Capricorn FF

Tegan Crowley and Vateresio Tuikaba in Maybe Tomorrow.

CQ’s annual film festival returns!

There’s just four weeks until the 5th anniversary of Central Queensland’s premiere film destination event, the Capricorn Film Festival in Yeppoon returns!

The Capricorn Film Festival is on once again November 20 – 23 where filmmakers, actors, industry professionals and government will be visiting Yeppoon to lend their expertise to the event, held at the Yeppoon Town Hall.

Capricorn Film Festival 2019 will host six Central Queensland premieres of feature films and documentaries, over the course of four days including two outdoor screenings.

Festival Patron, Michael Caton opens the 5th annual Capricorn Film Festival with the QLD Premiere of feature film, Bellbird including post screening Q&A with a filmmaker. Bellbird is set over four seasons on a humble Northland dairy farm, Bellbird is the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son and the local community.

Bellbird stars New Zealand and Australian film industry legend Marshall Napier, who will be in attendance for a special Q&A after the screening. 

Thursday will include the QLD Premiere of Talking About Trees. Winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival the film is tells the story about Ibrahim, Suleiman, Manar and Altayeb have been friends for over 45 years. After years of distance and exile, they are reunited, hoping to finally make their old dream come true; to bring cinema to Sudan. 

Thursday concludes with the Australian premiere of multi award winning Swedish drama, Ghabe, which tells the story of a Syrian refugee with traumatic memories of the war, battles the local racism and his over protective cousin, endangering his application for residence permit while falling in love with a local woman only to find out how deep the racism really goes.

Friday introduces two stories from Victorian filmmakers, who will both be in attendance. Winner of the Best Independent Film at the Gold Coast Film Festival, Maybe Tomorrow. As a young couple struggle with the demands of life with a new baby, they plow forward on production for their latest self-funded independent feature film. From the prolific indie duo Caitlin Farrugia and Michael Jones, this is a gentle comedy-drama that investigates the ways young artists can balance the challenge of starting a new family while still scratching that creative cinematic itch. 

Happy Sad Man.

The first free community event is screening Friday night with the CQ Premiere of Happy Sad Man. Happy Sad Man is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men. The documentary will be screened at the Yeppoon beach Amphitheatre.

The final day starts with a series of masterclasses and discussions by Australian industry professionals, giving attendees key information to take their next step into the Australian film industry.

Followed up by the Central Queensland Premiere of the documentary, Tommy Emmanuel – The Endless Road. Winner of both, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Best Music Documentary award and El Dorado Film Festival, Best Music Documentary. From the Australian outback to Music City USA, a child guitar prodigy dedicates his life to become the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist, even as revelations of dark family secrets send him into a battle with addiction that threatens to destroy his career, his family and his life.

The festival concludes on Saturday night with the flagship event, the CAPS Short Film Festival, where short films from all over the world compete for the prestigious CAPS World, Best Short Film. The event will be under the stars at Yeppoon’s Beach front amphitheatre.

“We are very excited to see what filmmakers have created this year’s film festival, and to show the Central Queensland region, these powerful stories,” festival founder Luke Graham said.

The film festival will draw some forty filmmakers from Northern Queensland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth including regional attendees, all touching down in Yeppoon to meet and network.

The Capricorn Film Festival opens on Wednesday 20th and finishes on 23rd November, proudly support by Livingstone Shire Council.

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