It’s official, filmmaker submissions for Queensland ‘s highly successful regional film arts festival are open with the five-day event to be held in mid-January 2023, at the beautiful beachside tourist destination of Yeppoon.

Submission categories include feature film, documentary, short films and video art with a total cash prize pool of $4,000 to be shared amongst the winners.

Of the five submission categories, one is Central Queensland specific, with the organisation’s key goal to support the growth of regional filmmakers.

Eight feature films and documentaries will be selected to screen throughout the event alongside the best of Central Queensland and international short films, totalling up to seventy-five regional premieres for attendees to enjoy.

CQ Shorts is open to Central Queensland residents with no age limit, including schools and student-made short films, with the winner receiving cash, trophy and mentorship through a professional production.

CAPS Shorts is for filmmakers outside of Central Queensland with the winner receiving cash and a trophy. CAPS EXperimental is in its third year and is suitable for short videos which are more artistic in nature, embracing visuals and audio expression over story structure. CAPS Feature and CAPS Doco are for long form film submissions including feature films and documentaries, with the winner receiving cash and a trophy.

“Every year the quality of International, national and Central Queensland filmmakers raise the bar. Their production and storytelling skills are going to give our judges real challenges in having to select winners. We also have some very talented people finding their way into the industry and creating some truly exciting films, our team can’t wait to see this year’s submissions” Luke Graham Festival Founder and Director.

Festival organisers are expecting another record year for short film submissions the triumph of last year’s entries, with over 600 short film submissions.

Regular entries are open till October 12th with the final deadline November 2nd.

Submissions accepted via online through