FLiCKERFEST 2022 entries are now closed except by invitation.

Please contact coordinator@flickerfest.com.au for any enquiries.

Celebrating its 31st year in 2022, Flickerfest has grown to become Australia's leading competitive International Short Film Festival celebrating masterful, creative and impactful storytelling and the most original voices from filmmakers across the globe. Flickerfest will screen in January 2022 under the stars over 10 days in the peak of the Australian summer at the iconic Bondi Beach with select highlights of the festival touring to 50+ venues Australia wide.

Flickerfest is an Academy® Award Qualifying and BAFTA Qualifying festival. Since 2003 Flickerfest has been a recognised festival by the Academy® of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With four awards qualifying for consideration across our International, Australian and Documentary Competition categories.

For over 3 decades Flickerfest has welcomed filmmakers from at home and around the world to celebrate their films on the big screen with our passionate and loyal audiences. Our popular screenings, gala festival events and filmmaker workshops connect filmmakers with the wider industry and each other, creating an immersive and welcoming festival experience.

Join us on the red carpet at Bondi Beach this January as Flickerfest brings 31 years of the most engaging , bold and entertaining short films to our film loving audiences and celebrates our most talented filmmakers from at home and across the world.

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
• Flickerfest Award for Best Short Film (Academy® Award Qualifying)
• Flickerfest Special Jury Award
• Yoram Gross Award for Best Short Animation (Academy® Award Qualifying)
• Flickerfest Award for Best Short Documentary (Academy® Award Qualifying)
• SAE Award for Best Use of Digital Technology in a Short Film
• Azure Productions Award for Best Rainbow LGBTQi Short Film (all LGBTQI films in the international and Australian competition are considered for this award)

AUSTRALIAN AWARDS
• Panasonic Lumix Award for Best Australian Short Film (Academy® Qualifying)
• Spectrum Films Award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film
• Yoram Gross Award For Best Australian Short Animation
• John Barry Award for Best Cinematography in an Australian Short Film
• Avid Award for Best Editing in an Australian Short Film
• Avid Award for Best Original Music in an Australian Short Film
• Rebel8 Award for Outstanding Emerging Female Director

SAE FLiCKERUP AWARDS
• SAE Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Short Film
• Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Short Animation
• Avid Award for Best Editing in an Australian High School/Youth Short Film
• Parkers Award for Best Australian Primary School/Youth Short Film

Plus many other cash and industry prizes.

Industry and cash prizes will be awarded of approx $30,000 AUD in value.

To be eligible for Flickerfest film competitions all shorts must be no more than 35 minutes in length.

All selected films must be available for screening on H264 or ProRes file.

All productions screening at Flickerfest 2022 must have been completed within 2 years of the entry closing date.

All films must be in English or have English subtitles.

DUE TO THE COMPETITIVE NATURE OF FLiCKERFEST, WE STRONGLY PREFERENCE AUSTRALIAN FILMS THAT ARE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERES.

WE STRONGLY PREFERENCE INTERNATIONAL SHORTS THAT ARE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERES.

FOR ALL COMPETITIONS WE REQUIRE FILMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN BROADCAST IN AUSTRALIA OR MADE AVAILABLE PUBLICLY ON THE INTERNET.
*In consideration of current COVID times our regulations will allow films to enter in competition that have screened online at other Academy® Qualifying film festivals, and officially selected at film festivals internationally provided they have been screened behind a paywall or password protected system for a limited time only.

Following the festival, a small selection of highlights screened in the International and Australian competitions plus some in out-of-competition programmes will be toured around Australia. If your film is unable to tour it WILL remain eligible for competition. All touring films will be paid screening royalties.

There are no premiere requirements for SAE FlickerUp our national competition for young Australians 18 or under.

Overall Rating
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  • Adam Smith

    This is such an amazing festival!

    October 2021
  • Alisha Hnatjuk

    A wonderful festival led by a dedicated and thoughtful team that's genuinely interested in championing new voices. So grateful to be included - thank you, Flickerfest!

    July 2021
  • Jemma Douglas

    Screening at Flickerfest was an incredible experience. From communication with the festival team, to the national tour following the festival, to the myriad of opportunities presented to us from the team I can't thank Flickerfest enough! Our little film has seen the world thanks in large part to the dedication and support of Flickerfest.

    July 2021
  • Cesar Salmeron

    Well organised. Festival staff maintained constant communication about events and networking opportunities. Overall the entire process from selection to additional screenings post main event was handled highly professional. This festival sets the benchmark of how a film festival should be run.

    July 2021
  • Farah Nabulsi

    The team behind Flickerfest were very professional, helpful and the whole process from submission onwards was smooth. A fantastic selection of films and truly enjoyable experience.

    July 2021