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Watch The World’s Best at Flickerfest

By Angira Bharadwaj on December 29, 2017 in News

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Watching the world’s best short films under the stars at Bondi Beach sounds like the perfect way to kick-off the new year.
Eastern Suburbs residents will have access to the world’s most recognised short films this January, as the 27th official Flickerfest comes back home to Bondi Pavilion.
“After 27 years, I’m proud that Flickerfest continues to be a platform for the best of Australia’s, and the world’s, most talented filmmakers,” Festival Director Bronwyn Kidd told The Beast.
“I’m very much looking forward to showcasing another year of brilliant short films to eager audiences, not just in Sydney but in over 50 venues across Australia on our national tour.”
The Academy accredited and BAFTA-recognised festival has recently closed entries and the full program was announced on December 12.
Some of the world’s leading talent will be on display at the Bondi Pavilion from January 12-21.
The media got an early taste of the festival’s 2018 offering at the trailer launch, which was held at the Bondi Icebergs on Monday, December 4.
The event was a star-studded affair with Alyssa McClelland, Josh Lawson, Anna Bamford, and Emma Lung in attendance.
“I think it’s a really iconic festival for Australia,” local actor Anna Bamford told The Beast.
“It’s a really great chance for filmmakers to make something and for their films to be seen and their messages to be heard.
“I love Flickerfest, I’ve been for the last couple of years and I always love it.”
The launch also screened new Australian film, FYSH, which was selected for official competition at Flickerfest this year.
Over 2,000 hopefuls have entered the festival across its four main categories, and short films from around the globe will have a chance to be screened alongside films made in Australia or by Australian residents.
National and international productions will also get their moment in the spotlight, while students and filmmakers under 18 can participate in the ‘FlickerUp’ category.
Movie-lovers can also enjoy a drink with a spectacular view of the beach at the festival’s bar, which will be open every day during the screening periods.
The festival’s run last year saw it bring together 22 world premieres and 9 Australian premieres.