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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Flickerfest celebrates 30 years with the best Aussie shorts

Some of the best Aussie short films will be showcased at the Civic Playhouse this weekend as part of Australia’s leading Academy qualifying and BAFTA-recognised short film festival.

Now in its 30th year, Flickerfest continues to present A-list short film programs that are recognised as being among the best in the world.

And this year’s iteration promises to be no different.

The Best of Australian Shorts program, which will screen at the Civic Playhouse on Saturday 10 April presents a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s 2,700 entries, giving local cinephiles the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Highlights include the fabulous Roborovski, which won the Yoram Gross Award For Best Australian Animation at Flickerfest 2021 and which sees actors Tilda Cobham-Hervey (I Am Woman) and Dev Patel(Slumdog Millionaire) step behind the camera in the director’s chairs, while acclaimed writer John Collee (Happy Feet) penned the script.

Roborovski will be screening alongside three wonderful films with Newcastle connections all fresh from the Bondi competition programmes including the directorial debut of actress Phoebe Tonkin, Furlough, a moving 19-minute drama shot on location in nearby Morriset, The Exit Plan directed by Angus Wilkinson (currently assistant director to Baz Luhrmann on his feature film Elvis) and produced by James Buckingham, who both attended Hunter Performing Arts High School and the stunning The Story Of Lee Ping directed by Jasmin Tarasin and produced by Jo McNulty both who grew up in Newcastle and attended Newcastle Grammar School.

Jasmin was also heavily involved in the theatre scene as an actor between 12-21years of age and taught drama to kids at ‘2 Til 5’ theatre and Newcastle University.

Flickerfest 2021 – Best of Australian Shorts is on at the Civic Playhouse on Saturday 10 April. Head here for tickets and more information.