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Flickerfest Indoor Cinema, view of the screen and audience watching
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Time Out says

Catch provocative and wildly entertaining films in the 31st year of Bondi's famous short film festival

These short films have a long, long history. Now entering its fourth decade, Flickerfest showcases the best short films from at home and across the world, and plays an important role in global film culture by helping makers of short films reach an audience here in Australia and internationally. 

In January 2022, Flickerfest returns with a pop-up festival garden at North Bondi Park. Screenings will take place at the outdoor lawn cinema and inside the Famous Spiegeltent. There will also be a panoramic beachside bar serving delicious food and drinks where you can rub shoulders with the cinema stars of today and tomorrow under the stars, before or after your film session or at Flickerfest's glam opening and closing night red carpet party events.

Two hundred of the best films selected from more than 3,150 entries are set to inspire and entertain audiences across 29 dedicated festival sessions of roughly two hours each. Apart from Flickerfest's hotly contested competitions for Australian, International Shorts and short documentary, expect a showcase of youth filmmaking from across Australia (SAE FlickerUp); amazing LGBTQIA films (Rainbow Shorts); family-friendly films (FlickerKids); films about relationships (Love Bites); comedy (Short Laughs); and a Best Of European Union finalists screening.

Highlights this year include the world premiere of the quirky black space comedy ‘The Home Team’ starring comedy legend Paul McDermott and Tara Morice (Strictly Ballroom); the NSW premiere of the intimate sibling drama ‘You Me Before and After’ starring Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black) and Emily Barclay (Babyteeth); and the Australian premiere of a new short film, ‘Mask of the Evil Apparition’, by award-winning veteran Australian feature director Alex Proyas (Dark City, I Robot). 

As an Academy® Qualifying short film festival, the shorts in competition at Flickerfest are vying for prizes including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation, the Panasonic Award for Best Australian Short Film and the Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary. 

Flickerfest takes place January 21-30, 2022 and tickets are on sale here.  

Written by
Time Out editors


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