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FlickerFest 2011 comes to the Mercury Cinema

Following screenings at the iconic Bondi Beach pavilion in January, Flickerfest will bring the best short films from Australia and abroad to Adelaide’s home of cutting edge screen culture, The Mercury Cinema from 12 to 13 February 2011.

Flickerfest is Australia’s largest short film competition and 2011 marks its 20th anniversary. A whopping 1750+ entries from across the world were received with 100 short films handpicked for the 2011 program. Flickerfest films are entertaining, inspiring, highly creative productions and include Academy Award nominees plus many other internationally award-winning films.

‘Best of International Shorts’ screening Saturday 12 February includes comedy I LOVE LUCI by Colin Kennedy (UK); BABEL by Hendrick Dusollier, about two young peasants who leave their village to get to the metropolis of Shanghai (France); Eric D. Howell’s ANA’S PLAYGROUND which won the Grand Prize at the USA Film Festival and Best Live Action Short Film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (USA); MUSIC IN THE BLOOD by Alexandru Mavrodineanu (Romania); POPPY by James Cunningham, based on true events from WWI (New Zealand); and DONDE ESTA KIM BASINGER? by Edouard Deluc about two brothers who land in Argentina to celebrate their cousin’s wedding and to discover the pleasures of the capital, Buenos-Aires (France).

Best Of Australian Shorts’ screening Sunday 13 February has been curated from the five Australian programmes of films in competition in Bondi. It includes Susan Earl’s VALMAY THE VISITOR FROM BEEP BEEP BEEP BLEETLEBOX 967 which tells the story of Valmay Beepzup’s first night on Earth after crash landing in the middle of Sydney’s Mardi Gras Parade; BEE STING by Heath Davis which takes on love and complications as a father and son fall for the same woman on the schoolyard; THE TELEGRAM MAN by James F. Khehtie, set during World War II when Australia’s small farming communities paid a terrible price; Alethea Jones’ WHEN THE WIND CHANGES, a comedy set on the once full fresh and now rapidly receding waters of Lake Denial; Ashlee Page’s THE KISS, Winner AFI Award Best Short Fiction 2010; AFI Award Best Short Animation 2010 winner, THE LOST THING by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan which tells the story of a boy who discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach; and Frazer Bailey’s GLENN OWEN DODDS in which Michael Radcliffe encounters Glenn Owen Dodds A.K.A. God on the morning bus.

Come to The Mercury and see Flickerfest, the most fabulous, not-to-be-missed short cinema the world has to offer. May the shorts be with you!

The Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide

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