ⓘ Peekaboo, film. Peekaboo is a 2011 Australian short film written and directed by Damien Power, and produced by Joe Weatherstone. The film was a finalist in the ..

                                     

ⓘ Peekaboo (film)

Peekaboo is a 2011 Australian short film written and directed by Damien Power, and produced by Joe Weatherstone.

The film was a finalist in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival.

                                     

1. Synopsis

On the train home from the Easter Show, an over-tired little girl is hyped-up by a stranger, who plays a game of peekaboo with her, until her mother begins to feel disturbed by the interest he’s showing. A short time later, the girl disappears in a carpark and her desperate mother searches. A glimpse of the man from the train fires her imagination, with devastating consequences.

                                     

2. Production

  • The film was shot on a Canon 5D DSLR with Canon 24-70mm, 70-200mm and 16-35mm lenses, and a Zacuto shoulder rig with an onboard monitor. DOP Simon Chapman chose to use zoom lenses over prime lenses in order find shots very quickly, because of the very young actors in the cast. All the interiors were shot at 1000ASA, which meant they could be shot primarily with available light.
  • The filmmakers raised the films entire $5.500 budget through crowd-funding online.
  • The film was finished in May 2011.
  • Peekaboo was filmed on location in Sydney, Australia, over three days in June 2010.
                                     

3. Reception

Tom Goodwin from the Co-Op Post wrote, "Short, direct and surprisingly brutal in its finale, Peekaboo stood head and shoulders above most of the other entries on display."

Matt Riveria gave Peekaboo 4/5 stars in the 2011 Sydney Film Festival Critics Poll.

                                     

4. Festivals and awards

  • Official Selection - Scone Short Film Festival, Scone, Australia, 2012
  • WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD – Canberra Short Film Festival, Australia, 2011
  • In competition – LAShortsFest, Los Angeles, USA, 2012
  • HONOURABLE MENTION – Australian Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2012
  • WINNER BEST TASMANIAN SHORT FILM – BOFA Film Festival, Launceston, Australia, 2011
  • In competition - Rome International Film Festival, Georgia, USA, 2012
  • In competition – Tallgrass International Film Festival, Wichita, USA, 2012
  • WINNER BEST EDITING – Flickerfest, Sydney, Australia, 2012
  • Finalist - Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films - Sydney Film Festival 2011
  • WINNER BEST SUSPENSE FILM – Couchfest, various USA, 2012
  • In competition – Milwaukee Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • In competition – Seattle International Film Festival, 2012 US premiere
  • NOMINATED BEST FILM – St. Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 2012
  • Official Selection – Dungog Film Festival, Australia, 2012
  • In competition – Milwaukee Short Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • WINNER SHOWTIME TALENT ASSIST AWARD – SPAA, Australia, 2011
  • Official Selection – Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Australia, 2012
  • WINNER BEST FILM JUDGED BY INDUSTRY – West End Film Festival, Brisbane, Australia, 2012
  • AICE Australian Film Festival – Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2012
  • WINNER BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM – Mudgee International Short Film Festival, Mudgee, Australia, 2012
  • WINNER SBS AWARD / WINNER BEST EDITING / WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD – 18th World of Women’s Cinema Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2012
  • WINNER BEST DIRECTOR – Miami Short Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Official Selection – BUSHO – Budapest International Short Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary, 2012
  • WINNER PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD / WINNER EMERGING SCREENWRITER – Shorts Film Festival, Adelaide, Australia, 2012
  • WINNER PRIX DE LA MEILLEURE REALISATION BEST DIRECTION – Courts des iles Festival, Tahiti, 2013
  • Official Selection – Wide Angle Short Film Showcase – Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2011 international premiere
  • In competition – Dallas International Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • In competition – Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2011
  • In competition – Cockatoo Island Film Festival, Australia, 2012
  • NOMINATED – BEST EDITING IN A SHORT FILM – Australian Screen Editors Guild, 2012
  • In competition- Ladahk International Film Festival, India, 2012
  • In competition – St. Louis International Film Festival, USA, 2012