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Emo (Short)

What’s a love struck Emo to do?

When Ethan, an Emo kid who hates almost everything, falls in love with Trinity, a good Christian girl with a passion for life and her Lord Jesus Christ, will it all end in tears or will they be able to live happily ever after?

Released date: April 2013
Running time: 15:51
Format: Romance, HD 1:2.35
Featuring: Harry Borland, Charlotte Nicdao, Zak Marrinan, Robert Tripolino
Writer/Director: Neil Triffett
Producer: Lee Matthews
Cinematographer: Sky Davies
Production Designer: Anna O’Donnell
Song book by: Neil Triffett
Sound Designer: Craig Jansson
Editor: Sasha Dylan Bell


  • There is a strange holy war happening in the school as a group of Christian musicians and group of Emo boys battle for the music room. Caught amongst this are Ethan, an Emo, and good Christian girl Trinity, who are newly in love. Finding it hard enough to reconcile their own differences, they dread what will happen if their friends ever find out. As the war escalates and things turn serious, the star-crossed lovers are forced to make decisions that might cost them their friends, their place in school, and each other.

  • Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival, Feb ’14
    – Awarded ‘special mention’ runner up to the Crystal Bear for best short film, Generation 14plus

    Broadcast ARTE Germany and France, 2015

    Broadcast Sogecable Spain, 2015

    Interfilm’s ‘Spark’ Switzerland, 2015 Arts and Algorithms Int’l Short Film Festival, 2015

    Fantastic Cinema Festival Little Rock, Mar 2015
    – Grand Jury Award for Best Editing

    Glasgow Youth Film Festival, Feb 2015 2015

    FilmLabFestival Italy, Nov 2014

    Shorts Film Festival Adelaide, Nov 2014
    – Neil Triffett awarded Best Young Filmmaker

    Made in Melbourne Film Fest, Nov 2014
    – Opening Night, audience choice award, Best Film

    See The Sound SoundTrack Germany, Nov 2014

    Ozu Film Festival Italy, Nov 2014

    Interfilm’s Kuki Berlin – Int’l Short Film Fest, Nov 2014
    –won 2nd prize of the Teen Screen competition

    Filmfest FrauenWelten Tuebingen, Nov 2014

    54th Brno 16, Czech Republic, Oct 2014

    Int’l Short Film Festival Cyprus, Oct 2014

    Schlingel Int’l Film Festival Germany, Oct 2014

    Heart of Gold Int’l Film Fest Gympie, Oct 2014

    Vancouver Int’l Film Festival, Sep 2014

    Canberra Short Film Festival, Sep 2014

    Down Under Berlin Film Festival, Sep 2014

    Sarajevo Int’l Film Festival, Aug 2014

    Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival, Aug 2014

    Dungog Film Festival, Aug 2014

    Guanajuato Int’l Film Festival Mexico, Aug 2014

    InDPanda Int’l Film Festival HK, Aug 2014

    Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival, July 2014

    Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest, Jul 2014

    Revelation – Perth Int’l Film Festival, Jul 2014

    Hamburg Int’l Short Film Festival, Jun 2014

    St Kilda Film Festival, May 2014:
    – won Best Comedy, Best Score and the Craft Award
    – nominated for Best Director and Best Short Film

    Reel Shorts Film Festival Canada, May 2014

    Poolinale Music Film Festival Vienna, Mar 2014

    FlickerFest Australia, Jan 2014

    Represented at Clermont-Ferrand film market by Screen Australia

    Awarded finishing funds, Screen Australia 2013

    The Berlinale Jury said “a movie that takes a look at group identity and peer pressure, with a surprising and pleasant lightness of touch. It convinced us with its firework of dialogues, melodies and humour, making fun of itself while never becoming ridiculous.”

  • Ethan – Harry Borland

    Trinity – Charlotte Nicdao

    Bradley – Zak Marrinan

    Isaac – Robert Tripolino

    Jay – Will Weatheritt

    Michael – Stephen Wainrib

    Joanne – Kristen Cunningham

    Peter – Jonathan Wells

    Principal Stephens – Gary Samolin

    Woman at Bus Stop – Carla McConnell

    Park Lovers – Rahul Prasad & Bree-Anne Sykes

    Park Walker – Emma Sullivan

    Park Jogger – Justin Chapman

    Old man with a Balloon – Lee Matthews

    Grown up Balloon-loving-Girl – Elizabeth Taylor

    School Students – Stephen Hendry, Aaron Flynn, Aaron Garcia & Jack Pender