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Western Australian short film, Sparkles has been selected to make its world premiere at Flickerfest International Film Festival, Australia’s only Academy® Qualifying & BAFTA recognised short film festival, which is being held 22 January – 31st January. The film will be screening in the Best of Australian Competition Programme.
Sparkles is a celebratory, joyous and important short film written, co-produced by and starring Tina Fielding (Different Lens), directed by Jacqueline Pelczar (Single Ladies) and produced by Cody Greenwood (Under the Volcano, Mystic Pines) of Rush Films. The film was funded through Screenwest’s prestigious Elevate Short Film Initiative with support from Lotterywest.
The film follows Courtney (Tina Fielding) as she seeks to leave her past behind, and run away from a small country town, towards the city. Along her journey, she makes an unlikely friendship with a Drag Queen from the Outback. The film is a coming-of-age story and a celebration of disability on screen.
Writer, Co-Producer and lead actress Tina Fielding identifies as living with a disability and is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Tina has been wanting to write and make films for 15 years and hand delivered her first script to Universal Pictures. In 2018, Tina began to work with director Jacqueline Pelczar, as a mentor to develop the screenplay for Sparkles. Tina is a passionate advocate for Diversity within the arts, and in a very short time has fast become one to watch.
“Making Sparkles, and seeing it released is a real dream come true for me. It means a lot to be able to see myself and my community represented on screen in a way that I can relate to for the very first time” said Tina Fielding.
Across 10 days, Flickerfest will celebrate contemporary international and Australian screen culture, showcasing the very best short films from Australia and around the world from live action to documentaries and animation. 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.
Director Jacqueline Pelczar is fast establishing herself as a filmmaker to watch. In 2018 Jacqueline was one of three directors on the comedy web series “Single Ladies”, supported by Screenwest and Screen Australia. Upon the series release in 2019, it has been featured at national and international festivals and has accumulated various awards such as best ensemble cast and best cinematography, and best comedy series. Most recently, Jacqueline was selected as one of three West Australian Directors to take part in the Melbourne International Film Festival Accelerator Lab Express Program for Directors. She has also previously worked at DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantages in the Arts) as a mentor to artists with various living disabilities.
“Sparkles is a coming of age story about following our hearts and feet, accepting others, and embracing our own individuality whilst realising as humans we are all wired the same. This film spreads love, joy, and encourages more kindness in the world. I am so proud to have been a part of it, and honoured to be a part of Tina’s very first filmmaking experience, and debut performance. We’re thrilled to be featuring at Flickerfest Film Festival.” said Jacqueline Pelczar.
The film was produced by Cody Greenwood, who is the Founder of Western Australian production company, Rush. She started her career in London making music videos and branded content, before moving to LA to join production company The Masses, which was founded by Heath Ledger. Cody has produced documentary and short films which have garnered international acclaim at festivals. She is currently in post-production on documentary series Girl Like You and upcoming feature documentary, Under The Volcano, which is set to premiere on the festival circuit in 2021.
Sparkles will screen at the Festival Garden North Park, Bondi Beach on Saturday 23rd January at 9:00pm.
Tickets are on sale here.