Now in its 32nd year, Flickerfest Australia’s largest short film competition will be rolling out the Red Carpet at Bondi Beach this January screening over 200 short films handpicked from over 3200 entries.
The festival is dedicated to showcasing the very best short films from Australia and around the world, from live-action to documentaries and animation. Screening over 29 dedicated short film sessions Flickerfest has something for everyone to enjoy including hilarious comedies, Flickerkids films for families, an Academy Qualifying short film competition amongst the best in the world, a showcase of incredible First Nations talent, LGBTQI Rainbow shorts and more.
Launching on the 20th January, 2023 with a highlights screening followed by an exclusive after party, Flickerfest’s not to be missed ten-day event will present some of the world's best short films from Australia and the world on the big screen, showcasing some of the most innovative, provocative and widely entertaining short films the world has to offer, in its old home, the relaxed and iconic environment of Bondi Pavilion Bondi Beach Bondi Beach this summer, in partnership with Waverley Council. Running through to the 29th January, 2023 Flickerfest will culminate in a prestigious awards presentation and closing night celebration where you can meet and applaud the winning filmmakers, view the winning films and party til late.
Each evening enjoy a night of alfresco cinema under the stars in the Pavilion’s palm fringed North Courtyard and during the day soak up some incredible shorts in the comfy pavilion theater. Socialize, enjoy the views and rub shoulders with the filmmakers with a pre or post screening drink at the festival's panoramic bar beachside.
This year’s theme and official festival trailer celebrates yet another ode to an iconic film, a tribute to Rob Sitch’s iconic classic ‘The Castle,’ celebrating 25 years this year as one of the most beloved Australian feature films of all time. Written and directed by Flickerfest alumni, Megan Smart (Wakefield, Peter Rabbit, Breathe) and co-written by George Pullar (Barons, A Place To Call Home), both of whom showcased their exceptional talents behind the camera in their delightful black comedy Stonefish, a world premiere at Flickerfest 2022.
This talented pair bring their own unique take to ‘The Castle’, a classic story of family, home and the pressures of development in today’s times with a nod to the successful community battle to save our Flickerfest home, the Bondi Pavilion, from privatization. Fitting, with Flickerfest’s return for 2023 following the most recent renovations.
Following the Bondi season, Flickerfest hits the road for a massive, 8-month, national tour of the very best films from the festival. The tour will reach 50+ metro and regional venues across all states, bringing the joy of Flickerfest to the rest of the country!
Flickerfest has been a major launching pad for some of Australia’s and the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. For further information and to secure tickets to the 2023 festival on sale now visit http://www.flickerfest.com.au