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is Australia's only Academy Award-accredited short
film festival. Founded in 1992 at Balmain High
School which is now called Sydney Secondary Collge
Balmain Campus, it is held every January in Sydney.
The films then go on tour throughout Australia.
The Festival Director is currently Bronwyn Kidd,
and the festival is held on Bondi Beach. (Credit:
began as a small local festival at the Balmain
High School in 1991. Over the last 17 years it
has grown to become Australia's only competitive
International Short Film Festival with entries
coming from filmmakers across the globe.
is considered in International circles as the
leading Australian competitive short film festival
and increasingly filmmakers view it as one of
the main festivals on the world circuit. To maintain
this high standard each year the festival director
visits festivals around the world seeking new
films most of which have not been seen in Australia.
2003 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science
elected to recognise Flickererfest as a qualifying
festival for the Best Short film and Best Animation
categories of the Academy Awards ®
honour of Academy Award ® accreditation will
guarantee Flickerfest's international profile
for many years to come, whilst also ensuring greater
opportunities for our Australian short film makers
national tour has become a very important part
of the festival and started in 1995. The tour
takes the main competitive programmes and some
Special sessions to many regional and metropolitan
areas, which rarely have an opportunity to view
this collection of the best of the world's short
films. The difference between Flickerfest and
other film festivals is that Flickerfest is acknowledged
as a quality arts event. Each year we screen Academy
Award nominated films plus many other internationally
to all our sponsors, participating filmmakers
and to you our audience for supporting Flickerfest
receives record number of entries for 2008
Oct 08, 2007
17th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival,
driven by MINI, has now closed its 2008 Call for
Entries. We have had an astonishing number of
entries from Australia and beyond, exceeding 2007’s
entries with numbers well into the 1300’s.
This increase in entries is yet further testimony
of Flickerfest’s growing profile as the
most important and largest short film competition
in Australia, so thank you to all those who have
contributed their film for 2008.
Selection Committee is now wading through the
many entries for final selection, and with such
a range of genres and cultures represented it
will be no easy task to decide the final 80 short
films in competition. The Flickerfest competitive
international and Australian programmes will be
announced in early December and will be posted
on the Flickerfest website www.flickerfest.com.au.
undergoing preparations to shoot the quirky new
trailer for 2008 are Producer Kristina Ceyton
and Director Rene Hernandez, winners of the JVC
Award for Best Australian Short Film Flickerfest
2007. Our exciting new look trailer and artwork
will all be launched at Icebergs Dining Room and
Bar, Bondi Beach on the 4th of December 2007.
dates for Sydney are 4th - 13th January 2008,
with the opening night kicking off on Friday 4th
January 2008. A selected program from the festival
will then tour around the country starting off
in Byron Bay and finishing in Melbourne late March.
year Flickerfest is pleased to celebrate and showcase
an array of diverse short films from the many
cultural backgrounds that make up our festival
programmes and 2008 will be no exception.
the coming months, we look forward to keeping
you updated with each new development and our
exciting plans for Flickerfest 2008.
then, best wishes from the Flickerfest team.
festival has a buzz about it, by Emily Dunn and
Kerry Coleman - 3rd Jan 2008
The Sydney Morning Herald)
amateur film festival Tropfest is just around
the corner but first there is Flickerfest, the
only Australian short film festival accredited
in the United States with the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences - that's the Oscars
to the laymen out there. Now in its 17th year,
the festival opens tomorrow night at Bondi Pavilion
until January 11, with 85 films chosen from a
record 1300 entries. Opening night features the
first group of international short films but the
first film up for viewing is by the Australian
comedian, broadcaster, writer and filmmaker Paul
McDermott. McDermott's nine-minute animation The
Girl Who Swallowed Bees, featuring actress Pia
Miranda, won the jury award at the Seattle Film
Festival, screened at the Berlin Film Festival
and, most recently, won an Australian Film Institute
award for best animation. Saturday night's selection
of films from the international category of the
festival also includes an Australian effort, the
nine-minute Spider by stuntman-turned-director,
Nash Edgerton (winner of the Tropfest competition
in 1997.) The director of Flickerfest, Bronwyn
Kidd, said films such as McDermott's and Edgerton's
demonstrated the profile of Australian short films
on the international stage. "It shows the
high standard of shorts we are producing …
[The Girl who Swallowed Bees] was impossible to
ignore because it is such a visually stylish and
creative film." Other nights during the festival
will see screenings of Australian and international
short films and documentaries - most of them Australian
premieres - with subjects ranging from One Of
The Lucky Ones, a documentary by Australian filmmaker
Wendy Chandler about the night she was raped by
an intruder in her home, to an Icelandic animation,
Anna & The Moods, starring the voice of Bjork.
Kidd has also compiled three short-film showcases
including a selection of international short films
entitled Bad Girls and The Bold, The Brave And
The Best: 30 Years Of Australian Animation, curated
by Oscar-nominated short film director Anthony
Lucas from the animations that have inspired his
career. The collection pays tribute to the achievements
of Australian animators such as Sarah Watt, Adam
Elliot and Bruce Petty alongside screenings of
iconic television commercials including Louie
The Fly, Mr Sheen and Aeroplane Jelly. Kidd describes
the festival as "a bit like Cannes …
both festivals are on the beach. Although Cannes
has more red carpet and glitz, they are both showcases
of high-quality films." For details visit
short long on buzz at awards, by Matthew Westwood
- 2nd Jan 2008
a nine-minute film takes a year to complete, Paul
McDermott may be wondering how long he'd need
to make a full-length movie.
comedian, television host and writer says making
short films requires a similar discipline to writing
that process of editing or sculpting away to get
the very kernel of your truth," he said in
don't want to wax rhapsodic too much."
animated short, The Girl Who Swallowed Bees, will
screen at the Flickerfest short film festival,
which starts in Sydney on Friday.
has already been lauded at international festivals,
and last month won the Australian Film Institute
award for best animated short.
film uses live action and animation to tell a
strange fable about a 10-year-old who tries to
kill herself by swallowing bees.
of ending her life, they form a hive inside her
heart and the honey that flows from it gives her
life and sumptuous wonder," McDermott said.
never experiences the dark thoughts that she previously
had, because the beautiful bees have reinvigorated
McDermott's first short film, The Scree, The Girl
Who Swallowed Bees began as a storybook that he
wrote and illustrated.
Miranda plays the depressed young girl, and McDermott
created the nimations with Tony Melov.
director Bronwyn Kidd said 1300 films were entered
for this year's festival, of which 85 would be
screened in competition. "Australian short
films are very strong," she said.
certainly have a nurturing tradition in this country
for short filmmakers, at a state and federal level."
is different from next month's Tropfest short
film festival, which requires that entries be
made specifically for that festival.
at Sydney's Bondi Beach from Friday to January
13, Flickerfest includes competition screenings
for Australian and international shorts, and a
showcase of more than 30 years of Australian animation.
Parts of the program tour to other state capitals
and regional areas.
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