Short Films

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Sir Dance-a-lot  2015   7mins
Sir Dancealot is the short story of a knight who tires of Saving Damsels in Distress, preferring to practice his two-step, in a dress. This is the story of “how our knight saved the day, using not his sword, but Classical Ballet”.
Screened 10 international film festivals
Producer: Atalanti Dionysus
Writer/Director: Lana Schwarcz
Production Company:  Atalanti Films

Sir Dance-a-lot – Awards/Nominations
2017Award of Merit: Women Filmmakers, Best Short Competition, California USA
2016 – Made in Melbourne Film Festival, Melbourne Australia
2016 – Handmade Puppet Festival world series tour thru North America, Czech Republic, India, Israel, Prague, United Kingdom, France and Canada
2016- Official selection Best Short Film, Setting Sun Short Film Festival Melbourne
2015 – Official Selection LA PELLICULE ENSORCELÉE – Northern France
2015- National Puppetry Festival, Puppeteers of America UCONN
2015 – The International Puppet Theater & Film Festival in the city of Holon in Israel
2015 – Literally Short Film Awards based in USA
2015 – International Puppet Underground Film Festival in Regina Saskatchewan, Canada
2015 – Official Selection Atlanta Film Festival

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 8.02.09 pmThe Favour  2005   12mins
It’s late on Christmas Eve. Helen, heavily pregnant, loaded with Christmas shopping, struggles to make it to the tram stop. She feels out of kilter with the world – this is the season to be jolly and she’s never felt less so. Stuck at the lonely tram stop with a rather odd stranger, will Helen ever make it home? THE FAVOUR is a dark tale of Christmas misery, with a magical twist which proves that one good turn deserves another.
2006 – Official Selection Best Short Film, St Kilda Film Festival
Producer: Atalanti Dionysus
Writer/Director: Donna Mcrae
Production Company: mcraeandvale

CC 21st Century

Charlie Chaplin in the 21st Century 2020   5 mins
A classic, instantly recognisable, Chaplin’s Little Tramp character epitomizes physical comedy and grace. Rod Lara has been performing the character for the last 10 years at tribute shows worldwide. Charlie Chaplin in the 21st Century are short skits which place Charlie Chaplin in the current world in amongst the COVID19 pandemic.

These clips have been created as a call to creatives alike during a time when the world has changed. The arts will always survive and thrive and bring joy to the world just as Charlie Chaplin has for decades. The content was shot using a mobile device and only required one character in the scene. The camera was propped onto a table or tripod and shot by Rod Lara. Directing, producing and editing the sequence was created by two crew members Rod Lara from his house and Atalanti Dionysus from hers. All the social distancing rules were applied during the making of this content. We hope you enjoy the joy this character brings.
Producers: Atalanti Dionysus, Rod Lara
Writer: Rod Lara
Directors: Rod Lara, Atalanti Dionysus,
Production Company:  Atalanti Films