Capricorn Film Festival 2022 Winners Announced

January 27, 2022

As the sun sets on the 7th Capricorn Film Festival, it’s time to celebrate the features, shorts and documentaries screened to the Central Queensland community and importantly its winners.

Capricorn Film Festival 2022 Winners Announced

As the sun sets on the 7th Capricorn Film Festival, it’s time to celebrate the features, shorts and documentaries screened to the Central Queensland community and importantly its winners.

Capricorn Film Festival 2022 awards ten films from the five-day cinema arts destination event held at the picturesque, Yeppoon in Central Queensland. Book your US festivals tickets now at

Best Feature winner is Some Happy Day, written, directed and produced by Catherin Hill. It tells the story of a homeless woman in desperate search of a better life who meets a social worker with troubles of her own.

“What a happy day to be honoured by the Capricorn Film Festival with a Best Feature award. Some Happy Day is the kind of Australian story that is rarely told and we are so proud that it was part of this wonderful Australian Festival”, Catherine Hill.

Opening night Queensland Premiere Ithaka which had John Gabriel and Producer Gabriel Shipton in attendance has won Best Documentary and Best Direction for Ben Lawrence. Ithaka documents the campaign to free Julian Assange which takes on intimate dimensions in its portrait of an old man’s fight to save his son.

“It’s wonderful to receive this award and to know that Queensland audiences have responded so positively to the film.  I hope that all who see it will gain a greater understanding of the injustice that Julian Assange has faced over the past decade and will become advocates not just for his release but for press freedom around the world”, Gabriel Shipton.

“We’re so honoured to be recognised by the Capricorn Film Festival. The heartfelt audience response and festival award is deeply appreciated. Thanks to the festival organisers, volunteers and town of Yeppoon”, Director Ben Lawrence.

Also, in breaking news John and Gabriel’s campaign for Julian received some great news with a United Kingdom High Court decision in his favour.

“Today’s UK high court decision is a win for Julian, but each day he spends in prison as an un-convicted man is a day this injustice is allowed to continue. All the prime minister has to do to end this is pick up the phone and call President Biden to ask for Julian to be returned to his Family”, Gabriel Shipton.

Friday night Queensland premiere, Mutt has won multiple awards including Best Actor for Mia Landgren and Best Supporting Actor to Adam Schmeri.

“Thank you, Capricorn Film Festival, for this heart-warming recognition of our film Mutt. This feature was produced, filmed and edited over 5 years with equal amounts of passion and dedication. It’s a privilege to have collaborated with so many talented Australian creatives in bringing this original, female driven story to the screen. Mutt is a film about the emotional baggage that is handed down through generations and what it really means to look after another life. Sam Galloway wrote a complex and exciting protagonist in Odette and she was a challenging and rewarding character to portray. Capricorn Film festival actively supports and celebrates Australian cinema, providing opportunities for local storytellers to find an audience. We are so honoured to be included in this year’s exciting line-up”, Mia Landgren.

CAPS Short Film Competition concluded the festivals screenings where an enthusiastic crowd watched twelve short films from Australian and international filmmakers providing thought provoking, socially conscious, family centric journeys alongside comedic and challenging stories.

Gregory Kelly’s Perfection about a terminally ill man who tries to record a posthumous message, but his wife is hindering his efforts has won Best Short Film.

“Massive thank you to the Capricorn Film Festival team and judges for awarding Perfection best short film – it’s a huge honour to win such a wonderful event – our cast and crew couldn’t be more pleased. Looking forward to #capfilmfest2023”, Gregory Kelly.

Sarah Gordon Director of Rat won Best Short Film Direction. Trapped in the house by her agoraphobia, Carol endures an abusive and suffocating marriage. But when a rat invades her home, she is forced to face up to her situation and deal with the vermin herself. A dark comedy about fighting back.

Priyanga Burford from The Carer has won Best Short Film Actor. This tragic film tells the story of a daughters fight to survive a mental breakdown whilst struggling to care for herself and her vulnerable mother after missing an important deadline.

Painting by Numbers directed by Capricorn Film Festival alumni, Radheya Jegatheva about a child’s encounter with classic masterpieces which triggers a confronting epiphany won CAPS EXPerimental, and Yeppoon local Ian Westley has taken out CQ Rising Star with his intimate short film Curlew about a local tragedy, which screen as part of the CQ Shorts category.

Congratulations to our festival finalists, winners and attendees who made our seventh year our best yet” Festival Director, Luke Graham.