The Noosa International Film Festival has opened entries for its 2018 short film competition.
The festival is calling for filmmakers from Australia and overseas to submit and welcomes films of any genre.
“One of the things I love about the Noosa International Film Festival are the stories that are shared from all over the world,” says Holly Pittman, festival curator.
Last year the festival attracted over 180 short films from 31 countries.
Now entering its third year, the festival is becoming known for its diverse program across the short and feature film streams.
“We accept films of any genre and welcome stories that excite, delight, inspire or make you think,” says Ms Pittman.
“We believe that film is a powerful form of storytelling that can open people to new ways of thinking or even change lives.”
The Noosa International Film Festival is open to filmmakers over the age of 18 and films will be judged across 10 prize categories.
“We screen short films of all forms from drama, comedy, animated, documentary, or experimental. Whether it is light hearted or thought provoking, all stories have a place at NIFF.”
With entries closing on 14 May, the selection process has already begun.
“This year’s festival is going to see a bumper crop,” said Ms Pittman.
“It looks like we’re going to exceed the number of entries we had last year.
Ms Pittman is more than impressed with the breadth of the films being submitted.
“There is a strong contingent of Australian shorts, but Iranian films are again well represented, as well as films from Germany, the UK, the Ukraine, Spain and Portugal,” she said.
Selected films will be screened publicly during the four-day festival in October this year.
Short films entries are limited to 20 minutes in duration and are being accepted through Film Freeway.
The NIFF short film competition regular deadline is 30 April and final entries close 14 May (Canadian time).
For more information, visit http://www.niff.com.au.