Festivals and events

2015-16 Financial Year

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.

  • 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 – 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 – Brisbane Powerhouse’s longstanding flagship event for the LGGBTIQ community in Queensland.
  • Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, Winton – celebrates outback film culture under the starts in the heart of the Queensland outback in Winton.
  • Iranian Film Festival, Brisbane – aims to educate and entertain through the presentation of the most interesting Iranian cinema.
  • Heart of Gold Film Festival, Gympie – one of the gems in the crown of Australian short film festivals.
  • Cinema Ventures BEMAC Screenings, Brisbane – monthly screenings 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 incorporates Australian short film competition and satellite cultural film events.
  • Capricorn Film Festival –  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 – 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 –  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 – showcases and celebrates 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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) – 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, 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.