Capricorn Film Festival

Capricorn Film Festival - Submissions Open

Central Queensland’s premiere film destination event containing masterclasses, panel discussions and selected documentary, feature and short films in competition reviewed by a jury of film and entertainment professionals with the winners receiving cash prizes and trophies.


The Capricorn film festival was established to encourage production, not just exhibition. Our event is not just about ‘showing’ films – it’s about ‘making’ them. We aim to provide you with the opportunity to showcase your work to as wide an audience as possible, and help you promote your career and film-making endeavours.
The festival is open to any level of filmmaker, from amateur to professional and is supported by some of Australia's premiere filmmakers and industry companies.​

The Capricorn Film Festival is competitive, with over $4,000 in prizes and trophies awarded on to the winners. The categories include:​

Feature Films in competition:
CAPS Feature - $1000 (AUD) World Open

Documentaries in competition:
CAPS Doco - $1000 (AUD) World Open

CAPS Best Director
CAPS Best Actor

CAPS Short Film Competition:
CAPS Short - $1000 (AUD) World Open
CAPS Open - $500 (AUD) CQ Over 18
CAPS Junior - $500 (AUD) CQ Under 18

CQ Rising Star
Best Short Director
Best Shorts Actor


Opening Date: February 24 2020

Regular Deadline: September 23 2020

Late Deadline: October 13 2020

Notification Date: October 19 2020


CAPS FEATURE (FEATURE FILM)Open to features not distributed or broadcast. Sales Agents and Distributors able to submit upcoming features. World Open. Minimum length of 60 minutes per film.

CAPS DOCO (DOCUMENTARY) - We want emotive, challenging and experimental docos. World Open to all ages. Minimum length of 60 minutes per film.

CAPS SHORT (SHORT FILM) - Open to all short film worldwide. World Open to all ages. All shorts welcome. Max length of 20 minutes per film. 

CAPS OPEN (SHORT FILM) - Short films made by residents of Central Queensland! Anyone 18 years and older. Regions: Bundaberg, Gladstone, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and surrounding areas.

CAPS JUNIOR (SHORT FILM) - Open to schools and students at and under the age of 18 years old. Regions include Gladstone, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Bundaberg and others within Queensland.


  • All Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by 13th October 2020. 
  • Only films completed after 1st January 2019 will be considered for the sections. 
  • Any genre of short film under 10 minutes length will be considered for CAPS Open and CAPS Junior. 
  • Any genre of short film under 20 minutes length will be considered for CAPS World
  • Minimum length of 60 minutes is required per Feature film entry. 
  • Minimum length of 60 minutes per Documentary entry.
  • All films must not have appeared on Australian television, Pay TV or be screened on an internet site. 
  • Short Films do not require a premiere screening to be accepted. 
  • Must be subtitled in English if not English language. 
  • Filmmakers must enter the correct category. Festival staff reserve the right to request proof. 
  • Entrants may enter multiple films in multiple categories. 
  • Short Films must NOT contain; nudity, drug use or excessive violence. 
  • Feature Films must be suitable for audiences 15 years and above. 
  • Entrant must have copyright over the film and music and the film submitted. 
  • You must pay the entry fee when you submit and upload your film via a submission site in the correct format to be in the running for any monetary prizes and trophies. Submissions must be received no later than the entry deadline with all required paperwork and releases provided.


Thursday 12 March, 2020
Wednesday 23 September, 2020

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