Celebrating its 26th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival was launched at Bondi Icebergs recently. Flickerfest is second to none on the Australian short film festival circuit, with its loyal patrons continuing to support the much loved and respected fixture on Sydney’s summer calendar.

During the evening, the crowd was transfixed with the screening of the world premier of the official Flickerfest trailer that featured an all indigenous cast and crew, with a Wizard Of Oz theme descending on Bondi Beach. Directed and written by award winning indigenous director Dena Curtis, the trailer stars Miranda Tapsell as Dorothy, Christine Anu as the Good Witch and Jeremy Ambrum as the Lion, Bjorn Stewart as the Tinman, Meyne Wyatt as the Lion & Alexis Lane as Wicked Witch.

Following the trailer’s unveiling, the launch screened the Australian premier of a wonderfully comedic new Australian film “The Eleven O’Clock”. Written and produced by Josh Lawson, produced by Karen Bryson and directed by Derin Seale, this film will certainly entertain audiences. Starring Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman and Alyssa McClelland, the film tells the story of a delusional patient of a psychiatrist who believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other, the session gets out of control. I was so disappointed when the trailer ended as I was totally drawn into the mayhem. Guess I will have to go along to the full screening when Flickerfest gets underway.

Speaking to the crowd about the sensational year to come, Festival Director, Bronwyn Kidd, stated that after 26 years she was proud Flickerfest continues to be a platform for the best of Australia’s and the world’s most talented filmmakers. Bronwyn is looking forward to showcasing these brilliant short films to eager audiences, not just in Sydney, but at over fifty venues in all states of Australia on their national tour.

Receiving over 2,400 film submissions this year, Bronwyn and the selection committee will handpick the very best 100 films for the 2017 programme to showcase across Australia from January until May.

Flickerfest, which is an all-weather event, will run in Sydney for ten days at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, from 6-15 January 2017, before touring nationally from January to May 2017 in over 50 venues.

For tickets and full programme go to www.flickerfest.com.au

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond

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