Offical launch of Flickerfest 2020 at Bondi Icebergs

The 29th Flickerfest short film festival has launched at a star-studded event at Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

A record 3,500 entries from over 100 countries have been received for Flickerfest 2020; 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 all guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and gasp with delight.

 

Key highlights from the Australian program, which will feature 55 films in total with some brilliant entries for 2020. Many of these films selected will have their World or Australian Premiere at Flickerfest or have been recognized at A- list international festivals including Venice, Tribeca, Sundance and BFI London.

Some of which include the world premiere of Chicken by Papua New Guinean-Australian director and writer, Alana Hicks and The Sand That At The Sea by Matthew Thorne. The Hitchhiker by Bondi local and emerging talent, Adele Vuko the woman behind the viral hits Activewear and I Got That Flow.

The Australian Premiere of Diver a film by Michael Leonard and Jamie Helmer, which had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival and the NSW Premiere of Backpedal by Dani Pearce who won the Cannes Young Director Award at the Cannes New Creators Showcase earlier this year. The International program will feature the Australian premiere of White Echo, the third short film project which American actress Chloë Sevigny, has written and directed. Also featuring fresh from its Venice premier is The Tear’s Thing by acclaimed French actress Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter) and the captivating thriller Talk starring William Baldwin.

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- all Academy Qualifying.

Flickerfest is Australia’s only Academy®TM accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival and, in its 29th year, is one of Sydney’s most enduring and adored summer events. Flickerfest kicks off the summer cinema season each year under the stars at Bondi with panoramic outdoor cinemas screening the very best short films on offer from Australia and around the world. After wrapping up the 10-day festival in Bondi, the very best flicks from the festival will then hit the road to 50+ destinations across the country for its annual tour between January and May 2018.

Flickerfest screens a vast array of film styles and genres and 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, Short Laughs – a program of pure joy and side-splitting laughs, Love Bites – juicy stories about relationships and will also feature the very special FlickerUp National Youth Competitions for talented Australian filmmakers under 18 plus an all new ASEAN Region Competition for 2020 in partnership with DFAT and Australian Now 2019.

Source: Flickerfest


Stuart Weitzman Launches Holiday 2019 Campaign Starring Misty Copeland

An icon meets an icon: The iconic ballerina and iconic accessories brand team up to debut a colorful array of holiday styles, plus an exclusive new augmented reality experience

Stuart Weitzman’s Holiday 2019 Campaign “Step Inside” is a continuation of the brand’s dedication to celebrating strength in femininity and illustrating it through bold energy, movement and dance. It marks the brand’s first-ever holiday campaign.

This concept is brought to life through the medium of ballet — a harmonious balance of physical strength and effortless femininity — and one of its leading stars, the esteemed classical ballerina Misty Copeland. Copeland’s own career embodies the campaign’s themes: Discovered as a dance prodigy at the age of 13, she became the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre in 2015, which marked an evolution in the world of ballet. “Being a ballerina, we’re not just dancers, we’re also athletes,” says Copeland. “You’re dancing in tulle. You look beautiful. And there is just this crazy pow er that maybe people don’t see.

For the campaign, Copeland steps inside an SW shoebox wrapped in red ribbon and into a colorful, energetic fashion fantasy filled with the Stuart Weitzman Holiday 2019 Collection, signifying the surprise and delight that comes when opening the brand’s signature blue violet box. Throughout the short film, her graceful twists and turns — choreographed by Copeland herself — demonstrate the comfort and ease of moving in SW shoes and the brand’s DNA of empowering women to conquer every step of their day by melding fashion, function and fit in each design. It was filmed by photographer and director Lacey, a rising star known for her strong use of color and ability to capture movement in innovative and mesmerizing new ways

The iconic ballerina, who has become synonymous with the holiday season thanks to her performances in the ABT production of The Nutcracker, also shows off several of the brand’s iconic looks in “Step Inside.” She dances in both classics reimagined and new favorites alike, curated specifically for the season of gift-giving, festivities and more, including:

The MERINDA sandals: Inspired by the brand’s iconic NUDIST stilettos, this silhouette features a wraparound design courtesy of SW’s Head of Product Design, Edmundo Castillo. “I was inspired by the brand’s history and my own history as a designer to create a new timeless silhouette that makes the foot look beautiful,” Castillo says of the look, which has become a new red carpet staple and go- to for party dressing. “To do so, I carefully placed every strap to create a design that combines fashion, function and fit and will stand the test of time.”

The BELLE INFINITY capsule: SW debuts a new icon with a range of styles defined by a geometric double buckle hardware accent. These include the ANICIA slip-ons, SW’s modern take on the ballerina flat, available in a variety of enchanting colors, from chile red to foglia green to silver lamé, as well as the EMELIE clutch, the brand’s new must-have evening bag.

The 5050.20 capsule: This lineup introduces the iconic dual-material 5050 back-stretch boot in a variety of limited-edition hues, including foglia green, chile red and cerulean blue. It also reinforces SW’s renewed focus on handbags with the debut of the 5050 BUCKET, which takes the brand’s signature mixed-material design to the next level in the form of a fashionable, functional bucket bag.

To launch the 5050.20 capsule and celebrate its new handbag, SW unveiled its first-ever augmented reality program — THE 5050.ME EXPERIENCE — which gamifies the shopping experience through customers’ mobile devices. The immersive visual experience allows the viewer to interact with the brand in a completely new way, and is accessible via a link on the brand’s social media platforms @stuartweitzman.

Upon tapping the link, customers will see an augmented reality model wearing all five color variations from the 5050.20 capsule in motion and in their immediate environment, as seen through their mobile devices. Customers can also zoom in for a closer look, interact with the augmented reality model and shop the collection directly from the experience. THE 5050.ME EXPERIENCE is designed in partnership with London-based augmented reality company HoloMe. The collaboration also coincides with the opening of HoloMe’s New York office.

Source: Stuart Weitzman 


Qantas opens doors to brand new luxury first lounge in Singapore

Qantas has officially opened its newest First Lounge, a luxury space spread over 1,000 square metres at Singapore’s Changi Airport.

The new First Lounge will operate in tandem alongside the airline’s existing International Business Lounge, providing capacity for 240 customers and a bespoke offering for Qantas’ First Class passengers and top tier frequent flyers.

The new build was designed by Australian designer David Caon in collaboration with Kelvin Ho of architecture and design firm Akin Atelie and features a number of Singaporean influences across the look and feel of the lounge as well as the food and beverage offering. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the opening of the new lounge is a reflection of the airline’s extensive premium investment in the region.

“Since our A380 flights have returned to Singapore, we’ve seen an increase in demand for premium travel which has also translated to an increase in the number of travellers enjoying our lounge hospitality.”

Qantas Creative Director of Food, Beverage and Service Neil Perry said the dining experience is inspired by Singapore’s vibrant culinary culture. “The Singapore food scene is one of my favourites in the world. The iconic hawker markets and fine dining restaurants inspired us to design a menu that gives customers an authentic taste of Singapore without leaving the airport,” said Mr. Perry.

“Customers visit the First Lounge at different stages of their trip, so we included items like poached eggs with mushrooms and salsa verde on sourdough and First Lounge classics like the chicken club sandwich with salt and pepper squid, intended to cater to our customers and their taste buds regardless of where they are on their journey,” added Mr. Perry.

David Caon said, “We wanted customers to feel a sense of calming luxury as soon as they walk in to the First Lounge, so we combined some of the classic Qantas First Lounge design features, such as the prominent marble and oak seen in the Sydney First Lounge, and added an authentic Singaporean twist featuring plenty of greenery.”

An open kitchen will serve up a Rockpool a la carte seasonal menu designed with Singapore’s vibrant dining culture in mind. Local delicacies like a signature tea smoked duck breast with pickled cabbage and Chinese mustard and a laksa with crayfish, bok choy and fried shallots, along with customer favourites such as the salt and pepper squid with green chili sauce.

The lounge also features a cocktail bar with lounge seating, serving French champagne, seasonal spritzes, unique cocktails inspired by Singapore, like a Calamansi Mojito – made from the local Calamansi fruit, Singaporean and Australian beer – and a variety of Australian wine.

Wellness continues to be a major inspiration and the new Qantas First Lounge brings the outside in. Live greenery features throughout the lounge to soften the space and bolster the atmosphere, while the use of natural materials and colour palettes is designed to help relax customers.

A unique faux ‘skylight’ in the shower suites and lounge area will replicate natural daylight and help adjust the body clock as customers transition through multiple time zones.

Business travellers have the choice to work in an open, communal setting or individual lounge chairs with high dividers. USB and charging ports are located throughout the lounge, with wireless printing, Wi-Fi and TV screens for customers to stay charged and connected.

The new premium space is Qantas’ fourth First Lounge across its global network, joining Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles. The opening is part of the multi-million-dollar investment for customers on its Singapore services and complements the expanded Qantas International Business lounge at Changi, which combined now offers seating for more than 800 customers.

The most popular cocktail served at the Qantas Lounge in Singapore is Calamansi Mojito, the most requested coffee is a latte and the most requested dish to date is the crayfish laska with more than 70 expected to be served per day.

Source: Qantas


Moët & Chandon Launches Personalisation Station at the MYER Giftorium

The world’s leading champagne, Moët & Chandon has partnered with the Myer Giftorium to host an exclusive personalisation station in select stores across the nation. Celebration and generosity are at the heart of Moët & Chandon and the personalisation service gives the opportunity to spread this message and enhance those special #MoetMoments during the festive period.

The Myer Giftorium continues to be the nation’s best place for Christmas shopping, bursting with memorable experiences and new personalized gifts from a stable of leading brands. The Myer Giftorium is a must stop shop for anyone looking for a bespoke gift for their loved ones this Christmas.

At the Myer Giftorium, shoppers are able to select a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial (RRP $69.99) or Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé (RRP $89.99) and customise their bottle to create their own or a loved one’s very own personalised #MoetMoment with a message, greeting or name. The boxes come gift boxed and are ready to be given as the perfect personalized gift this Christmas.

The Moët & Chandon personalisation service is available now exclusively at the Myer Giftorium at select stores across the nation.

Moët & Chandon Impérial // RRP $69.99 – Moët & Chandon’s most iconic champagne is distinguished by its bright fruitiness, seductive palate and its elegant maturity.

Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial // RRP $89.99 – Rosé Impérial is a spontaneous, radiant, romantic expression of the Moët & Chandon style, an expressive palate combining intensity and suppleness

Source: Moët & Chandon


Christmas and NYE With Pier One Sydney Harbour

Celebrate Christmas in relaxed style harbourside at The Gantry. Guests will be taken on a four-course meal journey expertly crafted by Head Chef Thom Gorringe with highlights such as Spencer Gulf kingfish sashimi and an exquisite chocolate desert with dulce de leche, buckwheat and cocoa nibs. The Christmas menu will be expertly paired with quality Australian wines and a range of beers, making it a Christmas to remember.

Dates: 24th & 25th December 2019

Pricing:$349 pp.

Bookings: https://www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/whats-on/

Indulge this Christmas at The Gantry Restaurant, with a very special Luxe Christmas all-you-can-eat Buffet menu at the One Hat harbourside dining destination.

Perfectly framed against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay, The Gantry is serving Christmas favourites such as turkey breast and maple ham, using only the finest ingredients and produce, as well as a live carvery station serving hot roast pork and lamb. In prefect Australian Christmas style, there is an abundance of fresh seafood including Sydney rock oysters, Balmain bugs and blue swimmer crab. For sweet lovers, an unbelievable array of expertly made cakes, pastries and desserts will leave you dreaming of sweets for many Christmases to come!

Date: 25th December 2019 12:30pm-3:30pm

Pricing:
Premium (18+) – $349 pp
General (18+) – $299 pp
Teen (13-17) – $199 pp
Child (5-12) – $99 pp

Bookings:
https://www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/whats-on/

NYE with Pier One Sydney Harbour is an unforgettable experience. With uninterrupted views of Australia’s famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world renowned New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Pier One Sydney Harbour is the place to be to welcome in 2020 in premium style.

All-inclusive tickets give party goers access to all you can eat premium street food style stalls along the Pier, and quality drinks all night from the selection of pop up bars. Choose from both indoor or outdoor spaces to enjoy the views with some of Sydney’s best DJ’s providing the soundtrack to your night.

Ticket limits are strictly limited to ensure guests celebrate in the ultimate comfort and style. Beat the crowds of Circular Quay and celebrate at Pier One Sydney Harbour.

Date and Time:
31st December 2019 7:00pm- 1st January 1:00am

Pricing:
General Ticket (18+) – $599 pp
VIP Ticket (18+) – $899 pp

Booking:
https://www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/whats-on/

Celebrate NYE in comfort and style with a very special six-course NYE menu at One Hat harbourside dining destination, The Gantry Restaurant.

Perfectly framed for NYE against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, The Gantry menu has been specially crafted by Head Chef Thom Gorringe to showcase the best of Australian produce, with special touches for the festive occasion accompanied by quality Australian wines and a range of quality beers.

Guests also have the option to upgrade their ticket for +$200 to join the celebrations at the NYE @ Pier One Party following their dinner. Witness stunning views of the Sydney NYE Fireworks over the Harbour Bridge.

Date and Time:
31st December 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm

Pricing:
Dinner-Only Tickets: $799 pp
Dinner & Party Tickets: $999 pp

Booking:
https://www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/whats-on/