Understory Film Festival

The Understory Film Festival encourages local independent, student, emerging and professional filmmakers in the North Queensland region to create short films to enter a competition for screening opportunities, awards and prizes.

The objectives of the film festival are to showcase local talent, build local industry capacity, award achievement and develop the short film culture appetite and audience.

The competition culminates in a red carpet event; the Understory Film Festival Screening and Awards Night, held annually.


Film submissions now open

We are pleased to announce submissions are now open for the 7th annual Understory Film Festival.

The Screening and Awards Night will be held on Saturday, 7 November 2020 at a venue to be advised.

Submit your film by 4pm Tuesday 6 October 2020.

Please note: If you are entering the High School Student Category your film must be submitted via a Teacher Liaison or Head of Department, at your school by Thursday 1 October 2020.

Download the Application form here. ( DOC, 0.14 MB )

Visit the Understory Film Festival facebook page for news and event details as they are announced.


CONTACT

P (07) 4032 6656 | E cp@cairns.qld.gov.au


Understory Film Festival is part of the Flame.Arts program; a capacity building program delivered by Cairns Regional Council with a focus on creating pathways for emerging creatives, providing mentorships, skills and career development opportunities.

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We are pleased to announce the 6th annual Understory Film Festival will be held at Cairns' leading performing arts venue, Cairns Performing Arts Centre, on Saturday 23 November 2019.

Film submissions are now open and will close at 4pm Friday 11 October 2019.

Please note: If you are entering the High School Student Category your film must be submitted via a Teacher Liaison or Head of Department, at your school by Tuesday 8 October 2019.


Download the Application Form here. ( DOC, 0.14 MB )


Open to short films of any genre, last year's Festival attracted 47 entries across various disciplines from documentaries and narratives, to experimental film, music videos and animations.

Mayor Bob Manning said the calibre of films being produced for the competition showed the film industry is alive and well in the Far North.

“If the last 5 years are anything to go by, the judges are going to have a really tough time coming to a decision,” Cr Manning said.

“We always celebrate when a big-name star or production house announces they will film in the far north, but it’s pretty clear that we have plenty of exceptional talent right here.”

Councillor Linda Cooper said the awards provided a springboard for existing and emerging film makers to share their stories with a broader audience.

“I’m certain that there are hundreds of residents out there who have a movie idea but haven’t had the chance, or the conviction, to commit it to film,” Cr Cooper said.

“The short-film format, just 8 minutes, is a perfect starting point for those who have a story to tell.”

The duration of films can be a maximum of 8 minutes or less, including credits.

Shortlisted entries will be shown and the winners announced, with the final category, the People’s Choice Award, to be determined by the audience on the night.

Tickets for the awards night will go on sale in late September via Ticketlink.

QUICK FACTS

WHEN: Applications are open now and will close on 11 October 2019 and 8 October 2019 for filmmakers entering the High School Student Category.

THE EVENT: Saturday 23 November 2019, Cairns Performing Arts Centre, 7pm.

Tickets on sale now via www.ticketlink.com.au

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2019 SCREENING SHORT LIST


Patrick Mau & Sio Tusa'Arrived'
Lexi Dietrich'Tablet Time'
Dylan Megaw'Radiance + Requeim'
Josephine Zass, Mimi Tran, Hannah Dunlea'Moments'
Thaine Wood'Found'
May Matsuda, Florian Rachmann, Rose Milledge'Away From Home'
Jack Fealy, Toby Fealy, Lottie Macquire, Francesca Mackinnon, Matilda Hancock'Gotcha'
Shawn Drieberg'Locked'
Travis Bain'Zombies V the C.W.A'
3MPride'Sometimes'
Thain Wood'Me - A Film About Self'
Renee Ngandawarrkirr Wilson'Seasons'
Vasco Gonsalves'Greed'
Kiann Kantai'Polar Equivalent'
Minkie Sheriff'Tick Tock Goes the Clock'
Adrian Rayner'Sanctuary'
Chelsey Johnston'Bumped'
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Last updated: 24 June 2020