Flickerfest returns to Bondi Pavilion on the beach for 10 days over summer with a great line-up of Australian and International films featuring comedies, documentaries, animations, romances and more, to entertain you.
A record breaking programme takes you around the globe with the likes of a Swiss holiday encounter with a sinking refugee boat in 'Bon Voyage', an animation based on true accounts of a life in mysterious Myanmar with 'My Life I Don't Want' and the Norwegian 'Ready to Assemble' asking the question – Is IKEA just a conspiracy designed to test relationships? With high standards set from filmmakers and so many great entries, extra sessions were called for.
An all star line-up includes Kate Winslet, Frank Woodley, Guy Pearce and Brendan Cowell in a bumper year that sees over 65 Australian premieres and 25 World premieres. Expect the provocative, innovative and unusual in this leading short film festival where prize winners are eligible for consideration in the Academy Awards and the BAFTA's.
Each programme runs around 100 minutes with most indoor in the pavilion. Sessions at 8.45pm are outdoors in the amphitheatre. The full programme can be found here. Tickets are available in advance via Moshtix or at the Flickerfest Box Office at the Pavilion 1 hour prior to each session. Session tickets start at $16 for a single session, $45 for a 3 session pass and $120 for a 10 session pass. Both daytime and evening sessions are available.
FlickerLab workshops also run, priced from $35, with a 1 day workshop taking you on a journey from shorts to features and immersing you in the latest filmmaking trends. Leading industry experts offer their expertise and tips whilst panels cover topics from concept to script, producing to marketing and distribution. Panelists include Stephan Elliott (writer/director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Liz Watts (producer of Animal Kingdom).
An opening night under the stars kicks off the 26th year of this festival with a screening of film highlights, such as 'Fish with Legs' and 'Timecode', followed by an after party of fun on the balcony overlooking the beach. Priced from $60, it includes food, beverages and entertainment. There's also a red carpet closing night awards ceremony, screening and after party. Priced from $45, it also includes food, beverages and entertainment. Celebrity spotting is very likely.
A pop-up beach bar will quirst your thirst and satisfy your hunger with snacks whilst providing panoramic vistas of infamous pink sunsets that Bondi is known for. No BYO as Flickerfest is a fully licensed event.
Starting out as a small local festival at Balmain High School in 1991, Flickerfest has come a long way and is now recognised in international circles as one of the main film festivals on the world circuit. If you haven't been before, it's time to check it out before it moves on and inspires others with its huge range of films. There's something to suit all tastes.