THE 7TH 2022 CAPRICORN FILM FESTIVAL WILL GO AHEAD AS A IN PERSON EVENT ​ADHERING TO COVID-19 SAFE PRACTISES UNDER DIRECTION FROM THE QLD GOVERNMENT.

The Capricorn Film Festival is a not for profit organisation that discovers local, national and international cinema gems, and shares them with a diverse audience of film lovers.

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.

The event is held in mid January, where a crowds of thousands from all over Central Queensland enjoy five days of cinema, supporting filmmakers from the region and all corners of the globe.

Shortlisted films are screened at the event with a total prize pool of $4,000 awarded between the winners of each category as judged by a panel of celebrity judges (actors, filmmakers and industry professionals). 

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.

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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.

The Capricorn Film Festival is competitive, with over $4,000 in prizes 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 LONG FORM AWARDS:
CAPS Best Director
CAPS Best Actor

CAPS Short Film Competition:

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

OTHER SHORT FORM AWARDS:
CAPS EXperimental Winner
CQ Rising Star
Best Short Director
Best Short Actor

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.
Short Films: Any genre of film under 30 minutes length will be considered for CAPS Short and CAPS Open. Film must be under 10 minutes for CAPS Junior.
The film 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.
CAPS Short, Open & Junior 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 this 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.
Accepted films will be required to sign a finalist agreement.
Submitters will be added organisation digital newsletters and other opportunities.

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  • Matt Kirby

    Fantastic Festival! I really enjoyed being part of it as well as watching some great films I otherwise wouldn't have seen. Luke is a great festival director too - he communicates really well. I will definitely enter the Capricorn Film Festival again.

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Matt, Thank you for the support of the festival!

  • Even though my film was not selected to be part of the main festival, Capricorn held a sidebar screening of my film and others at a local gallery, which was great. Highly recommended!

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Andrew!

  • Great and responsive film festival. My film "Redemption" screened there a couple of years back.

    https://vimeo.com/110987681

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tom, hope your well,
    Luke

  • Natalie Erika James

    Luke and his team are wonderfully communicative and have such a clear passion for the films they program. Would highly recommend this festival!

    July 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Natalie and congrats on Relic!

  • Dominic Russell

    A festival that creates an atmosphere of community support and identity. Beautiful location, diverse range of content and strong communication. I would recommend this to every filmmaker!

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dom!