When a vegan gets turned into a zombie, she finds herself in a world where her deeply ingrained lifestyle conflicts with the new-found need to eat flesh to survive. As she stumbles across a now alien landscape, she meets other zombies and humans that will test her resolve. Will the last vestiges of her previous life keep her from succumbing to the base desire to eat human meat? Or will she remain true to herself, even in un-death, and even if it means her demise?

Hunger - A Short Film was filmed on the Gold Coast, Australia by a local cast and crew. Initially conceived as a small passion project, the film grew quickly into a full fledged production, with many of those involved donating their time and expertise. The result has been received extremely well both domestically and internationally, being selected to thirteen festivals and garnering a total of ten nominations and five awards during its festival run.



Born in Portland, Oregon, CJ Barnes has had a fascination with cinema and spent much of his youth writing and developing original screenplay ideas.

While he continued to write frequently, he didn't get his first taste of production until he was in Macau, working with various film and TV crews, both as actor and cast manager.

He has spent the past 12 years away from his home country, living abroad in Macau, France, on board a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, and in Australia, where he now makes his home. During that time, he wrote often, produced an animated show, did videography for a number of artists and performers, and worked with a number of music, film, and stage performers.

CJ finally took his first plunge into filmmaking: writing, directing, and producing his first film, Hunger - A Short Film in 2018. The film found festival success almost immediately, becoming an official selection of MonsterFest 2018, and going on to collect an additional twelve selections, ten awards nominations and has won five awards, including two awards for Best First Time Director.

Love Thy Neighbour aims to be the next short film project for Púka Entertainment Productions, aiming to go into production early 2019.



MonsterFest 2018


Hunger - A Short Film received its first Official Selection laurels from Monster Fest 2018 when it was included as an opening short film for Monster Fest Traveling Sideshow - Brisbane. The film opened up for the Australian premiere of Terminal, starring Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg on May 26, 2018.

Royal Wolf Awards Film Festival 2018


Winner of the July Edition for Best Horror Short - Gold and Best First Time Director for CJ Barnes.

WNY Film, Art, & Music Event 2018


Screened as an Official Selection of the WNY F.A.M.E. 2018 festival on August 11, 2018, Hunger won the award for Best First Time Director. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography, and Best Horror/Sci-Fi Special FX.

NY Aphrodite Film Awards 2018


Selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Best Short Film Category for the month of July.

International Shorts Film Festival 2018


An Official Selection of the inaugural International Shorts Film Festival, from December 3rd - 7th at the Backlot Studios in Melbourne.

Hollywood Horrorfest 2018


While not an official selection, the fine folks at Hollywood Horrorfest gave Hunger - A Short Film an Honorable Mention in recognition of a work that is of "an exceptionally high standard and worthy of festival praise."

Things 2 Fear Film Festival 2018


Honourable Mention and Official Selection of Things 2 Fear Film Festival 2018 in West Virginia.

Boobs & Blood International Film Festival 2018


Screened on October 6th 2018 in North Hollywood, California and winner of the Best Zombie Short for 2018.

Gorst Underground Film Festival 2018


Official Selection of the Gorst Underground Film Festival 2018 in Bremerton, Washington.

The Artist's Forum Festival of the Moving Image 2018


Officially selected in the Dark Themes category, screened on October 12th, 2018 in New York City, NY. Nominated for Best Actress, Best Editing, and Best Sound Design.

Horror-RAMA International Short Film Fest 2018


Official Selection of the inaugural Short Film Festival at Horror-RAMA 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Lead actress Kat Cross was named co-winner of Best Horror-Rama Scream Queen 2018.

Open World Toronto Film Festival 2018


Screened as a Special Presentation on October 18, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PDXtreme Underground Film Fest 2018


Official Selection of the 2018 program 2018 in Portland, OR at the McMenimans Mission Theater.

CrashLanded Independent Film Event 2019


Official Selection of the 2019 program in Tulsa, OK.

Bridgslaughter Horror Film Festival 2019


Official selection and UK premiere, to be shown in Somerset February 15-16th 2019.