Flickerfest launches over Bondi

With only a few weeks to go before its January 8 premiere, Flickerfest turned it on with celebs and cocktails to celebrate its upcoming 19th incarnation.

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Flickerfest 2010, the original Bondi short film festival - launched its 19th annual program with an intimate gathering of distinguished guests at Bondi's Icebergs Dining Room and Bar on Tuesday 8th December.

As per their last few years, Flickerfest produced a pop culture inspired trailer, this year starring Saskia Burmeister and Don Hany in a beach-inspired homage to Saturday Night Fever directed by AFI Award-winner, Erin White. The trailer made its debut at the distinguished media launch with a guest list that included Susie Porter, Jacqueline McKenzie, Gia Carides, Damian Walshe-Howling and Saskia Burmeister among others.

Also screened on the night was the Australian short film Franswa Sharl directed by local Bondi

filmmaker Hannah Hilliard, an exotic piece, which will have its world premiere at Flickerfest 2010.

Flickerfest will screen in the summer season from 8 - 17th January 2010 under the stars at the Bondi Pavilion before travelling to an extended 23 venues around the country including capital centres, key regional areas and for the first time Albury (WA), Nambour (QLD), Canowindra (NSW) and Dungog (NSW).

Flickerfest is Australia's only Academy® Award accredited short film festival with a program that offers competitive categories, International, Australian and Documentary.

"I'm truly excited about launching Flickerfest this year," said Flickerfest's long standing director Bronwyn Kidd. "For me short film is the most exciting place to be in the film industry today, with the freshest trends and the most creative and contemporary stories coming alive in the short film genre. With over 1600 entries and only 100 short films making it through to the final competition, Flickerfest will again screen the cream of international and Australian short film to audiences both in Sydney and across the country in a showcase of short film amongst the best in the world," said Kidd.

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION

FRANSWA SHARL

Australia/14min/Video/2009

Director: Hannah Hilliard

Twelve-year-old Greg has inherited his father's competitive streak. On a family holiday to Fiji they have different ideas about where Greg should focus his talents. When his creative pursuits fail to amuse his father Greg sets out to win him back. Based on a true story. World Premiere.

THE CLEARING

Australia/18min/Video/2009

Director: Seth Larney

Adam (Damian Walshe-Howling) awakes in a clearing in the jungle, injured and with no memory of how he arrived there. He searches for clues but soon realises he is running in circles. Will Adam be able to escape the clearing and discover the truth? World Premiere.

THE CAT PIANO

Australia/8min/Video/2009

Directors: Eddie White & Ari Gibson

A vibrant city of singing cats is preyed upon by a shadowy figure intent on performing its own twisted feline symphony. Narrated by Nick Cave.

Currently Short-listed in Top Ten for Best Short Animation Award, Oscars 2010.

DROWNING

Australia/20min/Video/2009

Writer/Director: Craig Boreham

Things are changing for Mik. His world has been turned upside down by the sudden death of his big brother forcing him to redefine his place in his family and the world. The one solid thing in Mik's life is his best friend Dan. Realisations of their place in the world, their familial responsibilities and awakening sexualities shape the men they will become and their changing relationship with each other. World Premiere.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

LOGORAMA

France/16min/35mm/2009

Director: H5 Collective (France)

Spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis, wild animals rampaging through the city and even more in Logorama!

Kodak Prix Award - Critics Week Cannes Film Festival 2009.

LARS & PETER

New Zealand/Denmark/15min/35mm/2009

Director: Daniel Borgman

A naive and innocent boy accidentally witnesses his widowed father in a desperate act. Australian Premiere.

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 2009.

THE SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN

New Zealand/15min/35mm/2009

Directors: Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland

Set in 1970s New Zealand, The Six Dollar Fifty Man follows Andy, a gutsy 8-year-old boy, who is forced to break out of his make-believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies.

Short Film Special Distinction - Cannes Film Festival 2009

MIENTE (She Lies)

Spain/15min/35mm/2008

Writer/Director: Isabel De Ocampo

Doina wants to give a birthday present to her young sister, but she has to risk her own life to get it. Australian Premiere

Winner- Goya Award for Best Fictional Spanish Short Film 2009

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

 

YAJILARRA

Australia/26min/VID/2009

Director: Melanie Hogan

In 2007 a group of Aboriginal women from the Fitzroy Valley in Australia's remote northwest decided enough was enough. Their community had experienced 13 suicides in 13 months. Reports of family violence and child abuse were commonplace and alcohol consumption was rising at an alarming rate. Something had to be done. Something had to change. Australian Festival Premiere.

Screened at the United Nations in New York 2009

SIDE BY SIDE

Denmark/37min/VID/2009

DIRECTOR: Christian Sonderby Jepsen

Two neighbours live side by side, but they haven't spoken for more than 15 years. Instead they have built not just one, but two hedges that separate them. Side by Side is a moving portrayal of human beings, which bubbles with dry humour. Australian Premiere.

PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS

UK/6:30min/VID/2008

Director: Laurie Hill

Looking for photographs of Jesus, Yetis or of Hitler in 1948? Help is at hand with this documentary/fantasy based on true stories of requests for impossible images. Real-life archives become the stage where fact and fiction collide belief runs amok and unruly images have a life of their own.

Best Animation - Tampere Film Festival 2009, Best New British Animation, Edinburgh International Film

Festival 2009; Telluride Film Festival 2009; Annecy Film Festival 2009

FLICKERKIDS SPECIAL PROGRAMME

 

AUNTY MAGGIE AND THE WOMBA WAKGUN

Australia/11min/VID/2009

Director: Leah Purcell

Aunty Maggie and Uncle Peter struggle to feed their three nephews. The arrival of some chickens provides a new food source... eggs! When the new rooster becomes more of a headache and nearly dies, Aunty Maggie's quick-thinking shocks the family and makes her famous.

LOST AND FOUND

UK/24min/Video/2008

Director: Philip Hunt

A magical tale of loneliness and friendship based on the award-winning book by Oliver Jeffers.

Narrated by award winning British actor Jim Broadbent. One day, a boy finds a penguin on his doorstep and decides to take it home...even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole!

BARTON THE GHOST CATCHER

Australia/11:30min/Video/2009

Director: Roy Weiland

Barton is a seven year old boy who has recently overcome his fear of ghosts. He now combines his intelligence and imagination in an effort to catch ghosts that pester humans especially children. More annoying than any ghost is his older sister who is constantly hindering his goal to become the best ghost catcher in the world. Australian premiere.

STORIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMME

LILY AND RA

New Zealand/3:30 min/16mm/2007

Writer/Director: Armagan Ballantyne

Ten-year-old mates, Ra and Lily, are playing outside an abandoned factory. When angry young Ra hits a bird with his slingshot, Lily bravely rescues it and enlists it in Ra's care.

WHAT ABOUT ME?

Israel/4min/HD/2007

Writers/Directors: Shira Geffen & Etgar Keret

A man in suit with a donkey comes to a checkpoint in the middle of nowhere, where a solider and a scrawny, neglected dog, are sharing canned meat. After a series of strange encounters the solider and the man in the suit will find themselves closer than expected.

IMPASSE

The Netherlands/4min/16mm2007

Writer/Director: Bram Schouw

A young man with a bald, shaved head is staring out the window when an African woman enters the train. He looks at her, but when she looks back, he turns his head away. His heart is bouncing so loud he can almost hear it. Can a new attraction change your persuasion?

BLACK BREAKFAST

China/3min/HD/2007

Writer/Director: Jia Zhang-Ke

A tourist arrives hoping to see a city full of cultural relics and historic sites. Instead, an endless stream of heavy lorries carrying coal means she has a "black breakfast", her face as black as those of the locals.

OSCAR SHORTS PROGRAMME

 

THE MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS

France/31:30min/Video/2006

Director: Philippe Pollet-Villard

Philippe and Richard live off petty scams in the Parisian neighborhood of Barbès, One day they find themselves responsible for a deaf-mute Romanian child who finds his own way of stealing.

Winner: Best Live Action Short Film - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2008

TOYLAND

Germany/14min/Video/2007

Director/Producer: Jochen Alexander Freydank

Germany 1942: In order to protect her son Marianne Meißner tries to make him believe that the Jewish neighbours are going on a journey to "Toyland". One morning her son has disappeared - the Jewish neighbours too. Toyland is a film about guilt, responsibility, small and big lies.

Winner: Best Live Action Short Film - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2009

THE SAVIOUR

Australia/17:30min/Video/2005

Writer/Director: Peter Templeman

Producer: Stuart Parkyn

Malcolm is a gentle, effective door-to-door evangelist who is in love with a married woman. With pressure mounting from his church to convert her, Malcolm decides his bible is the very weapon he needs to destroy the marriage that is keeping him from his true love.

Nomination: Best Live Action Short Film - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2007

SHORT BEATS PROGRAMME

 

HEAVY METAL DRUMMER

UK/Morocco/6min/VIDEO/2005

Writers/Directors: Luke Morris, Toby MacDonald

A Moroccan teenage heavy metal fan feels that his talents as a drummer are under-appreciated.

Nomination - BAFTA Awards 2006; London Film Festival 2006, Clermont Ferrand 2006, Berlinale

Berlin International Film Festival 2006, Tampere Film Festival 2006

KJFG No.5

Hungary/2min/VIDEO/2007

Director: Alexei Alexeev

Three "professional" musicians, the Bear, the Rabbit and the Wolf, are jamming in the forest, till the Hunter and his hound crash the party...

Annecy International Film Festival 2008, Anima Mundi Film Festival 2008, Tabor Film Festival 2008, Animadrid Film Festival 2008, Berlin Interfilm International Short Film Festival 2008

REMEMBER MY NAME

Australia/12min/VIDEO/2007

Directors: Bowen Duffy, Kasimir Burgess, Nick Moore

A group of ordinary people, disaffected by the way things are, see a different way forward and put their bodies on the line for change.

The full Flickerfest 2010 competitive programme will be announced at the website on Friday the 11th of December.

Flickerfest 2010 - 8th - 17th January, 2010, Bondi Beach Pavilion. Touring nationally January to March, 2010.

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