Dec 19, 2011 12:00AM

Flickerfest 2012

Short films by the sea.

In its 21st year of life, Flickerfest 2012 brings the best short films from Australia and around the world to Bondi Beach for ten days in January, before heading off on a nationwide tour. As Australia's first outdoor (and beachside) cinema, Flickerfest is entirely unique in bringing innovation and creativity to the forefront of short film competitions, all under the badge of BAFTA and Academy recognition. With sparkling Bondi Beach as a backdrop, you've got the perfect opportunity to swallow a dose of culture whilst abosorbing some (much needed) vitamin D.

Festival director Bronwyn Kidd received a record number of 2200 from 81 different countries entries this year, and had the painstaking job of selecting just 108 for screening. Competition categories for 2012 include International and Australian short films and short documentaries; GreenFlicks, a program of eco-friendly themed films; as well as FlickerUp, a competition open to primary and high-school student filmmakers across Australia. For those less focused on the competitive side of the festival, there are showcases screening out of competition including FlickerKids specially curated for a younger audience, comedy and horror shorts, and a whacky animation program.

The festival will also see the world premier of Matthew Moore's short film Julian, which was screened to a star-studded audience at the launch party on December 6 at Bondi's Icebergs.

A renowned step-up for exciting up and comers in the international film industry, Flickerfest has provided ample opportunity for directors and actors to be gently pushed in the right direction. Award winning directors David Michod (Animal Kingdom), Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) and Claire McCarthy (Waiting City) are all at least partially indebted to previous years' Flickerfests for their successes.

January 6 will see Australia's film industry leaders and celebrities gather for the opening night of the festival ahead of ten days of . The festival will close January 15, amidst winner announcements, awards and celebrations before touring nationally until May next year. Tickets for all sessions (including the Awards night, closing ceremony and after party!) are on sale now, so be quick! Head to the Flickerfest website for more information.

Tour dates:

Byron Bay, January 20-22, at A&I Hall Bangalow

Adelaide, February 3-4, at Mercury Cinema

Avoca Beach, February 3-4, at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

Brisbane, February 9-11, at The Judith Wright Centre of Contempory Arts

Karratha, February 10-11, at Walkington Theatre

Dungog, February 11, at Dungog Cinema

Narrabri, February 11, at Crossing Theater

Gunnedah, February 12, at The Civic

Melbourne, February 16, at Kino Cinemas

Crescent Head, February 16, at Crescent Head Public School Auditorium

Mclaren Vale, February 17-18, at Black Cockatoo Arthouse

Sawtell, February 17-18, at First Avenue Cinema

Nambour, February 17, at Nambour Civic Center

Kempsey, February 17-18, at Oddfellows Hall

Noosa, February 18, at Noosa Junction - The J

Townsville, February 24-25, at DanceNorth

Perth, March 1-4, at Camelot Outdoor Cinema

Kalannie, March 2, at Kalannie Oval

Bathurst, March 3, at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Alice Springs, March 8-10, at Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Broome, March 9-10, at Sun Picture Theatre

Katherine, March 10, at Katherine Cinema 3

Margaret River, March 10-11, at Cape Mentelle Winery

Barraba, March 11, at The Playhouse Hotel Cinema

Hobart, March 15-16, at The State Cinema

Esperence, March 16, at Esperence Community Arts

Narrogin, March 16-17, at Thornton Theatre

Eden, March 16, at Eden Marine High School Auditorium

Cygnet, March 16-17, at Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room

Wyalkatchem, March 17, at Wyalkatchem Town Hall

Canowindra, March 24, at Rosnay Vineyards

Canberra, March 24-25, at Dendy Cinema

Young, March 31, at Southern Cross Cinema

Albany, April 1, at Wignalls Winery

Gerringong, May 4-5, at Gerringong Town Hall

Darwin, May 4, at Deckchair Cinema

Cairns Trinity Beach, May 12, at Coastwatcher Park

flickerfest.com.au

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