Returning for its third year running, Sony presents the Catchlight Film Festival to once again celebrate the best short-form filmmaking shot on Sony cameras across Australia and New Zealand. The Festival aims to encourage filmmakers at all levels, from passionate amateurs to industry veterans, showcasing the exceptional talent and abilities of cinematographers and filmmakers who are using the Sony system to capture their stories.

In 2023, the Catchlight Film Festival includes four categories; Fiction (scripted), Non-Fiction (documentary), Student Fiction and Music Video, once again encouraging submissions from short filmmakers of all kinds. Building on Sony’s deep roots in the global film and television industry, and its technology leadership in digital imaging, the Catchlight Film Festival aims to support the vibrant and flourishing filmmaking community in Australia and New Zealand.

In partnership with our sister companies Sony Pictures Releasing and Sony Music, each category-winning film will be awarded with a unique experience specific to that category as well as a prize package of Sony digital imaging products. In addition, thanks to the support of our partners at Atomos, Lemac, VA Hire and Videocraft, we are launching a set of special laurel awards that highlight exceptional cinematography, as well as the skillful use of Sony's native lens range, each with a valuable prize attached..

------- Fiction Winner ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Sony Pictures Professional Development/Mentoring Session with a Senior Executive at Sony Pictures Releasing and a prominent Australian Producer.

A double pass to attend the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards 2024.

Some conditions apply, see T&Cs

------- Fiction Runner-Up --------------------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

------- Non-Fiction Winner --------------------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Professional Development Session with a panel of industry professionals including the category judge.

A double pass to attend the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards 2023.

Some conditions apply, see T&Cs

------- Non-Fiction Runner-Up ---------------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

------- Music Video Winner --------------------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Up to 3 people from the production team will receive the opportunity to work with the Sony Music team (and be credited on) visual content for a Sony Music emerging artist, relevant to your skills set.

A double pass to attend the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards 2023.

Some conditions apply, see T&Cs

------- Music Video Runner-Up --------------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

------- Student Fiction Winner --------------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Some conditions apply, see T&Cs

------- Student Fiction Runner Up ---------------------------------------------------------

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew

------- Special Laurels --------------------------------------------------------------------------

Best Cinematography in Fiction, supported by Videocraft
A $2500 rental gear package, courtesy of Videocraft

Best Cinematography in Non-Fiction, supported by VA Hire
A $2500 rental gear package, courtesy of VA Hire

Best Cinematography in Music Video, supported by Lemac
A $2500 rental gear package, courtesy of Lemac

Best Cinematography in Student Fiction, supported by Atomos
$2,500 worth of Atomos gear, courtesy of Atomos

Best Sony Lens Work
$2,500 worth of Sony lens/es

Please see below the conditions your film must meet to qualify for the Catchlight Film Festival. If any of these criteria is unmet, the submitted film will be disqualified and considered ineligible for the Catchlight Film Festival.

------- Shot on Sony ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

No less than eighty-percent (80%) of the submitted film must be shot (recorded) on a Sony camera. The remaining 20% is leniency, where applicable, for stock footage or drone footage. The film can be shot on multiple Sony cameras.

------- Who can enter --------------------------------------------------------------------------

Entrants must be an Australian or New Zealand resident aged 18 years or older
Entrants must have read and understood the T&Cs for the Catchlight Film Festival
Entrants must hold all relevant rights for the film being submitted
Entrants must have a production credit on the film being submitted

------- Submission ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

To be eligible for consideration, the entrant must submit:

1. Main Film
Film duration should be 4-20 minutes for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Student submissions.
First round film entry should be no less than Full-HD (1920x1080) resolution.

2. Film Poster
Required: Film poster (Portrait 300 dpi @ 282x422)
Required: Background image (Landscape 300 dpi @ 1600x1100)
Recommended: Film Poster (Landscape 300 dpi @585x330)
Recommended: Carousel image (Landscape 300 dpi @ 1600x600)
2 – 3 images (either frames from the feature or production stills) to represent your film.

All images are not required for submission, however if your film becomes a finalist you will be required to supply the images.

3. A short behind-the-scenes film
This content is for verification purposes only and will not be used by judges to select a winner
Video should show Sony camera/s in use and how the film set was run
Video must be between 2-3 minutes in length
Any legible format is accepted including mobile phone footage

For full terms and conditions please visit the Catchlight Film Festival website: https://scene.sonyanz.com/competitions/catchlight-film-festival-2023

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  • Percibrey Constance

    An earnest and respectable attitude from Sony and the festival organisers; I was honoured to be there and recognised for my film work.

    September 2023
  • ‘Twas a great festival to be apart of! Thank you once again! 😁

    September 2022
  • Sidney Fenton

    Thank you to the team at Sony Film Festival for hosting such a fun and well run awards ceremony. Excellent communication and professionalism. We will definitely be submitting future projects to your festival again!

    October 2021
  • What a great festival. Unfortunately because of the pandemic we could not have a public screening but I felt privileged to be part of the program!

    Thanks Sony Film Festival.

    October 2021