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3 September, 2021

The best short film festival is back

CELEBRATING its 30th year in 2021 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, ensuring that they continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s 2,700 entries!

By Peter McCullagh

Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival, returning to the Cairns Botanic Gardens over two Friday evenings in September; Friday September 10 showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts programme and Friday September 17 showcasing the Short Laughs Comedy programme in partnership with Starry Nights Cinema.

The programmes present a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films fresh from competition at Flickerfest Bondi in January giving local Cairns Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts include the fabulous Roborovski, which won the Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian Animation at Flickerfest 2021 by actors Tilda Cobham-Hervey (I Am Women) and Dev Patel (Lion, Hotel Mumbai) who step behind the camera to direct this animated short about an adorable miniature hamster seeking revenge, penned by Oscar nominated writer John Collee (Happy Feet Master and Commander).

From talented emerging indigenous filmmaker Jahvis Loveday, whose family are of the Djiru people of Mission Beach, comes the moving short Bama.

The film’s title is inspired by the BAMA people which means “Rainforest Mob, or Community” in Far North QLD. Whilst currently residing in Northern NSW where the film was shot, Jahvis has many cultural and family connections in Cairns and surrounds and returns yearly to visit his dad and extended family. In May and June this year he filmed a video series ‘Something Deadly’ around the Bloomfield River/Daintree rainforest and down to Djiru country and the islands off the coast. Bama was awarded the Jury Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award earlier this year as part of Flickerfest’s Byron All Shorts.

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