines between fact and fiction blur and both men are confronted with reality when their time together abruptly comes to an end.

DIAL-UP
Imogen McCluskey
Genre
 Comedy, Coming-of-age
Writer/Director Imogen McCluskey
Synopsis Set in 2000 at a run-down rural boarding school, a precocious teenager with blinding ambition hatches an idea that captures the attention of the dot.com fever sweeping the tech world, promising her millions of dollars at the cost of her best friends who built their success.

THE INTERLOPER
Luke Ryan
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Director Ben Chessell
Writer Luke Ryan
Synopsis A downtrodden library clerk trades places with his doppelgänger, starring in a theatre production that delivers him adulation and a renewed sense of potency, yet confounds his sense of identity that endangers almost all that he has.