Welcome to the 25th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2016. I’m thrilled that Flickerfest has reached this milestone and that the festival continues to be the most significant, dedicated, short film event in the Australian landscape.
The festival is proud continues to present a world class short film competition on Australian shores and to celebrate and discover the most talented short film makers the world and Australia has to offer.
Over 2300 entries from around the globe were received this year, of which just over 100 will be officially screened in competition is testimony to the fact that Flickerfest continues to attract the latest in innovative and creative shorts from the world’s most exciting new filmmakers for our Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised shorts competition.
The successful films screening at Flickerfest are all united by their excellence within the short film genre, demonstrating short film’s role as the centrepiece of innovation and creativity in global cinema today.
After we celebrate the art of short film in Bondi It is also extremely gratifying to see short film in Australia so warmly embraced by audiences all across the country, and this year the festival further extends its reach to 50 venues + nationally, including, Esperance, Narrogin and Kununurra in WA; Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Griffith and Port Macquarie in NSW, Maryborough, Gold Coast & Airlie Beach in QLD; and Launceston, Hobart and Cygnet in TAS, to name but a few, bringing audiences at an extensive network all across our continent an inspiring look at the world through short film.
As Australia’s leading Academy® accredited short film festival, films in competition at Flickerfest are fiercely competing for a number of prestigious prizes including The Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross Award For Best International Animation; the Virgin Australia Award for Best Australian Short Film, and the Flickerfest Award For Best Short Documentary plus a host of other hotly contested prizes that recognize the various craft areas inherent in making a great short film.
In 2016 we will screen over 20 different short film programmes during our ten-day festival season. Apart from our 13 Academy® accredited competitive programmes consisting of 5 International, 6 Australian and 2 Documentary in competition, we also celebrate shorts with environmental themes in our GreenFlicks competition, and shorts from our youngest of film makers in FlickerUp our national schools competition, which is sure to again showcase some extremely accomplished short films from our future cinema stars of tomorrow!
Apart from our competitive programmes, Flickerfest is also thrilled to present a number of showcases celebrating short film including a new programme Windows On Europe, the best of shorts from the European Union, joining our ever popular tribute to the Oscars in our Oscar Favourites programme, delightful family programme FlickerKids, short films for shorties; our hilarious programme of comedy shorts, Short Laughs; and quirky romp through modern relationships in our Love Bites programme.
Now in our 25th year, Flickerfest relies heavily on the support of our major sponsors SAE Creative Media Institute, Media Super, Virgin Australia and Screen NSW without whom presenting an International festival amongst the best in the world would not be possible. I would like to extend an enormous thanks to our major government partner Screen Australia who support both our festival and national tour, and our vision to provide a platform that continues to nurture and support Australian filmmakers and provides Australian audiences with access to inspirational screen storytelling.
I am also extremely thankful to all of our partners who are acknowledged in this programme for the essential support that they provide. We thank them enormously for their belief in us which assists us to provide a short film competition, amongst the best in the world.
My enormous thanks and appreciation also goes to the extremely hardworking Flickerfest team, Festival Production/Tour Manager Shane Rennie, Festival Manager Annie Parnell, Festival Coordinator Amelia Szulerecka, Assistant Coordinator Julia Mendel, Industry Liaison Leigh Russell, Marketing Coordinator Craig Boreham, and Festival Interns Jess Chen and Lakmé Iyengar. And last but not least our Director of Projection Alan Butterfield, and projectionist Anthony Yeo.
For me, short film is the most exciting place in the world to be in cinema today, its where our latest generation of storytellers express the stories at the heart of who we are, interested only in creating excellent and innovative films, uninhibited from pressures of the box office and commercial concerns.
I welcome you to experience the best in short cinema at Bondi and across Australia this summer.
We are extremely excited to be celebrating 25 Years Of Hot Shorts!