Flickerfest Announces Its 2022 Festival Programme

December 22, 2021
A staple of Bondi Beach and Sydney’s stalwart cinema culture, Flickerfest – Australia’s largest short film competition – returns in January with a showcase of the finest short films from Australia and around the world.

From live action narratives to compelling documentaries and breakthrough animation, Flickerfest is primed to deliver 57 Australian films within its Best of Australian Competition, while 39 International films will vie for the Best of International Competition accolade and 13 Documentaries will be competing in the Best of Documentary Competition. 

“After a tumultuous two years for everyone, we are thrilled that Flickerfest can continue to shine a light in the darkness through our festival of insightful, uplifting, joyous and creative short films from at home and across the world,” reveals longstanding Festival Director, Bronwyn Kidd.

“I can’t wait to share our 2022 celebration of cinema on the big screen, in real life at our bespoke and glamorous festival garden in Bondi next January.”

In addition to its stellar line-up, 2022 will also see Flickerfest host an impressive 30 World Premieres and 65 Australian Premieres across its Academy Qualifying Australian, Documentary and International competitions, featuring in excess of 109 inspiring, creative and beautiful crafted shorts from Australian and international filmmakers, and a further 110 films from within Flickerfest’s showcase sessions, all selected from a massive pool of over 3,200 entries.

The 2022 Australian program highlights include the world premiere of the quirky sci-fi comedy The Home Team starring comedy legend and Bondi fave Paul McDermott and acclaimed actress Tara Morice (Strictly Ballroom); the world premiere of black comedy Stonefish written by well-known Australian actor, George Pullar (A Place to Call Home) and directed by acclaimed actress/first time filmmaker Megan Smart, recently seen in the breakout ABC series Wakefield. The moving and intimate sibling drama You and Me Before And After starring Yael Stone (Orange Is The New Black) and Emily Barclay (Mr Inbetween) will make its NSW premiere alongside the Australian premiere of Alex Proyas’ (Dark City, I Robot) highly innovative short film Mask Of The Evil Apparition [above].

Highlights of The International Programme at Flickerfest, all of which will celebrate their Australian premieres, include A Few Miles South starring acclaimed actors Toby Jones (Infamous, Captain America) and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) in a delightfully macabre tale of two taciturn travellers on a wintry expedition that takes a desperate turn.

The 2021 Cannes Palme d’Or winner All The Crows In The World, delivers a unique coming of age fable from acclaimed Hong Kong Filmmaker Yi Tang, while TIFF Award winning Canadian animation The Shaman’s Apprentice [above] by First Nations director Zacharious Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) follows a young Shaman as she faces her first test.

Launching on the 21st January with a highlights screening followed by an exclusive after party, Flickerfest’s ten day programme will present some of the world’s most innovative, provocative and entertaining short films from within our borders and around the globe, showcased beautifully on the big screen, among the relaxed and iconic environment of Bondi Beach.

Presented in partnership with Waverley Council, Flickerfest will incorporate a custom-built festival garden complete with outdoor lawn cinema, the Famous Spiegeltent indoor cinema and a panoramic beachside bar. All of which will culminate on January 30 with a prestigious awards presentation and closing night celebration.

Following on from the Bondi season, Flickerfest will then undertake an extensive 8-month, national tour of the festival’s very best films, reaching over 45 metro and regional venues across Australia.

For more details on the full 2022 Flickerfest Festival Programme, Ticket Sales and Special Announcements, visit www.flickerfest.com.au now.

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