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People sitting at the Bondi Pavillion for outdoor screenings at Flickerfest.
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Catch some provocative and wildly entertaining short films at this leading short film festival by Bondi Beach

A new short film by the brilliiant Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster), titled 'Nimic', is among the highlights of the 29th Flickerfest.

Flickerfest is Australia’s leading short film festival and the only one in the country which has Academy accreditation and is BAFTA-recognised. The 2020 season kicks off in Sydney at Bondi Pavilion in January before going on tour to over 50 venues around Australia until May. Over 3,500 submissions from around the world have been whittled down to about 200 short films that will screen at Bondi Pavillion.  

Highlights of the Australian program include 'Chicken' by Papua New Guinean-Australian director and writer, Alana Hicks; the Australian premiere of 'The Diver' by Michael Leonard and Jamie Helmer, which had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival; 'Backpedal' by Dani Pearce, which has been selected for Sundance; and the world premiere of 'Closed Doors', written and directed by Hunter Page Lochard and Fred Carter Simpkin featuring an all-star indigenous cast.

As well as 'Nimic', internationally the program will feature 'White Echo', the third short film that American actress Chloë Sevigny has written and directed; 'The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady' by Portuguese director Gabriel Abrantes, which was highly commended this year at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes; French/American film 'Talk' starring William Baldwin; and actress Clemence Poesy’s 'The Tear’s Thing'.

The shorts in competition at Flickerfest will vie for prizes including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation, the Flickerfest Award for Best Australian Short Film and the Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary. A win in any of these categories qualifies the film for consideration for an Academy Awards nomination.

By: Tanna Nankivell



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