Port Shorts goes large

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

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.

Pic­ture: IAN CUR­RIE

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

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