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Australia’s largest Short Film Festival returns to the Civic

Celebrating 31 years in 2022 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world with films hand-picked from the festival’s record 3,200 entries!

Australia’s largest Short Film Festival returns on its National Tour to the Civic Theatre on May 21 showcasing two award winning programmes across one jam packed cinema evening with 'Short Laughs Comedy' and 'Best of Australian Shorts' lighting up the big screen.

The Flickerfest festival director Bronwyn Kidd, who grew up in Newcastle and attended Newcastle high school, is always thrilled to bring Flickerfest back to her hometown. 

The short films screening are all entertaining, inspiring, award-winning and fresh from their premieres in competition at Flickerfest Bondi, giving Newcastle Flickerfest audiences a window into the hottest contemporary shorts from at home and across the world today. 

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Screening On Saturday the 21st May at 530pm the Best Of Australian Shorts programme shines a spotlight on the incredible short film talent that exists in our emerging Australian industry.

Our Best Of Australian Shorts highlights include the quirky black space comedy ‘The Home Team’ starring comedy legend Paul McDermott and acclaimed actress Tara Morice (‘Strictly Ballroom’) and the fun neighbourly drama ‘Stonefish’ written by and starring accomplished young Australian Actor, George Pullar and directed by acclaimed actress and first time director Megan Smart, known for her most recent roles in mini series ‘Wakefield’ (2021) and ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) and the film which took home both the Academy® Qualifying Panasonic LUMIX Award for Best Australian Short film and the AVID award for Best Original Music at #flickerfest2022, ‘Giants’ from director Eddy Bell.

The Home Team
Also screening, fresh from its Flickerfest Bondi premiere is cheeky Newcastle film ‘Sex Lives’, written and directed by Tighes Hill born and bred local Thomas Hudson, who celebrates his second short film selected for Flickerfest in recent years.
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Sex Lives - by award winning Newcastle filmmaker Thomas Hudson

Thomas is an award winning filmmaker from Newcastle who has worked for over a decade as a writer, director, and cinematographer for television, commercials, and music video but writing/directing personal narrative film is his true love.

His new film ’Sex Lives’ is another collaboration with Sarah Bishop and Cameron James following the success of their short film ‘Late Moves’ which premiered at Flickerfest, won awards around the world, and led to writing and development collaborations for ABC television.

On the strength of ‘Late Moves’ as well as his previous short film ‘The Last Stupid Thing’ (Shortlisted Tropfest, Best Cinematography Freshflix, 5 Official Selections) Thomas was selected by the Australian Directors Guild as one of five regional directors to attend a masterclass with Australian filmmaker Ana Kokkinos. He is proud to be based in the regional city of Newcastle and enjoys being able to bring together collaborators from both Newcastle and the nearby filmmaking capital of Sydney.

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Thomas Hudson

At 9pm The Short Laughs Comedy programme features clever comedy from across Australia and the world, including the delightful UK short ’Don vs Lightning’, starring the legendary Peter Mullan as Don, who just wants a quiet life in the Scottish Highlands, alas the Universe has other plans, Nash Edgerton's hilarious black comedy ‘Shark’ starring Nash and Rose Byrne and the UK/Canadian laugh out loud comedy animation ‘Affairs Of The Art,’ recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. 


Where: Civic Theatre Newcastle 
Time: Best of Australian Shorts - 5:30pm | Short Laughs Comedy 9pm
Price: $25/ $22con +bf (inc drink between sessions) 
When: Saturday 21st May
Tickets & Info: flickerfest.com.au/tour/newcastle-nsw