More than 250 applications have been whittled down to 42 finalists in the 17th Canberra Short Film Festival, 14-16 September, which was launched today at Dendy Cinemas.
Entries came from around the country – and the world, with Colin Graham, producer of Imbolc, travelling from Ireland to Canberra to see his film in the International category.
The festival has also partnered with one of the biggest film festivals in Eastern Europe, The Zubroffka International Short Film Festival in Poland, and Canberra’s best short films will make up an Australian category in that festival.
This year Canberra’s short film fest adds two new categories – documentary and international – along with open national, Canberra local, and schools. Awards are also given for best emerging, best practicing and people’s choice. Films can be any genre, any style, and run for just 20 minutes.
Winners of each category compete for a share in $6000 in prize money plus a shot at wider exposure as the festival takes to the road for its first regional tour. Winning films will tour regionally taking in the Bay City Cinema in Bateman’s Bay, which is one of the last independently owned cinemas in NSW; the Cooma Twin Cinemas; the Lilac City Cinemas in Goulburn and the Forum 6 in Wagga Wagga.
The festival’s new director, local award-winning filmmaker Christian Doran, has great expectations for the festival, with an ambitious five-year plan to gain Oscar Accreditation and to expand the festival into the likes of St Kilda and Flickerfest.
The panel of judges include: Paul McDermott, Rhys Muldoon, Gabby Millgate, Louise Leitch, and LA-based actor Chuck Noland.
RiotACT has two double passes to give away, worth $32 each.