The best of Australian shorts at Flickerfest | 10 March, Gold Coast

Celebrating 26 years as the home of great short film, Flickerfest continues to present A-list short films recognised amongst the best in the world. On 10 March,  Flickerfest and Gold Coast Film Festival partner to present the Best of Australian Shorts program at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

The program features shorts from some of Queensland’s brightest emerging filmmakers. Fish With Legs, voiced by Frank Woodley and Barry Otto and recently taking out the 2017 Yoram Gross Award for Best Animation is in the program alongside Messiah which stars David Gulpilil and was written and directed by Damian Walsh-Howling (Underbelly).

Also on the lineup is the powerful Adele by director and recent SAE graduate Mirene Igwabi about 14 year old Adele being town between high school and the home where she is a wife in arranged marriage as well as a mother-to-be.

Mirene Igwabi is an African-Australian filmmaker who fled her home country of Democratic Republic of Congo during the devastating civil war in 1996. Her family moved to Australia in 2007 and after initially studying business at university, she found her true passion in filmmaking, studying film at SAE College in Brisbane. Adele is her graduation film about a 14 year old African girl forced into a child marriage in Australia.

She says many other filmmakers simply are not aware of the issues around child marriage.

“When you live in a country such as Australia where human right is inalienable, it’s difficult to think that issues like child marriage still exist here in the modern world unless someone opens your eyes to it,” Mirene told Blank Gold Coast.

“When I described Adele’s story in class for the first time, students approached me after the pitch, and they truly did not believe child marriage was actually happening in Australia,” she explained. “I remember sitting with some of them for almost an hour talking about under-age marriage.”

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According to United Nations’ research, 37,000 girls under the age of 18 are married every single day, and that number keeps increasing. Right here in Australia, more than 70 calls regarding child marriage cases have been made in the past two years alone and that is just the tip of the iceberg,” Mirene said.

In total, ten shorts will come to the Gold Coast for Flickerfest this year

Welcome to Country is amongst them – a tongue in cheek look at a hotshot public servant’s visit to a remote Aboriginal community; and the sweet and tender The Boggabilla Bus, shot in the Toowoomba region is a tale of friendship when Oscar realises he might have missed his final chance to say goodbye to Ashley before her big move and decides to hijack the dusty old country school bus to go after her.

A highlight of Flickerfest every year is the Flickerfest trailer, which usually riffs on a famous movie or star. The 2017 trailer is made by Queensland director Dena Curtis, has a Wizard of Oz theme and stars Miranda Tapsell and an all-Indigenous cast.

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Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival and hits The Arts Centre Gold Coast on 10 March with tickets just $15 / 14. More details at gcfilmfestival.com or flickerfest.com.au/tour.

>> Read our full interview with Adele director Mirene Igwabi here.

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