A still from Ave Maria (2015) a France / Germany / Palestine production nominated to an Oscar 2016 in the Shorts category.
A still from Ave Maria (2015) a France / Germany / Palestine production nominated to an Oscar 2016 in the Shorts category. Contributed

Academy-nominated films in Flickerfest opening

Flickerfest Byron Bay will be screening two shorts in its opening night's International Programme tonight that have been nominated to an Oscar 2016 for Best Live Action Short Film.

The films will be screening tonight at 8.30pm, following the opening pre-party at 7.30pm.

Ave Maria:

The nuns of the 'Sisters of Mercy' convent, in the middle of the West Bank wilderness, have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of Jewish settlers come knocking at their door for help after crashing into the convent's wall.

Director: Basil Khalil

Writer: Basil Khalil and Daniel Yanez Khalil

Producer: Eric Dupont and Eric Fantone

Runtime: 15 min

Year: 2015

Country: France / Germany / Palestine



Based on true events, Shok is set during the escalation of the Kosovan War when the country was occupied by Serbia.

The story follows two young Kosovan boys, Petrit and Oki, the best of friends.

Director: Jamie Donoughue

Writer: Jamie Donoughue

Producer: Harvey Ascott, Eshref Durmishi and Howard Dawson

Runtime: 21 min

Year: 2015

Country: Kosovo (first Kosovonian film to ever be nominated for an Oscar)


Saturday and Sunday

This Saturday, the Byron All Shorts finalists programme will give a regional insight to the quality of local productions and the emerging local filmmakers and story-tellers.

The free FlickerLab workshop will allow cinema buffs an opportunity to attend In Conversation With Wayne Blair.

Multi award-winning indigenous director and actor (and Flickerfest alumni) Wayne Blair will talk about his journey from short filmmaker to award-winning director.

Mr Blair's credits include the feature film The Sapphires (2012), TV drama Redfern Now, the upcoming feature film Septembers Of Shiraz (starring Adrian Brodie and Selma Hayek) and the upcoming six-part ABC series, Cleverman.

From tonight until Sunday at the Mullum Civic Hall, Mullumbimby. 

For full details or tickets visit http://iq.org.au/flickerfest-2016-byron-all-shorts/.