Understory Film Festival

Call Out to FNQ Filmmakers


FNQ Filmmakers take note – See your short film on the big screen!

Local independent, student, emerging and professional filmmakers in the Cairns and Far North Queensland region are being encouraged to create a short film, (under 8 minutes including credits), for the third annual Understory Film Festival (UFF).

As part of a program designed to encourage filmmaking in our region, the competition is calling for film entries across all genres, suitable for a 15+ audience. The deadline for submissions is 4pm on Friday, 6 May 2016. High School students will need to submit their films to their teachers one week earlier, Friday 29 April.

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, with a brand new award being introduced supported by Council’s Sustainability department. The Reef Starts Here category invites filmmakers to submit a short film which references "The Reef Starts Here" . The winner of this category will have the opportunity for their film to be utilised for the purposes of environmental promotion and education, with full credits attributed to the film’s Producer.

A free screening of selected films and awards presentation night will be hosted by the Tanks Arts Centre on the evening of Saturday 18 June 2016.

The success of the 2015 event saw eighteen locally produced short films screened and nine prizes awarded. Elizabeth Cullen, of Cairns State High School, was presented with the Best High School and James Cook University Emerging Filmmaker award for her film ‘Alone’. This film also went onto win the Best Director and Overall Best Filmmaker award at the Bond University Film and Television Awards in Brisbane.

Other winners from the 2015 event included local independent filmmakers Kyle Wilson for his music video ‘Black Snake Calls’ featuring local musician Leanne Tennant and Sarah Scragg for her documentary ‘WWI Margaret Thorsborne AO’.

Understory Film Festival is presented by Cairns Regional Council with support from Screen Queensland’s Screen Culture Program.

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Last updated: 19 January 2016