A man is tortured and tested upon seeks escape from a sinister facility – this escape is all part of the plan.

  • Bernard Winter
  • Bernard Winter
  • India Stanley
  • Finn Hartnett
  • Bernard Winter
  • Jack Riley
    Key Cast
  • Eleanor Golding
    Key Cast
  • Ross Dwyer
    Key Cast
  • Madeline Davies
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci Fi, Speculative Fiction, thriller, horror, drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 AUD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - VCA
  • St Kilda Film Festival
    June 3, 2023
    World Premiere, Local Premiere
    Official Selection
  • St Kilda Film Festival
    June 10, 2023
    Official Selection, Best Shot Film Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor Nominee, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Post-Production
  • St Kilda Film Festival
    June 12, 2023
    Awarded Best Sound Design
Director Biography - Bernard Winter

Bernard Winter is an experienced Director / Writer and Cinematographer with a career that has delved into many facets of the film industry. Past projects include long and short form narrative, documentary and commercials.

Bernard has directed several short form narrative pieces including Incarnation [2023], Bunny [2022], Temples [2022] and Soft Light [2022].

Bernard’s work as a cinematographer includes features films such as The Library Boys (2020), Filterphonic (2019), The Comet Kids (2017) and several short films. His latest short, Each Other (2021), was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival and Slamdance.

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Director Statement

The protagonist of Incarnation, 976, is an experiment. He is treated inhumanely, and has no concept of any existence beyond pain. He initially has no thoughts or emotions beyond confusion and anger, and later comes to realise he has no identity beyond a number.

“Incarnation” asks what it is to be a subject, an individual, a copy, a human.

I was initially drawn to this film by questions of medical ethics, and then what our attitudes to medical ethics suggested about how we view life and existence. Science fiction and speculative fiction has long been a favourite genre of mine, and I feel these genres perfectly suit exploring themes of this kind.