Shrills to resonate through the year
- Shrills and thrills at the Cicada Film Festival (CFF) Premiere Screening & Awards Night (PSAN) held at the Cleveland District State High School Creative Arts Precinct on Friday 7th June.
- It was a ‘sell-out’ event with standing room only. There was lots to celebrate: World Environment Day 5th June, World Oceans Day 8th June and it was included as a Climate Week Qld event.
- Comperes were Redland City Councillor Paul Bishop and Laura Eban, a previous Cicada Film Festival winner and now advocate for the short film competition.
- The CFF has its origins in Redlands but is now attracting entries from other areas in South East Queensland. Some winners are students of a number of schools in Redlands, Lota State School, Cannon Hill Anglican College, Everton Park High School and Humpybong State School, while some are in the workforce.
- Twenty films were screened across the two age groups (U13 and 13-24) and entrants ranged in age from 8 to 23 years of age. Hot topics were marine litter, deforestation and koala preservation, while climate change rated a mention in a couple of the films.
- The event was attended by over 200 people of all ages and walks of life. Audience members included parents and friends of the entrants, sponsors, service club members, teachers and Redland City Councillors Wendy Boglary and Tracey Huges (the latter even appeared in one of the films).
- CFF winners took away $4000 worth of cash and other prizes in various categories thanks to the businesses and organisations wanting to give youth a chance to be heard. Shrilling times indeed.
- There’s workshops planned for potential and past entrants, some public screenings in the pipeline and more prizes promised for 2020.
- Rotary Club of Redland Sunrise has increased it’s prize money from $250 to $500 for the most viewed film. So go to the Cicada Film Festival YouTube channel, to view the films and influence the 2019 Winner who’ll take out the $500 at the 2020 Premiere Screening & Awards Night.
- The shrill of the Cicada Film Festival is sure to resonate through the year. If you’d like to add to the shrill and give youth a chance to be heard through sponsorship, donations, in-kind support and services, or volunteering then let us know, we’d be shrilled to hear from you.
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