How To Enter FLiCKERFEST 2022 SAE FlickerUp Competition

To enter your film you must fulfill the eligibility criteria and abide by the terms and conditions, below.

FLiCKERFEST 31st International Short Film Festival
Friday 21 – Sunday 30, January 2022
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Flickerfest is an Academy® Award Qualifying and BAFTA Qualifying festival.

FLiCKERFEST, Australia’s premier international short film festival, will be held at the Bondi Pavilion on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in January 2022. The Festival in 2022 will celebrate 31 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 2022 SAE FlickerUp Entries

SAE FlickerUp Entries
SAE FlickerUp 2022 competition in partnership with SAE Creative Media Institute is an Australian Youth & Schools Competition which screens at Flickerfest – 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.

FlickerUp submissions close: 5th November 2021

For many filmmakers across the globe 2021 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 2022 if selected.
Please email: [email protected] with any enquiries.

Selected films will screen on Saturday 29th January 2022 at the festival at Bondi Beach followed by an award presentation with our jury.

You can check out the previous SAE FlickerUp 2021 programme & our 2021 winners from our last festival here.

Download our new Flickerfest 2022 SAE FlickerUp Education Resource with some great tips to inform your filmmaking process.

View previous SAE FlickerUp filmmakers 18yrs & under; sharing their inspiration, process & techniques that brought their films to life on our SAE FlickerUp Youth Short Film Channel.

We cant wait to announce our Flickerfest 2022 programme in December 2021 for our Academy® Award Qualifying and BAFTA Qualifying festival.

2022 is promising to be a bumper programme with FLiCKERFEST celebrating our 31st 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!

FLiCKERFEST 2022 SAE FlickerUp Awards

SAE Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Short Film

Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Animation

Avid Award for Best Editing in a High School/Youth Short Film

Parkers Award for Best Australian Primary School/Youth Short Film

SAE FlickerUp Jury

The SAE FlickerUp jury over the years has been led by industry professionals including: Eliza Scanlen  (Little Women, Babyteeth), Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman, Brand Nue Dae), Odessa Young (Shirley, The Daughter), Marvin Rowland (The Gamers 2037), Morgan Davies (Stormboy), Jessica Ellicott (Transmission Films), James Fraser (December Boys), Harry Greenwood (Hacksaw Ridge), Mitzi Ruhlmann (Boys in the Trees), Morgan Griffin (The Sleepover Club), Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby, I am Number Four), Rahel Romahn (The Principal), Alice Keohavong (The Rocket), Renee Brack (SAE), Liron Gilmore (SAE).


  • To be eligible for Flickerfest competitions all shorts must be no more than 35 minutes in length.
  • All productions screened at Flickerfest 2020 must have been completed within 2 years of the entry closing date and must be in English or have English subtitles.
  • All selected films must be available to screen on H.264 or ProRes file.

Films submitted for the School Students/Youth Competition do not have to adhere to the premiere guidelines. For any questions re eligibility please email [email protected]


Flickerfest receives a large volume of enquiries regarding fee waivers.
As much as Flickerfest would like to give films a waiver, we cannot do so unless the circumstances are exceptional.  Our entry fees go towards covering prizes for our Academy® qualifying and BAFTA recognised competition winners, accreditation and accommodation for selected filmmakers who attend the festival and general festival operation costs.


You can submit to Flickerfest through Film Freeway.
Film institutes & schools with multiple entries may contact the festival office on [email protected] for a multiple entry discount code & instructions.

‘Flickerfest International Short Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.
SAE FlickerUp 2022 Entries Now Open!

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 Entry Fee: USD $17 per film


Film Selection

If your film is selected for competition or an out-of-competition showcase, you will be advised by 6th December, where possible. We will then require all successful entries to Flickerfest 2022 to complete an acceptance form to be emailed, faxed or posted back to us, and arrangements made for files to arrive at the festival before the Mon 13th December 2021.

Selected Films

Flickerfest expects selected filmmakers to provide a digital file for screening quality as either a H.264 or Apple Pro Res file. Australian filmmakers are expected to send files on hard drive or USB sticks. (in exceptional circumstances filmmakers can be provided with an FTP service)

Flickerfest Australian Tour

Following the festival, a selection of films screened in the International and Australian competitions plus some in out-of-competition programmes will be toured around Australia. If your film is unable to tour it WILL remain eligible for competition. All touring films will be paid screening royalties.

Filmmakers and Guests

Unfortunately we are unable to assist all filmmakers with their travel to or within Australia. However we will assist with accommodation for all international guests accredited to the festival and warmly welcome filmmakers who are able to attend the Festival or National Tour.

Rights Granted By The Producer

The Producer grants Flickerfest the right to reproduce part of their film (maximum 1 min) for the purposes only of promoting the festival. This may be as part of a compilation; for exhibition by any means including theatrical screening, internet; for cable, satellite, microwave or by any medium not yet devised.


Enquiries: [email protected]

Phone: 0455 037 441