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12 November, 2021

Understory Film Festival comes to CPAC and Munro Martin Parklands

Understory Film Festival will be presented at CPAC and Munro Martin Parklands from 19-20 November where a variety of screen related activities will animate the venues spread across two days.

The festival is dedicated to growing the future development and significance of screen culture in Far North Queensland as it expands to include a broader program, responding to our industry sector needs and evolving audience base. It continues to forge new connections with industry experts and leaders providing career development opportunities and pathways to broaden networks with the wider national industry. 

Local independent, student, emerging and professional filmmakers in Far North Queensland are invited to create a short film (under 8 minutes including credits) to be in the running for awards and cash prizes. The objectives of the festival are to showcase local talent, build local industry capacity, award achievement and enhance audience development in short film culture. 

The film entries will be judged by our esteemed panel of industry professionals including Molly Reynolds, Dr Jan Cattoni and Dr Russell Milledge, who will select the final shortlist to be shown at The Screening and Awards Presentation in Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday 20 November. 

Awards will be presented to the winning entries with the People’s Choice category being voted by the audience on the night. Winning films are screened at other Cultural Services’ events throughout the year, including the Cairns Festival, Family Movie Nights and other events at Munro Martin Parklands. 

The festival assists significantly in the development of a distinctive Far North Queensland screen culture by promoting our unique region and sharing our stories. 

The films represent a broad cross section of our community that reflect different age groups, diverse cultures, scenery, genres and ideals that make up the region. 

Understory uses screen culture as a catalyst for local engagement with film and provides our regional filmmakers with the opportunity to articulate and share their stories through film and present new work to people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such diverse content.

Tickets available on Ticketlink: 

Festival Program: 

DAY ONE  5:30pm - Understory Film Festival Opening Night, CPAC Foyer Cash Bar 7:00pm - My Name is Gulpilil – Director Q&A Screening with Molly Reynolds, CPAC Theatre Ticketed Event - Cost: $20 

DAY TWO - Saturday 20 Nov 2:00-4:00pm - Understory Film Festival Symposium, CPAC Studio Theatre Ticketed Event - Cost: Free 7:00-9:30pm - Understory Film Festival Screening and Awards Presentation, Munro Martin Parklands Ticketed Event - Cost: $18 7:00pm: Understory Film Festival Finalist Screenings 8:30-9:00pm: Interval 9:00-9:30pm: Understory Film Festival Awards Presentation

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