Following its mammoth ten day festival held in Bondi in January, Flickerfest organisers are excited to be bringing its National Tour to HOTA, Home of The Arts on the Gold Coast, showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts programme.
The Flickerfest programmes present a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s record 3,500 entries, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.
Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include ‘Rebooted’, the fabulous winner of the Best Australian Short animation award at Flickerfest 2020. Directed by Michael Shanks, ‘Rebooted’ tells the story of a movie-star who just so happens to be a stop motion animated skeleton monster, coming to terms with aging. Also showing will be the charming short ‘Chicken’ from Alana Hicks, who was awarded Best Direction in an Australian Short Film at the Flickerfest Awards Ceremony in Bondi this year.
As always, Gold Coast will be represented on the silver screen.
‘Featherweight’ (pictured) was directed by Sam Lara, who completed a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University in 2015, where she decided to commit completely to a career in the film industry and is now working full-time as an Assistant Director on feature films, TV series and TVCs. Sam has filmmaking in her blood and grew up immersed in the film industry, traveling with her documentary-filmmaker parents. This stunning short, the story of stubborn and scrawny 13-year-old Tas who gets dumped on her father’s doorstep and turns to boxing in an unlikely and desperate attempt to win him over, was recently awarded Best Narrative Short at the Vegas Movie Awards.
The hilarious ‘It’s Christmas’, starring Gary Sweet, was produced by Kyle McCallion who grew up locally in Upper Coomera. Kyle, who studied at both Upper Coomera State College and Oxenford State School, will be in attendance at the screening to introduce his film.
A visual poem based on Orpheus and Eurydice, ‘Orpheate’, Directed by Ruby Bell and Produced by Mandy Walker (cinematographer for Hidden Figures and Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’) is a modern day take on the beloved Greek myth which follows a young musician’s journey to the underworld in search of his lover lost to a fatal snake bite. Both Ruby and Mandy, currently working on Baz Luhrmann’s new Elvis film on the Gold Coast, will be in attendance at the screening.
Starting at just $14, Flickerfest 2020 are set to be the hottest tickets in town when it tours the Gold Coast in 2020. For updates on touring dates, visit flickerfest.com.au, and you can view more Flickerfest 2020 Tour film trailers & stills here.
(Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus the Flickerfest HOTA screening is being rescheduled from its original March date until a later date in the coming months. Flickerfest organisers apologise for the inconvenience but assure attendees that the health of their audience is always their top priority and they look forward to sharing Flickerfest with you soon.)
Check out the Flickerfest trailer and full program below:
Rebooted / Australia / 13min / 2019
It’s not easy for a movie-star to age, especially when you’re a stop motion animated
It’s Christmas / Australia /20min / 2019
Its Darren’s first Christmas with the in-laws. His only job was to bring the prawns, but when
the family become mysteriously ill, his fight for their approval becomes a fight for his life.
Wine Lake / Australia / 10min / 2019
A homeless Irish alcoholic and an artistic backpacker clash on a Sydney street over a
Featherweight / Australia / 13min / 2019
Tas takes up boxing in an effort to get away from her unstable mother and get closer to
her estranged father.
The Egg / Australia / 10min / 2019
Under the punishing and watchful eye of an elderly woman, a young girl, bored & lonely in
a world of foreign suburbia, becomes determined to claim a larger Easter egg as her own.
Utopia / Australia / 15min / 2019
A man returns to his country after decades abroad only to discover a society where there
are more freedoms inside prison than outside it. Desperate, but unable to escape, the
brave act of one woman gives him his freedom.
Orpheate / Australia / 10min / 2019
This modern day take on the beloved Greek myth follows a young musicians journey to
the underworld in search of his lover lost to a fatal snakebite.
For The Girl In The Coffee Shop / Australia / 9min / 2019
To get his book published, a hopeless romantic must divulge his true feelings to his muse;
the only problem is that he’s never actually spoken to her before.
Chicken / Australia / 10min / 2019
All Barbara wants to do is watch the Simpsons, but her recent migrated mum has just
been overcharged at the local shops, and its up to Barbara to sort it out. As usual.