From humble roots in a Sydney high school, Flickerfest has grown into Australia's only Academy accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival.

After a 10-day festival in Sydney earlier this year, Flickerfest, now in its 27th year, is touring the country with a truncated program of short films. It hits Adelaide this weekend with two sessions – the Best of International Shorts and the Best of Australian Shorts – at the Mercury Cinema.

Highlights include the Academy Award-nominated German film Watu Wote (All of Us); and Canadian comedy An Imagined Conversation: Kanye West & Stephen Hawking, in which Stephen Hawking and Kanye West discuss dance moves, Drake and divination over a picnic at the beach.

On the home front there’s the dramatic and inspiring Miro, an Indigenous Australian western starring Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin, The Gods of Wheat Street); the quirky animation Martha the Monster, with the voices of Rose Byrne and her husband Bobby Cannavale; and an animation from Adelaide writer-director Michael Cusack, After All, which was awarded Best Australian Short Animation and Best Screenplay in an Australian Short Film at the Flickerfest Awards in Bondi in January. Award-winning Adelaide short Smashed from director Sean Lahiff, will also screen.

“[Short films are] so contemporary,” Flickerfest director of 20 years Bronwyn Kidd told Broadsheet earlier this year. “A feature can take seven years from start to finish, [for] a short you can grab a camera and in two weeks you make a statement.”

Flickerfest 2018 – Best of International Shorts, Best of Australian Shorts is at Mercury Cinema on Saturday April 7 from 6pm. Tickets are $15 ($25 for both sessions) and include drinks in between sessions.

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