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With the theme ‘Great Short Film Never Dies’, Flickerfest is celebrating 30 years and heading home to Mullumbimby.

Fresh from its 10 day Bondi event late January, Flickerfest, Australia’s largest short film festival returns to Mullumbimby – Australia’s biggest little town – Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 February.

Flickerfest is in the first leg of its 2021 national tour, screening a smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films including Academy® nominees, much loved festival award winners and exciting local talent.

The Flickerfest 2021 program was selected from 2,700 entries, from 100 countries, giving Northern Rivers’ audiences a first look at the hottest short films in the world over three big cinema-packed days at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films on the big screen before they continue their festival journey around the world.

The Flickerfest Mullumbimby program includes an amazing collection of award winners from Flickerfest Bondi, screening across Best Of International Shorts and Best Of Australian Shorts, direct from competition; and Short Laughs Comedy – a cracking selection of clever comedy shorts from around the world.

Flickerfest opens with a bang on Thursday 18 February with a pre-screening party, followed by the Best Of International Shorts program; a selection of film gems from their Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised competition in Bondi.

Highlights include the Australian premieres of the hilarious French animation Normal, winner of Best Animation at Flickerfest Bondi, the heart warming and incredibly soulful Frankie Jean And The Morning Star from New Zealand, and David starring legendary comedy actor Will Ferrell, directed by actor Zachary Woods (The Office), who said he ‘wanted to make a movie about people who are funny and sad and trying their best – which, in my limited experience, is most people’.

On Friday, Flickerfest celebrates a diverse range of stories from across Australia that honour our unique identity and culture with the Best Of Australian Shorts program, selected from seven programs in their Academy® Qualifying Australian competition in Bondi.

On Saturday Byron All Shorts returns for its 16th year presenting the Best Of Northern Rivers Shorts; encouraging audiences to experience the many amazing films and local stories that are produced on a range themes in the region each year. Fourteen incredible local short films will screen across this 105-minute program. Highlights include a celebration of the culture of women surfers in Lennox Heads, with Changing Tides (wri/dir Mia Schirmer), teenage empowerment in Get Out Of Your Head (wri/dir Rose Eadie), unique female-driven environmental activism Raw Action, (prd Iris Ray-Nunn and dir Trevor Avedissian) and an intimate film about  a young aboriginal boy’s connection to culture and family with Bama (wri/dir Jahvis Loveday).

Saturday’s program continues with an evening of clever comedy from Australia and across the world with the Short Laughs Comedy program.

Celebrating a personal milestone of 24 years as Flickerfest’s festival director in 2021, and 30 years of Flickerfest all up, Bronwyn Kidd says Flickerfest is thrilled to be a platform for supporting and celebrating so many female driven stories this year. ‘I’m also super excited to be bringing Flickerfest home to Mullumbimby where I live. The films we are presenting are soulful, insightful, moving and funny, and I think they will really resonate with our local audiences. Our Mullumbimby Flickerfest weekend is for people of all ages who love cinema and great stories, and I can’t wait to share this year’s Flickerfest gems!’

Mullum Flickerfest and Byron All Shorts is a fund-raiser for iQ Inc.

For the full Flickerfest Mullumbimby Award Winning Tour Program and complete list of Byron All Shorts finalists visit www.iQ.org.au.

Flickerfest Mullumbimby is a COVID Safe event with reduced capacity in 2021.

Online booking is recommended – limited tix available at the door, if not sold out prior.

All sessions approx 110 mins.(Classification: under 15yrs must be w/Adult).


Program times and prices:

Thu 18 Feb: 7pm opening party | 8pm Best Of International Shorts, $25/22con

Fri 19 Jan: 7pm doors open | 8pm Best Of Australian Shorts, $16/14con

Sat 20 Feb: 3pm doors open | 4pm Byron All Shorts, $14/12con

Sat 20 Feb: 7pm doors open | 8pm Shorts Laughs Comedy, $16/14con

Season Pass: $55/$45con



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