FLiCKERFEST 2016 FESTIVAL LAUNCH
Celebrating its 25th year, FLiCKERFEST, Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, kicked off last night in style!
Once again the official media launch took place at the beautiful Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in Bondi Beach, kicking off the summer film festival season. Celebrities, industry VIP’s and film aficionados alike flocked to the iconic setting to enjoy a truly fabulous night of entertainment, including world premiers of the official FLiCKERFEST trailer as well as a witty and moving short film developed and produced through The Exchange program, an initiative of Screen Australia’s Indigenous department.
FLiCKERFEST is second to none on the Australian short film festival circuit with loyal patrons of the event continuing to support the much loved and respected fixture on Sydney’s summer calendar. A selection of the festival’s fans who made it along to the launch included Susan Pryor, Alyssa McClelland, Anna Bamford, Abby Earl, Matt Day, Damian Walshe-Howling, Rahel Romahn, Roy Billing and Wayne Blair to name a few. Summer was in the air as guests took in the wonderful views of Bondi.
Guests were treated to a world premier screening of the witty and moving, drama, Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble produced by Lois Randall, written by Sue McPherson and directed by Dena Curtis; staring Noeleen Shearer, Pamela Young and Amba-Rose Atkinson. Told with warmth and humour, the film tackles cultural taboos around death and grief, highlighting the complexities and tensions that arise around culture, traditional and identity in a modern multicultural community – even within one family.
The official FLiCKERFEST trailer was also unveiled for the very first time last night to the packed room at Icebergs. Written and directed by talented Flickerfest alumni Kacie Anning, the trailer sees a glamorous Marilyn Monroe (played by the gorgeous Abby Earl) descend upon Bondi Beach. The play on ‘Marilyn comes to Bondi’ culminates, of course, in Marilyn singing a very well deserved ‘Happy Birthday to Flickerfest’. Abby Earl leads a star-studded cast with additional appearances from Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby, Flipped, I Am Number Four), Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins (Bondi Rescue) and Roy Billing (Underbelly – A Tale Of Two Cities).
Festival director, Bronwyn Kidd, continues to be the driving force behind FLiCKERFEST and spoke to the crowd about the sensational year to come. Once again, Bronwyn and the selection committee have received record numbers of film submissions (over 2400 again this year!) and will tailor the 2016 programme to showcase the very best 100 films to audiences across Australia from January until May. Launching in Sydney on January 8th until the 17th FLiCKERFEST will run in Sydney for 10 days before taking the rest of the country by storm. The festival will screen to 50 +venues across Australia between January and May.
Tickets on-sale and full programme released on December 18! Head to the FLiCKERFEST website – www.flickerfest.com.au for all the details!
BRONWYN KIDD, Flickerfest Director is available for interview.
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Alex Opitz | Klick Communications | (02) 8353 7106 | [email protected]