FLiCKERFEST 2017 & BYRON ALL SHORTS

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Celebrating its 26th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screens the best of shorts from Australia and around the globe; ensuring the presentation of A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach from 6-15 January 2017, with selected highlights the most entertaining and innovative short films from around the world touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour from Jan – May 2017; with Byron shire being one of the first screenings after Bondi.

Flickerfest is screening for its 19th year in the Northern Rivers region in 2017 and will celebrate its 26th birthday since the festivals 1st ever screening in Balmain, Sydney back in 1991.

The Flickerfest 2017 tour will take place at it’s new home of the air-cooled Mullum Civic Hall, screening a smorgasboard of the worlds and Australia’s best shorts over one big weekend handpicked from a record 2,400 entries.

Along with the Byron All Shorts finalists screening, audiences will experience the best of short films from the Byron Region, Australia and around the World over 3 cinematic-packed days.

Come celebrate amazing independent film-making in Mullumbimby from the 27-29 Jan.

FLiCKERFEST 2017 PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

Friday 27 Jan, 7.30pm – Opening Party & 8.30pm – Best Of International 1 Shorts

Following the Opening Party, Flickerfest is thrilled to present its Best Of International 1 Shorts programme, a selection of film gems from our Academy® Accredited Sydney competition.

Highlights include the moving and insightful ‘Nocturne In Black’ from Lebanon, (view trailer) ‘In a war-ravaged Middle Eastern neighbourhood, a musician struggles to rebuild his piano after it is destroyed by Jihadists’; and the delightfully heart-warming ‘Timecode’ from Spain, (view trailer) ‘Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day, will they ever meet?’ Both films are shortlisted for the 2017 Academy® Awards.

Saturday 28 Jan, 4.30pm – Byron All Shorts

Also returning is Byron All Shorts, for the 12th year presenting the best of local shorts from the Northern Rivers; encouraging audiences to experience the many amazing films & local stories that are produced in the region each year. 16 local short films will screen across this 120-minute programme. Highlights include ‘In A Cane Field‘ In a beachside tourist town the body of a fifteen-year-old girl is found in a cane field. Her murder is a mystery that envelops the community ‘Lift Me Up‘ Mullumbimby musician Chris Mallory of ‘Two Lions’ shares his passions, dreams and musical endeavours within the broader community ‘Gomeroi Voices‘ The proposed Shenhua coal mine in the Liverpool Plains of NSW Australia threatens ancient Aboriginal heritage. Find out what’s at stake…and ‘Uber‘ Sheldon, Sam, Pat & Aunty Rae discuss the merits of Uber…services…

Saturday 28 Jan, 8.30pm – Best Of Australian Shorts

Join us as we celebrate a diverse range of stories from across Australia that celebrate our unique identity and culture with our Best Of Australian Shorts programme, Highlights include ‘Messiah’ written & directed by Damian Walshe-Howling, (view trailer) ‘In a playful collision of cultures, a hapless Irishman and his Parisian girlfriend get more than they bargained for when they encounter a particularly mischievous stranger (David Gulpilil) in the spectacular Australian wilderness’. Also included is the fun short ‘The Spice Sisters’ starring local comedian Sandy (Ghandi) Arunha. Rohini ‘A former Bollywood actress, is bored and restless with her life. When a popular reality cooking competition issues a call for entries, Rohini decides it’s now or never to make a change’.

Sunday 29 Jan, 8.30pm – Short Laughs Comedy

Enjoy an evening of laugh out loud comedy from Australia and across the world with the Short Laughs Comedy programme, Highlights include the hilarious ‘5 Tales About Technology’ from Canada, (view trailer) an anthology short that takes a darkly comic look at the absurd realities of how modern technology affects our daily lives; whilst ‘Facon’ from Australia is a funny and quirky insight into our modern diet, ‘Tia is an avid meat eater who is strictly a vegan hipster in public. When Tia’s judgmental vegan boyfriend invites himself to her family birthday party, Tia must find the courage to tell him her secret’; and oddball comedy ‘Twinsburg’ from USA, (view trailer) shines the spotlight on a Midwestern town founded by identical brothers where thousands convene for the world’s largest gathering of twins.

For further information visit flickerfest.com.au

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