Flickerfest, the annual competitive international short film festival, is back for its 31st year, at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
“Come watch a bunch of movies about us, together”
For the fifth year in a row, the festival will feature a selection of LGBTQI short films – including a record three Australians – through its Rainbow shorts program, which its curator, award-winning queer filmmaker Craig Boreham, described as “a nice space for the community to come and watch a bunch of movies about us, together, and get a little insight into a lot of different experiences than others.” queer people have had across the world and the stories they want to tell.
The three Australian films are Hakuumacaato (directed by Kulan Farah, 17 minutes), a drama about a former Somali soldier struggling with PTSD while agreeing to live in Australia and his son’s sexuality; Beautiful they (directed by Cloudy Rhodes, 11 minutes), a âtender and uplifting queer surf romance about the nuance of gender and the refuge found in being truly seenâ; and Are you still watching? (directed by Alex Cardy, 6 mins), an animated short about Jamie, a non-binary 20 year old Melbourne based who is single, horny and still bored.
“Slick Collection” of eight films
Boreham noted that the films submitted this time around differed markedly from the previous year’s submissions. âLast year we had quite a few COVID movies, people talking about their COVID experience from a queer perspective, and this year not so many,â he said.
âPeople didn’t seem to want to talk about it anymore. Not surprised, âhe added with a chuckle.
Boreham spent days locked in his screening room to build the “fine collection” of eight films. Urging the community to get their tickets quickly, he said, “These films are exceptional and you won’t see them anywhere else.”
Flickerfest 2022 takes place from January 21 to 30.
Rainbow Shorts 2022 screened on Friday January 28 at 6:30 p.m.