Michael Spiccia's directorial debut Yardbird is proof that from little things, big can grow.
The short film, about a young girl living in a remote wrecking yard who is forced to take on local bullies after they torment her father, competed for the prestigious Palme d'Or du Court Metrage at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
One year on and it's finally getting its WA premiere during Flickerfest, which begins tomorrow.
For Spiccia and Yardbird writer Julius Avery, the timing of the screening couldn't be more apt with both currently back home in Perth shooting the crime thriller Son of a Gun, starring British actor Ewan McGregor.
"I'm really looking forward to sharing Yardbird with friends and family who have been incredibly supportive," says Spiccia over the phone from the set of Son of a Gun.
"We haven't shown it to a West Australian audience yet so it's pretty exciting."
Fremantle-born Spiccia describes the Cannes experience as "phenomenal" and the perfect opportunity to market Son of a Gun to film industry representatives.
"It opened doors that I was really surprised to see open," he says.
"It was really instrumental in allowing us to meet filmmakers and people to establish relationships that would be beneficial to our future."
Son of a Gun is Pemberton-born Avery's first full-length feature as a director and also the first full-length film to be produced by his and Spiccia's collective Bridal Path Films.
When it comes to the pair's hopes for the film "the sky's the limit" and Spiccia admits while he was too busy on set to watch last week's Oscars, he followed with interest the results coming through on his mobile phone
"It's always incredibly inspiring seeing your fellow peers and idols get up there and receive those things," he says.
"It's something you certainly look up to and hopefully one day you're lucky enough to be there."
Flickerfest director Brownyn Kidd also followed the Oscars with keen interest and was delighted when Curfew took out the Academy Award for Best Short Film.
Shawn Christensen's film about a young boy who, in the midst of taking his own life, gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to look after his niece for a few hours is screening as part of Flickerfest's international program.
Kidd says Curfew's success last week will help audiences recognise that Flickerfest is Australia's only Academy-accredited short film festival.
Of the 2300 entries received from around the world, just over 100 will be officially screened in competition.
At the end of the festival, awards are presented for the Best Short Film, Best Animated Short Film and Best Australian Short Film, which are all accredited by BAFTA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"The only way you can be nominated for an Academy Award for a short film or animation is to go through the pathway of an Academy-accredited festival," Kidd explains.
"That's the thing about Flickerfest. We are such a platform for discovering talent. You will come and see and wonder what that filmmaker is going to do next and they will go on to do a feature film that will have quite a lot of acclaim across the world."
As Avery and Spiccia will indeed be hoping.Flickerfest is on at Camelot Outdoor Cinema from tonight until Sunday. For more information visit lunapalace.com.au.
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