Film edition 2021

BUTTERFLY

Vivi, a young girl, who is living reluctantly with a chronic condition, finds herself alone, injured and abandoned on a misty seaside cliff. She must retrace her steps and overcome the anguish that has left her living with resentment and frustration. As she works against a dangerous ticking clock, her magical journey helps her realise that accepting her present unlocks the potential of her future.

Original Title Butterfly
Category Official Competition
Section Parental Control
Tipology Short Film
Duration 13'
Production Year 2020
Nationality Australia
Directed by Stephen de Villiers, Chloe Gardner
Screenplay Stephen de Villiers, Chloe Gardner, Nicky Thanou
Main cast Isabelle Tate
Alex Schulze
Produced by Chloe Gardner

Headshot 11662f49c5 headshotStephen de Villiers, Chloe Gardner

Stephen is a producer/director who has made more than 20 narrative films. Throughout his career, he is privileged to have worked with some of South Africa and Australia’s top actors, including Ian Roberts (Tstosi), Sean Cameron Michael (24, Black Sails) and Socrates Otto. An alumnus of the directing program at AFTRS, his last short, ‘Super Sounds’, screened at over 50 festivals, winning awards and nominations at many, including San Francisco International FF, Giffoni, Flickerfest, and was selected by Virgin for their in-flight entertainment. His most recent broadcast credit, ‘Stuck in Time’, a documentary about Indigenous Youth Incarceration, was made for SBS/NITV and aired in Jan 2019.

Chloe has been in the film industry since 2000 beginning her career as an actress. She wrote and directed Snapshots in 2008. She has always been attracted to working with children and started the highly successful youth film school, Kids Camera Action in 2010. She subsequently founded the Adelaide International Youth Film Festival as she so loves stories and films destined for a young audience. In 2014 she produced SUPER SOUNDS. BUTTERFLY is her most recent work, directed with Stephen, her colleague and husband.

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