Directors Welcome


Welcome to the 31st Flickerfest International Short Film Festival we are thrilled to continue to celebrate the best of the world and Australia’s short films with audiences for over 3 decades and to have grown during that time to become Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival.

Flickerfest is committed to celebrating our 31st year in January on the big screen, with another COVID safe audience-friendly event that will be enjoyable for our audiences, team and industry. I hope that Flickerfest’s diverse, creative and uplifting programme can shine hope and encourage us to connect through inspiring world cinema, celebrating incredibly talented short filmmakers at a time that has been extremely challenging for us all.

Our festival garden will operate again in North Bondi Beach Park, adjacent to our usual home in Bondi Pavilion from 21st – 30th 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 3,200 entries from across the globe curated into 109 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 2022 Flickerfest Festival is their ability to push the conventions of film and narrative to deliver surprising, exciting and ground -breaking results across, fiction, 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 at home and around the world curated by award winning queer filmmaker Craig Boreham.

This year in honour of Survival day we are thrilled to screen an outstanding collection of 10 Indigenous shorts by incredibly talented first nations actors, writers, directors and producers from across Australia. All are standouts across our festival programmes and shine a spotlight on the incredible talent, culture, resilience and survival of our first nations people acknowledging, their resistance and survival as the oldest living culture on the planet

Our SAE FlickerUp competition for filmmakers 18 and under celebrates the next generation of short films stars who’s promise and talent will light up our screens for years to come

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 with clever comedy from across Australia and the world.

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 bespoke 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.

We also welcome back the European Union Delegation to Australia whose partnership across our Best Of European Union Showcase and Award for Best European Union Short at Flickerfest 2022 celebrates the incredible tradition of cinema from this region of the world and its impact and influence on cinema globally.

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 Ellen Richardson, Marketing Assistant Kyle Goldfinch, Programme Team, Lies Bruines, Liz Harkman, Linda Olszewski, Craig Boreham 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 over 3 decades of Flickerfest in 2022 bringing the best in short cinema to Bondi and across Australia this summer in a kaleidoscopic carnival of short films.

Bronwyn Kidd,
Festival Director