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Flickerfest, Australia’s most respected short film festival celebrates its 31st birthday in 2022 kicking off the summer cinema season in an enchanting pop-up festival garden under the stars and under the big top, parkside at Bondi Beach from the 21st January.

This not to be missed ten-day event will showcase some of the worlds best short films from Australia and the world on the big screen. Bringing them to the relaxed and iconic environment of Bondi Beach this summer in partnership with Waverley Council, in a bespoke festival garden complete with outdoor lawn cinema, The Famous Spiegeltent indoor cinema and a panoramic beachside bar.

Alongside the best of short films from Australia and the world in competition, audiences will also be delighted with a celebration of youth filmmaking from across Australia (SAE FlickerUp) amazing LBTQI films in competition at home and across the world (Rainbow Shorts) and special showcases of kids and family-friendly films (FlickerKids), films about relationships (Love Bites), hilarious comedy films (Short Laughs) and a Best Of European Union finalists screening.  Flickerfest is celebrating LGBTQI+ stories from around the world in our 5th year of Rainbow Shorts, curated by award-winning queer filmmaker Craig Boreham

This year, Flickerfest has handpicked 200 of the most inspiring short films from a massive pool of over 3,150 entries, to move, inspire and entertain this year’s audiences with the very best short films Australia and the world has to offer, across 29 dedicated festival programmes.

Following the festival in Sydney, Flickerfest will share the short film love on tour to over 45 venues across Australia between February and October 2022.

Flickerfest is Australia’s largest short film competition and the only one with Academy® accreditation and BAFTA recognition ensuring all of the selected films are entertaining, inspiring and highly creative cinema gems.

The shorts in competition at Flickerfest are vying fiercely for a number of prestigious prizes including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross Award for Best International Animation, the Panasonic Lumix for Best Australian Short Film and the Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary – all of which are Academy® Qualifying.

Join Flickerfest this summer for the most fabulous, not to be missed beachside cinema, hitting Bondi from the 21st – 30th January 2022.

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