Thriller/Drama   11 minutes

one sentence synopsis

An encounter ends in tragedy when a Lebanese-Australian family is harassed by a group of soldiers at a checkpoint in outback Australia.

cast

Nedal  Rodney Afif
Rebecca  Kate Raison
Fergus  Christian Willis
Theo  Alex Dimitriades
Julian  Brett Stiller
Sophie  Casey Burgess

principal crew

Writer  Ben Phelps
Director  Ben Phelps
Producers  Tim Kreibig and Ben Phelps
Director of Photography  Hugh Miller
Editor  Andrew Soo
Production Designer  Samuel Wilde
Costume Designer  Lara Blomfield
Supervising Sound Editor  Andrew Plain
Sound Editor  Megan Wedge
Composer  John Gray

Checkpoint was funded with a grant from the Young Filmmakers Fund (aka Emerging Filmmakers Fund), a program of assistance for emerging filmmakers that was created by Screen NSW.

awards

Jury Prize – Montreal World Film Festival (Canada)
Dendy CRC Award – Sydney Film Festival (Australia)
Best International Short Film – Cleveland International Film Festival (USA)
Jury Prize – Newport International Film Festival (USA)
Best Short Film – Canada International Film Festival (Canada)
Best Actor – Canada International Film Festival (Canada)
Best Short Film – Vladivostok International Film Festival (Russia)
Gold Remi – WorldFest Independent Film Festival (USA)
Best Sound Design – Flickerfest Film Festival (Australia)
Special Mention – Cinema Jove International Film Festival (Spain)
Best of Festival National Tour – Flickerfest Film Festival (Australia)
Best Short Fiction Film – Australia Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards nominee
Best of Festival National Tour – Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)

festivals

Tampere International Short Film Festival (Finland)
St. Kilda Film Festival (Australia)
Berlin Interfilm International Film Festival (Germany)
Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA)
Kraków Film Festival (Poland)
Milan International Film Festival (Italy)
Slamdance Film Festival (USA)
Short Shorts Film Festival (Japan)
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (USA)
Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA)
Guangzhou International Film Festival (China)
Festival International De Filmets (Spain)
St Petersburg International Short & Animation Film Festival (Russia)
Prague Short Film Festival (Czech Republic)
AFI Dallas International Film Festival (USA)
Austin Film Festival (USA)
Jackson Hole Film Festival (USA)
Encounters International Short Film Festival (UK)
Milwaukee International Film Festival (USA)
St. Louis International Film Festival (USA)
Indianapolis International Film Festival (USA)
Bahamas International Film Festival (Bahamas)
Nashville Film Festival (USA)
Illinois International Film Festival (USA)
Homebrewed International Film Festival (Australia)
Temecula Valley International Film Festival (USA)
Foyle Film Festival (Northern Ireland)
Tiburon International Film Festival (USA)
Rome International Film Festival (USA)
Seattle International Film Festival (USA)
London Australian Film Festival (UK)
Atlanta Film Festival (USA)
Miami Short Film Festival (USA)
Hatchfest Film Festival (USA)
Durango International Film Festival (USA)
Human Rights Arts Film Festival (Australia)
OZ Flix Australian Film Festival (Canada)
Falls Creek Film Festival (Australia)
Dungog Film Festival (Australia)
Kerala International Film Festival (India)
Maryland Film Festival (USA)
Canberra Short Film Festival (Australia)
Snowyfest International Film Festival (Australia)
Darwin Festival (Australia)
Dubbo Film Festival (Australia)
Philadelphia Film Festival (USA)
Phoenix Film Festival (USA)