Port Shorts goes large
THE theme is out and a new music video category is in for the 2017 Port Shorts Film Festival to be held under the stars at the Port Douglas Sports Complex on October 27-28.
For the first time since the Port Shorts Film Festival originated more than 15 years ago, the theme for the Local Filmmakers category has been scrapped so filmmakers from Cairns to Cooktown can tell any story they want any way they wish in four minutes.
Champion Aussie actor Stephen Curry will be reunited with Wolf Creek executive producer Matt Hearn and Australian Film Industry Awardnominated screenwriter Kier Shorey for a third festival as a Port Shorts Judge and Ambassador and has a few tips for budding local filmmakers.
“While we’ve farewelled the local theme to make the festival easier to participate in, I will personally be giving the short films that mention my name at least 200 times and portray me at least 20 per cent more intelligent than I could ever hope to be a slight weighting in the judging process,” Curry said.
“I can’t speak for fellow judge Matt Hearn, except to say I’ve known him in the past to look more favourably on filmmakers who come with a free delivery of party pies and Kier Shorey apparently has a weakness for clever anecdotes that he can frame on the office wall.
“Regardless of your approach, just get your film in, show us what you’ve got and let’s see if we can help you reach the next level of your filmmaking potential.”
More than $12,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs for filmmakers at the bigger, longer, louder 2017 Port Shorts Film Festival.
The better, tastier, shinier version of the Port Shorts Film Festival includes an extension of the time limit for the $5000 major prize from seven minutes to 10 minutes and a new Port Shorts Music Video Awards category.
The Port Shorts Young Filmmaker Awards and the inaugural Port Shorts Music Video Awards will feature on the big screen at the Port Shorts Film Festival on Friday, October 27, with the Port Shorts Local Filmmaker Awards and the Port Shorts Open Filmmaker Awards to be showcased on Saturday, October 28.
To enter the Port Shorts Film Festival or for more details go to www.portshorts.com or www.fillmfreeway.com.
Actor Stephen Curry, a devout Port Douglas fan, is back this year for Port Shorts. Currently he is promoting his latest film, Hounds of Love