Features, shorts, masterclasses – VFest is go!

Capricorn Film Festival will present a virtual screen festival this August called VFest.

VFest will celebrate Queensland and international stories by screening home-made feature films, international and Australian-made experimental short films, as well as a series of discussions and masterclasses hosted by Cinema Australia’s Matthew Eeles.

Cinema Australia is proud to partner with Capricorn Film Festival to present VFest. I’m passionate about creating opportunities for filmmakers to learn and develop their skills and these master classes have been designed to do just that. And what better way to learn than from the comfort of your own home,” said Eeles.

The event will include three Australian feature films highlighting South East, Central and Northern Queensland.

The Coolangatta Gold

Australia’s most famous summer sport is on show in The Coolangatta Gold, starring Colin Friels, Nick Tate, and legendary surf life saver, Grant Kenny. The Coolangatta Gold tells the story of Steve and Adam, brother’s burdened by their father’s desire for glory and must win The Coolangatta Gold.

A scene from The Coolangatta Gold.


The second movie is the indie gem, Broke, filmed in Gladstone with a star-studded Australian cast including Max Cullen, Steve Le Marquand, Claire Vander Boom and Brendan Cowell. Broke is about a disgraced sports star and gambling addict who attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan.

Dark Age

The final movie, Dark Age is in the vain of Jaws set in the outback and stars John Jarratt, Burman Burman and David Gulpilil. A park ranger is tasked with dealing with a killer crocodile that appears to have a spiritual connection with the local Aboriginals.


The event will include five virtual masterclasses with Queensland industry professionals including actors, filmmakers and distributors, hosted by Cinema Australia’s Matthew Eeles.

Join prolific television and feature film producer Nathan Mayfield (Five Bedrooms, Tidelands) for an intimate conversation about his life and career; accomplished actor Tim Ross (Wonderland, Dive Club); distributors Dov Kornits (Pivot Pictures) and Gil Scrine (Antidote Films); film school lecturers Dean Chricop and Bobbi-lea Dionysius; and emerging producers Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe, Kym Melzer and Phil Denson share their individual journeys and what it takes to become a filmmaker in the ever-changing global media marketplace.

Short Films

The program will also include twenty three innovative shorts under the CAPS Experimental banner. Genres include documentary, animation and experimental. 

“We have been hard at work creating an exciting online event jam packed with classic Queensland movies and a great selection of important discussions with film industry personnel,” said festival founder and VFest director, Luke Graham.

VFest will only be available online via Capricorn Film Festival’s official website. The online event starts on Friday 13th August at 7:00am and concludes Sunday August 15th at 11:59am.

To learn more, and to purchase your pass, visit: www.capricornfilmfestival.com

Screen Queensland is the major partner for the event, with Cinema Australia its media partner.

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