Flickerfest is Australia’s largest short film competition dedicated to showcasing the very best short films from Australia and around the world from live action to documentaries and animation. This year Flickerfest will screen 57 Australian films across the Best of Australian Competition, 39 International films across the Best of International Competition and 13 Documentaries across the Best of Documentary Competition.
Year on year, entries for Flickerfest continue to increase; a testimony to the fact that Flickerfest is one of the world’s leading and most respected platforms for short film. From this large entry field only around 200 of the very best, most creative and inspiring shorts will be screened at the Festival, across 16 competitive programmes and four showcase programmes.
The shorts in competition at Flickerfest are fiercely vying for a number of prestigious, Academy® Qualifying prizes including:
- The Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film
- The Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation
- The Panasonic Lumix Award for Best Australian Short Film
- The Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary
Plus a host of other hotly contested prizes, which recognise the various craft areas inherent in making a great short film including the SAE FlickerUp National School Student and Youth competition for filmmakers under 18 and the Rainbow Shorts Competition featuring the best LGBTQI+ films from at home and around the world.
Flickerfest is also home to the ever popular short film showcases including:
FLiCKERKIDS, short films suitable for children aged 6-12 years and the young at heart
SHORT LAUGHS, the comedy programme that will have you in stitches
LOVE BITES, films about love and relationships
BEST OF INDIGENOUS SHORTS, shining a spotlight on the incredible indigenous talent featured from across our 2022 festival programmes.
The 2022 Australian programme will include some incredibly masterful and creative short films. Highlights include the world premiere of the quirky black space comedy The Home Team starring comedy legend Paul McDermott and acclaimed actress Tara Morice Strictly Ballroom, The world premiere of black comedy Stonefish written by well-known Australian Actor, George Pullar and directed by acclaimed actress and first time director Megan Smart, known for her most recent role in miniseries Wakefield (2021) and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021).
The NSW premiere of the moving and intimate sibling drama You Me Before And After starring Yael Stone Orange Is The New Black) and Emily Barclay Mr In Between, Glitch, Baby Teeth the Australian premiere of award winning Australian feature director Alex Proyas’ Dark City, I Robot highly creative and masterful short film Mask Of The Evil Apparition.
Highlights Of The International Programme at Flickerfest 2022, all celebrating their Australian premieres include A Few Miles South where acclaimed actors Toby Jones and Ivanno Jeremiah comprise a very memorable double act in this delightfully macabre tale of two taciturn travellers on a wintry expedition that takes a desperate turn. Cannes Palme d’Or winner 2021 All The Crows In The World, a unique look at nightlife and coming of age by Hong Kong Filmmaker Yi Tang. TIFF Award winning Canadian animation The Shamans Apprentice by First Nations director Zacharious Kunuk Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner that see a young Shaman face her first test and the delightful and heartwarming UK film Roy where a reclusive widower Roy passes his days cold calling strangers until a chance meeting with a young women Cara, see an unlikely friendship forged. Starring BAFTA winner David Bradbury Broadchurch, Harry Potter and Oscar winner Rachel Shenton The Silent Child, Hollyoaks.
Launching on the 21st January with a highlights screening followed by an exclusive after party, Flickerfest’s not to be missed ten day event will present some of the world’s best short films from Australia and the world on the big screen, showcasing some of the most innovative, provocative and widely entertaining short films the world has to offer. Bringing them to the relaxed and iconic environment of Bondi Beach this summer in partnership with Waverley Council, in a bespoke festival garden complete with outdoor lawn cinema, The Famous Spiegeltent indoor cinema and a panoramic beachside bar. Running through to the 30th January culminating in a prestigious awards presentation and closing night celebration.
Following the Bondi season, Flickerfest hits the road for a massive, 8-month, national tour of the very best films from the festival. The tour will reach 45+ metro and regional venues across all states, bringing the joy of Flickerfest to the rest of the country!
Flickerfest has been a major launching pad for some of Australia’s and the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. For further information visit: www.flickerfest.com.au