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SQ Shorts 2018

Screen Queensland (SQ) is thrilled to announce a suite of four short film programs in 2018, marking the most ambitious state agency program of its kind. $480,000 will be invested in the production of twelve short films this year, all of which will screen at global festivals and events.

Continuing its commitment to genre filmmaking, SQ has partnered with Screamfest LA for a second year to have three horror short films created by Queensland teams to play in competition at the landmark horror festival.

In addition to this, a further three genre shorts (sci-fi, fantasy or thriller) will be supported through development and production to deliver films for festival screening.

Three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmaking teams will also receive funding to create short films under the theme of LOVE for festival release.

Another three teams will be supported to create online short films as proofs of concept for online or broadcast series.

Twelve Queensland filmmaking teams will receive up to $40,000 each to immediately develop and produce twelve short films, including:

  • Three horror shorts between 8-10min to screen in competition at Screamfest LA in October 2018
  • Three online comedy pilots targeted at an 18-25yo audience for broadcast or online series between 5-7min that will screen at the Online Video Awards in September 2018 and be uploaded on YouTube. The application should include the vision for an entire series – we want to see your most creative thoughts for how the series could be made. One quarter of each pilot budget must be expended on executing a marketing plan to reach a YouTube audience.
  • Three edgy genre shorts (sci-fi, fantasy or thriller. Excludes horror.) between 8-10min to screen at a TBA festival
  • Three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander shorts under the theme of LOVE between 8-10min to screen at a TBA festival.

Complete draft screenplays must be submitted at application stage and must appeal to audiences both domestically and internationally.

Workshops with respected filmmaking professionals will be scheduled throughout the development, preproduction and postproduction stages in order to allow the selected teams a rare opportunity to receive expert consultation.

The teams will also receive a contribution to the cost of travel so that they can attend the screening of their films at the festivals and arrange meetings with distributors, producers and agents to further their slate and careers.

How do I apply?

  1. Read the guidelines and SQ’s terms of trade, paying special attention to the eligibility and assessment criteria
  2. Contact Screen Queensland’s Content team if you would like to discuss your application 07 3248 0500 or
  3. Apply online at by 5pm Thursday 1st March. Late applications will not be assessed. You will receive a notification email within 30 minutes of applying. Please note it is the applicants responsibility to contact SQ if this email is not received.

Previous Screen Queensland short film programs

In 2016-17 $142,500 in funding was awarded to three horror shorts that screened at Screamfest LA:

Hobby Shop, written by Stephanie Liquorish, Zac Loy, Jacob Irvine, directed by Stephanie Liquorish and Isabel Stanfield and produced by Ryan Greaves and Isabel Stanfield.

Post Mortem Mary, written and directed by Joshua Long and produced by Daniel Schultz.

Slaughter at Lonesome Rock, written by Lucas Thyer and Simon Jeffares, directed by Lucas Thyer and produced by Caitlin Johnston and Jeff Tseng.

The three shorts underwent an intensive development workshop with local horror screenwriters Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause, which enabled them to refine their scripts prior to production and were lucky enough to have feedback on their rough cuts from renowned horror editor Kirk M. Morri (Insidious, Conjuring, Lights Out). The three shorts screened at Screamfest LA in October 2018.

In 2015-16 $120,000 in funding was awarded to:

In A Cane Field, written and directed by Emily Avila and produced by Coralie Tapper.

Boggabilla Bus, written by Yianni Papananolis, directed by Mitch Kennedy and produced by Samantha Laidlaw.

The Bus Stop, written and produced by Ian Ludwick, co-written by Martin Ingle and directed by Ben Southwell.

Welcome To Country, written and directed by Dean Gibson, co-written by Luke Tierney and produced by Helen Morrison.

The films were be developed and produced in Queensland with local talent and crew as part of a broad-based program aimed at early career practitioners, supported by SQ, and recognising the importance of short film in the development of skills and careers in the screen industry.

James Greville and Tori Garrett, principals in Brisbane-based production company Two Little Indians, executive produced the short films.

SQ acknowledges the financial support of Screen Australia in the 2015-16 Early Career Screen Program.