Enduring interest in brief flicks
of the best Australian short films of the past 12 months will screen in Surfers Paradise on Saturday at the inaugural SIPfest. Staged in Neal Shannon Park, the groovy, after-dark short film event features top-shelf mini-movies that have already wowed audiences at Tropfest, the Sydney Film Festival, Flickerfest and the Queensland New Filmmakers Awards. ‘‘SIPfest is all about the audience,’’ Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw says. ‘‘Our team has picked the cream of the crop from more than 100 entires from around Australia to give our audience the best possible night out.’’ In the SIPfest mix are the Brisbane thriller True Love, featuring the acting debut of Agro alter ego Jamie Dunn; the Gold Coast war drama Futility; and Photo Booth (pictured), which placed third at this year’s Tropfest. The set-up includes a giant HD projector screen, bean bags and mobile licensed eateries from some of Surfers Paradise’s most popular restaurants. SIPfest is part of the annual Surfers Paradise Festival and is timed to coincide with the SPF’s adjacent One Way Street Party (see report, Page 5), a laneway-style festival of music and art in Appel St, also on Saturday.
SIPfest plays Neal Shannon Park (on top of the Transit Centre, in Beach Rd), Surfers Paradise, on Saturday from 6pm. Free entry.