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AFTRS Films Selected for Flickerfest 2020

The work of AFTRS alumni will be on show at the 2020 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival with several AFTRS graduate shorts selected to screen at the event.

Leading the way is My First Panic by 2018 Master of Arts Screen graduate Michaela Holmes, which will have its world premiere. This short, high-intensity narrative drama centres around Ruby, an anxious young woman experiencing her first panic attack after a night of hedonistic partying.

Continuing their festival run with NSW premieres are All Good Things by Simon Croker (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018), Sweet Tooth by Shannon Ashlyn (Master of Arts Screen, 2018) and The Granny Flat by Rachel Mackey (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018).

Chicken, a film by Talent Camp participant Alana Hicks will also be screening at the festival. After participating in Talent Camp NSW in 2017 and National in 2018, Alana received $24,000 in funding from AFTRS and Screen NSW and used it to complete the project.

‘All Good Things’ | Dir. Simon Croker

Since its CinefestOz premiere earlier this year, MA graduate film Sweet Tooth, written and directed by Shannon Ashlyn (Master of Arts Screen, 2018; Diploma in Grading, 2017) has welcomed plenty of praise, winning the CAPA Best Film Award for Fiction as part of the Annual Cilect Prize Competition as well as the Nicholas Baudin Short Film Award at Cinema des Antipodes in Saint Tropez.

All Good Things, directed and written by Simon Croker (Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, 2018; Foundation Diploma, 2014) had its world premiere at Reeling Film Festival in Chicago in September and has since screened at Brisbane International Film Festival.

Animator on the rise, Rachel Mackey (Bachelor of Arts Screen, 2018) has had a big year with her short The Granny Flat screening in competition at Cinema Des Antipodes in Saint-Tropez, Nashville Film Festival and Revelation Film Festival in Perth.

‘The Granny Flat’ | Dir. Rachel Mackey

Flickerfest is on from 10-19 January in Bondi. Get your tickets here.


Sweet Tooth
Writer, director: Shannon Ashlyn
Producer: Katherine Shearer
Cinematographer: Emma Paine
Production designer: Emma Bourke
Costume designer: Sabina Myers
Editor: Rochelle Oshlack
Music: Allister Haire
Casting: Amanda Mitchell CGA

My First Panic
Director, writer: Michaela Holmes
Producers: Gia Frino, Alexis Talbot-Smith
Cinematographer: Ehran Edwards
Sound supervisor: John Hresc
Editor: Jessie Hildebrand
Production designer: Laura Anna Lucas

The Granny Flat
Director, writer, animator: Rachel Mackey
Producer: Nicola Macindoe
Sound supervisor, sound recordist: Rowan Yeomans
Editor, digital effects: Eden McFarlane
Music score: Kane Gaundar

All Good Things
Director: Simon Croker
Writers: Simon Croker, Jory Anast
Producer: Linus Gibson
Cinematographer: Lucca Barone-Peters
Sound supervisor: James Christowski
Editor: William Tran
Production designer: Laura Anderson
Music score: James Christowski