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Pugs Before Drugs
Photograph: Supplied/Flickerfest Pugs Before Drugs

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Watch the best new Melbourne short films as Flickerfest returns to Palace Kino

We don't think of a night at the movies in quite the same way anymore. The opportunity to see the best work by new and upcoming filmmakers, and to connect with them in person, is more appealing than it's ever been – which is exactly the experience that Flickerfest offers.

For one night only (Wed Apr 14, 7pm), the 30-year-old short film festival based on Sydney's Bondi Beach comes to Melbourne with a session of ten short films by Melbourne filmmakers. Flickerfest curates a top-notch program, picking only the best from 2,700 submissions this year, and the Best of Melbourne Shorts Programme gives audiences the first look at the hottest short films made in their hometown.

Ranging from three to 16 minutes in length, the films are half by female-identifying directors, half male. Subjects include a clever cattle dog trying to disrupt a date ('Dog Date Afternoon'), two exes struggling to become friends ('Hannah and the Friend Zone'), a young mother's determination to ditch fancy home appliances ('Objects of My Disaffection'), a family heirloom that contains haunting secrets ('The Familiars'), a grandma obsessed with her demented pug ('Pugs Before Drugs') and a hilarious kids' take on the Covid lockdown ('Straight Outta Covid'). 

Your $25 ticket includes either a Gage Roads beer, Rosnay organic wine or Parkers organic drink, plus popcorn on arrival. You'll also get to hear from the filmmakers ahead of the screening.

A highlight of Flickerfest every year is the Flickerfest trailer, which always riffs on a famous movie or star. This year they're spoofing Moulin Rouge – check it out below.

Tickets are on sale now.


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