FLICKERFEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

January 15, 2018

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Flickerfest, the annual international short film festival that has been wowing audiences for 27 years at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, as well as at venues all round Australia, is currently playing at the Bondi Pavilion until 21 January 2018.

Over 2,500 entries from across the globe were received for this year’s competition, but only 100 have been selected for screening during the Academy Accredited and BAFTA recognized short film competition. The festival includes at least 22 different programmes, featuring short films ranging from animation to documentary and comedy plus other genres.

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The Best of European Union shorts is back, showcasing shorts from the EU in partnership with the European Union Delegation to Australia.

Young filmmakers are also given an opportunity to join in the festival by taking part in SAE FlickerUp, the national schools and youth competition.

Film lovers are sure to enjoy an evening out under the stars at this open air venue, viewing one of the programmes that changes daily.

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When Flickerfest concludes its ten day run at Bondi Beach it will begin a national tour to over fifty cities including Bendigo, Perth, Mackay, Cairns, Hobart and ending in Kalgoorlie on 19 May 2018.

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL NAMES 2013 JURY MEMBERS

May 27, 2013

Clapper 2Running from 5-16 June, the 2013 Sydney Film Festival recently announced this year’s internationally acclaimed award-winning jury members, featuring Hugo Weaving as Jury President.  Other members are international filmmakers Anand Gandhi (India) and Pia Marais (Sweden/South Africa), film critic and curator Paolo Bertolin (Italy) and Australian producer Kath Shelper.

Now in its sixth year, the internationally recognised Sydney Film Festival Official Competition, awards a $60,000 cash prize.  This is Australia’s richest cash award for film and recognises the most courageous, audacious and cutting-edge film from the twelve selected.

Hugo Weaving is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and respected actors, whose many credits range from international blockbusters Cloud Atlas, The Hobbit, The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings trilogy to award winning Australian films such as Oranges and Sunshine.  He has appeared on stage in over twenty productions for the Sydney Theatre Company, and received the Australian Film Institute’s Best Actor award for his performance in Proof (1991) and also for Little Fish (2005).  In 1998, he received the Best Actor award from the Montreal Film Festival for his performance in The Interview.

Weaving will also feature in the Festival’s Opening Night film, the Australian murder mystery Mystery Road.

Hugo Weaving is the sixth Jury President of the Official Competition, following Australian filmmaker Rachel Ward (2012), Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige (2011), Australian producer Jan Chapman (2010) and Australian filmmakers Rolf de Heer (2009) and Gillian Armstrong (2008).

Anand Gandhi is a filmmaker, playwright and artist, deeply interested in philosophy, evolutionary psychology and magic.  His work in theatre, television and short cinema has won him several prestigious awards in the past decade.

Award-winning South African and Swedish director Pia Marais studied film at the Deutsche Film-und Fernseh-Akademie (DFFB) in Berlin, where she is still based.  Marais made her feature debut with Die Unerzogenen (The Unpolished), which was screened at many international film festivals (including SFF 2007) and won various prizes, including a Tiger Award in 2007 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Italian film critic Paolo Bertolin is a member of the selecting committee of the Venice Film Festival, with a special mandate for the pre-selection of films from Korea and Southeast Asia.  He also works for other Italian festivals, including Udine Far East Film Festival, the Festival dei Popoli in Florence and the Korea Film Fest in Florence.

Kath Shelper produced the award winning Australian film Samson and Delilah, which was directed by Warwick Thornton.  The film won the Camera d’Or (best first feature) at Cannes.  Kath was the recipient of the 2005 Inside Film Award for Rising Talent and her film Confessions of a Headhunter won the AFI Award for Best Short in 2000.

image004Sydney Film Festival also presents a number of awards to recognise excellence in local filmmaking, including the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize and the long running Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, which are Academy Award eligible.   Sandra Tiltman 

 


SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ONLINE PUBLICATION

March 29, 2013

400To celebrate the 60th year of the Sydney Film Festival, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, launched a free online publication.  This digital only publication has thousands of pages of content and images, so large it could never have been printed.

Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive, features over 1,000 photos and over 50 archived videos including award-winning short films, news clips and trailers plus a list of all 8,580 films that have screened at the Festival.

Festival Director, Nashen Moodley, commented “This free digital archive provides a thorough historical overview of the festival, which has challenged, delighted and entertained Sydneysiders for six decades.  Within its pages you will find a multi-layered, 444multi-dimensional chronicle of Sydney Film Festival – its past, present and future, seen from many perspectives and told with many voices.  It is an amazing resource full of multimedia, interviews and analysis of the history of the festival, its relationship to the local and international film industries, its position in
cinema history and its role in the development of local art, culture and entertainment.”

The City of Sydney bestowed the Sydney Film Festival with a special history grant through their History Publication Sponsorship Program.  “The City of Sydney is pleased to support this wonderful archive which shows how significant the Festival’s impact has been to the evolution of the city’s cultural life over the past 60 years,” said Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

Words & Photos:  Sandra Tiltman.

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