The two girls start their journey toward a destination unknown. Fog comes and thickens. The road in front of them is cut off; the whole world falls in front of their eyes.
As they are feeling lost, the sword-holder appears. He leads them into the mysterious town.
As they go further, what was surrounding them turns even more bazaar, as if a maze with no escape.
Night falls. An accident comes, provoking the girl to realise the truth of her journey - and now she has to make a choice.
“ENCOUNTER” is a surrealistic, metaphorical coming-of-age story about becoming a woman. It is a story about freedom, of defining oneself and discovering one’s own voice.
This short film is a VCA Master of Film and Television graduation production. Upon completion, the film will tour international film festivals around the world.
"ENCOUNTER" is Written & Directed by Arctic Qu, a Chinese filmmaker living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her career in film directing she worked as a screenwriter for feature film and TV series, a theatre director and a multi-award-winning novelist. Arctic's debut short film Fragments of Red has toured the international film festival circuit from Sydney to Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Berlin and Istanbul and won multiple awards. She combines impactful narratives with experimental visual styles, forming a unique approach to storytelling on screen. Arctic has a Bachelor of Arts from Peking University and a Master of Film and Television from Melbourne University's the Victorian College of the Arts.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesProduction is scheduled on 6th-14th February 2021, in Melbourne & Regional Victoria.
Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Working with master's level, industry-experienced crew and cast, this is a great opportunity for you to making some connections (and experiencing fun VFX work!)
Expenses paid - Travel expenses are paid and catering is provided. Additionally, headshot photos and performing videos will be provided to you and can be used freely for self-promotion purposes.
Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.
Female Extra (body double)
We are looking for a female extra who has medium/long brown hair, with a height around 165cm and has a slim body type, to play the body double of the female lead actor. If you are interested in participating in a fantasy/surrealistic short film and want to experience highly stylised locations and VFX, this will definitely be a fun project for you.
Female, aged 18 to 25
- Height: 160 cm / 5ft 3in - 167 cm / 5ft 6in
- Hair color: Brown
Applications closed 25 January 2021.