Central Queensland's premiere film arts organisation supports regional filmmakers and film production through grants, inspiration, equipment, facilities and mentorship in film education and support networks to provide an avenue for participation by Central Queensland students, artists and community members.
Capricorn Film Festival has four areas through which to support filmmakers and film production within the Central Queensland region.
Capricorn FIlm Festival provides mentorship opportunities through initiatives and regional productions.
CQ PRODUCTION GRANTS
Capricorn FIlm Festival provides grants to both commercial and cultural projects which support film arts in the region.
Networking events based throughout CQ major regional towns for artists to meet and support one another.
EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
Capricorn Film Festival provides a wide array of equipment and facilities for Central Queensland productions.
regional filmmaker mentorship
The Regional Filmmaker Mentorship was established to support Central Queensland's to gain professional experience in key areas of film arts to continue their growth into the industry.
Projects which shoot in the region will have opportunities for Central Queensland filmmakers to learn from Australian industry professionals. Areas include Direction, Cinematography, Production, Editing.
To register your name for upcoming projects, click on the link below.
CAPS FILMMAKER WORKSHOPS
HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
Each school in Central Queensland has the opportunity to participate in the course leading up to the film festival, with the intention to connect, educate and inspire young Central Queensland filmmakers to create short films of proficiency to further their endeavours within the arts.
These workshops will include story and character, direction, camera, sound and editing, with students learning basic tools to create their short films for the festival. To book, please contact our staff for more information.
Do you have an interest in movies? Ever wanted to learn how to write a short story? Or how to be a director, camera operator or editor? Maybe those extra skills to make your Capricorn Film Festival entry amazing!
This short introduction workshop is this and so much more as you learn entry level skills into the filmmaking process. From idea inception through distribution.
To book the next workshop please sign up to our e-newsletter or please contact our staff for more information.
CQ PRODUCTION GRANTS
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND FILMMAKER PROJECT SUPPORT
Capricorn FIlm Festival proudly provides grants to both commercial and cultural projects which support film arts in the region. This program invests in the production of Central Queensland based screen stories across all screen platforms – film, series and documentary.
Applicants can apply for up to $75,000 though grant will also take into account:
Size of the audience, Overall budget. Spend in Central Queensland, Other financing partners and their commitment.
CQ Production Grant is open to anyone who:
Lives and works in Central Queensland (and has been a resident of the state for more than twelve months), Can provide the required detail/documents for the project they are applying for, Owns the rights to the story they are telling, Be an Australian resident working with someone in a key creative role (writer, director, producer) who lives and works in Central Queensland, Have a Producer or Line Producer who is a Queensland resident.
It is important that your team of key creatives authentically represent the story and characters in your application. If your story includes content or characters from an under-represented background, e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; culturally and linguistically diverse people; people with a disability; female; non-binary; or LGBTQIA+ people, then at least one of the three key creative roles (writer, director, producer) must be held by a person who is representative of that diversity.
What are we looking to support?
Is it a good story?, Is it well-told and likely to excite an audience?, Does the team have a clear idea of who their audience is and how to reach them?, Is the budget appropriate for the kind of project and the size of the audience it will reach?, Does the team have a good reputation for delivering what it says it will and the skills to make this happen?, How will this impact the careers of Central Queensland talent and the CQ screen sector more broadly?.
Applications can be submitted at anytime. Please allow up to eight weeks for a decision. Please note that the CQ Production Grant is a loan only and must be paid back to Capricorn Film Festival.
Donate and Support future filmmakers through our DGR Capricorn Film Festival Donation Fund gifts over $2 are 100% tax deductible