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Celebrating 30 years in 2021 and the 24th year of its satellite event in the Northern Rivers in partnership with the Island Quarry, Flickerfest Australia’s only Academy® and BAFTA qualifying short film festival has been thrilled to be a platform for supporting Northern Rivers filmmakers for over two decades, celebrating the best of our local stories through the ‘Byron All Shorts’ Northern Rivers short film competition.

Mullumbimby residents Flickerfest festival director Bronwyn Kidd and Flickerfest festival manager Shane Rennie have been dedicated to providing further opportunities for our talented local filmmakers to be seen by the world and are thrilled to be sharing some incredible Northern Rivers stories and their talented filmmakers on a global journey from the Northern Rivers to Dubai, showcasing our amazing Northern Rivers landscapes, rich indigenous culture and inspiring characters as part of the Flickerfest Best Of Australian Shorts Collection, a feature of the DFAT Cultural programme screening in the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo, from October 2021 to March 2022.

Incredible Northern Rivers films featuring in the Flickerfest collection at the World Expo Dubai include ‘Bama’ by talented young first nations director and SAE graduate Jahvis Loveday, who was awarded both the Jury and Audience award for his moving and personal short film at ‘Byron All Shorts’ Mullumbimby earlier this year.

Northern Rivers residents and SAE graduates, director Jonatan Lundmark and producer Sabastian Lundmarks fun short ‘Ninja Circus’, about a dynamic indigenous circus troupe from Mititjula located below Uluru on tour to Byron Bay.

Also featuring are two inspiring shorts from local Mullumbimby production organisation Desert Pea Media, in ‘Break It Down ‘Bunyarra’, Bunyarra is the local Bundjalung word for good health and local Arakwal elder Delta Kay shares her stories about staying healthy in her country during the pandemic; and the short film ‘Ngimbalien’ tells an important, inter-generational conversation about social and emotional well-being for Goodjenburra young people of Fingal Head.

Flickerfest & iQ are looking forward to discovering the latest crop of our most creative & inspiring stories from our regions filmmakers.

Entries are now open for the Byron All Shorts 2022 competition that will screen alongside Flickerfest’s annual satellite event at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall  February 17 – 19, celebrating the best of local shorts on the big screen alongside the best of short films from across Australia and the world.

Please visit: www.iQ.org.au for all entry details.