22nd December 2020


As Flickerfest enters its landmark 30th year, it is thrilled to announce its 2021 festival programme which will see 36 World Premieres and 56 Australian Premieres across the Academy® Qualifying Competitions.

Flickerfest is Australia’s largest short film competition dedicated to showcasing the very best short films from Australia and around the world from live action to documentaries and animation. This year it will screen 64 Australian films across the Best of Australian Competition, 37 International films across the Best of International Competition and 15 Documentaries across The Best of Documentary Competition.

Over 2,700 entries were received for Flickerfest 2021; a testimony to the fact that Flickerfest is one of the world’s leading and most respected platforms for short film. From this large entry field only around 200 of the very best, most creative and inspiring shorts will be screened at the Festival, across 16 competitive programmes and four showcase programmes.

The shorts in competition at Flickerfest are fiercely vying for a number of prestigious, Academy® Qualifying prizes including:

  • The Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film
  • The Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation
  • The Panasonic Lumix Award for Best Australian Short Film
  • The Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary

Plus a host of other hotly contested prizes, which recognise the various craft areas inherent in making a great short film including the SAE FlickerUp National School Student and Youth competition for filmmakers under 18 and the Rainbow Shorts Competition featuring the best LGBTQI+ films from at home and around the world.

Flickerfest is also home to the ever popular short film showcases including:

  • FLiCKERKIDS, short films suitable for children aged 6-12 years and the young at heart.
  • SHORT LAUGHS, the comedy program that will have you in stitches.
  • LOVE BITES, films about love and relationships.

BEST OF INDIGENOUS SHORTS, featuring an incredible collection of shorts from some of the country’s most talented and creative Indigenous filmmakers over the past 30 years curated By Flickerfest alumni Dylan River.

This years program will include some brilliant entries enjoying their world premier, it should also be noted that there are over 50% female directors in the Australian competition including Phoebe Tonkin with her directorial debut for Furlough a moving 19 minute drama set on the Central Coast of NSW. The Story of Lee Ping is a 12-minute tale of a young Chinese woman’s journey to find freedom on her own terms, starring Jillian Nguyen and directed by Jasmin Tarasin. The NSW Premiere of Roborovski, a virtual reality animated project from Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel about an adorable miniature hamster seeking revenge. Both films were written by acclaimed writer John Collee (Happy Feet). A highlight from the International Program following its World Premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival (In competition) includes the Australian Premiere of David, Directed by Zachary Woods and featuring comedy legend Will Ferrell.

This year in January, the Flickerfest festival kicks off at Bondi showcasing some of the most innovative, provocative and wildly entertaining short films the world has to offer on the big screen. In celebration of the 30th Anniversary, Flickerfest will be held in a Covid safe bespoke festival garden supported by Waverley council which will include The Famous Spiegeltent for indoor screenings, an outdoor cinema under the stars and a bespoke garden bar area on the lawn at Bondi Beach.

Flickerfest launches on the 22nd January with a highlights screening followed by an exclusive after party, the festival will see over 200 spectacular short films screened in the Famous Spiegeltent and under the stars through to the 31st January culminating in a prestigious awards presentation and closing night celebration.

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