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Central Queensland’s premiere film arts festival is back with its biggest event to date including premieres, destination events, art experiences and more.
The 2022 Capricorn Film Festival is presented by Livingstone Shire Council and will be held from Wednesday the 12th to Sunday 16th of January 2022 on the beautiful Capricorn Coast.
The festival will host seven feature films and documentary premieres over the course of five days. For the first time four feature films will be available to stream under the banner CAPS Play.
The festival has expanded its activities to include other arts opportunities for the community to participate in and experience. These include visual art exhibition, video gaming, video art and musical performance.
The 7th annual event will draw back the opening night curtain at Yeppoon Town Hall on Wednesday 12th January at 6.30pm for the premiere of international festival gem Ithaka, which follows Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, as he fights to free his son. It promises to be a sellout event with John Shipton, joining Yeppoon locals and special guests to walk the red carpet and provide a post screening Q&A.
“Ithaka is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and we are excited to have John Shipton up for the special screening,” said festival director Luke Graham.
Thursday screening will include the Australian premiere of inspirational coming of age documentary Zero Gravity, about a group of middle-school students who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station. This is highly recommended for families and students alike. The director will be available for a post screening video link Q&A.
For the first time, Thursday’s activities conclude with the special screening presentation of Wash my Soul in the Rivers Flow, a cinematic reinvention of Archie Roach and the late Ruby Hunters 2004 award winning concert in collaboration with the Australian Art Orchestra. This will be preceded by a special musical performance of Bundaberg artist, Chelsea Stutchbury called Poetic Darkness. The event will be held in the regions natural wonder, the Capricorn Caves. Director Philippa Bateman will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A.
Friday afternoon screening will be the Central Queensland premiere of The Boys That Said No! Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Judith Ehrlich, it tells the story of a mass movement of draft resisters who choose conscience over killing in the Vietnam War. Judith will be in attendance and provide a post screening Q&A.
Two award winning Australian documentaries will conclude Saturday’s events. When the camera stopped rolling tells the story of a daughter who turns her camera onto the life of her trailblazing filmmaker mother to find troubling shadows behind their stunning images. Meet the Wallers is a remarkable keyhole into family life, a meditation on art, mortality, philanthropy and happiness. Both directors will be attending for the post screening Q&A.
Saturday night, join us for a FREE special night of cinema music called, Cinema Memories held at the beautiful Yeppoon Amphitheatre. Capricornia Silver Band will take you back to your favourite movie musical scores with a tribute to the history of cinema.
Regional filmmakers and those in attendance will have multiple events to networks with film industry professionals including distributors, post facilitators, marketing experts, producers, directors and funders.
On Sunday compete against video gamers of all ages in the regions first Video Gamer Competition. The retro games tournament will include classic games such as Tetris, NBA JAM, Mario Kart and Street Fighter 2 with the winner of each game receiving cash prizes. It will be held at the Yeppoon Amphitheatre.
CAPS Short Film Festival will conclude the event featuring selected short films from around the world and locally in competition and reviewed by a jury including Australian film industry professionals.
Free community art activities Sensory CQ and CAPS Experimental will be available daily. Sensory CQ art in the Dark held nightly, is a visually stimulating and eclectic collection of pop up glow in the dark cinema art pieces situated strategically along the esplanade and James Street, Yeppoon. CAPS Experimental will present a series of short form video art with screened at Fig Tree Galleries. Three short films by Central Queensland filmmakers play directly after under the name, CQ Shorts.
“This year’s theme encourages the connection and exhibition of cinema art and its perception through visual mediums. With the cancellation of last year’s event, we are very excited to deliver this expanded cinema arts experience and screen powerful stories to the region, says Graham.
Yeppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities when the filmmakers and professionals arrive for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland, Australian Government RISE Fund and Keppel Coast Arts.
“Our partners provide us the opportunity to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen story tellers. Hopefully lots of great connections are made that will help the creative industry grow on the Capricorn Coast and the greater Central Queensland community.” said Graham.
To purchase tickets or learn more: www.capricornfilmfestival.com