21st April 2020


Dear Flickerfest friends far and wide…

Our thoughts are with you and we hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these difficult impacts of COVID-19 for everyone.

2289159.jpgLast month we were forced to postpone a number of touring venues across the country and we very much miss the fun and joy of sharing our incredible Flickerfest films on tour with you. We are regularly sharing amazing short films on our Facebook page to keep you connected with the world of shorts WATCH this years Academy ®Award Live Action Short  winner ‘The Neighbours Window‘ set in N.Y.C and selected for our international competition in January.  With the enormous impact of COVID-19  in NY currently this film has a particularly poignant message at this time.

At this stage we have rescheduled a number of our national tour venues that were due to roll out until the end of May until late September/October. We hope that by then our regional audiences will be able to come together and enjoy the magic of cinema again in their communities. Should restrictions still be in place for public gatherings at this time we will look at online possibilities for delivering our tour to our regional audiences across Australia

Please head to flickerfest.com.au/tour for all updates on our rescheduled tour dates in the coming months.

We are starting to get lots of enquiries regarding our entries for 2021. A big shout out to all of our filmmakers at home and across the world who cannot be out there making films at this current time. We understand that this is a very difficult time for all creators and Flickerfest will work flexibly with all of our global filmmaking family across our entry process and regulations for our 2021 event.

Our entries will open in Mid May and stay open until at least November for filmmakers who are struggling to finish their project on time. Please feel free to email us with any questions and support you need along the way including updates re the progress of your project.

At this stage we are planning to host Flickerfest’s 30th birthday festival in late January, early February  2021 at Bondi – Stay tuned for further announcements.


Australian government screen organisations are offering a range of supports for Australian filmmakers across this COVID-19 crisis. Heres a wrap of some initiatives on offer below.

Screen Australia continues to support the industry nationally through a range of initiatives See the latest message on COVID-19 from Graham Mason CEO here.

Support the Australian industry by watching our wonderful productions at home.

Sign up to the Screen Australia newsletter for all the latest updates here.

2289054.jpgScreen NSW is calling on screen sector employees and employers to fill in its short NSW Screen sector survey (5-10 minutes) – to inform them on how the recent global events have impacted the industry.

Screen NSW is conducting the survey to more deeply understand the impacts of current public health orders and how they have impacted your ability to do business.
The survey is now open and closes 5pm Friday 17 April 2020.

2289053.jpgScreen Queensland has announced a multi-strategy approach of more than $3.3 million of reallocated funding, to sustain the state’s screen industry through COVID-19. Numerous new initiatives for content development and online events will be announced throughout the coming weeks via the SQ website, social media and enewsletter. Applications are open now for SQ’s new online script consultancy program Creative Consultations, as well as their virtual screen business support program sqhub.

2289056.jpgIn response to the current crisis facing the Western Australian screen industry triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, on the 31st of March Screenwest launched a two-point-five-million-dollar sustainability package from existing funding provided by the State Government of Australia through Lotterywest.

Key elements of the package are the introduction of Taking Care of Business – “Fix it in Post” a support package for WA Post Production (closing the 21st of April) as well as a funding boost to existing Screenwest Development Programs and the re-purposing and funding boost to the On Demand Content Fund.

2289158.jpgThe Northern Territory Government will deliver
a $1 million reprioritised funding program to support the Screen Sector, through the establishment of a Screen Industry Support and Content Development Program.

This funding will be delivered through three funding rounds.

Primary grant objectives

  • To support screen content development, essential upskilling of the industry
  • Development of production-ready content.

Read more about timelines and support here.

2289052.jpgIn response to the negative impacts on the Australian screen industry created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Screenworks has announced a COVID-19 Response Small Grants Program specifically for Regional NSW practitioners and businesses, funded by repurposing existing funding provided by the NSW State Government through Screen NSW. The small grants program will provide up to $750 to support screen practitioners and businesses in regional NSW to access professional support.

Applications close April 30th, see here for more information.

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