Call for Entries 2021

FLiCKERFEST 30th International Short Film Festival
Friday 15 – Sunday 24 January 2021
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Flickerfest is an Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised festival.

FLiCKERFEST, Australia’s premier international short film festival, will be held at the Bondi Pavilion on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in January 2021. The Festival in 2021 will celebrate 30 years of screening the best short films from Australia and around the world in competitions and special showcases. Following the Festival in Sydney, a selection of films will go on tour to 50+ capital cities and regional centres around Australia.

FLiCKERFEST 2021 Entries

Official entries for our International, Australian and Documentary competitions are Now Open!

To submit your film you must fulfill the Eligibility criteria, & abide by the Terms & Conditions on our How To Enter page here.

SAE FlickerUp Schools & Youth competition entry details here.

General submissions close: 9th October 2020
FlickerUp submissions close: 6th November 2020

For many filmmakers across the globe 2020 has been a strange and difficult year and we at Flickerfest understand that COVID-19 has put up some roadblocks for many filmmakers not being able to complete their shorts to schedule. Due to this we will be open to working with filmmakers in accepting late submissions and/or cuts of shorts for consideration providing that the finalised film can be delivered in a timely manner to screen in Bondi in January 2021 if selected.
Please email: [email protected] with any enquiries.

We can’t wait to announce our Flickerfest 2021 programme in December 2020 for our Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised festival.

2021 is promising to be a bumper programme with FLiCKERFEST celebrating our 30th year of screening the best short films from Australia and around the world, across 10 days & nights of our competition and special showcase programmes once again on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach.

Join us on the red carpet in Bondi this January!


The 2021 Festival will include the following competitions:
Click the Competition to Enter for Eligibility, Online Entry, T&C’s.

InternationalOpen to films from anywhere in the world (outside of Australia); under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

AustralianOpen to films made in Australia or by Australian residents; under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

DocumentaryOpen to Australian & International short documentaries; under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

FlickerUpAustralian Youth & Schools Competition – open to films from students enrolled in primary or secondary schools in Australia, or individuals under 18. (This competition is divided into 2 sections: one for primary age & one for secondary age youth/students) films under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years …more>


Award for Best Short Film – (Academy® qualifying)

Special Jury Award

Yoram Gross Award for Best Short Animation – (Academy® qualifying)

Award for Best Short Documentary (Academy® qualifying)

SAE Award for Best Use of Digital Technology in a Short Film

EUDEL Award for Best EU Short Film

Azure Productions Award for Best Rainbow LGBTQi Short Film


Award for Best Australian Short Film (Academy® qualifying)

Award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film

Award for Best Script In an Australian Short Film 

Award for Best Cinematography in an Australian Short Film

Award for Best Editing in an Australian Short Film

Award for Best Achievement in Sound in an Australian Short

SAE Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Short Film

Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Animation

Award for Best Australian Primary School/Youth Short Film

Industry and cash prizes will be awarded in the above categories of over $40,000 AUD in value.

(please email [email protected] with any enquiries)

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