Great films offer a super opportunity
THE BEST short films from around the world are coming to Bangalow for the annual Flickerfest film festival.
With two sessions of international films, one of new Australian shorts, and one featuring the Byron All Shorts local film competition, it's a feast of cinema from January 24 to 26.
Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd said she was particularly impressed with the quality of the local entries this year. Of 40 films submitted, 12 were selected for screening.
Her highlights include a documentary about the Knitting Nannas, a documentary about local doco maker David Bradbury, and a drama from Nimbin called The Bouquet, about a man who takes a bouquet of edible weeds to his dream woman, who cooks a meal for him.
"It's sweet and so well done," she said.
Of the Australian films, she named Vote Yes starring Miranda Tapsell from The Sapphires, which is set around the referendum to recognise Aboriginal Australians; a drama called Tango Underpants; and The Fence, which tells the true story of a fence being constructed around the Villawood hostel in 1992, transforming it into a detention centre.
"It's a drama that uses Cambodian actors and is a poignant picture of the refugee situation that is very relevant to today. It's very moving and captures a moment in history that marks the beginning of the detention of asylum seekers."
This is the 16th year Flickerfest has been screened in the Byron area. It is a fundraiser for the Island Quarry community arts facility.