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Flickerfest

The best local and international short films are heading to Darwin with Territory filmmakers once again demonstrating their skills on the national stage.

Alice Spring’s filmmaker Dylan River’s Coat Of Arms (2016) was selected from more than 2500 entries for Flickerfest and the NT leg of the road show.

The film, shot by fellow Centralian Warwick Thornton, follows a Japanese tourist on the trip of a lifetime, and the moment he is confronted by Australia’s Coat of Arms.

Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd says more and more NT filmmakers are entering the annual festival and she is always surprised by the creativity of filmmakers.

“There’s a real mix of creative, fresh and inspirational short films this year,” she says.

“Some are really insightful and interesting social commentary films, others are hilarious comedies. 

“The thing that unites them is the real excellence within the storytelling and the talent of the filmmakers.”

Kidd says independent short filmmakers are in a special position to be able to push the limits of film and storytelling in the industry.

“They’re not influenced by box office sales or concerns, which means they can be free to tell really contemporary stories,” she says.

The Best of Australian Shorts features seven films including Fysh, a story of an old man and the fish that changed his life, and Second Best, a dark comedy about the power of identical twin sisters and the unbreakable bond between them

The Best of International Shorts features An Imagined Conversation: Kanye West and Stephen Hawking, an animation which is exactly what it sounds like, and Watu Wote: All of us, a German film about life in Kenya after a decade of terrorist attacks from al-Shabaab.

FRI 4 MAY | BEST OF AUSTRALIAN SHORTS, 7.30PM  | BEST OF INTERNATIONAL SHORTS, 9.30PM | DECKCHAIR CINEMA | $16/$24 DOUBLE SESH | $12/$18 CONC | $10/$15 MEMB | flickerfest.com.au

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