Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Local Filmmakers Get a Chance to Strut Their Stuff with the Best Short Films from around the Globe, Writes GEORGINA BIBLE; Fantastic Short Films for This Year's Flickerfest

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Local Filmmakers Get a Chance to Strut Their Stuff with the Best Short Films from around the Globe, Writes GEORGINA BIBLE; Fantastic Short Films for This Year's Flickerfest

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THE best of short films from around the globe will roll into the Bangalow A & I Hall over three days this month during Flickerfest.

Flickerfest received 1600 entries from around the world this year, of which 97 were selected for the final competition.

As part of the festival, local film-makers will get to showcase their work alongside the best in the world in the second annual Byron all Shorts - Northern Rivers Short Film Competition.

"The Byron All Shorts competition received 60 entries this year, which is a fantastic response from our local filmmaking community," Flickerfest festival director Bronwyn Kidd says.

"Some of the entries are outstanding. We are very impressed with several films, one in particular - made by local Kane Bloomfield about Bob McTavish the surfboard maker - is one of the standout films of the festival.

"It's very interesting to view the life of someone who has lived in the Byron Bay area since the '60s and who has gone on to have such a massive impact in the world, with his revolutionary surfboard design. It is a beautiful snapshot of someone who has remained here and who is very successful."

The Flickerfest Best of Australian Shorts program is renowned for catapulting Australian film makers onto the world stage. This year has been no different.

Miracle Fish, directed by Drew Bailey, has already bagged an AFI award and has been short-listed for an Oscar.

" Miracle Fish is a fantastic short film which has been beautifully shot and is really indicative of why Australians are regarded as some of the best film makers in the world," Kidd says.

"The film tells the story of a young boy who sneaks off to the school sickbay after being bullied by his friends, wishing everyone in the world would disappear. I won't tell you what happens in the end but there's an interesting twist. …

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