Here they are – the Flickerfest team for 2019!
Bronwyn Kidd, Flickerfest Director
As the director of Flickerfest for the 21st year Bronwyn has curated hundreds of short film programmes for both the festival, its national touring programme and many other international film festivals including The London Australian Film Festival at The Barbican. Since 2002 she has been one of the management committee members and key organisers of the International Short Film Conference [ISFC], the international body that advises on short films festivals and protocol throughout the world.
Recently Bronwyn has participated on the jury of many respected short film competitions internationally including the World Wide Short Film Festival Toronto Canada, Grimstad Norway and the International Short Film Festival of Drama Greece.
In 2002 Bronwyn founded the Flickerfest Short Film Bureau to distribute Australian short films internationally. The Flickerfest Short film Bureau now represents over 200 of Australia’s best shorts and has successfully made many sales to all known territories and broadcasters and platforms buying shorts worldwide.
Bronwyn has successfully Executive Produced 3 series of Flickerfest On Extra a short film programme dedicated to Australian short film including all online content across websites and other cross platform portals.
Shane Rennie, Flickerfest Production & Tour Manager
Shane has been the behind-the-scene production of Flickerfest increasingly since 2000 and is now involved in all areas of festival production, web population, technical presentation and festival photography.
Shane has also been on the Flickerfest selection committee for some years now.
He has been coordinating the National Tour since 2005, working directly with tour venues to establish dates, programme suggestions, media and online strategies and logistics that assist with all areas of tour presentation.
Leigh Russell, Flickerfest Industry Liaison
Leigh returns to Flickerfest to coordinate the 2019 Jury and program FlickerUp, the national primary and high school competition.
She is the co-founder of Film In Revolt, a platform for teens in Australia who want to make film, talk film and write for/about film (The revolution as arrived!) and is the founder of Film Festival Guide – Australia.
Leigh was a judge on the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards jury and has been on the selection committee for Flickerfest and the 21st WOW Film Festival and has a background in arts administration and a passion for producing community initiatives.
Fabienne Neff, Flickerfest Festival Assistant
Fabi grew up in Switzerland where She completed high school with major in art. After studying two years at Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art, she decided to take a gap year. That year turned into a five year break of creativity.
Travelling Australia inspired Fabi to reconnect with her artistic side. The urge to continue studying led her to Byron Bay, where she currently finishes a degree in film at SAE Qantm.
Fabi joined us an intern through her SAE studies and is continuing on as a Festival Assistant.
Lies Bruines, Flickerfest Programming Manager
Lies is back at Flickerfest this year as programme manager, making sure you’ll have a wonderful selection of shorts to see in January!
She first fell in love with short films when she started working at Go Short – International Short Film Festival in the Netherlands in 2009 and made sure all future jobs kept her close to the art form.
Lies has programmed shorts for InScience – Dutch International Science Film Festival, has been on the jury of the Drone Film Festival of Australia and New Zealand and been part of the selection committees of Go Short International Short Film Festival and the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Film.
Liz Harkman, Flickerfest International Programming Team
Liz returns to the International programming team. Liz has worked in the UK film industry for over 15 years starting out with roles in national institutions such as the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council. Her love of film festivals started with a voluntary position at the London Film Festival.
She then travelled to Australia to work at Flickerfest Short Film Festival where her passion for short film was born. Since then she has worked on Edinburgh International Film Festival, Animated Exeter and was the Managing Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival for 5 years.
In 2013, Liz moved back to Australia to work again for Flickerfest Short Film Festival, and although returned to the UK in 2014 to have a child she still supports the Flickerfest Festival Director with the International programme selection. In 2016 Liz joined the selection committee for the Pardi di domani at the Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland.
Rich Warren, Flickerfest International Programming Team
Rich returns to the International programming team. Rich Warren is currently Festival Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, UK. The festival prioritises the showcasing, supporting and progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. The 24th edition of the festival will take place between 25-30 September 2018.
Rich began working for the festival in 2008 however during this time he has also had the opportunity to continue his support of new and emerging talent with roles such as the Talent Scout for the National Film and Television School, UK and a sabbatical in Sydney working with Metro Screen. His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and spends hours of his life online in search of new and emerging talent.
Linda O. Olszewski, Flickerfest International Programming Team
Linda Campos Olszewski is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in the short film industry. A member of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), she has overseen acquisitions of the Oscar Shorts Theatrical/VOD/iTunes releases since 2006 and has served as an Associate Producer.
She has served on over 100 international film fest juries and panels throughout the world, offering distribution deals for iTunes, Amazon, and Oscar qualification as well as TV licenses for ShortsTV™ – The Short Movie Channel.
Linda has programmed shorts for the DreamWorks Short Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortsfest, Newport Beach FF and Sofia Independent FF, and pre-screened shorts and features for Fear Fete and Sundance FF. Additional credits include: ‘Shrek’, ‘The Road To El Dorado’, ‘Prince Of Egypt’, ‘Reality Bites’, and ‘The Life Of David Gale’.
Linda is also an avid photographer, making pictures of the short film world.
Craig Boreham, Flickerfest LGBTQ Shorts Programmer
Craig Boreham is an Australian award winning director whose films have been shown at over 200 international festivals, including Berlin, Cannes and Palm Springs and Flickerfest.
His work has received numerous awards and nominations including the Berlinale Teddy Award, Best Film at My Queer Career, Mardi Gras Film Festival, The City of Melbourne Best Short Film Award, MQFF and National Film Sound Archive Orlando Award among others.
A retrospective of Craig’s work, CINEMA OF TRUE POISON, was presented by Fundacion Triangulo in Madrid. Craig has been worked as a script assessor for Screen NSW and Metro Screen and has been a jury member for the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards, the Iris Prize in the UK and the Mardi Gras Film Festival.
Pamela Otto, Flickerfest FlickerLab Coordinator
Influenced by New Order film clips on early morning Rage, Pamela graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a post graduate degree in Media Arts and Production.
With a background in TV production and research, Pamela has worked on some of Australia’s most well-known and acclaimed TV dramas and comedies. And with a long-time love of film festivals, she has also been a part of a number of festival teams both locally and internationally.
After 4 years at Screen Australia with the Business and Audience team, Pamela joined the team at Flickerfest in late 2018 to coordinate FlickerLab. She looks forward to a bright, shiny and film-packed summer in Bondi.