Short films are an underrated category. They’re almost an audio-visual picnic, offering bite-sized bits of cinema - long enough to draw you in, but not so brief as to offer only a glimpse of a story not-quite-told. Plus, you can fit more of them into your time and taste test of a range of genres. It’s what makes Flickerfest, a congregation of Australian and international short films, an all-rounder if your taste in movies can be erratic.
With 100 films whittled down from 2300 entries, the selection is smart and sharp, not to mention full of thoughtful, funny, tragic and whimsical filmmaking. The Australian sessions are brimming with locally made movies, such as Dave’s Dead (a film about a eulogy to a friend) and A Cautionary Tale (an animated story about a girl born with a tail) voiced by Cate Blanchett, Barry Otto and David Wenham. The celebrity session throws up surprising situations for well-known names, but there’s far more in terms of strange and surprising films. Sessions are just over an hour and a half long, meaning that your ticket includes screenings of quite a nice number of shorts.
Holding the festival at Bondi Pavilion isn’t too shabby an idea too. There’s nothing wrong with the thought of emerging from the sea and sand before kicking back with a film. With an indoor theatre for the day and an outdoor for the salty warm nights, you’ll win in the summer stakes no matter what time of day it is.