Directors Welcome


Welcome to the 30th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival we are thrilled to celebrate this great milestone of sharing the best of the world and Australia’s short films with audiences for the past 3 decades and to have grown to during that time to become Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival.

Flickerfest is committed to celebrating our 30th year in January on the big screen, with a COVID safe audience-friendly event that will be both safe and enjoyable for our audiences, team and industry. I hope that Flickerfest this year can bring us closer together, sharing stories and celebrating incredibly talented short filmmakers at a time when we have never been so physically far apart.

A festival garden will operate North Bondi Beach Park, adjacent to our usual home in Bondi Pavilion from 22nd -31st January. Housed in a fun bespoke festival garden supported by Waverley Council, our venues include The Famous Spiegeltent for indoor screenings, an outdoor cinema under the stars and a festival garden bar area.

The Flickerfest pre-selection committee and programming team watched and reviewed over 2,700 entries from across the globe curated into 100 short films to be screened in competition and a further 100 in showcase programmes across a range of different categories, confirming that Flickerfest continues to attract the latest in cutting edge shorts from the world’s most exciting and innovative emerging filmmakers for our Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised shorts competition.

The uniting force among the shorts to be screening at the 2021 Flickerfest Festival is their ability to push the conventions of film and narrative to deliver surprising, exciting and ground -breaking results across animation, documentary and every genre in between.

As Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying short film festival, the shorts in competition at Flickerfest screening across 7 Australian, 5 International and 2 Documentary Programmes are fiercely vying for a number of prestigious prizes including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation, the Panasonic Lumix Award for Best Australian Short Film, The Spectrum Award For Best Direction in An Australian Short Film. Plus a host of other hotly contested prizes, which recognise the various craft areas inherent in making a great short film.

Now in its 4th year Rainbow shorts will celebrate amazing LGBTQI films from around at home and around the world curated by award winning queer filmmaker Craig Boreham.

We are thrilled that Flickerfest alumni, award winning filmmaker Dylan River has joined us this year to curate a very special programme of some incredible Indigenous short films that have influenced his own filmmaking practise for a very special short film spotlight on Survival Day.

Our youngest filmmakers will also shine on the big screen in our national SAE FlickerUp competition for filmmakers 18 and under.

FlickerKids promises a delightful programme for the young and young at heart; Love Bites, a romp through the quirky world of modern relationships is perfect for a date night, and Short Laughs Comedy takes you on a hilarious journey from the weird to the wonderful.

I would like to extend an enormous thanks to our major government partner Screen Australia who supports both our festival, and the national tour encouraging a platform that nurtures and supports Australian Filmmakers, and in turn provides Australian audiences with access to inspirational storytelling from their own backyard and beyond.

This year’s festival would also not be possible without the support of our local government partner Waverley Council who has guaranteed our continued home in Bondi Beach through our new festival garden venue in North Park Bondi Beach.

Presenting an international film festival considered among the best in the world is made possible by the generous support of our major sponsors SAE Creative Media Institute and Screen NSW.

Flickerfest is also thrilled to have partnered with SBS On Demand to celebrate our 30th birthday with a collection of 49 short films that celebrate the very best of Flickerfest from across the years. We are excited that audiences across Australia can experience the 30 Years of Flickerfest collection from 1st January 2021 on SBS On Demand.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to all of our partners who are acknowledged in this programme, we are extremely grateful for the essential and ongoing support they provide.

Behind the scenes, the many talents of the extremely hardworking Flickerfest team bring Flickerfest to life. My enormous thanks and appreciation must go to Festival Production & Tour Manager Shane Rennie, Festival Production Coordinator Amy Hoogenboom, Industry Liaison Leigh Russell, Festival Coordinator Mia Forrest, Marketing Assistant Kyle Goldfinch, Programme Team, Lies Bruines, Liz Harkman, Linda Olszewski, Craig Boreham and Dylan River, Festival Assistant Greta Miller and last but not least our Director of Projection Alan Butterfield, projectionist Anthony Yeo and technical partners Loud and Clear and Azure Productions.

Thanks for joining us to celebrate 30 years of Flickerfest in 2021 bringing the best in short cinema to Bondi and across Australia this summer.
‘Great Short Film Never Dies!’

Bronwyn Kidd,
Festival Director