Australia’s leading Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, Flickerfest, was launched at Icebergs Bondi on Monday 3 December.
The 10 day festival at Bondi Pavilion will feature the top 100 films selected from the 2500 entries received. Highlights of 22 films including works from SAE FlickerUp youth competition, The Best of European Union shorts and ‘Rainbow Shorts' featuring LGBTIQ films will be taken on tour nationally across 50 venues thereafter until mid next year.
Festival Director, Bronwyn Kidd announced the Academy® qualifying short film contenders this year would be constituted of 6 Australian competitive programmes in addition to the 5 international and 2 documentary ones. Flickerfest films will also be available as part of Virgin Australia’s inflight entertainment selection. Together with Screen Australia, Canon, partners on and off screen, Bronwyn Kidd gave us deep insight into the synergies fostering platforms enabling Australian filmmakers to thrive.
While the full program is to be announced soon, guests were given a taste of the calibre of work with the screening of Grace Otto’s eleven minute short film, Desert Dash. The winner of Soho House North American script incubator program, it’s recently returned after being featured in the Toronto International Film Festival. An abstract film that leaves the story to subjective interpretation, it was a great example in Flickerfest’s commitment to unearth and promote Australian stories.
Now in its 28th year, Flickerfest will run from Friday 11 January to Sunday 20 January 2019.