Understory Film Festival

UFF 2017

Moving into its fourth year, the Understory Film Festival is fast becoming a mainstay of the cultural landscape of Cairns. The festival focuses on locally produced short films and is gaining significant ground for the local industry by providing a development and presentation platform for both emerging and established filmmakers.  

Local independent, student, emerging and professional filmmakers in the Cairns and Far North Queensland region are encouraged to create a short film to be in the running for awards and cash prizes.

Entries can be across all genres, suitable for a 15+ audience. The deadline for submissions is 4pm on Friday, 5 May 2017. High School students will need to submit their films to their teachers one week earlier, by 4pm on Friday 28 April 2017.

All films submitted will be judged by an industry panel against the criteria of narrative, production, cinematography, sound and editing. Awards and prizes supplied by Council departments and sponsors are again on offer this year. Council’s Sustainability Department category continues to support the Festival with a new theme for 2017, ‘Life in the Understory’. In partnership with Wet Tropics Management Authority, filmmakers with a passion for the environment are invited to tell their story about what lies beneath the lush wet tropics rainforest canopy. It can explore cultural and personal connections to the land, showcase ancient and unique plant and animal diversity or inspire community stewardship of this rich, complex and yet fragile landscape. The winner of this category will have the opportunity for their film to be utilised for environmental promotion and education, with full credits attributed to the film’s Producer.

The submissions will culminate in a free screening of selected films at the festival event, hosted by the Tanks Arts Centre on the evening of Saturday 17 June 2017.

The success of the 2016 event saw seventeen locally produced short films screened and nine prizes awarded. Elizabeth Cullen and Julian Cullen won the Overall Best Film Category with their film ‘The Artist’, and Leroy Button, of Cairns State High School, was presented with the Best High School, Runner Up Best Film and the People’s Choice awards for his film ‘SENSE’.

Other winners from the 2016 event included local independent filmmakers Elke Nagy for her documentary ‘Behind the Shield of Artist Paul Bong’, Dean Miller in the new Sustainability Category for his film ‘Imagine a Place’, Kyle Wilson winning the Best Music Video with ‘The Ballad of Betty Jean’, Sio Tusa Best Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Filmmaker with ‘Echo of the Truth’ and Best Emerging Filmmaker Niek ‘Monkie’ Dingemans with his animation ‘Touchmotion’.

Understory Film Festival is presented by Cairns Regional Council’s, Cultural Services.

Cultural Services
or phone (07) 4032 6656

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Last updated: 15 December 2016