FLiCKERFEST 2019 28th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Festival: 11th– 20th January 2019, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Tour: January – May 2019, 50 venues Australia-wide
Patrons: Baz Luhrmann, Gillian Armstrong, Wayne Blair, Nash Edgerton
The 28th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival is thrilled to announce the full list of short films officially selected into the Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised competitions for 2019. Over 10 thrilling days, Flickerfest, a beloved Sydney summer institution will once again delight audiences with the very best in short films from Australia and around the world, screened under the stars at the iconic Bondi Pavilion in January.
2700 entries from over 100 countries have been received for Flickerfest 2019; 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. In 2019, over 47% of films screening at Flickerfest 2019 have been directed by women.
Always an audience favourite, the Australian program includes some brilliant entries in 2019. Key highlights include the Australian premieres of DESERT DASH, written, directed and starring Gracie Otto, which takes a fun and slightly twisted look at what life would be life in the Aussie outback if it was all just a game, and the Australian premiere of GHOST BEAR, a moving and though-provoking animation for kids by the legendary Actor/Comedian Paul McDermott a Flickerfest veteran whose previous animations have featured and won at Flickerfest and have gone on to win awards internationally.
The international program will feature the Australian Premiere of French film, RISE OF A STAR, starring legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve, which explores the life of a new Ballerina who’s dark secret threatens to undermine what she has spent a whole life on, and Norwegian comedy, TO PLANT A FLAG, starring Jason Schwartzman, known for his frequent collaborations with Wes Anderson, such as Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Flickerfest screens a vast array of film styles and genres and is proud to be bringing back beloved showcase categories such as FlickerKids – a full day of delightful family programming, Rainbow Shorts, featuring the highest quality LGBTIQ+ shorts from around the world, Short Laughs – a program of pure joy and side-splitting laughs, Love Bites – juicy stories about relationships, as well as the special FlickerUp National Youth Competitions for talented Australian filmmakers under 18. All films officially selected at Flickerfest are competing for a number of awards across various areas of the filmmaking craft, including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Film, the Yoram Gross Award For Best Animation, and the Flickerfest Award For Best Australian Film.
Each year Flickerfest drops an irreverent and hilarious Official Trailer, and 2019 is no different! The classic 1960’s dynamic duo themselves, Batman and Robin team up with the equally super Batgirl as they try to defeat The Joker who wants to destroy the Flickerfest Gala! The trailer stars Tai Hara, James Fraser, Chantelle Jamieson and Marcus Graham as the Joker.
Following the Bondi season, Flickerfest hits the road for a massive, 4-month, national tour of the very best films from the festival. The tour will reach 50+ metro and regional venues across all states, bringing the joy of Flickerfest to the rest of the country!
Visit http://www.flickerfest.com.au to purchase your tickets.