2019 | Australia/Mongolia | 12 mins | 2.39:1
Genre: Drama | Children’s
Themes: Disability | Employment | BIPOC | CALD | Human Rights | Family
Disability represented on screen: Physical Disability & Mobility | Wheelchair Use
Language: Mongolian, with English subtitles and Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: A young man’s dream to make a living in Ulaanbaatar is put to the test when he must navigate the social and physical obstacles in his path.

STAIRS is the first collaboration between Bus Stop Films and The Arts Council of Mongolia.



Sonor – Davaasuren Bayarmunkh
Misheel – Egshiglen Bayarbat
Father – Dambiijantsan Vandansodov
Delgermaa – Byambabud Sukhtumur
Misheel’s friends – Sumiyasuren Odbileg, Urangoo Altansukh, Naran-Uchral Enkhee
Training School Headmistress – Lhagvadulam Tumursukh


Director – Zoljargal Purevdash
Writer – Nomin-Erdene Turmunkh, Zoljargal Purevdash, Genevieve Clay-Smith
Producer – Genevieve Clay-Smith
Cinematographer – Lizz Vernon
Production Design – Batzaya Enkhbayar
Editor – Laurence Van Camp
Sound Design – Wayne Pashley
Composer – Erdenebat Baatar

Festival Screenings & Awards

Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival 2020 (Mongolia)
APSA Asia Pacific Screen Forum 2020 (Australia)
Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2021 (USA) – Winner: Best Family Film
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 (Japan) – Winner: Biogen Award for Making the Impossible Possible
Bentonville Film Festival 2021 (USA)
CinefestOZ Film Festival 2021 (Australia) – Winner: Best Screenplay, Short Film Competition
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Winner: First Prize for a Live Action Short Film
Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Awards 2022 (Australia) – Nominee: Short Film Production of the Year
Cleveland International Film Festival 2022 (USA)
Cordillera International Film Festival 2022 (USA)
ReelAbilities Pittsburgh 2022 (USA)
RE-Generation International Youth Film Festival 2023 (Australia)