Best of the shorts at Flickerfest
Flickerfest and Byron All Shorts roll into Bangalow this week screening the best of both the international and local short films for 2012.
Flickerfest turns 21 this year and comes to the Northern Rivers for the 14th year, thanks to festival directors Shane Rennie's and Bronwyn Kidd's affiliation with the region.
The pair consider Mullumbimby home though Kidd started the festival in Sydney.
The festival now travels to 37 venues nationally but Bangalow is always the first after Sydney, Kidd tells Pulse.
"It's always exciting to come home," Kidd says. "It's important for us to be able to present such quality films to an area that wouldn't get them otherwise."
This year, for the first time, Flickerfest features two short films which have made the shortlist for the Academy Awards: Raju, a film from Germany and Je Pourrais Etre Votre Grandmere (I Could Be Your Grandmother) out of France.
Byron All Shorts Northern Rivers Short Film competition sees 14 short films produced in the region by a range of film-makers and on a range of topics.
Two short films which stand out for Kidd on the Byron All Shorts list are Wings, written, directed and produced by Ly de Angeles and Shall We Dance: The Tommy Franklin Story, directed by Kurt Mayes.
Wings is a film about the most misunderstood of angels; the angel of death.
De Angeles came up with the story one night as she walked from her toilet to her bed.
"This window of information came through," de Angeles says. "There is so much death in the area we need to talk about it."
As for the style of cinematography, de Angeles has used carnival, which she says has been a passion of hers since she was a child.
"I wanted to bring as much colour as I could to put lightness on the concept of death," she says.
Wings features a "killer soundtrack" de Angeles says thanks to Oscar Award-winning sound engineer Guntis Sics, who is responsible for the score on Baz Luhrmann's Australia.
Mayes' short film recounts the story of Byron Bay's dancing man Tommy Franklin who has been seen everywhere from YouTube to film clips to Network Ten's The Project. More importantly, you've likely seen him dancing from Byron Bay to the d-floor at Woodford.
But there doesn't have to be an event, Franklin is renowned for getting his dance on anywhere.
- Flickerfest kicks off today at the A&I Hall, Bangalow with opening night drinks from 7.30pm and the Best of International 1 film screening, 8.30pm.
- Flickerlab film workshop kicks off at 2.30pm Saturday with the Byron All Shorts finalists screening at 5pm and Flickerfest's Best of International 2 at 8.30pm.
- Byron All Shorts Awards Ceremony is on Sunday at 8pm with the Flickerfest Best of Australian Shorts at 8.30pm. For more information on tickets and films head to www.iQ.org.au