Posted on 24 Jun, 2019

The Darwin Film Society and Screen Territory are thrilled to announce the four successful projects for their joint film initiative: Spark! Find out about the projects here!

Four orig­i­nal NT fic­tion­al short film projects have been select­ed to go into pro­duc­tion with $10,000 seed fund each

The region’s back­drop is once again an inspi­ra­tion for sci-fi sto­ries by local emerg­ing filmmakers.

The pro­duc­tions will pre­mière at the 10th Dar­win Inter­na­tion­al Film festival

For the first time Spark was open to the entire North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry for sub­mis­sions, and we’re thrilled to count Alice Springs-based film-mak­er Bid­dy O’Loughlin amongst this year’s vin­tage of excit­ing orig­i­nal projects!


The only way to recov­er the light is to steal it back.

The world has been aban­doned by the sun. In order to redis­cov­er the light, a med­i­ta­tion class search­es for a spark with­in them­selves. But when an enig­mat­ic cult leader takes med­i­ta­tion stu­dents for his own mys­te­ri­ous mis­sion to find the light, West decides to investigate.

W/D: Thomas Mide­na | P: Philip Tarl Denson


Pol­ly is frus­trat­ed. She would like peo­ple to take her seri­ous­ly. Every­where she turns, Pol­ly is met with casu­al sex­ism and piti­ful pre­sump­tions. So Pol­ly does some­thing to prove her val­ue and to make a point. Pol­ly becomes a ser­i­al killer.

W/D: Lex­ie Gre­go­ry | P: Cat Hart


When a UFO descends in front of the Youth Cen­tre, ten-year-old TJ, sit­ting out­side in Time Out, must tack­le the prob­lem on his own.

W/D: Bid­dy O’loughlin | P: Anna Cadden


Fol­low­ing the evac­u­a­tion of Dar­win, a trav­eller along a lone­ly high­way has a mys­te­ri­ous acci­dent, find­ing him­self lured into a set­tle­ment of north­ern­ers who have cho­sen to remain, it is unclear if they are friend or foe.

Alex Edmond­son & Caro Macdonald