In The News

Flickerfest Achieves What Hollywood Couldn't

Flickerfest Achieves What Hollywood Couldn't

by Yash Saboo February 8 2018, 4:54 pm Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 19 secs

Celebrating its 27th birthday in 2018, Flickerfest has grown to become Australia's leading competitive International Short Film Festival with entries coming from filmmakers across the globe. Renowned as Sydney's first beach-side cinema, >Flickerfest kicks off the summer cinema season outdoors under the stars at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach, screening the best short films from Australia and the world in a unique and relaxed environment and with the highlights of the festival touring to 50+ venues Australia wide.

Bronwyn Kidd, the director, has a passion for miniature movies which is still going strong after completing 20 amazing years of her tenure. Since 1995 Flickerfest has a national tour which takes the main competitive programmes and some special sessions to many regional and metropolitan areas, which rarely have an opportunity to view this collection of the best of the world's short films.

When it comes to films, there's a lot less gender diversity. It's always the men sitting on the director's chair. Such is the case of Hollywood too where women direct just 4% of the 100 top-grossing Hollywood movies. As The Wrap recently noted, “of the 149 movies currently slated for a wide release from the six legacy studios over the next three years, only 12 have female directors. That means a whopping 92 percent of the major motion pictures due in theatres through the end of 2019 will be helmed by men.”

In Australia, reports in year 2015 stated that films directed by women amounted to only 17%. Since then, they have tried to change this. In December 2015, Screen Australia committed $5 million to change the number, setting a goal that its money would go to films with creative teams at least 50% female.

Australia is one of several countries that have launched such programs in recent years -- Canada, Ireland, and Sweden have also started aggressive, state-financed initiatives aimed at increasing the number of female directors, writers, and producers on their films.

The programs stand in stark contrast to the American film industry, where a controversy is roiling over the same issue, but where there is no comparable government agency that finances movies. In Hollywood, change is mostly taking a different path, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launching an investigation into gender bias in the hiring of female directors last fall.

Flickerfest has achieved what Hollywood couldn't. This short film festival, a breeding ground for allowing filmmakers to test their voices on the big screen, has 45% of the films directed by female directors. Kidd is particularly proud of the diversity of visions reflected, and so are everybody else.

"When I started out, female directors were a rare breed. Now hopefully we're encouraging a whole new generation to come into the industry," says Kidd, who has successfully brought a change in the filmmaking industry hoping that this effect continues and spreads across the globe.

Since you are here...

--- we have a very small favour to ask. More people are reading The Daily Eye now than ever. The Daily Eye is run by a team that believes in amplifying voices of those who otherwise find it hard to be heard, highlighting all the good work done by influencers, leaders, celebrities and informing readers about the latest in the efforts being made by so many of us to heal our world. We work hard to serve you regularly and we don't carry advertisements or anything that would adulterate your experience. We do our best to keep our content enriched, wholesome and inspiring and we do everything under the sun to stay positive and informed along with you.

If you are not well acquainted with our humble website, you might not be aware of the social work we do like mentoring underprivileged children and youth by providing filmmaking workshops besides the articles and films we produce on a regular basis. All this requires funding. If you like our work then please help us to secure our future. For as little as $1 or Rs.65 you can support The Daily Eye - and it won't take you more than a minute. Thanks for hearing us out!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The writers are solely responsible for any claims arising out of the contents of this article.

Is the Content on this page relevent?

Is there Something you do not like about this page?