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screenPLAY is a film program designed especially for Cairns’ young filmmakers, aged 8-15 years old, who want to see their work shown on the big screen.

It’s a great opportunity to let your imagination run wild! Is your film scary or funny, serious or true, is it about music or is it about somebody or something special in your life? Whatever it is we want to show your stories to the people of Cairns.

Screening opportunities for submitted short films include:

* Cairns Children's Festival (held annually in May at Tanks Arts CentreCancelled for 2020All entries screened

* Understory Film Festival (held annually in November at Cairns Performing Arts CentreAll entries entered into the competition for a chance to be screened

screenPLAY also offers workshops throughout the year, to assist young filmmakers to make their films even greater! Keep an eye on the Cultural Services Facebook page for these events.

Have some fun and give it a go! We’d love you to be a part of the screenPLAY mini film festival where you can showcase your talent and share your stories on the bigscreen in a true cinema setting.

The Cairns Children’s Festival was introduced in 2014 to celebrate all things created for and by children. The Understory Film Festival has been developed to encourage filmmakers in the Cairns and Far North Queensland region to create a short film to enter a competition for awards and prizes.

screenPLAY is part of the Flame.Arts program; a capacity building program delivered by Cairns Regional Council with a focus on creating pathways for emerging creatives, providing mentorships, skills and career development opportunities.