Prototype 2021 | 3-month program, 9 new short works

Prototype, an Australian experimental short-film and arts streaming platform, presents a three-month program, ‘Prototype 2021’, featuring nine new short works – including eight world premieres – by ten international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives; published weekly, every Wednesday from 28 April to 23 June, online and via e-newsletter.

‘Our new program supports great artists and filmmakers to experiment, cross artistic borders and break creative boundaries while allowing audiences to access new, cutting-edge, well-curated art, anywhere, anytime,’ says curator and Prototype Founding Director Lauren Carroll Harris.

Pilar Mata Dupont, La Maruja, 2021, video still. Courtesy the artist, Moore Contemporary, Western Australia and Prototype

‘Prototype 2021’ showcases the breadth of contemporary video art and film, exploring themes of the Anthropocene, counter histories and diasporic storytelling in a diversity of languages. The program includes work by Australian visual artist, filmmaker and writer-director Samantha Lang; Berlin-based Australian filmmaker Gabrielle Brady; New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective; Western Sydney artists Justine Youssef and Leila El Reyes; Melbourne-based filmmaker Audrey Lam; Adelaide filmmaker Allison Chhorn; Amsterdam-based Australian-Argentinian artist Pilar Mata Dupont; Australian artist Jodie Whalen; and Chilean film director and moving image maker Malena Szlam.

Alongside the core digital presentation, several in-person screenings of newly released works will be presented at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) during the three-month season. A ticketed launch will be held at ACMI on Tuesday 27 April, featuring a panel discussion with Harris and acclaimed Australian filmmaker Samantha Lang, alongside an exclusive in-person premiere screening of Lang’s work Brown Lake and works from Prototype’s archive by UK-based Sam Smith and acclaimed Canberra documentary-maker Robert Nugent.

For the full program of screenings, visit