Flickerfest has the best summer shorts

FLICKERFEST brings its 'Short Films - Licensed To Thrill' to the Northern Rivers for the 17th year.

Along with Byron All Shorts finalists, audiences will experience the best of short films from the Northern Rivers, Australia and around the world over three days at the A and I Hall, Bangalow.

More than 2400 entries were received for Flickerfest 2015, and only the top 110 shorts are selected in official competition.

Some of the films in this year's selection are:

 

Boogaloo and Graham

14min - Northern Ireland

Nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.

Director: Michael Lennox

In 1970s' Belfast, two young boys discover the facts of life aided by the help of their pet chickens.

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Oh Lucy

21:20min - Japan

Winner Flickerfest 2015 Best International Short Film Award.

Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Setsuko, a 55-year-old single 'office lady' in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her young unconventional English instructor. Lucy awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had. When the instructor suddenly disappears, Setsuko must come to terms with what remains - herself.

Official Selection Cannes 2014.

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The Chicken

15min - Germany

Director: Una Gunjak

As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken.

When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to.

While trying to bring back the missing chicken, Selma's mum becomes the target of a sniper shoot. It's Sarajevo, year running 1993.

A still from the German short The Chicken (2014).
A still from the German short The Chicken (2014).

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The Karmen Line

24min - UK

Director: Oscar Sharp

When a mother is hit by a rare condition that sees her lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate, her husband and daughter are forced to come to terms with losing her. Official Selection SXSW 2014

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Bush Mechanics

11:30min - Australia

Winner Flickerfest 2015 Best Australian Animation Award.

Director: Jonathan Daw

Bush Mechanics tells the story of four young Warlpiri men on a journey to visit a powerful elder living at a remote outstation.

As they drive across the red dirt roads of the central Australian desert they must overcome mechanical mishaps and the trickery of a mischievous Munga Munga spirit. It will take all of their bush ingenuity to keep their car running and themselves alive.

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Florence Has Left The Building

13min - Australia

Director: Mirrah Foulkes

It's the annual Christmas eve concert at the Marigold House Assisted Living Facility.

All her friends are dying and Florence wants out.

When the facility double books two rival Elvis impersonators Florence take the opportunity for one last hurrah. Starring a very unrecognizable Jacki Weaver.

Flickerfest Bangalow is presented by iQ Arts & Eco centre as a fundraiser for this local community facility. Info/prog/tickets: http://www.iQ.org.au

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Byron All Shorts

To be shown on Saturday, January 24, from 4.30pm.

The finalists are:

  • 1000 Letters Of Love - Corby Lee Beel
  • A Day In Vrindavan - Sacinandana Swami
  • A New Generation - Keita Ikawa
  • Astrogurl - Michelle Adams
  • Behind The Mask- Benny Zable - David Lowe and Kezia Geddes
  • Bound - Myriam Frank
  • Brodie Stanton - A Film Portrait - Jayden Morrison
  • Condom - Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric
  • Dingo Love - Debrah Novak
  • Gently Bently - David Lowe
  • Leave Me - Megan Donnelly
  • Mary Torrens and The Gods Of Wheat St - Jeanti St Clair
  • Memories of Sarajevo - Karena Wyn-Moylan
  • Speak To Me - Duncan James
  • Teagan - Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric, Teagan Thisby Young, Tim Brown
  • The Ab-Sorbtion Method - Penny Evans
  • Welcome To Country - Susie Forster
  • Lucy Love - Lucy Fisher
  • XOXO 2480 - Dee Dee Chenille - Rachel Scollay

The awards will be presented on Sunday night. prior to the Best of Australian Shorts programme.

For tickets and details visit the Island Quarry website.

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