Laconic : A Short Film Festival featuring film and animation by emerging South Australian film makers.

Presented in the intimate setting of Koffee Ink Cafe at Adelaide Oval where sofas, tables and chairs were arranged in front of a large tv screen normally used as background tv and live footage of sports events happening at the oval, it was good to see the space being used in a different way and it worked well.

Seven short films including 3 animations were shown over 75mins. The sound quality was very good although I found the noise of the airconditioner  occasionally distracting during quieter moments.  Other noise was avoided by the cafe only serving refreshments  during a 10 minute intermission once the showing had begun and being closed to the public for the duration of the ticketed event.  Koffee Ink is a licensed cafe with good coffee and a range of food.  The crowd on opening night was small ; perhaps partly due to the weather.

The films were quite varied.  The 4th film shown (whose title I unfortunately missed) was very well received, a comedy about online dating with a clever twist in the tale.  With the exception of one film from Vancouver, all the films were South Australian. The final film was a gentle and charming animation : Greta Bradman – My Hero with music and song from Oscar Straus’ Chocolate Soldier.

Arrive early to get a front row seat on the comfy couch.  There are a range of films to be shown throughout the season and the content will vary from night to night.  The remaining opportunities for viewing are on March 7th & 8th at 7:30pm.  For anyone interested in short film format this is a good opportunity to see the directions in which talented local artists are taking it.

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