- 1 Flickerfest
- 1.1 History
- 1.2 Management
- 1.3 Entry requirements and eligibility
- 1.4 Programmes
- 1.5 Tour
- 1.6 Awards
- 1.7 Previous winners
- 1.8 Other films shown
- 1.9 Celebrities
- 1.10 Partners
- 1.11 Media coverage
- 1.12 References
- 1.13 fixed issues: cut most profiles, rewrote to be more encyclopedic - also added links, images and 2019 winners
Flickerfest is an international short film festival held annually in January at Bondi Beach, Sydney. It is an Academy and BAFTA recognised short film festival for both international and Australian film makers.
Since 1991, Flickerfest has grown substantially. By 2018, the festival had grown to include 22 programmes shown, over 2 500 entries and 100 international shorts being showcased at the event.
Bronwyn Kidd is the festival's director as of 2018. Kidd curates several hundred short films for the annual event, and the following national tour. She also contributes to the curation of international film festivals such as The London Australian Film Festival at The Barbican.
Flickerfest's production and tour manager is Shane Rennie, who has been involved in the production of Flickerfest since 2000. Rennie is involved in web population, technical presentation, festival production, and festival photography, and is also a member of the Flickerfest selection committee. Since 2005, he has organised the Flickerfest National Tour, working directly with venues that the tour will be held at to establish dates, media and online strategies, programme suggestions, and logistics.
- Festival Assistant: Fabienne Neff
- Programming Manager: Lies Bruines
- International Programming Team: Liz Harkman, Rich Warren, Linda O. Olszewski
- LGBTQ Shorts Programmer: Craig Boreham
Entry requirements and eligibility
For films to be eligible to be shown in Flickerfest they must meet the entry requirements are:
- All short films should not exceed 35 minutes.
- The film must be completed within two years of the closure of the entry date.
- Films must either be in English or be provided with English subtitles.
- All films must be compatible with the H.264 or ProRes format.
- With exception to other Australian festivals that are Academy qualifying, Flickerfest favours Australian films that are Australian premieres.
- International short films are favoured if it is their Australian premiere.
- Before the beginning of the competition, all films must not be available to access on the internet or broadcast throughout Australia.
Throughout the duration of the festival, short films are showcased that are of a competitive and non-competitive nature. These films are presented in eight different categories.
The "Best of Australian" category showcases the films short listed for the Academy accredited award "Best Australian Short Film". In 2018, there were seven separate screenings of the competition, ranging between seven and nine individual films every screening.
The "Best of International" category shows international films in competition for the awards; Best Short Animation and Best Short Drama which are both Academy accredited awards. In 2018, the programme was separated into five parts, premiering seven films in each screening.
The "FlickerKids" section of the festival is non-competitive. It showcases films that are "delightfully entertaining" and that will "appeal to the kid in everyone”. In 2018, 11 films were shown in this category with only one screening.
The "Best of Documentary" category showcases the films short listed for the Academy accredited award "Best Documentary Short Film". In 2018, there were two separate screening of the competition, with seven films being shown in each individual screening.
The "Best of EU Shorts" is a non-competitive section of the festival. It showcases shorts that are "moving and entertaining" that are drawn from within the European Union. In 2018, the programme was showcased in two sections with seven films shown in each part. 
The "Short Laughs Comedy" category of the festival is non-competitive. It showcases international "hilarious off-kilter" shorts. In 2018, the section was shown in two sections with ten films shown in each section.
The "FlickerUp" category showcases the finalists of the national competition for primary and secondary school aged students or individuals under the age of 18. In 2018, the section consisted of 22 short films.
The Flickerfest national tour was established in 1995. The tour consists of the central competitive programmes of the festival which include Best of Australian Shorts, Best of International Shorts and Shorts Laugh Comedy. The tour travels to rural, regional and metropolitan areas, to showcase the shorts.
Flickerfest showcase short films at 50 venues throughout Australia.
The Flickerfest Tour has been publicised in regional and rural local newspapers. The Clarence Daily Examiner writes that the tour brings a "new arsenal of hilarious entertaining and thought-provoking micro cinema from across the country". The Newcastle Herald talks of local filmmaker's work being "brought to the big screen." The Illawarra Mercury writes on the local Kiama short film Buoy being selected to be shown in the Flickerfest Tour. The Wauchope Gazette reports the tour visiting Port Macquarie, the article primarily focuses upon the animation Lost Property Office and short film Miro, an Aboriginal Western film, describing the short to be "delightfully quirky and creative".
Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film: Academy Accredited
Special Jury Prize: Best International Short Film
Yoram Gross award for Best International Short Animation: Academy Accredited
SAE Creative Media Institute Award for Best Use of Digital Technology in a Short Film
Flickerfest Award for Best Short Documentary Film: Academy Accredited
Special Mention for Documentary
European Union delegation in Australia Best EU Short Film
Virgin Australia Award for Best Australian Short Film: Academy Accredited
Media Super Award for Best Screenplay in an Australian Short Film
Canon Award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film
Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian Short Animation
John Barry Award for Best Cinematography in an Australian Short Film
Avid Award for Best Editing in an Australian Short Film
Flickerfest Award for Best Performance in an Australian Short Film
Rebel8 Award for Outstanding Emerging Female Director
|2010||The Cat Piano||Eddie White, Ari Gibson||Australia|
|2011||The External World||David O'Reilly||Germany, Ireland|
|2012||It's Such a Beautiful Day||Don Hertzfeldt||USA|
|2013||Edmond Was a Donkey||Franck Dion||France, Canada|
|2015||Symphony No. 42||Réka Bucsi||Hungary|
|2016||He Who Has Two Souls / Celui Qui a Deux Âmes||Fabrice Luang-Vija||France|
|2017||Mr. Madila||Rory Waudby-Tolley||UK|
|2019||Flowing Through Wonder||Joana Lurie and Jean–Marc Bouzigues||France|
|2011||The Lucky Ones (Szczesciarze)||Tomasz Wolski||Poland|
|2012||Cutting Loose||Adrian McDowall, Finlay Napier||UK|
|2013||Crossed Out||Robert Duarte||Sweden|
|2015||Shipwreck||Morgan Knibbe||The Netherlands|
|2016||A Tale of Love, Madness and Death||Mijael Bustos||Chile|
|2017||Więzi (Close Ties)||Zofia Kowalewska||Poland|
|2018||Hello Salaam||Kim Brand||The Netherlands|
|2019||The Unconditional||Dave Adams||United States|
|2010||Celestial Avenue||Colin and Cameron Cairnes|
|2011||The Lost Thing||Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan|
|2012||The Palace||Anthony Maras|
|2014||The Kingdom of Doug||Victoria Thaine|
|2015||Grey Bull||Eddy Bell|
|2017||Beast||Carl J Sorheim|
|2018||On Hold||Jake Nielsen|
|2019||Yulubidyi - Until the End||Nathan Mewett and Curtis Taylor|
|2015||Bush Mechanics||Jason Japaljarri Woods, Jonathan Daw|
|2016||The Orchestra||Mikey Hill|
|2017||Fish with Legs||Dave Carter|
|2018||After All||Michael Cusack|
|2019||Della Mortika: Carousel Of Shame||Marisa Martin|
|2016||Red Rover||Brooke Goldfinch|
|2017||Dream Baby||Lucy Gaffy|
|2018||Second Best||Alyssa McClelland|
|2019||Tangles and Knots||Renée Marie Petropoulos|
Other films shown
There are numerous other awards categories. Some other notable short films honoured or shown include:
- A Black and White World (2005)
- The Last Dog in Rwanda (2006)
- Spider (2007)
- Hole in the Paper Sky (2008)
- The Six Dollar Fifty Man (2009)
- Bear (2011)
- Little Hands (film) (2011)
- Julian (film) (2012)
- Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (2012)
The festival hosts an opening night which has been attended by Australian celebrities.
Opening night photos from the 2013 event:
Screen Australia is Flickerfest's major government partner, while other industry partners are the SAE Institute Australia: Creative Media Education, Create NSW, Sydney City of Film, Canon, European Union's Delegation to Australia and Virgin Entertainment. Touring partners in other states and territories are Screen Territory, Screen Queensland and Screen West. Award Partners include the SAE Institute, Virgin Australia, Canon, Yoram Gross Films, the EU Delegation to Australia, John Barry Sales, Avid, Media Super and Parker's Juicery. Flickerfest's media partners include TimeOut, Brag magazine, The Beast Magazine, 2ser 107.3, Concrete Playground, City Hub and Film Ink.
The Sydney Morning Herald conducted an interview with festival director Bronwyn Kidd in relation to gender parity. Kidd states "When I started out, female directors were a rare breed. Now hopefully we're encouraging a whole new generation to come into the industry."
Broadsheet, Sydney gave a synopsis of the festivals proceedings, stating "Australia's a great country of storytellers. The list of films on show [at the festival] has been narrowed down from over 2500 to 110.” The article also highlights the benefits of short film writing “[Short films are] so contemporary. A feature can take seven years from start to finish, [for] a short you can grab a camera and in two weeks you make a statement.”
The Brag writes that "Flickerfest is unique in that the judging process doesn’t take the entrant’s budget into consideration – films are instead judged against the strength of the storytelling and the authenticity of the director’s voice." 
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