Flickerfest 2023 Programme

L-R: 'Six Of One', 'The Fritz'
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

Flickerfest will present a ten-day festival of shorts at the newly revamped Bondi Pavilion in January 2023.

The 2023 event will be a celebration of Flickerfest’s 32nd year – 32 years of showcasing some of the very best short film from Australia and around the world, from live action to documentary and animation.

This year there will be an offering of 114 inspiring, creative, and beautifully-crafted shorts in the Academy-qualifying competitions. . . Handpicked from more than 3,200 entries. There are 64 Australian films selected for the Best Of Australian Competition, 37 international films in the Best Of International Competition and 13 documentaries across the Best Of Documentary Competition. A further 80 films will also feature across Flickerfest showcase sessions.

The Academy-qualifying competitions include 38 world premieres, 82 Australian premieres, and 10 New South Wales premieres.

Short film showcases such as Flickerkids, Short Laughs, Love Bites, and Best Of Indigenous Shorts will all return, as will SAE FlickerUp National School Student And Youth competition and the Rainbow Shorts competition featuring some of the best LGBTQIA+ films from home and around the world.

The Overthrow Flickerfest 2023
'The Overthrow'

Highlights for the 2023 Flickerfest Australian programme include ‘Six Of One’ starring Isobel Lucas, ‘Waves’ starring Susie Porter, ‘The Fritz’ starring Trevor Jamieson, ‘Too Many Ethnics’ from award-winning writer Vonne Patiag, Phoebe Wolfe’s directorial/writing debut ‘The Overthrow’, and ‘White Lies’ by Flickerfest alumni Greg Moran.

Flickerfest will also present the world premiere of ‘Lean’ starring Nicholas Hope and Harry Greenwood, and the Australian premiere of the prestigious Iris prize winner ’Tarneit’.

Meanwhile, highlights of the International programme – all of which celebrating their Australian premieres – include ‘Man To Man’ from UK Director Sheroze Khan, ‘Spinning’ from Sam Spruell, powerful drama ‘IVALU’ from Denmark’s award-winning Kim Magnusson and Anders Walter, and ‘It Is Quiet Here’, from Ukrainian Direcotrs Novruz Hikmet and Olena Podolianko.

“Over the past 32 years Flickerfest has been honoured to be the platform for so many incredible filmmakers to share their films with audiences and for our audiences to discover and be delighted with these amazing short films and their most talented makers,” Festival Director of 27 years, Bronwyn Kidd says.

Lean Flickerfest 2023

“We are thrilled that Flickerfest can continue to shine a light in the darkness and bring audiences and storytellers together through our festival of insightful, uplifting, joyous and creative short films from at home and across the world. I can't wait to share our 2023 celebration of cinema on the big screen back at our long term home The Bondi Pavilion next January.”

Flickerfest will take over Bondi Pavilion before hitting the road for its Australian tour from February-October 2023.

Flickerfest 2023 is on at Bondi Pavilion (Sydney) from 20-29 January.

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