IT’LL be lights, camera, action when the Flake Film Festival comes to Niseko on February 24. The short film festival, which has screened at major Australian ski resorts, is in its sixth year, set to bring a compilation of mini-films to Hirafu’s Après Bar. While obviously screening snow films, other genres will be a ‘mixed bag’ of comedy, drama and documentaries, says festival founder and director, Anthony ‘Chook’ Trovatello (pictured right). “People think it’s all snow films, but that gets a bit boring after a while,” he says. “So we have all sorts of stuff, even high-class animation and Lego animation.”
Anthony started the festival in memoriam of his friend, who passed away in a tragic snow accident years ago. He adds that the festival would ‘certainly be a positive for Niseko’. The young filmmaker came to Niseko four years ago on a ski holiday, also making a 10-part movie series on ‘Hokkaido’s snow experience’, and in that time he ‘fell in love with Niseko’. “This festival is something different and a great off-snow event,” says Anthony. “I’ve been watching Niseko for quite a few years and there is nothing like this festival in the area at all. We are also really keen to make this bigger in the future.”
Doors open 7pm, films begin 7.30pm. Entry ¥700 (locals), ¥1000 (non-locals). Proceeds go to filmmakers.
This festival is a repeat of this year’s Australian festival, but organisers are looking for short film entries from Hokkaido and around the world for next season’s event. For more, check www.flakefilmfestival.com.