CLAYMATION MASTERPIECE: A still from Bush Mechanics which will feature in the Best of Australian Shorts screening.
CLAYMATION MASTERPIECE: A still from Bush Mechanics which will feature in the Best of Australian Shorts screening. Contributed

Touring film festival returns

ANYONE who loves an entertaining evening of film is in for a treat when Flickerfest, the world-class festival of short films comes to the Jetty Theatre, March 13 and 14.

Celebrating 24 years of short film excellence, Flickerfest remains Australia's leading Academy-accredited and BAFTA-recognised short film festival, presenting A-list short film programs recognised among the best in the world.

Flickerfest is Australia's largest touring film festival, visiting 50 locations around the country and this will be the festival's 10th year in Coffs Harbour.

More than 2400 entries were received for Flickerfest 2015, and only the top 110 shorts are selected in the official competition, all handpicked to represent the most innovative, creative and cutting-edge short films being produced in the world today.

The calibre of this year's program is undeniable, with several films screening at some of the world's most prominent and revered film festivals including Sundance and Cannes.

"This year's films promise to be uplifting and inspiring and include lots of award-winning entries and two Oscar- nominated films," festival director Bronwyn Kidd said.

"Audiences across the country have been loving the films and have given us great feedback so far. We look forward to sharing the program with Coffs Harbour."

The festival will open with a short film from the Coffs Coast region, made by Lowanna local Don Hunt for ABC Open, about the gorgeous and bubbly Emma Newton, a Coffs Coast local who has a "love of all things retro".

Best of Australian Shorts will screen on Friday, March 13 at 8pm, followed by Best of International on Saturday March 14.

Tickets are available for individual nights and also a discount rate for both nights.