MURDER MYSTERY: A still from the film In a Canefield by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper.
MURDER MYSTERY: A still from the film In a Canefield by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper.

16 local shorts on screen

FLICKERFEST returns to the Northern Rivers later this month for its 19th year screening a smorgasbord of the best short films from the Nortehrn Rivers, Australia and the world in a cinema-packed short film weekend in Mullumbimby.

The 16 finalists at the Byron All Shorts 2017 selection are:

  • Dont Spoil Us / 1m 23s (Byron Bay)

A promotional campaign for Byron Shire, produced and directed by Jonatan Lundmark (RYEP Passion Project).

  • Our Land / 5m 6s (Mullumbimby)

A film celebrating the lives of young Australians in a world full of negativity.

This film tackles the generational discrimination that occurs; to show the beauty of the next generation.

Written, directed and produced by Kaitlyn McMurtry (Hanson Productions).

  • The Fine Art Of Being Zion / 4m (Ocean Shores)

One man's unexpected talent surpasses all his mother's expectations.

Written, directed and produiced by Susie Forster (Byron Bay Multimedia).

  • Got Your Marbles / 21m22s / 2016 (Brunswick Heads)

Magic happens at a retro event where anyone could be a winner.

The Australian marbles championship happens once a year at the Old & Gold, Simple Pleasures Festival in Brunswick Heads.

This heart-warming documentary follows the story of some unlikely local heroes as they knuckle down to compete.

Writtend and directed by Irene Fuez.

  • Quack / 4m 40s (Lennox Head)

A young man heads out for his weekend sport of duck hunting when his world collides with an innocent nature lover.

Written, directed and produced by Nicole Sullivan.

  • In A Cane Field / 16m 59s (Byron Bay)

In a beachside tourist town, the body of a fifteen-year-old girl is found in a cane field.

Her murder is a mystery that envelops the community as those close to the girl grapple with death, in all its senselessness.

Based on the short story The Serrambi Case by Brazilian author, Frances de Pontes Peebles.

Written and directed by: Emily Avila. Produced by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper (Cosmia Films).

  • The Ghost In The Machine / 3m (Bangalow)

In an act of surrender in the search for liberation, artist Jeremy Hawkes unleashes the ghost within.

Written, directed and produced by Sophie Hexter and Poppy Walker (H.W. Collective).

  • Monkey Monkey Shake Shake / 7m 55s (Main Arm)

A documentary about a new musical dance sensation, Monkey Monkey Shake Shake!

Directed by Sheldon Lieberman.

  • Rise Up / 4m 5s (Mullumbimby)

A documentary about Seaside Scavenge with marine conservationist Alice Forrest.

Written, directed and produced by Grace Yeshe Holt.

  • Lift Me Up / 7m 19s (Myocum)

Mullumbimby musician Chris Mallory of Two Lions shares his passions, dreams and musical endeavours within the broader community.

Written, directed and produced by Duncan James.

  • The Word: Love Looks Like - Abe Nouk / 6m41s / 2016 (Suffolk Park and Coorabell)

Over the past decade, spoken word slam poetry has exploded across Australia.

This film is part of a series that follows a new generation of poets and the inspiration behind their work.

Written and directed by Darius Devas and Timothy Parish, produced by Adam Farrington-Williams.

  • Hazy Perspective / 6m 4s (Byron Bay)

RDT's - A road safety campaign or cultural war?

Do the current charges and penalties fit the crime?

One side of the story will determine that to be the case, but are we about to see the laws change?

Written by Darren Sharman, directed by Nathan Tommasi, produced by Alastair Vann (SAE Byron) (Visual Sub Culture).

  • Hitch / 10m 38s (Bangalow)

A young, deaf boy wanders alone, through a remote Australian landscape.

A mysterious man pulls up in a ute, to offer him a ride.

Equal parts suspense and coming-of-age, Hitch explores loss and acceptance in a silent world, where nothing is as it appears to be.

Written, directed and produced by Sophie Hexter and Poppy Walker (H.W. Collective).

  • The Winsome / 7m 23s (Lismore)

A look at Lismore's iconic pub The Winsome, that has been turned into a soup kitchen and homeless shelter.

Written, directed and produced by Chris McGuiness.

  • Gomeroi Voices / 8m 51s (The Channon)

The proposed Shenhua coal mine in the Liverpool Plains of NSW Australia threatens ancient Aboriginal heritage. Find out what's at stake...

Written, directed and produced by David Lowe amd Eve Jeffery (Cloudcatcher Media).

  • Uber / 4m 42s (Main Arm)

Sheldon, Sam, Pat and Aunty Rae discuss the merits of Uber services...

Directed by Sheldon Lieberman and Igor Coric, produced by Stephanie Walsh (Bigfish).

Other sessions

Flickerfest Mullumbimby will screen an entertaining, inspiring and award-winning list of 30 Flickerfest short film highlights many of which are World or Australian premieres, handpicked from 2400 entries.

Highlights of Flickerfest 2017 include:

  • Opening Night Party: Friday, January 27, 7.30pm
  • Best Of International Shorts, session 1: Friday, January 27, 8.30pm

Highlights include: the moving and insightful Nocturne In Black from Lebanon and the heart-warming Timecode from Spain, plus The Head Vanishes, a beautifully crafted and poignant French Canadian animation.

All three films are shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Awards.

  • Best Of Australian Shorts: Saturday, January 28, 8.30pm, after Byron All Shorts.

Highlights include Messiah by Damian Walshe-Howling, featuring David Gulpilil and set in the Australian wilderness. Also screening is the fun short The Spice Sisters, starring local comedian Sandy (Gandhi) Arunha.

  • Short Laughs Comedy: Sunday, January 29, from 8.30pm.

Highlights include the hilarious 5 Films About Technology from Canada, an anthology short that takes a darkly comic look at the absurd realities of how modern technology affects our daily lives.

Facon from Australia is a funny and quirky insight into our modern diet.

Oddball comedy Twinsburg from the USA shines the spotlight on a Midwestern town founded by identical brothers where thousands convene for the world's largest gathering of twins.

Flickerfest Mullum is presented by iQ Arts & Eco centre as a fundraiser for this local community facility.

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