Understory Film Festival

A free night of entertainment including the screening of selected locally produced short films and awards presentation in the beautiful surrounds of the Flecker Gardens in the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
As the sun sets enjoy live music by Joanne Heming as she shares songs reflecting the life and love of her friends and family.
Bring along a picnic and enjoy a beverage from the licensed bar while you watch films by local independent, student, emerging and professional film makers from the Far North Queensland region.
After intermission stick around to vote for the People's Choice Award and see who takes home prizes for Best Film, Best Music Video and more!
The festival is exempt from rating however there may be content of moderate impact and is recommended for people aged 15 years and over however children under 15 may legally access this material.
Tanks Arts Centre is a Cultural Services facility, operating under the arts & cultural arm of Cairns Regional Council.
COST:  Free
DOORS/BAR:  6:00pm
RATED:  Recommended for 15+
SHOW STARTS:  6.30pm
VENUE:  Flecker Garden, BYO Seats & Rug
SUPPORT:  Joanne Heming
FOOD: Summer Icecream & BYO Food [No BYO Alcohol]
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Please contact Tanks Arts Centre's Marketing and Promotions Officers Lisa Monks and Belinda Griffin on ph: (07) 4032 6600 or marketing@tanksartscentre.com

The second annual Understory Film Festival will be in June 2015, refer back to this page or our Facebook page for announcements on dates and application processes. 

The inaugural Understory Film Festival was held on Saturday July 19 2014 at the Flecker Gardens, Cairns Botanic Gardens. With over 350 people watching the 19 finalist films from 61 films submitted.  

The winning films were: 

  1. Best Film - Parrot Ice Tours – Travis Bain (of any genre) ($750) From Cairns Festival – Film screened prior to features at Cairns Festival
  2. Runner Up Best Film - Kyle Wilson - GoodNewsBurningFire: The Musical
  3. People's Choice Award - Parrot Ice Tours – Travis Bain ($500) From Cairns Festival – Film screened prior to features at Cairns Festival
  4. Best Music Video - Silvers Gold – The Young Art – Glenn Saggers - 4 double passes to the Tanks Arts Centre events
  5. Runner Up Best Music Video - Ian Ludwick & Ben Southwell - J Point - MC Assassination or How I was extinguished
  6. JCU Emerging Talent Award - Kyle Wilson - ($500) From JCU School of Creative Arts
  7. JCU Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Film Maker award - Seraeah Wyles - Going home to Girramay - ($500) From JCU Equity and Student Engagement Directorate
  8. Best Documentary - Sarah Scragg - Tea & Me - Karma Waters Station
  9. Best Experimental Film - Shannon Brett - What it Like
  10. Best Secondary School Student Film - Sebastian Marsden - Looking Back

 The Understory Film Festival has been developed to showcase local talent, building local industry capacity, award achievement and audience development in short film culture.

For further information please direct any questions to cp@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Understory 2014 was supported by JCU, ABC Open, REACH, Cairns Festival, Tanks Arts Centre & Spotlight Cairns.

Last updated: 21 May 2015