Flick­er­fest brings dif­fer­ence

Cul­tural film event to cap off fes­ti­val

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Louise Shan­non

BOOK your­self in for a night of “quirky and fun” en­ter­tain­ment at Flick­er­fest, an evening of short film show­ings which will also mark the end of this year’s Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val.

The pop­u­lar movie fes­ti­val is nor­mally held in the Whit­sun­days in April, how­ever it was post­poned this year af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie tore through the re­gion.

Flick­er­fest or­gan­iser in the Whit­sun­days Merewyn Wright said a se­ries of short films, ti­tled ‘Best of Aus­tralian Shorts’, would be shown on a big screen, out in the open air and un­der the stars and would pro­vide the ideal set­ting for peo­ple to en­joy the end of the Reef Fes­ti­val’s cel­e­bra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ms Wright said movie buffs could bring their own blan­kets and chairs and en­joy a cul­tural evening to­gether.

“Flick­er­fest brings some­thing dif­fer­ent to the area,” she said.

“It’s a cul­tural ac­tiv­ity and the movies are a bit dif­fer­ent to the nor­mal films we see.

“These movies are Aus­tralian films, which is even bet­ter as we’re sup­port­ing Aus­tralian film mak­ers and tal­ents.

“It’s also a good so­cial night. We don’t have a cinema in Air­lie Beach so it’s a great way to see some movies.”

Ms Wright said there would be an in­ter­val dur­ing the evening and the bar would be open.

The Flick­er­fest films, which de­buted at the Flick­er­fest In­ter­na­tional Short Film Fes­ti­val in Syd­ney in Jan­uary, have been cho­sen from the fes­ti­val’s 2400 en­tries.

The pro­gram show­ing on Sun­day night will in­clude a com­edy an­i­ma­tion ‘Fish With Legs’; ‘MES­SiAH’ which has been called “a play­ful col­lu­sion of cul­tures in the Aus­tralian wilder­ness”; and ‘I’m Ray­mond’, which is a satire about an eight-year-old cli­mate change alarmist with plans on bring­ing down the fam­ily busi­ness.

Flick­er­fest be­gan as a small lo­cal fes­ti­val in Syd­ney in 1991 and is now one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing short film fes­ti­vals, at­tract­ing thou­sands of en­tries from film mak­ers around the world.

The event will dou­ble as a cy­clone re­lief fundraiser.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW AD­DI­TION: Ro­tary Flick­er­fest will be one of the clos­ing events of the 2017 Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val. Sup­port Aussie film mak­ers

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