Australia’s leading Academy-accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival is returning to the Gold Coast this month and it’s bringing with it a stellar lineup of A-list short films recognised amongst the best in the world.
It’s Flickerfest’s 28th anniversary this year, so if anyone knows a good short film, it’s these guys. The ‘Best of Australian Shorts’ program will hit HOTA on 14 March with films hand-picked from the festival’s 2,700 entries, giving Gold Coast audiences a first look at some of the hottest new shorts in the world.
There’s a special reason to celebrate for this year’s event too. ‘Shots Fired’, which had its world premiere at Flickerfest in Sydney, is directed by Manon Lewis who grew up here on the Gold Coast, a graduate of Somerset College. Manon’s film tells the story of a precocious 13-year-old girl who, whilst on a hunting trip in the Australian bush, helps her dad and his two friends navigate their quarter life crises.
The Best of Australian Shorts program also includes ‘All These Creatures’ which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018 as well as the Best Editing in an Australian Short Film award at Flickerfest 2019. Fantastical animation ‘Della Mortika: Carousel of Shame’, directed by Marisa Martin, which won the Best Animation award at Flickerfest will also screen alongside ‘Ghostbear’, a beautifully crafted and haunting animation by comedian and actor Paul McDermott, and ‘Home’ which sees Jack Thompson appear in an adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1984 one-act play ‘Interieur’ directed by Peter Gurbiel.
‘An Act of Love’ directed by Lucy Knox, ‘Calling’ directed by Miley Tunnecliffe, ‘Lil Bois’ directed by Grant Thompson, ‘Desert Dash’ directed by Gracie Otto and ‘Judas Collar’ directed by Alison James will also screen.
You can see all of these amazing short films in one night when Flickerfest rolls into town for one night only on 14 March at HOTA – Home Of The Arts. And tickets are just $16/$14. Visit flickerfest.com.au.
IMAGE from ‘Desert Dash’