The prestigious Flickerfest International Short Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and Festival Director of 24 years, Bronwyn Kidd, explained that she never imagined it would reach this milestone.
“You take on something, you put in a lot of energy and it grows. It’s just fantastic to see that Flickerfest has been around for 30 years. I’m thrilled that we have been such a strong platform for really celebrating so many filmmakers’ careers and for being able to give Australian audiences the opportunity to experience these really great independent and fresh short films which they would otherwise not get a chance to see.”
When asked why Flickerfest continues to be one of the most highly respected short film festivals which garners interest from all over the world Bronwyn was quick to answer, “I think we’re very focused and committed to great diversity on the program. We really are trying to reach out and share stories for all the community and are especially focused on the quality of our programming.”
With lockdowns all around the world owing to the COVI-19 pandemic it came as a surprise that filmmakers’ enthusiasm was maintained, since over 2,700 short films were submitted into the festival. “There have been some remarkable dramas come through, some great comedies, and a real diversity of stories that I’m thrilled to present. The hardest thing for us is always deciding what not to include. We screen 200 short films across 27 programs but it’s hard to make the final choices.”
This year the film festival will be presented in an outdoor cinema under the stars as well as in a Spiegeltent for the indoor cinema.
People attending need not be concerned about COVID-19 as all NSW Health guidelines including social distancing, hygiene practices, and cashless transactions will be followed at all screenings. “It’s very important to us that we present a safe event where people feel comfortable, but also an enjoyable event as well.” (MMo)
Jan 22 -31. Bondi Beach.Tickets & Info: www.flickerfest.com.au