Short film festival Flickerfest turned 21 in style on Friday night (January 6th), transforming Sydney\’s Bondi Pavilion into a beachside paradise for local cinephiles. Australian Idol winner Wes Carr kicked off proceedings with a performance of some of his new songs in front of a packed crowd of local talent including Gracie Otto, Alyssa McClelland, and Damien Walshe Howling.
Guests were then treated to a first class selection of the 108 films in competition. Gaining some of the night\’s biggest cheers were the locally made Bear by Nash Edgerton, and Brick Novak\’s Diary (USA) which took out the 2011 Sundance Jury Prize. Band Freaks in Love kept revellers entertained well into the night at the busy after-party.
The festival was officially opened by Jon Bloom, one of the governors of Short Film and Feature Animation for the Academy Awards, on his first trip to Australia.
This year Flickerfest received over 2,200 entries from 21 countries, a dramatic increase from last years figures according to festival director Bronwyn Kidd. Films that successfully compete in Flickerfest are eligible to receive BAFTA and Academy Award nominations.
This year\’s categories include Animation, Documentary, Comedy and Horror as well as Eco friendly GreenFlicks, and FlickerUp in which Australian primary and high school students can compete.
Over the past two decades certain Flickerfest alums have gone on to achieve big things so now is great chance to check out the who\’s who of cinemas up and coming talent. Taking advantage of the sunny Sydney weather, Flickerfest plays out in an open-air amphitheatre just off Bondi Beach.
Seen at the party were Sophie Lowe, Wes Carr, Nash Edgerton, Alyssa McClelland, Damien Walshe Howling, Diana Glenn, Gracie Otto, Gillian Armstrong and Matilda Brown.
Flickerfest will screen in Bondi Pavilion until the 15th of January and then travel to thirty-seven locations around Australia. Jump on www.flickerfest.com.au for program schedules and ticketing information.
Photography Dave Petranker