In 2018 the Understory Film Festival received a staggering 47 film submissions from film makers all over the Far North, showing a marked increase in both first time and student submissions as well as entries from long-standing Understory participants who have continued to support the festival over its 5-year history.
Luring primarily narrative shorts, the festival also attracted music videos, documentaries, experimental and animations. Ten awards were up for grabs which were decided by a panel of industry professionals. The awards included Best Film, Best Emerging Talent and two new award categories Best Screenplay and Best Use of Location, providing our regions filmmakers with further opportunity to be acknowledged for their work.
The Screening and Awards Night was held at Tanks Arts Centre on Saturday 13 October and was hosted by film and television industry heavy weights Aaron Fa’aoso (Lonestar Productions) and Douglas Watkin (Screen Queensland). Admission was free and all festival attendees were invited to vote for their favourite film in the People’s Choice award.
Prior to the evening’s festivities, a free Screen Industry Forum was held, where guest speakers Douglas Watkin, (Screen Queensland) and Aaron Fa’aoso (Lonestar Pictures) discussed their pathways in creating a sustainable career within the film industry. An informal networking event followed the forum.
See a full Awards List below:
Understory Film Festival is proudly presented by Cairns Regional Council, and acknowledges financial support from Screen Queensland through their Screen Culture Program, James Cook University, CQUniversity, GRMPA and Kite Fish Film.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming information about the 6th Annual Understory Film Festival which will be held in 2019.
FOR MORE INFO:
Understory Film Festival, Cultural Services
P (07) 4032 6656
Cultural Services Publicity
P 0484 689 546
Understory Film Festival is presented by Cairns Regional Council’s, Cultural Services.
WHEN: Applications are open now and will close on 31 August 2018 and 24 August 2018 for High School students.
THE EVENT: Saturday 13 October 2018, Tanks Arts Centre