Understory Film Festival

UFF 2017

A screening and awards night for FNQ short films including comedies, docos, music videos and more by student, emerging and professional filmmakers.

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.

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.

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

Cultural Services
or phone (07) 4032 6656

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Screen Stories Screenwriting Workshop

Sat 04 Mar - Sun 05 Mar

‘Screen Stories’ is a weekend workshop designed to develop and strengthen screen writing skills and creating stronger narratives around your short film concept.

Screen Stories is specifically aimed at emerging filmmakers and screenwriters in the region to improve writing skills, and creating stronger narratives around their own short film concept. The workshop will be delivered by Jonathon Olgilvie, an industry professional from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) who has made numerous short films that have screened at major film festivals and have sold internationally. Despondent Divorcee and This Film is a Dog were both selected for Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. This Film Is A Dog also won Tropfest.

All participants will need to prepare a short film synopsis or detailed story outline, (1 page maximum), to work with over the duration of the workshop.

BOOKINGS: To apply email cp@cairns.qld.gov.au or call 4032 6656.
Places are limited and bookings are essential.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Starts: 9.30am - 4.30pm (both days)
  • Venue: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
  • Food: Available to purchase from Wild Bean CafĂ©

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The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Cairns Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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Last updated: 30 January 2017