Understory celebrates local film industry
More than 20 local films from a range of genres will be showcased at Tanks Art Centre on 18 June as part of the third annual Understory Film Festival.
This year’s contest attracted more than 40 entries, across eight categories including the new, ‘The Reef starts here’ category.
The screening will be preceded by one on one meetings and information sessions with Screen Queensland on Friday 17 June and an open forum and networking opportunity with industry experts on Saturday.
Cultural Services Committee Chair Cr Linda Cooper said the festival was an exciting opportunity to showcase and develop a wealth of local creative talent.
“Apart from the fact that it’s free entertainment for residents and supports our local talent, Understory offers a great deal more,” Cr Cooper said. ”It gives our film makers a chance to show off their creativity and gives them a real opportunity to springboard into something bigger”
“It’s so inspiring to see previous winners like Elizabeth Cullen go on to win a full scholarship to Bond University on the back of a film that won its first prize at our festival; and Travis Bain who’s currently working towards the production of a feature length film – right in our backyard.
“These fantastic credits are what can be achieved through events like Understory Film Festival – it’s a chance for people to release their creative beast,” she said.
Previously an outdoor event, this year’s film festival will be held in the cool of the now climate controlled Tank 5, starting from 6:30pm.
Admission is free with seating provided and a licenced bar.
The winners of the eight award categories will be announced after the screening and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite contribution in the People’s Choice Award.
Understory Film Festival is presented by Cairns Regional Council with support from Screen Queensland’s Screen Culture Program.
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