The Mirror – a short film

September 14, 2020

THE MIRROR short film has just been accepted into the Academy Qualifying Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and will screen virtually as part of the program in November.
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The Mirror – a short film

THE MIRROR short film has just been accepted into the Academy Qualifying Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and will screen virtually as part of the program in November.

Although still early in its festival run, the film has already started to receive attention.

So far it has received 12 festival invitations across 8 countries (Australia, US, UK, Russia, Romania, The Czech Republic, Mexico and Canada) with 2 wins and 18 nominations.

The film stars Matt Day and talented newcomer Ingrid Torelli as the main character of Suzi. It’s is darkly magical tale about a young girl who discovers a mysterious antique mirror in the basement of her Grandmother’s house and opens a doorway that takes her back in time to war torn Nazi-occupied Poland.

Written and directed by Melbourne filmmaker Joel Kohn, the story was inspired by his grandparents, both of whom were Holocaust survivors: “I’ve always wanted to write a cinematic letter to my grandparents that explored this subject and period, but found a new way into the story – in the case of The Mirror, giving it a modern perspective framed by a fantasy meets magical-realism lens.”

THE MIRROR’s co-producers are Mike Horvath, an Aussie producer who is currently working in LA, and Melbourne based Tom Davies. It has taken nearly 5 years to bring to life and was made in conjunction with the 2019 Jewish Inter national Film Festival, one of two recipients of their prestigious Short Film Fund for that year. The script had previously been a finalist in the 2019 Hollyshorts Screenplay Comptetion, making to the top 11 out of thousands of entries from around the world.

The project is now in the first voting round (to select the nominees) for Best Short Film at this year’s AACTA awards. All active AACTA members are eligible to vote, however voting closes on Mon Sept 14th at 5pm.

 

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