Run Out of Sharpies? Try Flickerfest.

Film is the lens through which humanity’s greatest flaws and virtues are made aesthetically manifest. A subjective rendition of a story the nature of which renders the mental illnesses that simmer behind a subjective reality objectively perceivable.

There is no other medium that so exquisitely visually captures the complexities, potentialities and shortcomings of the human mind.

Except maybe drawing a dick and balls on someone’s forehead when they’re passed out.

But that gets old.

Enter: Flickerfest.

Over 10 thrilling days, Flickerfest, a beloved Sydney summer institution will once again delight audiences with the very best in short films from Australia and around the world, screened under the stars at the iconic Bondi Pavilion in January.

A record 3,500 entries from over 100 countries have been received for Flickerfest 2020; a testimony to the fact that Flickerfest is one of the world’s leading and most respected platforms for short film. From this large entry field only around 200 of the very best most creative and inspiring shorts will be screened at the Festival across 17 competitive programmes and four showcase programmes all guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and gasp with delight.

The Australian program includes some brilliant entries for 2020 with key highlights including the Australian premiere of Chicken by Papua New Guinean-Australian director and writer, Alana Hicks. The Australian Premiere of The Diver a film by Michael Leonard and Jamie Helmer which had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival, Backpedal by Dani Pearce which has been selected for Sundance and the world premiere of Closed Doors written and directed by Hunter Page Lochard and Fred Carter Simpkin featuring an all-star indigenous cast including award winning actor and director Wayne Blair.

The International program will feature the Australian premiere of all of the following films, fresh from Cannes in competition, White Echo, the third short film project which American actress Chloë Sevigny, has written and directed, The Marvelous Misadventures Of the Stone Lady by Portuguese director Gabriel Abrantes which was highly commended this year at Cannes Directors Fortnight, French/American film Talk starring William Baldwin, award winning actress Clemence Poesy’s (Harry Potter, Gossip Girls) The Tear’s Thing and a special EU showcase screening of the new short film Nimic by Oscar nominated Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster).

For the ultimate experience come to the screenings with a dick and balls pre-drawn on your forehead, and watch the philistines baulk.

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