To celebrate the opening of Flickerfest, SBS is screening a selection of the prestigious short film event's most recent award-winners.
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SBS Film

17 Dec 2012 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 17 Dec 2012 - 12:00 AM

Nothing says summer like Flickerfest, the international short film festival held under the stars at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.

Now in its 22nd year, Flickerfest has grown from humble beginnings to secure a reputation as an international launching pad for homegrown talent.

Click here for a full preview of the 2012 Flickerfest Short Film festival, which includes some big news for local filmmakers looking to make waves internationally.

In the leadup to the January 11 opening of Flickerfest 2013, SBS is commemorating its lengthy association with the event, with a Flickerfest-themed episode of SOS. This special episode of SOS will feature award-winning Australian films from Flickerfest 2012.

SOS: Flickerfest special
SBS ONE Monday January 7, late (Encore screening)
ONLINE CATCH-UP - SEE BELOW

The full line-up is as follows:

THE PALACE (**NOT AVAILABLE FOR CATCH-UP)
(Anthony Maras, 17 min)

Winner: Best Australian Short Film

Cyprus 1974. A Cypriot family flees advancing Turkish forces and takes refuge in an abandoned Ottoman-era palace.

When a young Turkish Cypriot conscript comes face to face with the family in hiding, he is forced to confront the harsh reality of war and his role in it.

PEEKABOO
(Damien Power, 10 min)

Winner: Best Editing

On the train home from the Easter Show, an over-tired little girl is hyped-up by a stranger, who plays a game of peekaboo with her, until her mother begins to feel disturbed by the interest he's showing.

A short time later, the girl disappears in a carpark and her desperate mother searches. A glimpse of the man from the train fires her imagination, with devastating consequences...

COCKATOO (**WATCH BELOW)
(Matthew Jenkin, 11 min)

Winner: Best Achievement in Original Screenplay

To mark the six-month anniversary of his break-up with his ex-girlfriend, Michael decides to celebrate by ordering a girl from an agency, with whom to recreate the doomed relationship.

Sometimes it's best to let sleeping birds lie…

ELI THE INVINCIBLE (*WATCH BELOW)
(Miranda Nation, 14 min)

Winner: SBS TV Award

The story of Eli, a good kid who loves wresting, as he navigates the racial violence that surrounds him. When tensions escalate and threaten to boil over, Eli is forced to choose between brutality and betrayal.