Flickerfest brings local talent to the big screen in Mullumbimby

Byron Bay

31 Jan 2019




Flickerfest brings local talent to the big screen in Mullumbimby

31 Jan 2019

Fresh from Flickerfest’s incredible 10 day short film festival in Bondi earlier this month, the ever-popular event hit Mullumbimby over the weekend, playing to audiences in the packed out civic hall. 

Celebrating 28 years of the iconic festival this year, Flickerfest returned to the Northern Rivers to celebrate the best the region has to offer with Byron All Shorts - featuring films from local filmmakers and SAE Byron Bay students. 

Fabienne Neff is one SAE student who had her short film shown over the weekend, a documentary that was produced as part of her Bachelor of Film coursework. 

The short documentary titled Phantom Cat explores a mysterious Aussie urban legend, the elusive black panther sightings. Fabienne’s housemate at the time is featured in the documentary and for Fabienne this made the experience all the more meaningful and intriguing.  

“The experience of developing my first documentary film around the encounter of someone close to me, made the process instantly comfortable and fun for both myself and my subject and I believe that this lightheartedness and authenticity shines through in Phantom Cat” Fabienne says.   


A still from Fabienne’s film Phantom Cat

Fabienne was also fortunate enough to complete her SAE industry internship with Flickerfest in the lead up to the festival a year ago, impressing Bronwyn Kidd, Flickerfest’s Director and the staff so much that they asked her to stay on as a permanent member of the team. 

“The team at Flickerfest is so lovely to work with and I have made great contacts with other filmmakers. This has been such an insightful journey, if I compare my knowledge with this year compared to last year I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt. I can’t wait to see where I’ll be this time next year” Fabienne says. 

As an aspiring filmmaker, Fabienne finds this opportunity invaluable as she has the chance to research other film festivals across the world and gained insight into the art of film marketing. 

Every year the Byron All Shorts get better and better, we can’t wait to see what our local creators produce in 2020!


Fabienne (third from left) and the Flickerfest team

2019 Byron All Shorts SAE student and alumni films:

Unsustainable Directed, Written and Produced by Jan Constantin Quast

Libby Directed and Produced by Elsa Stewart, Winner of the Jury Award for best short film

Act Natural Written and directed by Luca Fox, winner of the Jury Award for emerging talent.

Flickerfest is on tour across Australia! Please see the Flickerfest for dates and locations. http://flickerfest.com.au/tour/

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