Flickerfest & Byron All Shorts 2019 - artwork 800w28th International Short Film Festival

Australia’s leading Academy®Accredited
& BAFTA recognised short film festival

Fri 25 – Sun 27, January 2019
Mullum Civic Hall, Mullumbimby

and BYRON ALL SHORTS Northern Rivers Short Film Comp


Friday 25 Jan: doors open 7pm- Opening Night Party | films start 8pm- Best Of International Shorts $25/22 conc – BUY TIX
Tasty snacks, music  & complimentary drinks from Rosnay Organic wine, Young Henrys beer, Parkers Organic juices

Saturday 26 Jan: 4pm- Byron All Shorts (programme announced soon), doors open 3pm, $14/12 conc – BUY TIX

Saturday 26 Jan: 8pm- Best Of Australian Shorts, doors open 7pm, $16/14 conc – BUY TIX

Sunday 27 Jan: 8pm- Short Laughs Comedy, doors open 7pm, $16/14 conc – BUY TIX

Festival Pass: $55/45 conc – BUY TIX

Run-time: (approx 110min each session)

Classification: (under 15yrs to be w/adult)

Tickets On Sale Now: beside each programme via Moshtix (online sales close 1 hour prior to each session)
Tickets also available at the door (unless sold out)
All sessions approx 110 mins (Classification: under 15yrs to be w/Adult)

Flickerfest Cafe
Open daily: 1hr prior to sessions.
Serving delicious organic treats & drinks.

Join us for a fabulous weekend of the best short films that the local region, Australia & the world has on offer.

Flickerfest & Byron All Shorts is presented with iQ, and is a fund-raiser for the iQ Arts & Eco Reserve.

Further Inquires & volunteers: 0414 779 881


Celebrating its 28th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screens the best of shorts from Australia and around the globe; ensuring the presentation of A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach from 11-20 January 2019, with selected highlights the most entertaining and innovative short films from around the world touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour from Jan – May 2019; with Byron shire being the first screenings after Bondi.

Flickerfest is screening for its 21st year in the Northern Rivers region in 2019 and will celebrate its 28th birthday since the festivals 1st ever screening in Balmain, Sydney back in 1991.

The Flickerfest 2019 tour will take place at the air-cooled Mullum Civic Hall, screening a smorgasbord of the worlds and Australia’s best shorts over one big weekend handpicked from a record 2,700 entries from 99 countries.

Along with the Byron All Shorts finalists screening, audiences will experience the best of short films from the Byron Region, Australia and around the World over 3 cinematic-packed days.

Come celebrate amazing independent film-making in Mullumbimby from the 25-27 Jan.


Friday 25th January

7pm – Opening Night Party

Join us as we celebrate our 21th year in the Northern Rivers to launch our festival of short films in style with a fully catered opening night party including food, music & drinks from our partners Rosnay Organic Wines, Young Henrys Beer and Parkers Organic Juices.

8pm – Best Of International Shorts

Following the Opening Party, Flickerfest is thrilled to present its Best Of International Shorts programme, a selection of film gems from our Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised competition in Bondi.
Highlights include: the moving and insightful short film Magic Alps from Italy that tells the moving story of an Afghani refugee who arrives in Italy with his goat and seeks political asylum for both of them. Also featuring is Phone Duty from the Russian Federation, the winner of Best dramatic short at Tribeca Film Festival 2018. ‘A Donbass rebel fighter with a nom de guerre Cat is ordered to sit on phone duty, but it’s not as easy as it may seem’


Saturday 26th January

4pm – Byron All Shorts

Also returning is Byron All Shorts, for the 14th year presenting the Best Of Northern Rivers Shorts; encouraging audiences to experience the many amazing films & local stories that are produced in the region each year. Around 15 local short films will screen across this 120-minute programme which will celebrate an incredible range of themes and stories. Byron All Shorts is judged by an esteemed jury of local Northern Rivers industry luminaries.

Byron All Shorts programme finalists are announced below!

8pm – Best Of Australian Shorts

Flickerfest is thrilled to celebrate a diverse range of stories from across Australia that celebrate our unique identity and culture with our Best Of Australian Shorts programme, selected from 7 programmes in our Academy® Accredited competition in Bondi.

Highlights include: Desert Dash (view trailer) a wonderful creative comedy by Gracie Otto. ‘On the outskirts of Australia, Opals are now the currency for survival in the game of Desert Dash. When a feisty heroine gets the opportunity to ‘level up’ there is no choice but to win. Game On’. Also featured is the delightful indigenous drama from the NT Lil Bois, by Grant Thompson, the first short film in the traditional language of Ngandi. ‘After swimming with his friends in a billabong, a nervous little boy returns to his camp and discovers everything has changed. His family is missing. With his friends, he heads out into the wilderness to find them’. Comedian & actor Paul McDermott makes a return to Flickerfest, with his beautifully crafted & haunting animation Ghostbear, which looks at the worlds disappearing species.


Sunday 27th January

8pm – Short Laughs Comedy

Enjoy an evening of clever comedy & chortle you way through a selection of off-kilter funny shorts from Australia and across the world with the Short Laughs Comedy programme.

Highlights include: Animal Behaviour (view trailer), dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. And there is, How It Feels To Be Hungover, a man wakes up at a clinic specialised in malignant hangovers. The doctor prescribes 600 ml of ice cream and two action comedies, but also shares some news, which doesn’t make him feel any better…

View moreFLiCKERFEST Tour film trailers here!

Local Mullumbimby residents Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd and Flickerfest Production/Tour manager Shane Rennie are thrilled to be bringing the festival home to their own town and look forward to sharing some incredible festival highlights with their local region.

Don’t miss this one-off chance to see this and other amazing shorts before they continue their journey around the world; curated from the Flickerfest competition screenings at Bondi; expect to experience the best in short film-making Australia & the world has on offer.


Watch the Flickerfest 2019 Festival trailer and Flickerfest 2019 Tour trailer

This year our Flickerfest 2019 Festival & Tour trailers in yet another film classic parody, with the Dynamic Trio & The Joker descending upon Bondi Beach. Written & directed by the talented Flickerfest alumni Vanessa Gazy, & produced by the amazing Scoundrel Films, the trailer features the wonderful Tai Hara, Chantelle Jamieson, James Fraser & Marcus Graham.
Thank you all!. Enjoy

Celebrating 21 years as Flickerfest festival director in 2019 Bronwyn Kidd says:
As Mullumbimby is our hometown I’m always really excited to be presenting these very exciting, entertaining and inspiring short films hand-picked for local audiences at our local tour event. Our Mullumbimby Flickerfest is both a celebration of film and a great community networking event where people who love films and great stories can come together over the weekend and enjoy inspiring films from the Northern Rivers, across Australia and the world, encouraging both discussion and connection. I’m really looking forward to it!

We will also be presenting the Best of Northern Rivers Shorts at the Byron All Shorts finalist’s screening approx 15 local finalists, selected from around 60 entries each year, showcasing a wonderful new collection of creative shorts from our very talented local filmmakers on a range of themes that reflect Northern Rivers life including surfing, music, comedy, love and everything in between.


Northern Rivers Short Film Competition

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Sat 26 Jan: Byron All Shorts Finalists Screening – door 3pm | films 4pm $14/12 – BUY TIX

Sun 27 Jan: Byron All Shorts Awards – door 7pm | awards 8pm
(Prior to Flickerfest’s Short Laughs Comedy programme $16/14, free for finalists)

Mullumbimby Civic Hall




The Byron All Shorts screens on Saturday 26 Jan, with finalists from the Northern Rivers region hotly contesting for prizes that recognise excellence in short film making.

The Byron All Shorts programme is an amazing showcase of approx 120min of the best of local short films & screened to a capacity house of over 300 people last year.

Support our regions local stories & see the best of our local filmmakers, alongside the best in the world.

(The awards presentation is on Sunday night prior to the Short Laughs Comedy programme).

BYRON ALL SHORTS 2019 Finalists Programme – Announced!
Runtime: 125min

Act Natural still 1920wAct Natural – Wri/Dir: Luca Fox Prod: Natalie Grube / 4min
A short film that seeks to exhibit the inner battle that occurs in people with high functioning Autism as they engage in everyday conversation.

Hemp Revolution still 1920wHemp Revival – Dir/Prod: Keita Ikawa / 8min
A documentary about a local construction company who are growing their own hemp & using it as a building material. (Premiere screening)

A Different Gallery still 1920wA Different Gallery – Dir/Prod: Susie Forster / 10min
Every three years Samantha Moss turns the riverside & parklands at Brunswick Heads into a natural sculpture walk that locals & visitors alike are falling in love with. Find out how this surprising exhibition marries nature, art & community in a different way to a gallery. (Premiere screening)

Foil Man still 1920wFoil Man – Wri/Dir/Prod: Krista Werner / 8min
An alien from a distant planet arrives in the Northern Rivers NSW, where he encounters some of the locals. (Premiere screening)

Let's Stick Together still 1920wLet’s Stick Together – Dir/Prod: David Lowe/Eve Jeffery / 6min
A group of ‘artivists’ trying to stop gasfields from destroying the Pilliga Forest in NSW show how important it is to stick together. A thank you present to everyone standing up to protect the places they love. (Premiere screening)

Spirit Walker still 1920wSpirit Walker – Dir/Prod: Darius Devas / 22min
The Spirit Walker, tells the inspirational story of 27 year old indigenous man Clinton Pryor’s 6,000km walk from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister in the name of justice for his people. The film climaxes with Clinton’s meeting with Prime Minister and offers a message of hope.

Githabul Return still 1920wGithabul Return – Wri: Dailan Pugh (OAM), Jennie Dell| Dir/Prod: Jimmy Maleki / 4min
The first occupation of the earliest white settlers in northern New South Wales was to cut down trees for house and shipbuilding timbers. Forest giants, revered by local Aboriginal people as Grandfather and Grandmother trees, were felled, floated downriver to the sea, shipped away and sold.

Courage For The Long Haul still 1920wCourage For The Long Haul – Wri/Dir/Prod: Rani Brown / 14min
Community movements unite beyond political affiliation to help protect our life support systems on Earth.
Two women talk about their roles within a movement of untold thousands, sharing insights into what sustains them. (NSW Premiere screening)

Unsustainable still1920wUnsustainable – Wri/Dir/Prod: Jan Constantin Quast / 7min – SAE Byron
A documentary that gives an insight in to the sustainability of the surf industry, starting with the basic element need, the surfboard.

Phanton Cat stil 1920wPhantom Cat – Dir/Prod: Fabienne Neff / 4min – SAE Byron
Does the black panther exist in our region, or is it a mythical creature. (Premiere screening)


Seeking Safety still 1920wSeeking Safety – Wri/Dir/Prod: Lizzie Kirkpatrick / 6min – Cape Byron Steiner
Seeking Safety reflects the serious social conscience of its 14 year old film-maker. It contrasts the lives of two unlikely friends, a girl growing up in the benign safety of Byron Bay, and an Afghan refugee, who crossed the seas by boat to seek asylum in Australia at a very young age. Abdul, the subject of the film, couldn’t be photographed because of fears of retribution by the Taliban but his words are meaningful, haunting and unforgettable. (Premiere screening)

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Hush – Wri/Dir: Kaitlyn McMurtry | Prod: Kerry Chavez / 6min – AFTRS
Three young girls face a reality where men abuse and disrespect them on a daily basis. It’s not a dream, or a fantasy world. It’s real life. The only solace they can find, is in each other. (Premiere screening)

Libby still 1920wLibby – Dir/Prod: Elsa Stewart / 10min – SAE Byron
An intimate character study of 90 year old, Libby Mills from Putney, Vermont USA, who’s heartfelt story takes one on an emotional journey of love, loss and resilience. (Premiere Screening)
Dust Devils still 1920wDust Devil – Dir/Prod: Poppy Walker / 9min
In Death Valley’s ghost town, a dancer brings her gilded dream to life. (Northern Rivers Premiere screening)


Dolls still 1920wDolls – Wri/Dir/Prod: Clare Sladden | Dir: Jasmine Sladden / 6min
A group of plucky dolls initiate an emotional break-up in a last ditch attempt to escape a toxic relationship.




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Byron All Shorts: Filmmakers, Jury & Flickerfest director  |   Video: Mullum Flickerfest & Byron All Shorts 2018

THE JURY: Byron All Shorts will be judged at the screening by an esteemed jury of film practitioners including: Anne Chesher (producer) & Senior Lecturer at SAE Creative Media Institute; legendary Australian actor & activist Tony Barry; & Lisa O’Meara Programs and Operations Manager at Screenworks
(The awards presentation is on Sunday night prior to the Best Of Australian Shorts programme).


The Byron All Shorts are held on Sat 26 Jan. These amazing local films screen to a capacity house each year, with finalists from the Northern Rivers region hotly contesting for prizes, that recognise excellence in short film making from the Northern Rivers region.


iQ and  Flickerfest
$250 cash, Avid Media Composer Software (value over $3,000)
Screenworks Membership, Season Pass+1 to Mullum/Byron Flickerfest 2020

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$250 cash, 1/2 day edit or film shoot (In Your Face Productions)
Screenworks Membership, Season Pass+1 to Mullum/Byron Flickerfest 2020

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$250 cash, 1/2 day edit or film shoot (In Your Face Productions)
Screenworks Membership, Season Pass+1 to Mullum/Byron Flickerfest 2020


Thank you to our partners, your support enhances our regions creative industries & is greatly appreciated.
Flickerfest & Byron All Shorts is presented with iQ, and is a fund-raiser for the iQ Arts & Eco Reserve.


iQ and Flickerfest 
 iQ & Flickerfest – Festival Creators and Cash Prize Partners (Jury Award for Best Short Film)

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SAE Qantm, Creative Media Institute – Creative Media Partner & Cash Prize Partner (Jury Award for Emerging Talent)

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SCCU, Southern Cross Credit Union – Community Partner & Cash Prize Partner (Peoples Choice Award for Best Short Film)


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Avid Software

In Your Face
In Your Face Productions



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BYRON ALL SHORTS 2019 – Call for Entries – EXTENDED til 1 Jan 19 !

Northern Rivers Short Film Competition

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Sat 26th: Byron All Shorts Finalists – door 3pm | films 4pm

Sun 27th: Byron All Shorts Awards – door 7pm | awards 8pm
(Prior to Flickerfest’s Short Laughs Comedy programme)

Mullum Civic Hall

Byron All Shorts will be held on Saturday 26th Jan, with the finalists from the Northern Rivers region hotly contesting for prizes that recognise excellence in short film making.

Last year these amazing local films screened to a capacity house at the Mullum Civic Hall, alongside the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival screenings on Fri 25, Sat 26 & 27 Jan.

The awards are selected by the esteemed jury of local film makers & industry experts at the screening, & awards are announced prior to the Flickerfest Comedy programme on Sun 27 Jan.

Entries extended til: Tues, 1 Jan 19 – download entry form here ! call 0414 779 881 for enquiries.

check out Last years Finalists & Awards here.


A Few Key Planning Hurdles Being Achieved

Limited public access provisions currently apply to the Island Quarry while some key DA consent conditions are finalised.

During recent times the Trust has made substantial progress in addressing these conditions through constructing onsite works including:
– Installation of a 350 metre long safety fence around the quarry waterhole.
(Installed early 2014; we have currently receiving final sign-off on our fence conditions)
– Ewingsdale Rd access road-works, bike path & earth-bund landscaping as per Council approval are all but complete (after numerous amendments).
However the roundabout & our access is currently being reassessed as part of  a new larger roundabout being planned on Ewingsdale Rd.
– Installation of a 2 kW Solar Pumping system (supplying water to the flow-forms water feature that oxygenates the water-body; & also to supply water for the gardens)
– Site perimeter fencing along Ewingsdale Rd frontage has been installed to assist with reserve management and security and to reduce theft, vandalism and unsafe behaviour that had occurred in the past.
– NEW: Received funding NSW Govt Dept of Industry through the Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRMFP) for iQ Reserve’s western boundary security fencing.

It is important to note that during this time, private activities and functions such as weddings, ceremonies, receptions, small workshops & film shoots are still able to be held on the Reserve, subject to application and approval by the Trust.

The Trust looks forward to a full re-opening of the Reserve to the public once all consent conditions for public events are completed.

In the interim, if you would like to volunteer or get involved in the community garden please contact us, or if you’re interested in receiving occasional updates please send us an email with: ‘Please add to iQ Updates’ in Subject line.