We present the winners of the 26th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival that took place from January 6th – 15th, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
International Competition Awards
Best Short Film
Ungar (Cubs) by Nanna Kristin Magnúsdóttir – Iceland | 2016 – 19 min.
A single father wants to fulfill his young daughters wish to throw a slumber party for her friends, but it turns out to be more of a challenge than he thought.
Special Jury Award
La Convention de Geneve (The Geneva Convention) by Benit Martin – France | 2016 – 15 min.
Just when he is about to take the bus home from school, Hakin is caught up in a settling of scores between a group of teenagers.
Yoram Gross Award for Best International Short Animation
Mr. Madila by Rory Waudby-Toley – UK | 2015 – 9 min.
Mr. Madila documents a series of conversations between the filmmaker and a gifted spiritual healer, exploring the inner mind, the universe, and the nature of reality itself.
SAE Creative Media Insitute Award for Best Use of Digital Technology
Eine Villa Mit Pinien (The Pine Tree Villa) by Jan Koester – Germany | 2016 – 11 min.
Lion and Bird break into an uninhabited villa to find the reason why it is not aging. They immediately feel the power which keeps it alive. A fairytale about self-liberation.
International Documentary Competition Awards
Best Short Documentary
Wiezi (Close Ties) by Zofia Kowalewska – Poland | 2016 – 18 min.
Barbara and Zdzisław’s forty-fifth anniversary would have been quite the occasion if not for the fact that Zdzisław spent eight of those years living with another woman.
Special Mention for Documentary
The Mute’s House by Tamar Kay – Israel | 2015 – 32 min.
A family’s unique story unfolds against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Hebron, a city torn apart by hatred and violence.
International Greenflicks Competition Awards
Best Environmental Short Film
God’s Acre by Kelton Stepanowich – Canada | 2016 – 15 min.
God’s Acre is the story of an Aboriginal man living alone in the Canadian wilderness.
Good Environmental Choice Australia Special Jury Prize
Rangers of The Reef by Brady Valashinas – US | 2016 – 14 min.
A group of dedicated local rangers in Indonesia work to protect the world’s most diverse marine ecosystem from the threats of illegal and destructive fishing.
Facon by Felicity Pickering – Australia | 2015 – 11 min.
Tia is an avid meat eater who is strictly a vegan hipster in public. When Tia’s judgmental vegan boyfriend invites himself to her family birthday party, Tia must find the courage to tell him her secret.
Windows on Europe Awards
Best EU Short Film
Il Silenzio (The Silence) by Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi – Italy, France | 2016 – 15 min.
Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells her mother, but she keeps silent.
Timecode by Juanjo Giménez – Spain | 2016 – 15 min.
Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.
Australian Competition Awards
Best Australian Short Film
Beast by Christopher Sferrazza – Australia | 2016 – 20 min.
As the anniversary of an accident creeps up on community outcasts Sophie and Liam, so does an impossible choice. Beast is about how far you’ll go for love inside the small town pack mentality, where the beasts attack and devour as one. If you’re not beast… you’re prey.
Lucy Gaffy for Dream Baby – Australia | 2015 – 16 min.
Trapped in a remote Caravan Park, little Elvis thinks up a scheme to break free, determined to make a better life for herself.
Josh Lawson for The Eleven O’Clock (Derin Seale) – Australia | 2016 – 13 min.
The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets increasingly out of control.
Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian Short Animation
Fish With Legs by Dave Carter – Australia | 2016 – 10 min.
A school of fish wakes to discover that everyone has grown legs. Is it evolution or a curse from God?
Adric Watson for In a Cane Field (Emily Avila) – Australia | 2016 – 17 min.
In a beachside tourist town, the body of a fifteen-year-old girl is found in a cane field. Her murder is a mystery that envelops the community as those close to the girl grapple with death, in all its senselessness.
Avid Award for Best Editing
Chris Ward for Sengatan (Frank Magree) – Australia | 2016 – 11 min.
An Australian traveller is faced with a perilous choice on the island of Bali. Is he playing or getting played?
National Flickerup Competition Awards
Best High School Production
Bumps by Austin Rosier, Maddison Green, Alyssa Byrnes, Jake Roberts
Australia | 2016 – 5 min.
Bumps seeks to highlight the talents and perspectives each of us bring to our community which should be embraced.
Yoram Gross FlicjerUp Best High School Animation
The Day They Met Clive by Alako Myles – Australia | 2016 – 4 min.
A group of four friends discover something… or rather someone… that clay kind has not yet encountered before.
AVID FlickerUp Award for Best Editing
Tattoo: The Life and Times of a Temporary Tattoo Artist by Daniel Nieborski
Australia | 2016 – 9 min.
Dave Payne has a passion – he is a Temporary Tattoo Artist. When he becomes aware of a temporary tattoo competition, he and his assistant Lenny practise their skills on some interesting clients before the big day. When that day comes, however, all does not go according to plan…
Parker’s Award for Best Primary School Production
Grandma’s Gift by Kinae Edwards – Australia | 2016 – 2 min.
Jasmine Hanson’s Grandma is very special. They do lots of different things together. On the shelf in Grandma’s apartment sits a pink dotted box whose contents had remained a mystery to Jasmine. Will Jasmine ever find out what is inside the box?
FlickerUp Special Mentions
Journey by Radheya Jegatheva – Australia | 2016 – 8 min.
An astronaut finds himself lost in space, and he soon comes across another in a similar predicament. They then join forces and journey across the universe in an attempt to ‘Find Home’.
Pants in Fire by Daniel Bil – Australia | 2016 – 7 min.
A documentary exploring the sociology and psychology of lying, as well as the tips and tricks to spotting a liar in the act.
Homeward Bound by Miles Gibson – Australia | 2016 – 8 min.
Trapped in the notoriously treacherous mud in the Battle of Passchendaele, a young WW1 soldier recalls his past in a vain attempt to reforge the choices that got him there.