Chance for film­mak­ers to palm a share of $15K

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AL­MOST ev­ery­one has one, the Dou­glas Shire is fa­mous for them and now film­mak­ers have an op­por­tu­nity to share in more than $15,000 in cash and prizes by get­ting cre­ative with the 2016 Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val Screen Theme, “Palm”.

The 2016 Port Shorts Lo­cal Film­mak­ers Awards is open to film­mak­ers from Cairns, the Table­lands, the Dou­glas Shire and Cook­town while the Port Shorts Young Film­mak­ers Awards are open to film- mak­ers from around Aus­tralia aged 18 years and un­der.

Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor Ali­son Ge­orge said judges Stephen Curry (ac­tor, The Cas­tle), Matt Hearn (pro­ducer, Wolf Creek) and screen­writer Kier Shorey (screen­writer, Blurred) would award bonus points for film­mak­ers’ cre­ative use of the Screen Theme.

“The Port Shorts Lo­cal Film­mak­ers Awards and the Port Shorts Young Film­mak­ers Awards pro­vide an op- por­tu­nity for lo­cal and young film­mak­ers to show­case their tal­ents to a broad au­di­ence and mix it with some of the best emerg­ing film­mak­ers in the coun­try,” Ali­son said.

“Our Port Shorts Screen Theme is lit­er­ally in the hands of film­mak­ers to get cre­ative and fea­ture an icon of Far North Queens­land some­how in their short film.

“By no means does ‘ Palm’ need to be the fo­cus of their short film, we just want it to be a com­mon screen theme our judges and au­di­ences can keep their eyes out for as part of our cel­e­bra­tion of the amaz­ing film­mak­ing tal­ents out there.”

Film­mak­ers have up to four min­utes to tell their sto­ries in both cat­e­gories and en­tries need to be sub­mit­ted by Septem­ber 30.

The Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val will once again be staged un­der the stars in glo­ri­ous Port Dou­glas on Oc­to­ber 28-29.

More de­tails about the 2016 Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val will be re­vealed in com­ing weeks.

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEAS­DALE

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