Central Queensland’s premiere film destination event containing masterclasses, panel discussions and selected documentary, feature and short films in competition reviewed by a jury of film and entertainment professionals with the winners receiving cash prizes and trophies.
 

Donate and support future filmmakers through our DGR Capricorn Film Festival Donation Fund gifts over $2 are 100% tax deductible 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Capricorn film festival was established to encourage production, not just exhibition. Our event is not just about ‘showing’ films – it’s about ‘making’ them. We aim to provide you with the opportunity to showcase your work to as wide an audience as possible, and help you promote your career and film-making endeavours.
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​ The festival is open to any level of filmmaker, from amateur to professional and is supported by some of Australia's premiere filmmakers and industry companies.

The Capricorn Film Festival is competitive, with over $4,000 in prizes and trophies awarded on to the winners. The categories include:

Feature Films in competition:

CAPS Feature - $1000 (AUD) World Open 

Documentaries in competition:

CAPS Doco - $1000 (AUD) World Open 

 

OTHER AWARDS

CAPS Best Director

CAPS Best Actor

CAPS Short Film Competition:

CAPS Short - $1000 (AUD) World Open 
CAPS Open - $500 (AUD) CQ Over 18 
CAPS Junior - $500 (AUD) CQ Under 18

OTHER AWARDS

CQ Rising Star

Best Short Director

Best Shorts Actor

DATES and DEADLINES 

Opening Date: March 29 2021

Regular Deadline: October 12 2021

Late Deadline: November 2 2021

Notification Date: November 16 2021

 
 

CATEGORIES 

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CAPS

Feature

FEATURE FILM

Open to features films that have not been

broadcast. Sales Agents and Distributors are able to submit upcoming features. World Open. Minimum length of 60 minutes per film.

WINNERS AWARDED

Golden Pineapple Trophy

$1000 AUD Cash

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CAPS

open

SHORT FILM

Short films made by residents of Central Queensland! Anyone 18 years and older. Regions: Bundaberg, Gladstone, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and surrounding areas.

WINNERS AWARDED

CAPS Open Trophy

$500 AUD Cash

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CAPS

doCO

DOCUMENTARY

We want emotive, challenging and experimental docos. World Open to all ages. Minimum length of 60 minutes per film.

WINNERS AWARDED

Golden Palm Trophy

$1000 AUD Cash

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CAPS

junior

SHORT FILM

Open to schools and students at and under the age of 18 years old. Regions include Gladstone, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Bundaberg and others within Queensland.

WINNERS AWARDED

CAPS Junior Trophy

$500 AUD Cash

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CAPS

short

SHORT FILM

Open to all short film worldwide. World Open to all ages. All shorts welcome. Max length of 20 minutes per film. 

WINNERS AWARDED

CAPS Short Trophy

$1000 AUD Cash

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EXPERIMENTAL

VIDEO ART

WINNERS AWARDED

CAPS Experimental Trophy

Short videos which are more artistic in nature, embracing visuals and audio expression  over story structure. We are after thought provoking,  unique, visually stunning and innovative video shorts. 

 

SUBMISSION SITES

festhome

FESTHOME

Filmfreeway

FILMFREEWAY

 

RULES AND TERMS

All Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by 2nd November 2021. 
Only films completed after 1st January 2019 will be considered for the sections. 
Any genre of short film under 10 minutes length will be considered for CAPS Open and CAPS Junior. 

Any genre of short film under 20 minutes length will be considered for CAPS World

Minimum length of 60 minutes is required per Feature film entry. 

Minimum length of 60 minutes per Documentary entry.
All films must not have appeared on Australian television, Pay TV or be screened on an internet site. 
Short Films do not require a premiere screening to be accepted. 
Must be subtitled in English if not English language. 
Filmmakers must enter the correct category. Festival staff reserve the right to request proof. 
Entrants may enter multiple films in multiple categories. 
Short Films must NOT contain; nudity, drug use or excessive violence. 
Feature Films must be suitable for audiences 15 years and above. 
Entrant must have copyright over the film and music and the film submitted. 
You must pay the entry fee when you submit and upload your film via a submission site in the correct format to be in the running for any monetary prizes and trophies. Submissions must be received no later than the entry deadline with all required paperwork and releases provided.

CONTACT THE TEAM 

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

It's also a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people from across Central Queensland and have some fun in the process. Apply by 31 October 2021 to be in consideration. Contact our friendly staff via the form below. If you require anymore information, please call the office number for details.

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