Dan Ackroyd is the devil?
That's the premise of one Queensland film screening at Flickerfest, a festival shining a spotlight on the latest crop of talented short film makers.
Australia's only Academy-accredited short film festival will screen 116 films over three nights at the Judith Wright Centre.
Thursday's opening session in Brisbane features local entrants, including S.P. Krause's dark comedy Huge.
Shot in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, Huge features Brisbane actor John Batchelor as an almost-famous comedian who is faced with making a Faustian pact to secure his big Hollywood break.
Captive is another local production, written and directed by Michael Noonan.
A former QUT lecturer in film and TV, Noonan roped friends into helping him make the five minute film before he jetted off to Mexico to teach last year.
“We shot it at the house I was staying in at Carina,” Noonan says. “I had a friend who had the camera gear and all the actors were free.”
The resulting film, based on a lost cat flyer Noonan found in his letterbox, is a sweet little meditation on whether Stockholm Syndrome really is all that bad.
“Flickerfest is awesome, I'm really happy we got in,” says Noonan, who has just returned from the Tropfest final, where he had a different film in contention.
“In 2007 I had a film called Recall in Flickerfest, and it just played on from there for ages.”
“The exposure from the travelling [that] Flickerfest did with that film – having that as a filmmaker is great.”
Indeed, Flickerfest's prestige has grown, with the Best Australian Film winner joining the Best Film and Best Animation categories as Academy accredited. That means the films become eligible for the Oscars next year.
“We produce some of the best short films in the world here, I think,” says Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd, who was in charge of picking the entrants from 2300 submissions.
“The skill of making a great short film is about engaging people with a character or story in a very short period of time. I think there's a real art to that.”
The 22nd Flickerfest opens tonight at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts. For more information, session times and to book tickets, visit www.judithwrightcentre.com