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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.[1]

Flickerfest opens at Bondi Pavilion on 11 January 2013.


Isabelle Cornish at the festival's opening night with Bondi Beach in the background.

The festival originated as a small, local festival at Balmain High School in 1991. It has premiered an increasingly broader range of international short films since its establishment.[2]

In 2003, Flickerfest was recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science to qualify for Best Animation and Best Short Film categories of the Academy Awards.[2]

In 2010, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) recognised that if a film from the UK won a category at Flickerfest, the film then became eligible for a BAFTA nomination.[2]

In 2013, Flickerfest received Academy accreditation for the Australian competition and in 2014 the Documentary section of the festival received Academy accreditation.[2]


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.[3]


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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Leigh Russell is the Industry Liaison and primary coordinator of the 2018 Flickerfest jury and FlickerUp, a nationwide competition for primary and high school students.[8]

Other positions

  • 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[edit]

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.[9]


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.[10]

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.[11]

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”.[12] In 2018, 11 films were shown in this category with only one screening.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] In 2018, the programme was showcased in two sections with seven films shown in each part. [14]

The "Short Laughs Comedy" category of the festival is non-competitive. It showcases international "hilarious off-kilter" shorts.[15] In 2018, the section was shown in two sections with ten films shown in each section.[15]

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.[16]

The "Rainbow Shorts" section of the festival. It is a non-competitive section and "celebrates"[17] international LGBTQI stories. The section premiered in 2018 with seven films in the programme.[17]


Gigi Edgley at Flickerfest launch night in the Bondi Icebergs Club.

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.[18]

Flickerfest showcase short films at 50 venues throughout Australia.[18]

Media coverage

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".[19] The Newcastle Herald talks of local filmmaker's work being "brought to the big screen."[20] The Illawarra Mercury writes on the local Kiama short film Buoy being selected to be shown in the Flickerfest Tour.[21] 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".[22]


International Competition Awards [23][edit]

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

Australian Competition Awards [23][edit]

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

Previous winners[edit]

International Awards[edit]

Winners of the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film
Year Film Director Nationality
1997 81 Stephen Burke  Ireland[24]
1998 81 Stephen Burke  Ireland[24]
2002 In Search of Mike Andrew Lancaster  Australia[25]
2003 Golden Gate (Palace II) Kátia Lund, Fernando Meirelles  Brazil[26]
2004 Malcom Baker Karim  Sweden[27]
2005 The Scree Paul McDermott, Justine Kerrigan  Australia[28]
2007 Small Boxes Rene Hernandez  USA[29]
2008 Pop Foul Moon Molson  USA[30]
2009 Dennis Mads Matthiesen  USA[31]
2010 The Six Dollar Fifty Man Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland  New Zealand[32]
2011 ¿Donde está Kim Basinger? Edouard Deluc  France[33]
2012 Je pourrais être votre grand-mère Bernard Tanguy  France[34]
2013 Tiger Boy Gabriele Mainetti  Italy[35]
2014 Summer Vacation Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon  Israel[36]
2015 Oh Lucy Atsuko Hirayanagi  Japan, USA[37]
2016 Balcony Toby Fell-Holden  UK[38]
2017 Ungar (Cubs) Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir  Iceland[39]
2018 The World in Your Window Zoe McIntosh  New Zealand[40]
2019 Phone Duty Lenar Kamalov  Russia[41]
Winners of the Yoram Gross Award for the Best International Short Animation
Year Film Director Nationality
2010 The Cat Piano Eddie White, Ari Gibson  Australia[32]
2011 The External World David O'Reilly  Germany,  Ireland[42]
2012 It's Such a Beautiful Day Don Hertzfeldt  USA[43]
2013 Edmond Was a Donkey Franck Dion  France,  Canada[44]
2014 Miniyamba Luc Perez  Denmark[45]
2015 Symphony No. 42 Réka Bucsi  Hungary[37]
2016 He Who Has Two Souls / Celui Qui a Deux Âmes Fabrice Luang-Vija  France[38]
2017 Mr. Madila Rory Waudby-Tolley  UK[39]
2018 Sog Jonatan Schwenk  Germany[40]
2019 Flowing Through Wonder Joana Lurie and Jean–Marc Bouzigues  France[41]
Winners of the Flickerfest Best International Short Documentary Film
Year Film Director Nationality
2010 Wagah Supriyo Sen  Germany[32]
2011 The Lucky Ones (Szczesciarze) Tomasz Wolski  Poland[33]
2012 Cutting Loose Adrian McDowall, Finlay Napier  UK[46]
2013 Crossed Out Robert Duarte  Sweden[44]
2014 SloMo Josh Izenberg  USA[45]
2015 Shipwreck Morgan Knibbe  The Netherlands[37]
2016 A Tale of Love, Madness and Death Mijael Bustos  Chile[38]
2017 Więzi (Close Ties) Zofia Kowalewska  Poland[39]
2018 Hello Salaam Kim Brand  The Netherlands[40]
2019 The Unconditional Dave Adams  United States[41]

Australian Awards[edit]

Winners of the Virgin Australia Award for Best Australian Short Film
Year Film Director
2010 Celestial Avenue Colin and Cameron Cairnes[32]
2011 The Lost Thing Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan[33]
2012 The Palace Anthony Maras[47]
2013 Yardbird Michael Spiccia[48]
2014 The Kingdom of Doug Victoria Thaine[45]
2015 Grey Bull Eddy Bell[37]
2016 Slingshot David Hansen[38]
2017 Beast Carl J Sorheim[39]
2018 On Hold Jake Nielsen[40]
2019 Yulubidyi - Until the End Nathan Mewett and Curtis Taylor[41]
Winners of the Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian Short Animation
Year Film Director
2015 Bush Mechanics Jason Japaljarri Woods, Jonathan Daw[37]
2016 The Orchestra Mikey Hill[38]
2017 Fish with Legs Dave Carter[39]
2018 After All Michael Cusack[40]
2019 Della Mortika: Carousel Of Shame Marisa Martin[41]
Winners of the Canon Award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film
Year Film Director
2015 Snowblind Sean Kruck[37]
2016 Red Rover Brooke Goldfinch[38]
2017 Dream Baby Lucy Gaffy[39]
2018 Second Best Alyssa McClelland[40]
2019 Tangles and Knots Renée Marie Petropoulos[41]

Other films shown[edit]

There are numerous other awards categories. Some other notable short films honoured or shown include:


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.

Media coverage[edit]

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."[49]

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.”[50] 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.”[50]

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." [51]


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