Festivals and events


SQ is committed to building a dynamic and vibrant screen culture in Queensland and celebrating the art of filmmaking.


Screen Culture Funding 2017-18 Round 1


Festival Dates Location Funding
Australian Film Industry and ACCTA programming Jan 2017 – Jan 2018  Gold Coast/Brisbane  $120,000 over two years

($60,000 per year)

Animation Alliance Australia Presents 19 August to 12-Nov-17 Brisbane, Cairns  $3,000
APSA 2017 and

APSA 2018

Dates to be announced Brisbane $600,000 over two years

($300,000 per year)

Australian International Movie Convention 8 – 12 October 2017 Gold Coast  $15,000
Brisbane Festival film program 20 – 23 Sept 2017 Brisbane  $20,000
Brisbane International Film Festival 2017 17
Aug 17- 3 Sept 2017 Brisbane $250,000
Brisbane Short Film Festival 20 to 21 Oct-17 Brisbane  In kind support
Caloundra Film Festival 6 to 12-Oct-17 Caloundra, Moffat Beach  $3,500
Capricorn Film Festival 24 October to 04-Dec-17 Gladstone, Rockhampton, Yeepoon, Blackwater, Bileoa, 1770, Bundaberg  $6,000
Game On GO423 Festival 12 to 13-Aug-17 Brisbane  $4,000
Gold Coast Film Fest 2018 and 2019 Dates to be announced Gold Coast $300,000 over two festivals

($150,000 per festival)

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival 8 to 10-Sep-17 Magnetic Island  $4,000
Heart of Gold International Film Festival 2017 5 to 8 Oct-17 Gympie  $7,500
Iranian Film Festival 19 to 21-Oct-17 Brisbane  $4,000
Mackay International Film Festival 2017 4 to 06-Aug-17 Mackay  $2,000
Monster Fest Travelling SideShow 27 November to 10-Dec-17 Brisbane, Townsvile, Mt Isa, Cairns, Mackay and other regional locations  $5,000
Noosa International Film Festival 26 to 29-Oct-17 Noosa  $4,000
Noosa Surf Film Festival 6 to 07-Oct-17 Noosa  $2,500
Port Shorts Film Festival 27 to 28-Oct-17 Port Douglas  $5,000
Queensland Film Festival 13 to 23-Jul-17 Brisbane  $4,000
Queensland Touring Film Festival 3 July 2017 to 15 April 2018


Charters Towers, Ingham, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Dalby and Currumbin  $15,000
Screen Forever 14 to 16 Nov 2017 Melbourne  $10,000
Travelling Film Festival 1 Sept to 3 Dec 2017


Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, Nambour  $20,000
Total $1,404,500




Screen Culture Funding 2017-18 round 2


Festival Dates Location Funding
Access All Areas Film Festival Feb 2018 Gold Coast, Brisbane  $5000
Alliance Francais French Film Festival March 2018 Brisbane  $4000
Australian International Documentary Conference March 2018 and March 2019 Melbourne*

*a national marketplace for industry and broadcasters


($10,000 per year)

Brisbane Backyard Film Festival 18 May 2018 Brisbane $3000
Brisbane Queer Film Festival March 2018 Brisbane $8000
Capricorn CAPS Short Film Festival 28 Jan 2018 Rockhampton  $5000
Flickerfest Short Film Festival – Queensland Tour Feb 2018 Brisbane, Noosa, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Nambour, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Whitsundays and Maryborough  $6000
Immersive Event Lab and Festival Experience May 2018 Brisbane  $6000
Solid Screen 10-14 Feb Gold Coast




Sunscreenings Feb 2018 Gold Coast $6000


Sunshine Coast Surf Film Festival Tbc Caloundra  $4000
Transitions Film Festival March 2018 Brisbane


West End Film Festival May 2018 Brisbane  $6000


Total   $81,000



Screen Culture funding recipients 2016-17:

July  2016

  • Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, 24 June – 2 July

August 2016

  • Mackay International Film Festival, 5-6 Aug
  • Animation Alliance Australia Presents  18 – 20 Aug (Cairns) and 19 – 21 Aug (Brisbane)
  • Weekend Independents at Griffith Cinema 26 – 27 Aug

September 2016

  • Queensland Touring Film Festival (Goondiwindi)
  • Caloundra Fringe Film Festival 2 Sept – 5 Oct
  •  Great Barrier Reef Film Festival 9 – 11 Sept

October – 2016

  • Capricorn Film Festival (Gladstone) 28 – 29 Oct
  • Queensland Touring Film Festival (Charters Towers) 29 Oct
  • Travelling Film Festival QLD Tour 2016 (SFF) Bundaberg (13 – 16 Oct), Toowoomba (7 – 9 Oct), Mackay (14 -16 Oct).
  • Heart of Gold International Film Festival (Gympie),  6 – 9 Oct
  • Australian International Movie Convention (Gold Coast) 9 – 13 Oct
  • Iranian Film Festival 20 – 23 Oct
  • Port Shorts Film Festival, 28 – 29 Oct
  • Epic Diem 1 – 2 Oct

November 2016

  • Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival 23 Nov to 4 Dec
  • Travelling Film Festival QLD Tour 2016 (SFF) visited Cairns (4 – 8 Nov), Rockhampton (11-13 Nov), and Townsville (18 – 21 Nov)
  • Queensland Touring Film Festival Djarra, Richmond ( 2 -5  Nov)
  • Australian Cinematographers Awards  – 19 Nov 2016
  • Brisbane Himalayan Film Festival 25 – 26 Nov
  • Screen Forever 15 – 17 Nov
  • Noosa International Film Festival 3 – 6 Nov

January 2017

  • Global Game Jam – 20 – 22 Jan (Brisbane)

February 2017

  • Flickerfest 26th International Film Festival –  9 – 11 Feb (Brisbane)
  • Flickerfest 26th International Film Festival –  17 Feb  (Gold Coast and Nambour)
  • Flickerfest 26th International Film Festival –  18 to 19 Feb  (Toowoomba)
  • Sunscreenings/Banana Sundays  – February


March 2017

  • Flickerfest 26th International Film Festival – 10 Mar (Cairns)
  • Life is Better When You Surf Festival – 7 Mar (Noosa, Sunshine Coast)
  • Australian International Documentary Conference 5 – 8 Mar (Melbourne)
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 16 Mar – 9 Apr (Brisbane)
  • Brisbane Queer Film Festival – 10 – 19 Mar
  • Transitions Film Festival – 23 – 26 Mar (Brisbane)
  • Flickerfest 26th International Film Festival – 3 – 4 Mar (Mackay, Townsville and Ayr)


April 2017

  • IDENTITY Short Film Festival (as part of National Youth Week) – 3 Apr  (Mount Isa)
  • Gold Coast Film Festival 19 – 30 Apr
  • Flickerfest 26th International Film Festival –  19 Apr (Maryborough)
  • Flickerfest 26th International Film Festival –  postponed due to cyclone (Whitsundays)


May 2017

  • Nandeebie Screen – 19 May – 2 Jul (Redlands)
  • West End Film Festival – 27 – 28 May  (Brisbane)
  • Sunshine Coast International Surf Film Festival – 15 – 21 May 2017
  •  Solid Screen Festival – 2 -3 May (Sunshine Coast)

June 2017

  • Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival 23 Jun – 1 Jul (Winton)
  • Crafting Intangibles – 10 -11 Jun  (Brisbane)

August 2017

  • Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival Aug


  • In the 2015-16 financial year, SQ’s Screen Culture Funding Program provided funding totalling more than $1 million for 32 festivals and screen culture-related activities across Queensland.
  • SQ’s Screen Culture program enables greater accessibility to all Queenslanders and engages regional communities who may not otherwise have film at ‘arm’s reach’.
  • It aims to inspire conversation and informing audiences’ via shining a spotlight on others cultures, traditions and values that co-exist within our communities.
  • Screen Culture funding recipients 2015-16:
  • Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF)
  • Triennial Agreement with Brisbane Marketing. This international event showcases the region’s cinematic excellence and cultural diversity.
  • Gold Coast Film Festival
  • The Gold Coast Film Festival is a 10 day program of screen culture activities held annually on the Gold Coast.
  • Brisbane Festival
  • In 2015, the Brisbane Festival embedded a film stream within the festival for the first time allowing screen culture to exist in dialogue with other art forms in the context of a major international arts festival.
  • Travelling Film Festival 2015 Queensland Tour – Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Mackay, Cairns, Charters Towers and Townsville
  • The TFF presented by the Sydney Film Festival is one of Australia’s longest running touring events and is Australian longest running touring film festival. The TFF presents a specially curated program of nine features and documentaries plus at least three short films to regional communities.
  • The Queensland Touring Film Festival 2015-16 – Currumbin, Coolangatta, Gladstone, Cloncurry, Dijarra, Cooktown, Barcaldine, Maroochydore and Nambour
  • The Queensland Touring Film Festival is a program developed to expand film culture in all facets to all regions of Queensland with a special focus on those in rural and regional areas that can be remote and hard to access.
  • Brisbane Queer Film Festival
  • The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is Brisbane Powerhouse’s longstanding flagship event for the LGGBTIQ community in Queensland.
  • Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival – Winton
  • Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival celebrates outback film culture under the starts in the heart of the Queensland outback in Winton.
  • Iranian Film Festival – Brisbane
  • The Iranian Film Festival aims to educate and entertain through the presentation of the most interesting Iranian cinema.
  • Heart of Gold Film Festival – Gympie
  • Held in Gympie, the Heart of Gold International Film Festival is one of the gems in the crown of Australian short film festivals.
  • Cinema Ventures BEMAC Screenings – Brisbane
  • The Cinema Ventures BEMAC screenings take place monthly at the BEMAC Cinema Kangaroo Point specialising in event screenings of documentaries about issues that includes Q&A with film-maker and audience engagement.
  • West End Film Festival – Brisbane
  • The West End Film Festival is a festival that incorporates Australian short film competition and satellite cultural film events.
  • Capricorn Film Festival – Gladstone
  • The Capricorn Film Festival is a non for profit festival based in Gladstone, which aims to educate residents from the region in the art of filmmaking and presents their films including a selection of international and Australian short films to a diverse audience of film lovers.
  • Flickerfest Queensland Tour –
    including Brisbane, Toowoomba, Noosa, Nambour, Townsville, Gold Coast, Airlie Beach Whitsundays, Maryborough, Trinity Beach and Bundaberg
  • Flickerfest 25 International Short Film Festival (held in January) will embark on national tour for three months. They will visit 10 Queensland regions.
  • Mackay International Film Festival
  • The Mackay International Film Festival is an annual film festival in Mackay screening independent, foreign language and Australian films that would otherwise not be available in the region.
  • Solid Screen Festival – Far North Queensland
  • The Solid Screen Festival is an event to showcase and celebrate screen culture that will be held for the public at the Cairns Institute at Smithfield in Far North Queensland. Solid Screen Festival will engage and showcase the work of International and local Indigenous Women Screen makers in remote and regional Far North Queensland.
  • Indian International Film Festival – Brisbane
  • The Indian International Film Festival is an annual festival that showcases exclusive high quality feature films from Indian Independent film-makers of Indian origin and subject.
  • Caloundra Fringe Film Festival – Sunshine Coast
  • The third Caloundra Fringe Film Festival will show a selection of Australian and overseas features, shorts and a selection of local student films as well as having workshops.
  • Alliance Francaise French Film Festival – Brisbane 2016
  • The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival continues to grow in terms of recognition and reach, demonstrating an ongoing interest in French cinema. Addressing a continuously growing audience in Queensland the festival will carry on promoting the idea that French culture is rich, progressive, diverse, vibrant, tasteful, chic sophisticated, elegant and above all daring.
  • Brisbane Himalayan Film Festival – Brisbane
  • The Brisbane Himalayan Film festival sets out to focus on the largely unrecognised area of Himalayan cinema and the contributions of filmmakers’ artists and merging talent.
  • Understory Film Festival – Cairns
  • The third annual Understory Film Festival encourages local independent, students, emerging and professional filmmakers in Queensland’s Far North region to create a short film of any genre to enter a competition for awards and prizes.
  • Queensland Film Festival- Brisbane
  • The Queensland Film Festival is a new film festival showing a dozen critically acclaimed international festival films and seeks to re-energise local film culture by providing a stimulating environment for thinking and talking about these films.
  • Plus Screen Culture funding supports industry events that engage and inform audiences and Queensland practitioners promoting an understanding of the Queensland and Australian screen production industry within a broad global context.
  • The Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC)
  • The Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) is an annual event for those in the film industry and held at Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast. It attracts approximately 1,000 Delegates including film distributors, exhibitors, producers and allied trades.
  • Screen Forever
  • SQ supports this national screen event being Australia’s premiere business and networking event for the film, television and new media industries in the Southern Hemisphere. This market connects the largest congregation (700+) of producers, content creators, television and film executives, sales agents, financiers, distributors and key decision makers from all sectors of the screen industry in Australia and internationally.
  • Asia Pacific Film Lab to be held at Griffith University
  • The APSALab will bring international filmmakers, script and project developers and industry leaders to Queensland to share knowledge to the Queensland filmmaking community and to the broader cinema-going public interested in film from the Asia Pacific.
  • Net-Work-Play 2016 – Australian International Documentary Conference – AIDC
  • The Australia AIDC is Australia’s industry organisation for the factual film, television and new media industries. Net Work Play is a traditional content market, creative industries talkfest, tech convention and start-up party in one and aims to stimulate new partnerships in a media converged time.
  • 2015 ATOM Awards and National Screenings Tour
    (Queensland Tour – Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Caloundra.)
  • The 2015 ATOM Awards is open to screen industry personnel and students at all levels. The screenings will reach the general public and primary, secondary students in metro and regional areas nationally.
  • Animation Alliance Australia Presents…
  • A cultural forum for Australian and International animation in all its forms exhibited, discussed and debated with emerging independent talent and seasoned masters.