Take an intoxicating alpine summer, add in a dose of Australia’s best short films, a starry night sky and a picnic on the hill surrounded by whispering snow gums, and you’ll be set to experience one of the best Australia Day events to hit North East Victoria.
Now in its 26th year, the renowned Flickerfest Short Film Festival is coming to Dinner Plain for the first time ever, with the alpine village the first stop on the national tour to showcase the Best of Australian Shorts for 2017.
“Flickerfest audiences can expect an amazing journey of inspiring short stories, some comedic, some incredibly touching,” says Shane Rennie, Flickerfest’s festival production and tour manager.
“You might see next year’s Oscar winner! Flickerfest had five Oscar nominees, which included the winners for Best Live Action and Best Animation in our programmes last year.”
From its early days as a small festival at Balmain High School in Sydney back in 1991, Flickerfest has grown to become Australia’s only short film festival to be recognised by the Academy (that is, the Oscars) and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). Such accreditations see the festival attract a high calibre of entries from all around the world.
More than 2,400 entries from around the world flooded in for Flickerfest 2017, with the festival organisers currently working their way through the material to find the winners of a number of categories, including Best Australian Short Film and Best International. The winners will be showcased in a 10-day long event at Bondi Beach in early January, with Dinner Plain the next stop on the circuit.
Dinner Plain’s marketing and events officer, Alia Parker, said the outdoor screening of the festival’s Best of Australian Short Film category in such an iconic Australian environment was a great addition to the Australia Day events calendar.
“We want people to pull out the picnic rug, bean bags and cushions, perhaps lay out a spread of cheese and bikkies, pop a cork on bottle of wine and sit back to enjoy a brilliant form of storytelling in one of the most beautiful settings in the country,” says Parker.
Flickerfest’s Best of Australian Shorts, judged by a panel of industry leading experts, will kick off at sundown on the ski slope in Dinner Plain Alpine Village. The night will feature two hours of film, each lasting anywhere between six to 15 minutes, with an intermission in the middle.
“Flickerfest continues to be the most significant, dedicated, short film festival, competition and tour in the Australian landscape,” says Rennie.
Flickerfest: Best of Australian Short Film Festival kicks off at 8.30pm on the ski slope at Scrubbers End, Dinner Plain on 26 January 2017. More info at visitdinnerplain.com