Flickerfest, Australia’s largest short film festival, returns to Melbourne this month

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Flickerfest, Australia’s largest short film festival, returns to Melbourne this month

'Pugs Before Drugs'
Words by Gabriela Caeli Sumampow

Flickerfest is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021.

Australia’s largest short film festival is returning to Palace Kino Cinemas, showcasing ten short films for one night only, as part of their Best of Melbourne Shorts Programme.

The ten shorts were handpicked from a record-breaking 2,700 entries that were vying for recognition at Flickerfest’s Bondi festival in late January.

What you need to know

  • Flickerfest is hitting Melbourne in April, presenting its Best of Melbourne Shorts Programme for one night only
  • Ten short films will be screened, a short list that was handpicked from 2,700 entries
  • The evening will take place at Palace Kino Cinemas in the CBD

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The program begins with Lachlan Ryan’s Dog Date Afternoon, where a germaphobe tries to win over his dream girl’s dog. Then there’s Holly Hargreaves’ Hannah & The Friend Zone, which follows two recently broken up individuals as they navigate – you guessed it – the friend zone, while Millicent Malcolm’s The Familiars revolves around a skeptical teenager’s decision on whether to use a mysterious heirloom for protection.

Sarah-Jane Woulahan’s Objects Of My Disaffection will also be screened – a short that sees a young mother lash out her feelings on prized family possessions, following a difficult breakup.

Some more titles to look out for are Alex Lowes’ Pugs Before Drugs, an offbeat production about a “scruffy loser” who attempts to sell crystal meth – or what is actually cremated remains of a pug – to impress a childhood rival.

The program will close with a short film that hits a little too close to home. Cesar Salmeron’s Straight Outta Covid is an unpredictably colourful and hilarious three minutes following a post-lockdown discussion between two kids about what matters most to them.

“Our Best of Melbourne shorts feature an amazing bunch of talented Melbourne creatives and their stories, giving Flickerfest Melbourne audiences the first look at the hottest short films made and produced in their hometown,” a press release said of this year’s event.

Tickets to Flickerfest 2021 will include popcorn and a drink on entry. What’s more, the filmmakers behind the event’s lineup – over half of the talented bunch being female directors – will be there to introduce their work before the screening.

Flickerfest arrives at Palace Kino Cinemas on Wednesday April 14 from 7pm. For more info and to get your tickets visit their website.