More than a flicker of talent
NORTH Coast film buffs were treated to a weekend of Flickerfest bliss as the renowned summer short flim festival began its national tour in Bangalow.
Audiences spent three nights soaking up the best of international, Australian and local short films, including a competition for local film-makers.
A record 15 local entries had the judges working overtime.
Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd and television presenter Scott McGregor waxed lyrical about the standard of the local films made on ‘low budgets and no budgets’, and the difficulty they had in narrowing down the field.
The jury award went to Ly deAngeles for her film The Redemption of Joe Frame, while theAudience award was picked up by Amber Wright for her work The Dreaming Man.
Writer and director Kane Bloomfield was awarded a Highly Commended award for his documentary, Bob McTavish – A Life in Shape.
The main program offered a condensed version of the Bondi festival featuring some of the best shorts you could see in a single room – the winners and the crowd favourites.
This humble viewer is still extricating the top five from his dreams – and nightmares.
The New Zealand Six Dollar Fifty Man offered a piercing insight into the cruel realities of school culture winning the Best Film in Bondi, beating a cavalcade of international competitors and picking up eligibility for Oscar consideration in 2011 in the process.
Best Short Animation Film, The Cat Piano, was a feline masterpiece narrated by smooth old dog Nick Cave, while Miracle Fish, which won the Best Cinematography award, offered yet another shocking journey into brutal schoolyard realities. No halcyon days in the playground for these film-makers.
Next Floor, which took out Best Use of Digital Technology, while absolutely amazing and bizarre, was enough to turn hard core carnivores completely vegetarian, but the standout had to go to the delightful Celestial Avenue, which had won best Australian film.
Celestial Avenue totally inverted the classic cross-cultural love story leaving one’s own sense of self/other in a spin.