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Flickerfest 2013

Thursday, 17 January 2013

As the mercury rises, Bondi Pavilion once again plays host to Flickerfest. The international short film festival now in its 22nd year, kicked off the season on Friday night to a full house and welcome balmy breezes with fun highlights of the Festival program.

In the mix, a quirky Elvis-inspired animation; a tongue-in-cheek look at the uncertainties and perils of social networking for retirees starring none other than Judi Dench; the world premiere of Nash Edgerton’s blockbuster-scale short, The Captain; and from France, a funny and touchingly naïve story about two teenagers coming to grips with their feelings around watching Brokeback Mountain.

What was once a small festival, with its first screening in 1991 at Balmain High School, has grown exponentially, with a record 2300 entries this year alone and the selected 100 films screening at 46 venues across Australia. The Festival has also screened in Bali and Jakarta for the past two years.

A venue change in 1996 gave the festival a home it could grow with. As Festival Director, Bronwyn Kidd tells it, “ Bondi Pavilion is such a wonderful venue and I think the potential to have a venue that was so unique, close to the beach, able to screen outdoors at night, all of those kind of things made it the perfect venue for Flickerfest”

Getting Academy accreditation in 2002 for the International competition’s Best Film and Best Animation awards gave the Festival prestige. And to date there have been over 30 films that have been nominated or gone on to win an Academy award.

This year, the Festival announced big news – for the first time ever the Australian competition will be Academy accredited.

What this means for Australian short filmmakers is that they will finally get a shot at getting to the Oscars too.

Bronwyn Kidd’s vision is strong. “We’re the only Academy accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, we get more entries than any other film festival and we’re both Australian and international. They’re the things that make us unique. With the longevity, of course, the international recognition for the awards we’re giving out and the fact that it is such a highly curated experience makes it a standout on the Australian festival circuit”.

As the Festival approaches it’s final week, be sure to check out the final two programs of Australian shorts. For those with kids, don’t miss the Flickerkids program on today at 230pm. And for a bit of fun, get into the Elvis spirit for the Viva Las Elvis program this Saturday night at 830pm.

Flickerfest continues until this Sunday, 20 January 2013 and will conclude with an awards ceremony, screening and closing night party.

We're giving four lucky Life in the Bubble readers a chance to win a double pass to this Saturday evening’s Viva Las Elvis program.

To win, “like” us on Facebook and tell us in 25 words or less why you shouldn’t be lonesome this Saturday night by Friday 3pm.

Words: Belinda Luksic

Images: Stills of shortfilms currenntly playing at the festival, courtesy of Flickerfest




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