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Cicada Film Festival 2020

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A platform giving youth a voice on the environment
The Cicada Film Festival, launched in 2011, is a short film competition that is open to youth, up to and including 24 years of age, who live in South East Queensland.

Entry is open to the 2020 Cicada Film Festival
Entry is now open to the 2020 Cicada Film Festival


The Cicada Film Festival is run by the Bayside Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland who believe that youth have the most at stake in the actions and decisions that are being made today and aims to provide a platform for youth to be heard on important environmental issues.

The Cicada Film Festival provides youth with a chance to speak on the important environmental issues faced across South East Queensland
The Cicada Film Festival provides youth with a chance to speak on the important environmental issues being faced across South East Queensland


Cicadas were chosen to represent these awards to emphasize that small things have a big part to play in our world, and that, like cicadas, youth can and should be heard - sometimes loudly! Just as entrants have the opportunity to learn more about environmental issues as they research and develop their short films, it is hoped that these will also educate and influence those with whom they are shared. In the past this has included local councils, non-government organisations, and the broader community. Short films from previous years can be viewed here.


No Tree No Me by Andy Masleed - 1st Place U13 2019

Potential benefits for youth who enter the Cicada Film Festival include:

Gaining confidence and contributing to important issues that are shaping their lives.
Gaining skills and learning about issues as they research and work on their entries
Sharing knowledge
Winning prizes
Supporting a potential direction for their future career path.
Getting out, having fun, and meeting like-minded youth!

Short films can be submitted via the online entry form, which includes all of the terms and conditions for entry. Categories include a general theme and an oceans theme, and there are two age groups - one for entrants aged 13 years and under, and a second for entrants aged 14-24 years (inclusive). Additionally, entrants must live within the area defined on the map below:

Map for entrants to the 2020 Cicada Film Festival
Map for entrants to the 2020 Cicada Film Festival


All entries should be:

A maximum of 3 minutes in length
Not contain any commercial music
Be predominantly (at least 70%) produced by the entrant
Be based on science/facts while at the same time being entertaining
Be produced between 8 June 2019 and 7 September 2020

Overall, there is $4500 in cash prizes to be won including three prizes in each category, with each having a first prize of $500, a second prize of $300, and a third prize of $200.

The closing date for entries is on Threatened Species Day - the 7th September 2020, and winners will be announced during a screening and awards night on Friday 30th October 2020.
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Why? The Cicada Film Festival invites youth, who have the most at stake in today's decisions, to submit short films that highlight environmental issues
Where: South East Queensland
Cost: Free
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