Ken Rippen from Murwillumbah's Regent Cinema is exited their cinema will host the short film festival, Flickerfest. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Ken Rippen from Murwillumbah's Regent Cinema is exited their cinema will host the short film festival, Flickerfest. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-Full

Flickerfest hits the Regent

THE highly renowned Flickerfest short film festival will make its way to Murwillumbah for the first time next Saturday.

Co-owner Mia Barbieri said she and husband Ken Rippen were excited to bring the festival into the town.

"I think the Flickerfest is a very fantastic festival," Ms Barbieri said.

"We are very happy that finally it's coming to Murwillumbah."

Ms Barbieri said they had tried to host Flickerfest last year, and had been successful this time around.

"We're hoping this is the beginning of a long series of events," she said.

She said it was an honour to have such a prestigious short film festival grace their screen.

"The participants are not first-timers," she said.

"They get more than 2000 entries."

She said it was partly intentional to hold the event on Valentine's Day.

"We had the option to have it on Friday the 13th or the Saturday," she said.

"We thought the Saturday would be nice.

"Patrons who come to celebrate Valentine's Day can do it in style."

She said there would be Valentine's-Day themed snacks and cocktails on offer.

"We are happy we can do it on Valentine's Day," she said.

"I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

"We love movies and we love to share our passion of film with other people."

Ms Barbieri said with many of their films aimed at an older audience, she hoped the cinema would attract a broader range of people with Flickerfest.

"We like Murwillumbah and the Regent to be a place where you can enjoy varied entertainment options," she said.

"It will bring an audience which is wider than the audience we normally cater for. I think it will attract a different age range of patrons," she said.

For more information, visit cinemaregent.com.

Film facts

What: Flickerfest Short Film Festival

Where: Regent Cinema, Brisbane St Murwillumbah

When: Saturday February 14 from 8pm

Tickets: Adults $15, concession $12



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