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Flickerfest 2019

A showcase of Australia’s best short films will also be cracking some jokes this year, with Flickerfest set to include a special comedy line-up for the first time.

By  Kylie Stevenson

The two back-to-back programs, the Best of Australian Shorts and Short Laughs Comedy, will feature 18 of the absolute highlights of the 160 films screened in Sydney earlier this year, handpicked from 2700 entries.

Program director Bronwyn Kidd says film-goers are up for some incredible fun with the addition of the new comedy program, which features Arrears from Darwin born and raised film-maker Wilf Watson.

“We’re thrilled to be including local films on the same screen as national and international films,” Kidd says.

The Best of Australian Shorts features more NT talent, with high concept eco-science fiction film Spectrum from local director Timothy Parish, who will introduce his film in Darwin, and Indigenous drama Lil Bois by Grant Thompson.

Kidd says Lil Bois, created in Ngukurr, is the first short film in the traditional language of Ngandi.

“It’s received a fantastic reception around the country,” she says. “It’s such a unique story and is very close to the community.”

Kidd, who has been touring across the country with the festival, says some of the crowd favourites include fantastical animation Della Mortika: Carousel Of Shame, Paul McDermott’s Ghostbear, Oscar-nominated Canadian animation Animal Behaviour and Belgian comedy Wilderbeest

Flickerfest Fri 3 May | 7.30 & 9.30pm | Deckchair Cinema | $16 | $12 Conc | $24 Both Programs | $18 Both Conc | flickerfest.com.au

Image; Desert Dash.

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