Flickerfest wraps up in Sydney, heads on national tour

25 January, 2013 by IF

Press release

After wrapping up the hugely successful 10 day Sydney festival with record crowds and films screened Flickerfest now hits the road again for a massive 46 venue national tour, taking in all states and territories.


In 2013 we celebrate 22 years of screening the best short films from Australia and around the World and we are thrilled to be able to bring these films to audiences hungry for great short films in an expanded tour to even more venues this year.

The Flickerfest National tour screens the most entertaining, innovative, inspiring and award winning range of shorts, handpicked as highlights from a record 2300 entries received and 100 films officially selected for our Sydney competition. Many of these films are world or Australian premieres, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest short films in the world today. Flickerfest remains Australia’s only Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival ensuring that we continue to present an A-list class short film competition recognised amongst the best in the world.

The Flickerfest tour kicks off in Bangalow, in the Byron region with an action packed three day event at the A & I Hall 25th-27th January 2013. The event begins with a glamorous fully catered opening night drinks. This is the prelude to a fantastic night of films, including the Byron premiere of the locally filmed Suspended written & directed by award winning actor Damian Walshe-Howling.

Across the three days the Best of Australian shorts Competition showcases an incredible selection of homegrown talent from around the country. Highlights include Yarbird winner of Best Australian Film at Flickerfest 2013, a masterful film directed by Michael Spiccia. Lois – starring Academy®Award nominated acting legend Jacki Weaver and the quirky and highly crafted animation A Cautionary Tale starring the voices of David Wenham, Cate Blanchett and Barry Otto.

Saturday the 26th Jan will see a massive programme of activities roll out.
Kicking off at 230pm is Flickerlab a workshop that focuses on bringing your short form content to audiences far and wide. Panellists include Damian Walshe –Howling, who will share his experiences of the prestigious Locarno Film Festival where Suspended screened in Official Competition, ABC Open Producer Catherine Marciniak and Flickerfest Director Bronwyn Kidd.

Following the Flickerlab workshop we screen a selection of Local documentaries on the subject Day In The Life produced by ABC Open and present the 5th year of Byron All Shorts, the local Northern Rivers Short Film competition that showcases the talent of film makers from the local region

On Saturday night at 8pm our Best Of International Shorts continue with highlights including the Renault Award For Best short at Flickerfest 2013 Tigerboy from Italy, the clever and satirical Its Not A Cowboy Movie from France and moving drama Kiruna-Kigali from Sweden, shortlisted for this year Academy®Awards.

For all information and tickets for Byron Bay please visit http://www.iq.org.au

After our Byron Bay festival Flickerfest will visit Avoca (Fri 1st, Sat 2nd, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre) The Gold Coast (2nd Feb Gold Coast Arts Centre) and Albany in WA (2nd Feb Wignalls Wines) with many venues to follow in the coming months!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these outstanding shorts on the big screen.

Full program details are available at http://www.flickerfest.com.au