1st July 2022

Dear Flickerfest friends,
The #flickerfest2022 tour continues to roll out across the country and there are still many more venues to come! 

In July we roll out the short film red carpet in Mackay, Darwin, Katherine and Narrabri and celebrate NAIDOC Week with our indigenous spotlight screenings in Byron Bay, Botany and Kalgoorlie.

In other news we were also thrilled to share this incredible spotlight on our First Nations talent behind and in-front of the camera at the Cambodian International Film Festival in late June. 

So if we haven’t hit your town yet, stay tuned to where we are heading over the coming weeks and months and also for our Brisbane friends don’t miss an amazing free film Industry masterclass in partnership with SAE Australia on Thursday 7th July at SAE Brisbane campus.

Check out what’s in store below and stay tuned to find out where we are stopping off next!

And further to all those enquiries flooding Flickerfest 2023 entries, the wait is almost over and entries  will be open in the first week of July. – We cant wait to see what you have made this year! 



For Northern Queensland film-lovers we return once again with our Mackay Flickerfest to the Central QLD Conservatorium of Music in collaboration with our friends at Film & Arts Mackay to present the Best of Australian Shorts this Friday 1st July 7pm.

This much loved programme features a Queensland created short, the fun neighbourly black comedy Stonefish written, produced by and starring accomplished young Queensland actor, George Pullar, who recently lit up the small screen in the ABC TV drama ‘Barons’.



You can also join us this July as the Flickerfest Tour heads to the Northern Territory.

On Saturday 2nd July Flickerfest returns to the iconic Deckchair Cinema in Darwin for two fantastic programmes of cinema under the stars including our much loved Best Of Australian Shorts at 7pm and Short Laughs Comedy at 9pm. Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd will be in Darwin to introduce the programme and looks forward to catching up with Darwin audiences again.

On Thursday 14th July Flickerfest joins our partners Katherine Film Society at Katherine Cinema 3  screening the Best of Australian Shorts at 7pm. In both NT locations we celebrate NT stories officially selected for the Flickerfest Bondi competition programmes including the stunning, moving drama Shiny One, by writer/director Viviana Petyarre, the story of a young man who dreams of escaping his bush community and finding riches, only to discover that wealth comes in many forms and Tanith Glynn-Maloney’s Finding Jedda, a re-imagining of the 1954 auditions for the iconic Australian film Jedda. We are also thrilled to showcase the delightful animation Wanmari, an animated culture story produced by the Ngukurr story project South East Arnhem Land.

Wanmari is written and illustrated by artist, printmaker and storyteller at Ngukurr arts Karen Rogers who will be in Katherine to introduce the film. Karen Rogers is from the Ngukurr Community and her tribe is Ngalakgan. Karen’s artwork which illustrates the film ‘Wanmari’ shows the country where she grew up. ‘It’s inspired by our life in Ngukurr and our culture. In our culture we are not allowed to paint our own dreaming, so I like to paint my mother’s and grandmother’s dreamings. They are magurrmagurr (dragonfly), langgurna (magpie goose), ngurru (catfish) and ngakngak (white-breasted sea eagle). When I paint these things I like to tell their stories to my children and grandchildren’.



We cap off our July screenings with a return to The Crossing Theatre in Narrabri on Thursday 28th July with two jam-packed programmes, the Best of Australian Shorts at 5pm and the Best of International Shorts programme at 7pm, rolling out across one incredible evening of cinema. 

A highlight of the evening is our #flickerfest2022 Best Australian Short Film award winner Giants, filmed across the Narrabri region, written and directed by Eddy Bell and and co-produced by Nonny Klaile, Patrick Mulquiney and Narrabri local Steven Rees. 

‘Giants’ was shot around the Narrabri region over 18 months from 2018, during the worst period of the drought, featuring Steven’s parents, Lyn and Rod Rees’ property Murrumbilla, the 50th Galloping Gully Polocrosse championships and iNarrabri township at the home of Bones and Jenny Falkiner. The film was inspired by Steve’s conversations with old School buddy director Eddy Bell about the drought and its impacts locally. 

The ‘Giants’ film crew returned over 9 times to Narrabri during the course of shooting to capture the harsh reality of a farming family facing an unrelenting drought and in going on this journey with the locals of Narrabri the award winning short film ‘Giants’ was made.



Flickerfest is thrilled to present 3 special screenings of inspiring aboriginal storytelling, celebrating NAIDOC Week 2022 and this year’s theme ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’.

NAIDOC Week Screenings:
– Byron Theatre (Byron Bay), Tuesday 5th July, 6.30pm

– Kalgoorlie Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival, 4th – 7th July

– Botany Town Hall, Bayside Council, Saturday 9th July, 6pm

This year’s NAIDOC programmes of Flickerfest favourites, curated from the recent Flickerfest Academy® qualifying Australian competition and festival favourites, will take audiences on a special journey with some incredibly strong and powerful storytellers, who’s compelling voices will inspire, move and delight.

The filmmakers and film creatives featuring in the NAIDOC week screenings are some of the leading lights in indigenous film today, trail-blazing brightly on Australian screens and stage.

Come along & enjoy these unique stories from incredible First Nations filmmakers championing Aboriginal voices through this year’s NAIDOC theme; Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! & support the celebration of Aboriginal and TSI culture during NAIDOC Week.



In Brisbane on Thursday 7th July from 5-7 pm come along to the SAE campus Brisbane to enjoy a free film industry masterclass in partnership with SAE AustraliaFlickerfest Director Bronwyn Kidd will be discussing short film festivals, marketing strategy and how to forge a successful career in the industry with QLD filmmakers  Amelia Paxman and Jaina Kalifa writer/director/producers of short documentary Lost Contact which screened as part of Flickerfest’s Academy® Qualifying Documentary Competition programme in 2022.

Jaina Kalifa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Brisbane, Australia. His documentaries have been screened in film festivals around Australia and overseas and have been broadcast internationally. His other credits include ‘Happy Android’which premiered at Hot Docs 2019 in Toronto and won a number of awards on the festival circuit before being broadcast on ABC TV’s Compass program. He is currently developing his first feature documentary.

Amelia Paxman is an award-winning QLD filmmaker with broadcast success on ABC TV and screenings at domestic and international film festivals. Amelia’s film ‘Crack Up’ was commissioned by ABC2 with WildBear Entertainment and won the 2015 United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award for Promotion of Disability Rights and Issues.

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