I'm a creative writer living in my hometown of Brisbane. I'm inspired by beauty in nature and stories of the human spirit.
Calling Australia's aspiring filmmakers
Organised by the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA), ecoflicks is a film festival that promotes and encourages aspiring filmmakers. Although based on the Sunshine Coast and financially supported by Sunshine Coast Council and SEQ Catchments, the festival is open to entries from all ages throughout Australia.
With the next generation in mind, the festival is about "People with Passion Sharing a Vision" and is a celebration of creative talent that inspires environmental stewardship. The aim of the festival is to communicate local environmental stories and messages achieved by grassroots actions/groups/individuals. In other words, celebrating who and what is making a difference to the environment in our community.
Sunshine Beach High School students film Noosa River catchment environment for ecoflicks 2012
Budding filmmakers are asked to create and submit short films (three to five minutes) with environmental themes to captivate, inspire and enthuse viewers with their messages. Apart from promoting important environmental messages, what makes this film festival special is that tuition and mentoring support is provided for filmmakers to improve their skills and help develop their ideas through to fruition.
An example of this comes in the form of a free filmmaking workshop, being held on Saturday and Sunday 8-9th February 2014, 9am-5pm at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Faculty of Arts and Business DG. 43 Computer Lab Mac. You can book with NICA at email@example.com.
Keen amateur film makers attend a free workshop at USC by Qld School of Film and Television tutor in 2013
Award categories include 'Best ecoflick' (Sunshine Coast filmmaker or a film about the Sunshine Coast region), 'Best Mobile Phone ecoflick' (Australia-wide); 'Best Student film' (under 18s), 'Runner-up Student film' (under 18s), 'People's Choice Award' and 'Best Local Soundtrack'. Sponsors for the event so far include the Original Eumundi Markets, The Outdoor Education Centre, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, SEQ Catchments, Outrigger Resort Noosa, Noosa Avalon Cottages and Qld Water and Land Carers (QWaLC).
Two amateur film makers attend a workshop sponsored by Qld School of Film and Television, Brisbane 2011
Entries are due 15 April 2014. All details for 2014, including entry conditions and forms, str on the ecoflicks website.
Screenings of the winning entries will be held at World Environment Day (June) as well as at various other events throughout the year. The 2014 festival is the fifth year of this inspirational event, launched as a special screening of previous winning entries held at the Outrigger Theatrette in Noosa, November 2013. Previous entries can be viewed on YouTube.
..and the 2013 winner is...Henry Glover (centre) with first prize $750 cash presented by sponsor Peter Homan of Original Eumundi Markets (right), with NICA ecoflicks co-ordinator, Maree Prior (left)
NICA (Maree Prior, ecoflicks organiser) can be contacted on 0417 554 905 for further information on the event and in relation to sponsorship opportunities and screenings. You can also find more information on the ecoflicks website and the ecoflicks Facebook page.
Contact details for Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) are as follows: