Flickerfest 2019 had its launch earlier this week at the exclusive upstairs Bar at Bondi Icebergs.

Invitees had enjoyed canapes and some very fine Black Night cocktails.

Including the appetisers served, our cinematic tastes were teased with the screening of a humorous and delightful 1960’s Batman and Robin short film set on Bondi Beach which is being used to promote the Festival.

As a follow up there was a screening  of a new Gracie Otto short film, a clever and mischievous black comedy, which was screened to very warm applause.

In order to  screen the 130 films over the season the judges had to sit through some 2700 entries.  This process ensures the highest quality of short films available and as such Flickerfest is the only Festival of its type with Academy Award accreditation and BAFTA recognition.

Now in its 28th year Flickerfest has been lauded by such luminaries as Baz Luhrmann, Cate Blanchett and Claudia Karvan.

Festival Director Bronwyn Kidd in her introductory speech that this could well be the best Flickerfest yet with even greater things to come.

Flickerfest entrants will be competing for a number of coveted prizes including the Flickerfest award for Best International Short Film, the Yoram Gross award for Best International Animation, the Virgin Australia Award for Best Australian short film and the Flickerfest Award for Best Documentary. There are other prizes which acknowledge the various craft areas needed to make a great short film.

After Flickerfest’s season at the Bondi Pavilion the Festival will visit over 50 venues across Australia between January and May 2019.

The Sydney season runs from the 11th to the 20th January and further details can be obtained at

Featured image Barry Otto and his daughter Gracie. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.