Two short films and their journeys into space and light

The dance of new passions that emerge from short films in a festival is a promise to the future. Here are two very different women filmmakers growing through luminous short films.

To really sense the evolution of our cinema in new hands, it helps to explore the stories behind their development. Nora Niasari and Madeleine Gottlieb both appear in the COVID-19 edition of MIFF, and their careers speak to each other from very different histories.

Nora Niasari has been sustaining herself through COVID-19 by reading a lot of poetry in her native Farsi. She reflects on how Iranian culture has adapted and changed through adversity: 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.