Wending its way from Denmark, WA to Katherine, NT to Nambour, QLD to Cygnet, TAS and everywhere in between, the 2018 Flickerfest touring program this year returns to Palace Electric Cinemas in Canberra for one night only on Thursday 5 April. Flickerfest is Australia’s leading Academy Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival. This marks the 27th edition of the International Short Film Festival which includes several strands across its touring program: Best of Australian; Best of International; Short Laughs Comedy and Best of EU Shorts.
This year’s screening at Palace Electric will showcase the Best of Australian category comprising seven short films from the last couple of years. All seven shorts are between 10 – 25 min in length, with the total screening time clocking in at just under two hours. The event screening will also feature an after-party including drinks and nibbles. Keep an eye out for the Canberra connection!
Film synopses as follows:
Lost Property Office (2017) – We follow Ed, the sole custodian of the Lost Property Office in question, and the ways in which the items he is tasked with guarding reflect his own personal sense of misplacement.
Kill Off (2016) – Jamie Brewer (American Horror Story) stars as Sonja, a woman with an intellectual disability. Through mutual love of the American dance craze, Krump, she finds a counterpoint in an unlikeliest of friends – a Sudanese refugee.
Buoy (2016) – Corey is a 16-year-old living in a quaint and quiet coastal town. On his last day of work on a council shark-meshing boat, he arrives late. There are consequences.
Second Best (2017) – This dark comedy centres around a pair of identical twin sisters and the unbreakable bond which binds them. Filmed on location at Dickson College, Kaleen and Fyshwick, and involving many local Canberra extras, the piece garnered director/writer/producer/actor Alyssa McCllelland the award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film at the Flickerfest Awards Ceremony in Bondi in January.
Two Bites (2017) – Maudie is a woman who has lived life to the fullest. As she approaches the end of her days, her various kin – enthusiastic children Peter and Janet, along with her grandchildren – begin to dissect her heirloom-housing haven of a home.
Miro – An Australian WWII First (2016) – Miro, upon completion of his WWII tour of duty, returns home to a life of upheaval and disheartening circumstances: his land dispossessed, his daughter stolen, his people disenfranchised and his service record disregarded. Starring Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin; Around the Block).
Fysh (2017) – A simple story about a man and a fish; a fish which changed this man’s life.
Tickets are only $20 for adults and $18 for concessions/students.
For more information, you can visit the Flickerfest 2018 website.
For online ticket purchases, head HERE.
Sponsors: Australian Government; Screen Australia; SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute; NSW Government; Sydney – City of Film; Canon; European Union Delegation to Australia; Virgin Australia Entertainment; Flickerfest.