2020 Cicada Film Festival 

Entries in the 2020 CFF have NOW CLOSED. To be eligible, entrants needed to comply with the following:


The Cicada Film Festival (CFF) was initiated in 2011 by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Bayside Branch hereby known as ‘The Organisers’.

  • There are two Categories: (1) GENERAL theme and (2) OCEANS theme
  • There are two Age Groups: (1) Open (14 -24 years inclusive) and (2) Under 14 (13 years of age and under)
  • Entrants must be residents of South-East Queensland (SEQ) as defined in the downloadable CFF SEQ defined map.

Terms & Conditions (1 – 19)

1) Films entered in the General Category of the Cicada Film Festival are to highlight a particular conservation issue relevant to SEQ. Films entered in the Oceans Category should address marine issues with a specific relevance to SEQ’s Moreton Bay. All films should suggest effective solutions.

2) Entries in either the General or Oceans Categories in both the Open and Under 14 age groups are to:

a) be any style or combination of styles  (documentary and/or drama); and use video/stills imagery/animation

b) be based on facts/science and at the same time be entertaining

c) demonstrate competence in the art of film-making/animation

Entries must be:

3) a maximum of three (3) minutes duration (including credits; and not contain any commercial music

4) predominately the work of the entrants i.e. imagery from third parties must not exceed thirty percent (30%) of content; and, any third-party content must comply with copyright laws

5) Produced between 8th June 2019 and 7th September 2020 by residents of SEQ aged under 25 years

6) Submitted online at https://cicadafilmfestival.com.au/ or, by USB to Post Office Box 427 Capalaba Q 4157; and all entries must clearly indicate the name/s of entrant/s and the film’s title

7) Received by the Organisers by 7th September and be accompanied by the following completed forms:

a) Entry Form; b) thumbnail and spiel about your film for upload to CFF’s YouTube Channel; c) and if applicable: Location Release Form; Music Release Form; and Talent Release Form which are available from the CFF

How to Enter page  https://cicadafilmfestival.com.au/how-to-enter

Entrants must:

8) Comply with all laws and regulations including those relating to COVID-19 during the making of their films

9) Ensure their entry does not contain classifiable elements i.e. foul language, violence or nudity

10) Gain written permission from those whose images, voices, music or property appear in their film (as per #7)

Find forms via https://cicadafilmfestival.com.au/how-to-enter

11) Not be related to members of the 2020 Judging Panel

12) Accept that: a) 1st Prize winners are ineligible to win 1st Place prizes in the year following their win; and

b) entries are limited to three (3) films per entrant and major prizes limited to one (1) per entrant

By entering the Cicada Film Festival you:

13) Allow the Organisers to upload your film to the internet and publicly screen your film free of charge

14) Indemnify the Organisers against any losses or damage incurred during the making of your film

15) Agree that the Organisers can use photographs of you associated with the Cicada Film Festival

16) Understand that Organisers reserve the right not to show or share films considered to be inappropriate, defamatory or libellous

17) Understand the Judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into

18) Affirm that you have read, understand and accept the Terms and Conditions

19) Are aware that Online Premiere Screenings will be hosted in October and Winners announced during an Awards Night on Friday 30th October.