Nothing says summer like Flickerfest, the international short film festival held under the stars at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach, with a national tour to follow. The event celebrates its 20th birthday in 2011 with 5 Australian competition slots, 5 International competition slots, 2 Documentary programs in competition and a raft of new initiatives such as GreenFlicks, a strand devoted to environmental issues and sustainability themes; and a primary-and high-school age student program, FlickerUp.
In addition to the competitive programs, Flickerfest will also showcase several specialty stands, including: a dedicated Comedy Program; a dedicated spotlight on the films of Poland; a short film program for youngsters with discounted family ticketing, and an intergalactic Star Wars Tribute program. The full program can be found here.
To get you in the mood for quality shorts, SBS ONE's SOS program is devoting January 1's episode to award-winning Australian films from Flickerfests past, to celebrate our lengthy association with the festival.
SOS screens at 11.45pm, Saturday January 1, and all films wil be available for seven days' catch-up from January 2.
The full line-up is as follows:
The Six Dollar Fifty Man (Mark Albiston, Loius Sutherland, New Zealand, 19m)
Winner, Best Short Film - Flickerfest 2010
Set in 1970s New Zealand, Andy is a gutsy eight year old boy who is forced to break out of his make-believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies.
Celestial Avenue (Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes, Australia, 19m, pictured)
Winner, Best Australian Short Film - Flickerfest 2010
English 70% / Cantonese 20% / Mandarin 5%
Kath has been looking for love in all the wrong places. In the middle of a less than successful blind date in Chinatown she overhears the soulful Cantonese singing of kitchen-hand Ah Gong. Kath is intrigued. An offbeat tale, part karaoke video, part cross-cultural comedy about love, personal reinvention and a startled pigeon.
The Cat Piano (Ari Gibson, Eddie White, Australia, 8m)
Winner, Best Animation Short Film - Flickerfest 2010
Animation: A city of singing cats is preyed upon by a shadowy figure intent on performing a twisted feline symphony. Narrated by Nick Cave.
GPS (Sam Bryant, Australia, 5m)
Winner, SBS TV Award - Flickerfest 2010
Thompson, a seven-year-old runt with a gift for direction, has one dream in life - to be the voice of a GPS navigator. However, he is devastated to learn that he has a debilitating lisp.