september, 2019

201927sep10:30 pmJudas CollarAlison James | AUS | 2018 | Drama | 15 min | no dialogue | European Premiere10:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DramaPremiere Status:European

Film Info

How far would you go to save the herd if you were a wild camel fitted with a tracking device called “Judas Collar”?

The story comes out of the Australian government using tracking collars (aka “Judas Collar”) to tag one camel in a herd in the outback to later cull the herd from a helicopter. The collared one is left alive to wander from herd to herd so that more and more animals can be killed. But what happens if the collared camels realize that they are a “Judas”?

Part of the short film program “Aussie Shorts – Take 1“ on Friday, 27 September 2019, at 10:30pm. 


Part of the short film program “Australian Short Film Today“ on Saturday, 28 September 2019, at 3:45pm. 


“It is a haunting film that will truly knock your socks off…Brilliant, wordless film will amaze you with its craft (how exactly did they manage this?) and break your heart with its storytelling. This is as good a film as you will see all year. Trust me, the magic of film does not get much better than this. I didn’t know whether to cry from heartbreak or amazement.”– Unseen Films

The production of Judas Collar involved transporting eight domesticated camels and a helicopter over sixteen hundred kilometres to Western Australia’s most dramatic mid-West desert locations. Achieving the film’s narrative practically rather than relying heavily on visual effects was extremely important to both director Alison James and producer Brooke Silcox in terms of their approach to filmmaking as well as being able to work within a limited budget. The duo led an Australia-wide search for the right cast of camels and camel wranglers and drove over three thousand kilometres across ten days exploring WA’s incredible outback locations.Consulting with local shires and Indigenous groups, the crew were lucky to gain privileged access to these stunning locations and were given a Welcome to Country from Badimia Elder Ollie George.

Cast: Sonic, Buddha, Claudia


Festivals & Awards

Sydney Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention Best Direction

Austin Film Festival 2018 – Best Narrative Short Film

Brooklyn Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention Best Direction

Austin Film Festival 2018 – Best Narrative Short Film

Brooklyn Film Festival

Heart of Gold Film Festival – Best Cinematography

Melbourne International Film Festival

Flickerfest 2019

Doker Festival Moscow

ReelGood Film Festival

St Kilda Film Festival – Best Short Film, Best Director

CAPE Animal Film Festival – Tarshis Film Award, Best Short 2nd Place

Stellar Short Film Festival 2019 – 2nd Place Best Short Film

CineGear Expo at Paramount Studios – Best Short

and many others