The coolest film festival in the heat of the tropics.

BEST OPEN FILM - $5000 AUD

A breathtaking location and platform to showcase some of the best short films from around the globe with some of Australia’s most accomplished film exponents sharing their knowledge with our filmmakers – the Port Shorts Film Festival is a feast for the filmmaking senses.

The 2017 Port Shorts Film Festival will be staged under the stars in nature’s playground, Port Douglas in Far North Queensland where the majestic Daintree Rainforest meets the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, on October 27th & 28th 2017.

With a prize pool worth more than $15,000 up for grabs, the Port Shorts Film Festival shines the spotlight on the imagination of Australia’s most creative minds, with a support network geared to stimulate the next generation of filmmakers.

Acclaimed Australian actor Stephen Curry, Wolf Creek and Rogue Executive Producer Matt Hearn and Australian Film Industry Awards nominated screenwriter Kier Shorey (Blurred) will be with emerging filmmakers every step of the journey as official ambassadors, mentors and judges of the Port Shorts Film Festival.

Port Shorts organisers will also conduct workshops for youth and adult filmmakers of all experience to provide them with the tools to produce quality short films, documentaries and music videos in the months leading up to the film festival.

We want to help Australia’s best emerging filmmakers achieve their potential and celebrate their individuality.

Awards & Prizes

PORT SHORTS OPEN FILMMAKERS AWARD

With a first prize of $5000 AUD up for grabs, the only restriction on films entered for the Port Shorts Open Filmmakers Awards is a maximum film length of ten (10) minutes - including titles and credits.
Any genre

PORT SHORTS MUSIC VIDEO AWARD
Only music videos for original compositions are eligible.
Open to worldwide
First prize TBC

PORT SHORTS YOUNG FILMMAKERS AWARD - *Under 18*
Maximum film length four minutes
Any genre
First prize TBC

PORT SHORTS LOCAL FILMMAKERS AWARDS

Only residents of the Douglas Shire, Cairns, Mareeba Shire, Tablelands Shire, Wujal Wujal and Cook Shire are eligble to enter Port Shorts Local Filmmakers Awards.
Maximum film length is four minutes
First prize is $2000 AUD
Any genre

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Saturday 28th October - Main Event Filmmakers - $500 AUD

Rules & Terms

PORT SHORTS 2017 ENTRY GUIDELINES

TERMS & CONDITIONS – ENTRY GUIDELINES
• Port Shorts is open to everyone, from the first time filmmaker to the seasoned professional
• Films must have been completed after February 1st, 2016
• Films must be eligible for one of the following categories:

Port Shorts Open Filmmakers Award

Port Shorts Local Filmmakers Award

Port Shorts Young Filmmakers Awards:

Port Shorts Music Video Award

TERMS & CONDITIONS – PORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL, 2017
PORT SHORTS 2017 ENTRY GUIDELINES
• Port Shorts is open to everyone, from the first time filmmaker to the seasoned professional
• Films must have been completed after February 1st, 2016
• Films must be eligible for one of the following categories:

Port Shorts Open Filmmakers Award
Port Shorts Local Filmmakers Award
Port Shorts Young Filmmakers Award
Port Shorts Music Video Award

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY
* All entries must be submitted online at FilmFreeway (www.filmfreeway.com). We prefer submissions to be .MP4 or .MOV formats, but please contact us at info@portshorts.com if you have any questions.

* You must submit your completed application via FilmFreeway NO LATER than 5pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time), September 22nd, 2017.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By entering the Port Shorts Film Festival, you agree that Port Shorts Inc. may use screen shots and up to 20 seconds of footage from your film for any marketing and publicity purposes.

If your film is selected for the competition you will be sent a letter of confirmation by the 29th of September, 2017 and must submit a video introducing yourself to the Port Shorts audience up to 15 seconds, by the 6th of October, 2017 (be as creative as you wish).

If your film is selected for the competition, a high resolution version needs to be available for download through FilmFreeway (e.g. through the interface or a vimeo link).
You agree that Port Shorts Inc., a not-for-profit organisation, may exhibit the film in total at the 2017 Port Shorts Film Festival and festival events.

If your short film is selected as a finalist at the 2017 Port Shorts Film Festival: after two years, Port Shorts Inc. has the right to reproduce the film in part or in total for inclusion on the Port Shorts website, YouTube Channel, Vimeo Channel or for any other promotional purposes.

Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meets the Festival guidelines. Films entered into previous Port Shorts Film Festival events are not eligible.

Winning filmmakers give permission to Port Shorts Inc. to show their film privately to potential sponsors.

By entering the Port Shorts Film Festival you are confirming that you have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter the film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including the copyright of any third party. By entering, you release Port Shorts Inc. from any claim and all responsibilities relating to or arising from its use of the film.

ELIGIBILITY
Entries for Young Filmmakers Awards and Local Filmmakers Awards must provide evidence of eligibility:

¥ Young filmmakers. All major roles – ie the Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor must all be 18 years or under at the time of screening.
¥ Local Filmmakers must reside in one of the following Local Government Areas: Douglas Shire, Cairns Regional Shire, Mareeba Shire, Tablelands Shire, Wujal Wujal or Cook Shire.

Indemnity
The filmmaker and its agents agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Port Shorts Inc., the judges and sponsors – individually and collectively – from claims, losses, damages, demands, costs and any liabilities relating to films submitted to the festival.

The Festival
By entering Port Shorts Film Festival, you agree that Port Shorts Inc. have the final say to exhibit your film at the Port Shorts Film Festival or not. By submitting your film and entry fee, it does not guarantee acceptance of your film into the Port Shorts Film Festival. You also agree that you are aware that all films received will be judged and that some films may not be selected to be shown on the evening. You also understand that the entry fee for the festival is non-refundable and the judges’ decisions are final.

Ready to enter? Let’s go!
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    Oliver Marsden

    Awesome MC, people and films. We love Zort Shorts!

    November 2016
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    Radheya Jegatheva

    The best experience of my life! (even though I couldn't go there in person)

    November 2016
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    Padriac Farma

    Port Shorts was such a great festival to work with! They were thorough, clear, friendly and very accommodating to my student filmmakers!

    November 2016