Fa­mil­iar faces re­turn for 23rd an­nual Flick­er­fest

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MORE than 90 movie buffs gath­ered at the Whit­sun­day PCYC over the weekend to cel­e­brate 23 years of short film ex­cel­lence for the an­nual Flick­er­fest fes­ti­val.

Flick­er­fest is Aus­tralia’s on BAFTA recog­nised and academy ac­cred­ited short film fes­ti­val and has built a rep­u­ta­tion on screen­ing some of the best short films from around the world.

The event was hosted by the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach and fea­tured a smor­gas­bord of ‘Spec­tac­u­lar Short Films with Soul’ which were pre­sented to keen au­di­ences on Fri­day and Satur­day night.

Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach ad­min­is­tra­tor Dal­wyn McEr­lane said there was a smaller turnout for this year’s event but was pleased to see many fa­mil­iar faces.

“Ev­ery­one had a fan­tas­tic time so­cial­is­ing at the in­ter­mis­sion and the movies were quirky and funny. It was a very un­usual mix this year,” she said.

Some of the short film high­lights in­cluded the de­light­ful com­edy Tango Un­der­pants and The Gift which told the story of a young boy’s jour­ney to use his su­per­pow­ers.

Afavourite for many au­di­ence mem­bers was the poignant film Vote Yes, which fo­cused on Aus­tralia’s ref­er­en­dum on Abo­rig­i­nal rights in 1967.

Many of the in­spir­ing and award-win­ning shorts shown over the weekend were world or Aus­tralian pre­miers that kept movie lovers glued to their seats.

An ABC Open short film ti­tled Crazy About Model Mak­ing by Mackay res­i­dent Greg Martin was also viewed as part of Flick­er­fest’s na­tional part­ner­ship with ABC Open.

Ms McEr­land said Ro­tary would be host­ing the event again next year and urged lo­cal res­i­dents to con­tinue sup­port­ing the fes­ti­val.

“We are also look­ing into host­ing an­other event later in the year fea­tur­ing Aus­tralian com­edy,” she said.

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