Flickerfest, Australia’s most respected short film festival celebrates its landmark 30th Anniversary in 2021.

Flickerfest began as a small local festival at Sydney’s Balmain High School in 1991, since then it has grown to become Australia’s leading Academy® accredited & BAFTA recognised competitive Australian & International Short Film Festival with 1000’s of entries coming from filmmakers across the globe.

Flickerfest is considered in international circles as the leading Australian competitive short film festival and increasingly filmmakers view it as one of the main festivals on the world circuit.  Supported by some of the biggest and most respected names in the Australian film industry including Oscar Award Winning Cate Blanchett, Director Baz Luhrmann, Actress Claudia Karvan and accomplished Australian Filmmaker, Director and Actress, Gracie Otto to name a few.

Over the many decades, Flickerfest has been the home to hundreds of World Premiere’s, a platform for up and coming and accomplished filmmakers before they embark on journeys around the globe leading to the discovery of some of Australia and the world’s most talented and renowned filmmakers, directors and actors including the aforementioned Gracie Otto, Nash Edgerton, Joel Edgerton Wayne Blair, Rachel Griffiths, Josh Lawson, Rachel Ward, David Michod, Cate Shortland, Kriv Stenders, Deborah Mailman, and Warwick Thornton.

As Australia’s leading Academy® accredited short film festival, the shorts in competition at Flickerfest are fiercely vying for a number of prestigious prizes including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation, the Flickerfest Award for Best Australian Short Film and the Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary. Plus a host of other hotly contested prizes, which recognise the various craft areas inherent in making a great short film.

In 2020 Flickerfest will watch over 2,700 entries from Australia and all around the world and hand pick 200 of the very best, most innovative, provocative and hugely entertaining shorts for the big screen experience, all guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and gasp with delight! Supported  by Waverley Council, Flickerfest will then kick off the summer cinema season in an enchanting pop up festival garden under the stars and under The Famous Spiegeltent, park side at Bondi Beach from the 22nd through to the 31st January 2021 before touring over 45 venues across Australian between February and October.

In the coming weeks Flickerfest will announce the featured highlights and  its full program for 2021 as well the ticket on sale date for the Sydney festival.  For further information please visit  http://www.flickerfest.com.au

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