Flickerfest

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People sitting at the Bondi Pavillion for outdoor screenings at Flickerfest.
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Catch provocative and wildly entertaining films in the 30th year of Bondi's famous short film festival

These short films have a long, long history. Flickerfest has now been in existence for three decades, showcasing the best short films made internationally and playing an important role in global film culture by helping makers of short films reach an international audience.

In 2021, Flickerfest will celebrate by holding its screenings in the fancy surrounds of the Famous Spiegeltent, and a glam outdoor cinema under the stars in the Flickerfest festival garden on Bondi Beach near the pavilion where Flickerfest has always been based.  

Two hundred films have been handpicked from 2,700 submissions and they'll compete for prizes including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation, the Panasonic Lumix Award for Best Australian Short Film and the Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary. Winners in all of these categories will qualify for the Academy Awards and could well go on to win an Oscar. 

Films will screen in two-hour sessions across a range of Australian and International Academy-qualifying competitions and special showcases such as LBTQI films (Rainbow Shorts), kids and family-friendly films (FlickerKids), films about relationships (Love Bites) and comedy (Short Laughs). Highlights include the Australian premiere of the sibling drama ‘Furlough’ by actress turned writer/director Phoebe Tonkin; ‘David’ starring comedy US legend Will Ferrell; and animation ‘Roborovski’, which is a first turn behind the camera for acclaimed actors Dev Patel and Tilda Cobham Hervey.

Flickerfest takes place January 22-31, 2021. Tickets are on sale now, and check out this year's Flickerfest trailer, a fun tribute to to yet another iconic film – this year it's Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, with a loved-up Satine and Christian descending on Bondi Beach in a nod to Flickerfest's glam new 2021 venue, the Famous Spiegeltent.

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