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FLICKERFEST 2019 The big short

Celebrating its 28th year in 2019, Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy Accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, presenting the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s 2,700 entries. Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour back to Perth at the Camelot Outdoor Cinema this week from Thursday, February 28 to Saturday, March 2 with a different special selection of screenings each night:

Thursday, February 28, 8.00pm – Best Of Australian Shorts
Friday, March 1, 8.00pm – EU Short Film Showcase
Saturday, March 2, 8.00pm – Short Laughs Comedy

On Thursday, February 28, highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include All These Creatures, the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018, and fantastical animation Della Mortika: Carousel Of Shame winner of the Yoram Gross Best Australian Animation award at Flickerfest 2019.

Flickerfest also has an impressive line up of seven diverse and wonderful WA films across their Best of Australian Shorts and Short Laughs comedy programs. There’s Bondi Yulubidyi – Until the End which tells the story of a young Aboriginal man who helps his disabled brother escape from their abusive life in a remote Australian Aboriginal community.

Take tea with a seemingly perfect cast of characters, and throughout the course of the party watch the cracks appear in their lives with Amelia Saunders’ Perth shot film No Sincerer Love.

Aussie favourite Jack Thompson takes the lead role in the haunting Home – an adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1894 one-act play INTÉRIEUR. Director Peter Gurbiel calls Perth his hometown, and calls forth a masterful performance from Thompson as two men struggle with delivering terrible news to an innocent family.

Roam outback Australia in the extraordinary Judas Collar as it tells the heart-wrenching story of a wild camel. Filmed in Western Australia, in particularly Cue, Sandstone, Mt Magnet and Paynes Find Roadhouse and directed by Perth native Alison James.

A catered Opening Night Pre-Screening Party precedes the Best of Australian programme, where you can meet the filmmakers over a glass of wine and a nibble.

On Friday, March 1, the EU Short Film Showcase features a selection of film gems from across the European Union. Highlights include Untravel, the Academy Award short-listed stop animation from Serbia and Slovakia and two Flickerfest 2019 award winning shorts, Between The Shadows from Portugal, which took out the SAE Qantm Award for Best Use of Digital Technology In A Short Film, and Best Game Ever from Academy Award winning director Kristóf Deák from Hungary.

On Saturday, March 2 the Short Laughs Comedy program offers a smorgasbord of hilarious tales including Oscar nominated Canadian animation Animal Behaviour, where five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. How It Feels To Be Hungover features a man waking up at a clinic specialized in malignant hangovers, a prescription of ice cream, action comedies and intriguing news.

Fans of Terry Pratchett can enjoy a film 16 years in the making, highlighting the adventures of the aged barbarian Cohen. Troll Bridge is the work of writer/director Daniel Knight who grew up in Perth, and began his career directing Discworld stage plays for Blak Yak Theatre. The film is a sophisticated mix of live action and animation, and brings to life the humour and charm of the much-loved Discworld series of books.

Chronicling a mother/daughter relationship entirely through their phone calls with each other, Calling is a laugh out loud modern comedy written and directed by Fremantle born and raised Miley Tunnecliffe  (Winner of Flickerfest’s Rebel8 Award of Outstanding Emerging Female Director).

Advice can com from some mighty strange places. Sammy The Salmon is a hilarious LGBTQI comedy short from Perth filmmaker Jake Shannon, which tells the story of a man who is unable to pluck up the courage to come-out to his girlfriend and finds a friend and mentor in Sammy, a talking salmon who offers to get his love life back on track.

It’s all part of the colourful, diverse and action packed program of Flickerfest 2019, offering fun, insight and adventure for film lovers of all kinds.

Flickerfest brings its its National Tour back to the Camelot Outdoor Cinema from Thursday, February 28 to Saturday, March 2. Tickets are on sale now.

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