Two short films and a coproduction compete at Flickerfest in Sydney
Two short fiction films and one animation film (Swiss coproduction) are among the 39 films to be screened in the competition at the 19th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in Sydney (January 8-17, 2010). Chris Niemeyer’s comedy film “Las Pelotas”, Judith Kurmann’s graduation film “Connie” and the animation film “Le petit dragon” by French director Bruno Collet, coproduced in Switzerland, are all in the running for the Cooper’s Award, endowed with 5,000 Australian dollars (ca. CHF 5,000).The five-minute film “Las Pelotas” (production: Plan B Film, Zurich) tells the story of two friends who are willing to do anything to make Argentinean football stars out of their children. The eight-minute film “Connie” (Zurich University of the Arts) uses the style of a modern Western to depict rivalries between village youth after a new girl arrives on the scene. Both films won awards at the Locarno International Film Festival, where they celebrated their premiere in August 2009. The 3-D animation film “Le petit dragon”, coproduced by Nadasdy Film in Geneva, is an homage to Bruce Lee and has already garnered over ten awards at numerous festivals around the world.
In addition, Pipilotti Rist’s three-minute film “I Drink Your Bathwater” will be screened in Sydney. The film was produced in conjunction with a 60-minute collective film in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Flickerfest in Sydney is the first festival in the New Year devoted entirely to the short film genre. It kicks off the summer cinema season in Australia with an open air on the Bondi Beach and showcases some 100 short films selected from 1,600 submissions. It is the only Australian film festival with a short film competition accredited by the Academy Award of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Geneva, January 7, 2010