ASFF 2015 Best Drama, Stutterer Wins Best Short Film Award at the Oscars

Benjamin Cleary’s highly affecting and heartfelt drama Stutterer has won Best Short Film (Live Action) at the Oscars. The film was awarded Best Drama at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2015, telling the story of a reclusive typographer with a debilitating speech problem who must face his worst fear as he is thrown into a series of uncomfortable, challenging encounters with strangers.

A further three films which featured at ASFF 2015 were also nominated for an Oscar. Alles Wird Gut (Everything Will Be OK) also screened in the Drama strand. In this film by Patrick Vollrath (Filmacademy Vienna), Michael stands in front of a house. Eight year old Lea emerges and jumps into Michael’s arms: “Daddy!” The two drive off. After a while Lea begins to sense that something isn’t right.

Gabriel Osorio’s short film Bear Story was also nominated for the Oscar in Best Short Film (Animated). An old, melancholy bear goes out every day to a busy street corner to tell his life story through a mechanical diorama and accompanying set of tin marionette characters.

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos by Konstantin Bronzit was also nominated for the Animated Award. Two cosmonauts, two friends, strive to do the best they can in their everyday training in order to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.

ASFF 2016 is now open for entries, and aims to support and champion outstanding filmmaking talent. Prizes include screenings at BAFTA Qualifying ASFF 2016 in November, Awards for Festival Winner, People’s Choice and Best of Category, promotion through ASFF’s channels and more. To enter ASFF 2016, visit

1. Screening of Stutterer at ASFF 2015 Opening Night, courtesy of Jim Poyner.