Festival Exposure for Queensland Films

PFTC Online

Four Queensland films have been selected for upcoming festivals in Australia and internationally.

Queensland feature film Acolytes has been selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), 25 July – 10 August, as part of their Homegrown selection, as well as featuring in the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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The Toronto International Film Festival, 4-13 September, features the popular, iconoclastic midnight program which highlights the weird and the wonderful, including thrillers, chillers and rockumentaries.

“To be selected into such a prestigious festival and to be positioned in the exact audience corridor this films deserves is extremely rewarding”, said Acolytes producer Penny Wall.

The film will also screen as part of the Shock Corridor program at the St. George Bank BIFF on Friday 8 August, 9.10pm at the Regent Cinema.

Also showing at BIFF are The Weight of Sunken Treasure and Seize the Day which both received funding through PFTC’s short film development and production schemes. They will screen as part of The Courier-Mail Queensland Short Film Competition.

Seize the Day will screen on Monday 4 August, 8.50pm, and Saturday 9 August, 2pm, at the Regent Cinema. The Weight of Sunken Treasure will screen Monday 4 August, 4.30pm, at Palace Centro Cinemas and Saturday 9 August, 2pm, at the Regent Cinema.

Both films are competing with another eight Queensland Shorts for two prizes, The Critic’s Choice and The Audience Favourite. Both winners will be announced on the closing night of the Festival, Sunday 10 August.

Short film My Country will screen at the International Film Festival South Africa 2008 in October. Produced by Sally Madgwick, My Country marks the directorial debut of Odette Best who also wrote the script. It features in the Under 15 Minutes category alongside shorts from Sweden, Italy, USA and Mexico. All films screened qualify for the special award The Supreme Award For Best In Festival 2008.

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