ANIMATED ACTION: A still from Condom.
ANIMATED ACTION: A still from Condom. Contributed

Animated awkward chat wins film festival

HOW do you explain to your four-year old son what a condom is for?

Mullumbimby's Sheldon Lieberman faced that same dilemma a couple of years ago, after his son found one in the street.

The result of that very awkward conversation about sex, condoms, and the subsequent 'debriefing' between Mr Lieberman and wife Olivia is the basis of Condom.

The film was the winner of the Byron All Shorts Competition 2015, held as part of the local version of the Flickerfest National Tour.

As a designer and animator, Mr Lieberman was astute enough to record the conversation with his son Spike.

"I then sent the sound of my chat to Spike and to Olivia to my animator Igor Coric, who used to live in the Northern Rivers and now went back to Serbia, and since he knew our family so well, his animation work was superb," Mr Lieberman said.

The artist publishes online a monthly animation of his chats to Spike called Spike and Dadda (

"We choose one of those animations every year and we submit them to film festivals. We sometimes win awards for Best Animation but this is the first time we won for Best Film," he said.

The People's Choice Award at All Byron Shorts went to Mullumbimby artist Duncan James for Talk to Me.

Emotionally burdened by the tragic loss of his partner and son, small town resident and bookstore owner William lives a lonely existence. During a lunch break he stumbles across what he believes could be a way to help conquer his crippling emotions and feelings of isolation.

Filmed in Mullumbimby, Myocum and Main Arm, Talk To Me was meant to be a comedy, but the original idea them changed into a drama that resonated with the audience.

"This is my second film at All Byron Shorts, last year we were also selected as finalists," explained Mr James. Flickerfest was held at the Bangalow A&I Hall over the long weekend.

Cotton Balls - Sheldon Lieberman: One of Sheldon Lieberman's animations, Cotton Balls, that Sheldon created as Spike and Dadda