Here they are – the Flickerfest team for 2017!
Bronwyn Kidd, Flickerfest Director
As the director of Flickerfest for the 20th year Bronwyn has curated hundreds of short film programmes for both the festival, its national touring programme and many other international film festivals including The London Australian Film Festival at The Barbican. Since 2002 she has been one of the management committee members and key organisers of the International Short Film Conference [ISFC], the international body that advises on short films festivals and protocol throughout the world.
Recently Bronwyn has participated on the jury of many respected short film competitions internationally including the World Wide Short Film Festival Toronto Canada, Grimstad Norway and the International Short Film Festival of Drama Greece.
In 2002 Bronwyn founded the Flickerfest Short Film Bureau to distribute Australian short films internationally. The Flickerfest Short film Bureau now represents over 200 of Australia’s best shorts and has successfully made many sales to all known territories and broadcasters and platforms buying shorts worldwide.
Bronwyn has successfully Executive Produced 3 series of Flickerfest On Extra a short film programme dedicated to Australian short film including all online content across websites and other cross platform portals.
Shane Rennie, Flickerfest Production & Tour Manager
Shane has been the behind-the-scence production of Flickerfest increasingly since 2000 and is now involved in all areas of festival production, web population, technical presentation and festival photography.
Shane has also been on the Flickerfest selection committee for some years now.
He has been coordinating the National Tour since 2005, working directly with tour venues to establish dates, programme suggestions, media and online strategies and logistics that assist with all areas of tour presentation.
Lies Bruines, Flickerfest Festival Coordinator
Lies joins our team from the Netherlands this year, where she has played an active part in the film industry for many years in a variety of positions that include programming, ticketing, hospitality & guest relations.
Lies first fell in love with shorts when she started working at Go Short – International Short Film Festival in 2009 and since held several positions to keep her close to this art form.
She has programmed shorts for InScience – Dutch International Short Film Festival and is part of the pre-selection committees of Go Short and the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Film.
Since moving to Australia earlier this year she has worked at Sydney Film Festival and has now joined us at Flickerfest.
Vicki Gutierrez, Flickerfest Production Coordinator
Vicki joins us this year; she has studied Communication and Cultural Studies at Wollongong University and started her career in publishing and editing as an agents assistant for Curtis Brown, Australia’s largest literary agency. Working closely with authors led to her role as online editor for RPC Group in Toronto, Canada.
Most recently Vicki has moved into film festival production as the Production Manager of the Sydney Latin American Film Festival and Volunteer Coordinator for Winda Film Festival, the new indigenous festival in Sydney before joining the team at Flickerfest.
Vicki is passionate about developing audience engagement and promoting diversity in the Sydney cultural landscape.
Leigh Russell, Flickerfest Industry Liaison
Leigh returns to Flickerfest to coordinate the 2017 Jury and FlickerLab panel. This year she is excited to be programming the FlickerUp programme.
She is the founder of Film Festival Guide – Australia, and the co-founder of Film In Revolt, a platform for teens in Australia who want to make film, talk film and write for/about film (The revolution as arrived!).
Leigh has been on the selection committee for Flickerfest and the 21st WOW Film Festival and has a background in arts administration and a passion for producing community initiatives.
Georgia Quinn, Flickerfest Assistant & Marketing Coordinator
Georgia is a recently returned Sydney local who is thriving off the opportunity to work along the shore of Bondi Beach.
After studying at universities in five different countries across four continents, Georgia graduated with a BA in International Relations and Anthropology from the ANU in 2015. With an interest in working in a role that promotes social justice, Georgia soon realised how impactful film had been in shaping her ideas about the world and became drawn to the way that documentary allows you to indulge in the broad scope of human experiences. As such, she is now finishing off a diploma at the Sydney Film School, specialising in documentary and producing.
Having worked at Sydney Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, Georgia is incredibly excited to be back at Flickerfest and to have the opportunity to learn from such an accomplished team. When not at work, you can either find Georgia at the cinema or talking to strangers in search of her next documentary idea.
Amy Hoogenboom, Flickerfest Admin Coordinator (P/T)
Amy joins us this year, she has completed a Bachelor of Media with a Screen major at Southern Cross University and followed it up with a Certificate IV in Screen & Media at TAFE. She went on to make a bunch of short films and documentaries, mostly for love rather than money, but did pretty well on the Festival circuit.
She is also a Freelance Videographer and Photographer and still loves to make Documentaries predominately about artists and loves to create strange abstract images and put them together with music.
She loves film Festivals for the opportunity to hear diverse stories from around the world, its like travelling without leaving your seat and is a big fan of European cinema particularly anything French or by Andrei Tarkovsky.
Liz Harkman, Flickerfest International Programming Team
Liz returns to the International programming team again in 2017. Liz has worked in the UK film industry for over 15 years starting out with roles in national institutions such as the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council. Her love of film festivals started with a voluntary position at the London Film Festival.
She then travelled to Australia to work at Flickerfest Short Film Festival where her passion for short film was born. Since then she has worked on Edinburgh International Film Festival, Animated Exeter and was the Managing Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival for 5 years.
In 2013, Liz moved back to Australia to work again for Flickerfest Short Film Festival, and although returned to the UK in 2014 to have a child she still supports the Flickerfest Festival Director with the International programme selection. In 2016 Liz joined the selection committee for the Pardi di domani at the Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland.
Rich Warren, Flickerfest International Programming Team
Rich returns to the International programming team again in 2017. Rich Warren is currently Festival Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, UK. The festival prioritises the showcasing, supporting and progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. The 22nd edition of the festival will take place between 20-25 September 2016.
Rich began working for the festival in 2008 however during this time he has also had the opportunity to continue his support of new and emerging talent with roles such as the Talent Scout for the National Film and Television School, UK and a sabbatical in Sydney working with Metro Screen. His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and spends hours of his life online in search of new and emerging talent.