Flickerfest 2020 Calls for Entries


Australia's short filmmakers should scurry to be part of this important launchpad for their bite-sized stories.
Flickerfest 2020 Calls for Entries

Della Mortika: Carousel Of Shame, directed by Marisa Martin, was the winner of Flickerfest's 2019 Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian Short Animation.

Now in its 29th year, Australia's only Academy® Accredited and BAFTA-recognised short film festival is calling for entries, with a deadline coming up on Friday 27 September 2019.

Selected films will screen at FLiCKERFEST 2020, which will take place 10 - 19 January 2020 at the Bondi Pavilion on Sydney's Bondi Beach. Following this event, a selection of films will tour more than 50 capital cities and regional centres around Australia.


Flickerfest is BAFTA recognised and there are four Academy-qualifying competitions, making this a major launching pad for Australian short filmmakers.

Former winners of the Virgin Award for Best Australian Short film have included The Lost Thing (Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan, 2011) which went on to win an Oscar for best short animation, The Palace (Anthony Maras, 2012) and last year's Yulubidyi - Until the End (Nathan Mewett and Curtis Taylor). 

According to the online welcome made by Bronwyn Kidd, who has been the festival's director since 2018, the selection committee watches and reviews nearly 2700 entries from around the world to choose around 100 that will officially be screened in competition. She says that 2020 will present 22 different short film programmes over the 10-day festival screening, including seven Australian competitive programmes, in addition to five international and two documentary programmes. 

Highlights of the programme include: Rainbow Shorts, a celebration of LGBTQI films from around the world curated by award-winning queer filmmaker Craig Boreham; a new ASEAN region competition launching in 2020; special showcases of kids and family friendly films (FlickerKids), films about relationships (Love Bites) and comedy (Short Laughs).

The FLiCKERFEST 2020 programme will be announced in December 2019.

Flickerfest 2020 Call For Entries from Flickerfest on Vimeo.

Key Information

Entries Close: Fri 27 September 2019 (except for invited films)

*Note: ASEAN entries close: Fri 8 November 2019
*Note: FlickerUp entries close: Sat 9 November 2019
Please email: coordinator@flickerfest.com.au with any enquiries.

Competition Entry

The 2020 Festival will include the following competitions:

International: Open to films from anywhere in the world (outside of Australia); under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

Australian: Open to films made in Australia or by Australian residents; under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

Documentary: Open to Australian & International short documentaries; under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

ASEAN: Open to films made in ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia); by ASEAN permanent residents & citizens; under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

FlickerUp: Australian Youth & Schools Competition – open to films from students enrolled in primary or secondary schools in Australia, or individuals under 18. (This competition is divided into 2 sections: one for primary age & one for secondary age youth/students) films under 35mins, completed in the last 2 years.

International Awards

Award for Best Short Film – (Academy® qualifying)

Special Jury Award

Yoram Gross Award for Best Short Animation – (Academy® qualifying)

Award for Best Short Documentary (Academy® qualifying)

SAE Award for Best Use of Digital Technology in a Short Film

EUDEL Award for Best EU Short Film

Australia NOW Award for Best ASEAN Short Film

Australian Awards

Award for Best Australian Short Film (Academy® qualifying)

Award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film

Award for Best Script In an Australian Short Film 

Award for Best Cinematography in an Australian Short Film

Award for Best Editing in an Australian Short Film

Award for Best Achievement in Sound in an Australian Short

SAE Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Short Film

Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian High School/Youth Animation

Award for Best Australian Primary School/Youth Short Film

Industry and cash prizes will be awarded in the above categories of over $40,000 AUD in value.

For more information, email coordinator@flickerfest.com.au.

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