Flickerfest is back in Bondi with an array of Australian and international short films. The festival has been running for 27 years and is the country’s largest and only Academy-accredited and BAFTA-recognised short-film festival. It will run for 10 days before heading on a national tour.

Opening night (January 12) features two films that have been nominated for the 90th Academy Award for documentary short subject: Laura Checkoway’s Edith+Eddie and Mari Bakke Riise’s Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets.

"Australia's a great country of storytellers. The list of films on show has been narrowed down from over 2500 to 110,” Flickerfest director of 20 years Bronwyn Kidd tells Broadsheet. “We're seeing the best of the best.”

Fiona Godriver’s Across My Land is another highlight. It’s set in Arizona where an American father and son hunt down immigrants on the Mexican border. Shorts starring Idris Elba (Five by Five) and Rose Byrne (Martha the Monster) will screen later in the week.

The films will be judged by a panel of 12, and winners will be announced on the closing night (January 21).

“[Short films are] so contemporary. 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,” says Kidd.

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Former alumni of the festival have gone on to forge paths in Hollywood. Former Flickerfest winner David Michôd (Netherland Dwarf 2009) directed Animal Kingdom, which at the 2011 Academy Awards received 36 awards and 29 nominations, including for Jacki Weaver, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

The festival returns to Bondi on January 12 and runs until January 21.

Watch the trailer for this year's festival here

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