Cinephile favourite, Flickerfest has connected filmmakers and the community together in WA for over 25 years. This year is no different, with WA filmmakers heading out on the road with the tour, getting to discuss their films and their journey’s as filmmakers.
Flickerfest Director Bronwyn Kidd said whilst the festival has international reach and submissions, Australian screen content is at the heart of the festival, “Throughout our programming there is a dedication to locally produced film, which undoubtedly has helped to foster the careers and successes of a number of Australian filmmakers who return to us year on year with new films”.
Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts screening at Perth’s Camelot on Thursday 25th February include the fabulous Roborovski, which won the Yoram Gross Award For Best Australian Animation at Flickerfest 2021 by actors Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel who step behind the camera to direct this animated short about an adorable miniature hamster seeking revenge, penned by Oscar nominated writer John Collee (Happy Feet).
From Perth we have the stunning sci-fi Carmentis directed by Antony Webb, the moving and emotive Antecedents directed by Emma Vickery, the fabulous Sparkles staring Tina Fielding directed by Jacqueline Pelczar, Painting By Numbers from award winning animator Radheya Jegatheva and stunning Wirun co-written and starring young Noongar women Ebony McGuire and directed by Chad O’Brien.
The next evening of the leg continues on Friday 26 February , with the Best of International Shorts programme features the fabulous David fresh from its Australian Premiere at Flickerfest Bondi, starring comedy legend Will Ferrell which had its World Premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2020; the stunning multi-award winning Heading South from China; amazing psychedelic animation, Normal from France and oozing bucket-loads of heart; and a feisty leading lady, the super delightful Frankie Jean & The Morning Star from New Zealand.
The Short Laughs Comedy programme on Sunday 28th February closes the Perth tour, featuring the cute and heart-warming Pawsea: the Melancholic Ruminations Of A French Bulldog where Rocky certainly has a lot on his mind as he searches for meaning, delightful French short A La Mode set in a kingdom tormented by fashion crazes and the hilarious Australian short Glen where our 50 something hero must come face to face with Facebook in his quest for new love.
Flickerfest WA tour is supported by Screenwest and Lotterywest through Screenwest’s Audience Community Engagement Fund.
See the full FLiCKERFEST 2021 ‘Great Short Film Never Dies’ program for more information. Tickets are available now.
- Perth 25 – 28 February: Perth Tickets
- Narrogin 25– 27 March: Narrogin Tickets
- Kununurra 21 & 28 May: Kununurra Tickets
- Broome 3 Sept: Broome Tickets
More dates to be announced with the tour this year excitingly heading to Busselton, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany.
Celebrating 30 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 2,700 entries.
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.