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