words by niall roeder
Australia’s only Academy-accredited and BAFTA-recognised short-film festival, Flickerfest, is ready to set up shop under the stars to celebrate its 26th birthday.
Bondi Beach will again play host to the 10-day film fest before it sets off on a 50-date tour of the nation. The scrupulous judges have watched, reviewed and trimmed the 2,000+ entries down to a harsh, but fair top 100 for the punters’ viewing pleasure.
The films range from the captivatingly emotive to the downright bizarre and everything in between. The sessions are broken up into Best of International, Best of Australian, Best of Documentary, Flickerkids, GreenFlicks and Short Laughs Comedy categories, and are made up of both real time and animated shorts.
Maybe your cup of tea is something like Glove – a true story of a glove that’s been floating in space since 1965. Or maybe Berlin Metanoia – the tale of a bear escaping and a whole city going mad, might be more up your alley? Of the 100 finalists, there are six films that have been shortlisted for an Academy Award, some of which are Timecode, Nocturne in Black, Silent Nights and Bon Voyage.
Which will make you laugh?
Facon – Tia is a passionate meat eater who is strictly a vegan hipster in public. When Tia’s hypercritical vegan boyfriend invites himself to her family birthday party, Tia must find the courage to tell him her meaty secret.
Which will make you cry?
Bon Voyage – During a holiday cruise, a Swiss sailing yacht encounters a sinking refugee boat. Tears will ensue.
Standard snacks are so passé, so to keep your movie cravings at bay there’ll be a very convenient pop-up bar pouring Young Henrys and Rosnay organic vino, and serving Nahji Chu’s Vietnamese chow. Tickets can be purchased here.
Flickerfest runs January 6 – 25
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