26 Years for Flickerfest in WA
Flickerfest celebrates 26 years of its Western Australian tour. Starting in February 2020, the tour will visit eight towns around the state until May.
The tour has a long-standing history in WA and has been a platform for many great works and filmmakers to meet the community and new audiences.
Flickerfest provides a tangible opportunity for Australian filmmakers to have their films seen by a wider audience outside of the usual niche and gives access for filmmakers to interact with audiences through this dedication to locally produced film, which has helped to foster the careers and successes of a number of Australian filmmakers.
Avril Baxter from Arts Narrogin, one of the towns involved in the tour said “We value the quality of the movies and diverse experience that Flickerfest brings to our community and look forward to it being a part of our artistic program for 2020.”
The Flickerfest programmes present a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s 3,500 entries, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today including some fabulous films from local Perth filmmakers fresh from competition at Flickerfest Bondi.
Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include our fabulous Best Australian Animation award winner Rebooted directed by Michael Shanks about a stop motion animated skeleton monster, coming to terms with aging, the charming short Chicken from Alana Hicks who was awarded Best Direction in an Australian Short Film and Featherweight, produced and filmed in Perth by local Director Sam Lara and Producer Jess Parker, the story of Tas who takes up boxing in an effort to get closer to her estranged father. Perth Director David Vincent Smith’s I’m Not Hurting You is the heart-wrenching tale of a woman who enforces rehab on her younger, dangerous, meth-addicted brother in a last-ditch effort to save his life.
Awarded Flickerfests Academy® Qualifying Best Australian Short Film Award is the stunning The Diver, co-directed by Jamie Helmer who grew up in Rossmoyne, studied film at Murdoch University and worked in various locations in Fremantle whilst funding his studies. Father and son Perth filmmaking team Jay Jay and Radheya Jegatheva will be present to introduce their beautiful animated short The Quiet for which Radheya, who composed the music for the film, was awarded Best Original Music in an Australian Short Film. Fremantle born and raised Lewis Attey’s Three Stories Inside A Rental Van is a quirky look at one rental van and the morality of the three separate groups who hire it.
Screening as part of the EU Short Film Showcase is the beautiful animated Mémorable from France which was awarded Best International Animated Short Film at Flickerfest 2020 and nominated for an Academy® Award for Best Short Animation, From Academy® Award-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster) comes Nimic starring Matt Dillon fresh from its Australian premiere at Flickerfest Sydney. Also, screening is the delightful comedy and Flickerfest 2020 Best EU Short Film winner The Land Over There (Drubenland) from Germany in which some ‘odd wall falls down – and suddenly everything is in chaos set at the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
Clever comedy follows as audiences laugh their way through a selection of off-kilter funny shorts from Australia and across the world with the Short Laughs Comedy programme. Highlights; the hilarious animation Division Series from Korea, set in a KFC where Donald Trump and presidents from various countries play cards in an attempt to win the last chicken basket. Quirky LGBTQI tale Peach tells the story of a socially anxious young woman who lands a hot date – the only problem is she’s not sure if it’s actually a date produced by Rowan Devereux who grew up in Perth.
While the tour is in Perth, Festival Director Bronwyn Kidd will also present a master class on short film marketing and distribution at the SAE institute on the 28th of February from 10:30am -12:30pm. The session will cover what festivals are looking for, what makes a short film irresistible to programmers and how to ensure your short is market-ready. Link to register below.
Flickerfest WA tour is supported through Screenwest’s Audience Community Engagement Fund.
See the full FLiCKERFEST 2020 ‘Electrifying Short Films’ program for more information. Tickets are available now.
- Narrogin 20 – 22 February: Narrogin Tickets
- Perth 27 – 29 February: Perth Tickets
- Perth 28 February – Flickerfest Masterclass register here
- Broome 22 – 23 May: Broome Tickets
- Kalgoorlie 24 April: Kalgoorlie Tickets
- Kununurra 21 May: Kununurra Tickets
More dates to be announced!
Celebrating 29 years, Flickerfest is Australia’s only Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA-Recognised Short Film Festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, hand-picked from 3,500 entries.
Flickerfest has gone to great lengths to curate it’s 2020 National Tour to bring you the best of Australian & the world’s short film excellence, hand-picked from FLiCKERFEST’s Australian & International competitions in Bondi.
Audience and Community Engagement Fund
Screenwest facilitates screen culture through the Audience and Community Engagement Fund.
Activities supported through this fund – including festivals, events and programs – provide home grown opportunities for WA practitioners to see their work on the “big screen” and to engage with Western Australian audiences.
Listen to our podcast – In Conversation with Screenwest for a behind the scenes look at the world of screen production as world-class film, television, documentary and digital media practitioners share their experiences, insight and expertise.
View the WA Screen Industry Calendar to see what’s happening in the screen industry in Western Australia.