About the Cicada Film Festival

 . . . get the messages out there, motivate behavioural change, foster custodianship, save other species . . .

What is the Cicada Film Festival?

The Cicada Film Festival (formerly the Cicada Awards) is a short film competition open to South-East Queensland youth, up to and including 24 years of age.   It was initiated by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld Bayside Branch in 2011.  In 2014 it was joined by Ocean Ark Alliance, and in 2019 by Ocean Crusaders (the Organisers).

Believing that youth have the most at stake in actions and decisions being made today,  the Cicada Film Festival is a means of giving youth a chance to be heard on environmental issues.  The cicada was chosen for the title of the 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.

Entrants in the Cicada Film Festival have a chance to learn more about environmental issues as they research their projects; develop skills from writing, filming, editing and sometimes performing in, their productions; and, to grow confidence from contributing to important issues that are shaping their lives. 

The films are also intended to educate and influence . . . they have been shared with councils because of relevance to Local Laws Reviews and Non-Government Organisations whose work is related to the topics addressed by the entrants.  The broader community is also a welcome audience and the films are available for viewing by clicking here. Entrants are encouraged to host ‘film screening’ events with family and friends.  The Cicada Film Festival Organisers are open to subsequent screenings in locations around SEQ.  So if you’d like a Cicada Film Festival Screening let us know, we’d be happy to hear from you and keep adding to the shrill!

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