Celebrating 33 years in 2024 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 3,400 entries!

Over two nights, Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival is excited to be returning on its National Tour to the Araluen Arts Centre Theatre in Alice Springs showcasing the Best of Australian Shorts and Best of International Shorts programme highlights, all handpicked from our recent Bondi festival competitions. The short films screening are all entertaining, inspiring, award-winning and fresh from their premieres in competition at Flickerfest Bondi, giving Alice Springs Flickerfest audiences a window into the hottest contemporary shorts from at home and across the world today. 

The Best of Australian Shorts programme screening on Friday 22nd March 7.30pm shines a spotlight on the incredible short film talent that exists in our emerging Australian industry with a host of Australian stories honoring our unique identity and culture. Highlights include Cold Water, poignant and memorable, starring industry legend Bruce Spence, then don’t miss Ashes, with laugh-out-loud performances from comedy master’s Michael Caton and Michala Banas.

A stunning local NT highlight fresh from Flickerfest Bondi is First Drop, a moving production set in Alice Springs, written and directed by Damon van der Schuit and produced by Emma Alix Smith and Bridget May, starring a large cast and crew of Alice Springs locals.

On an afternoon in Alice Springs, Ted, (Chris Hayward) a reclusive and bitter retiree is tasked with caring for his Pakistani neighbour’s 8-year-old daughter, Saleha (Thamanna Shahib) After attempts to limit his engagement with Saleha, Ted’s defences are broken down as he realises the two share a mutual love of cricket. Thus begins the blossoming of an unlikely friendship.

On Saturday 23rd March 7.30pm enjoy an incredible collection of global stories and take a trip around the world from the comfort of your cinema chair with the Best of International Shorts programme. Amongst a host of international highlights enjoying their Australian premieres are the bittersweet UK drama My Week With Maisy starring legend of stage and screen Joanna Lumley, the stunning Himalayan Last Days Of Summer where a recurring mysterious sound from mountains is heard only by two curious young shepherds and from Ireland comes the surprising Clodagh about a young woman of exceptional talent, who dazzles a lonely priest’s housekeeper and upends her routine life in unusual and charming ways.

On Saturday the 23rd of March 3 to 4pm at Araluen you can also join in a free AFTRS X Flickerlab panel and go behind the scenes with director Damon van der Schuit and team as they discuss the making of the Alice film First Drop: More details and register via the link below.

Get ready for exceptional cinema! 

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Date and time

Friday 22 March 2024
7.30pm - 9.30pm


Araluen Arts Centre Theatre

61 Larapinta Drive, Araluen, NT 0870

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