Sutherland Shire Council’s Access Committee invites you to enter the SHIREABILITY Film Festival as part of the celebrations for International Day of People with Disability 2019 (IDPWD2019)
We chose a film festival after consultation with community and the working group as a platform that could be inclusive of all ages and abilities and an opportunity for entrants to have a voice, tell a story and share their creative talents.
Entries must focus on Ability and Inclusion. They must feature locations and/or people of Sutherland Shire area and involve at least one person with a disability.
- Entry to 2019 Sutherland ShireABILITY Film Festival is free
- Entry is open to all ages (entrants under 18 years of age must complete a permission form signed by their parent or guardian).
- Cash prizes will be awarded for:
- The winning entry will receive $1500.
- Four other category prizes will be awarded at $500.
- One People’s choice award will receive $500
- Winning entries will be screened at Cronulla GU Film house on Tuesday 3rd December
- Winning entries will be forwarded to the NOVA Focus on Ability Film Competition for 2020
The finalists will have their films screened at an open-air event on the lawn at Hazelhurst Gallery on Sunday 1st December 2019. We will also have a community screening on International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) at GU Film House Cronulla on December 3rd 2019.
SHIREABILITY is how we plan to celebrate IDPWD 2019. The Sutherland Shire Council Access Committee formed a working group “Let’s celebrate IDPWD 2019”. As a result SHIREABILITY has been established to showcase the many organisations, facilities and spaces we have in Sutherland Shire that continually embrace being inclusive and celebrate people living in our community with a disability.
SHIREABILITY will be a mix of targeted events, activations, organisation participation and spontaneous videos and photos; with many planned to be shared on social media platforms to engage the local community in the lead up to IDPWD2019 on December 3rd.
How to Enter:
- Read the tips on how to make a quality film
- Make sure your entry complies with the Terms and Conditions
- Make your film
- Fill in the entry form
- Send your Film on USB with your entry form to Council by 6 November 2019.
Tips for making a great short film
What is your story?
Make sure you know what your film is about before you start. Then write your script.
Having a unique concept to grab audience attention is vital. Hook the audience with a plot twist or intriguing interview and leave them with a memorable ending to guarantee complete viewer responsiveness.
Create a Story Board
Plan your work and work your plan. Making extra effort to develop a Shot List or Story Board will allow for smooth sailing when filming. Plan for short and simple, but keep it well executed. Though it may take a little time up front, not only will your effort keep you on track when filming, but it will also save you time during your shoot and in editing.
This means finding your actors and finding a great location. Less can sometimes mean more when striving for audience attention. Try to keep the cast small so your audience connects to your story through the characters portrayed. Scout your location in advance. Noise pollution can cause major problems for sound, so either find a way to solve this or find a different, less noisy location.
Prepare to shoot
Get familiar with the equipment. Check that the camera you are using has the resolution needed to show your film on the big screen if you win. Ensure everything is fully charged and be aware of the technical aspects of all items in your kit. You don’t want to lose time fiddling with camera settings. Shooting in multi-camera where possible will save time when recording each scene and provide more coverage for the editor.
Sound and lighting matters
Recording good quality sound is essential. Make sure you use external microphones even if shooting on an iphone. Where you can, use boom mics. Make sure you use lights when inside or use natural light outside. You may need additional lighting even if you do shoot outside.
When you shoot your film, shoot for editing. That means shoot all the shots in the film with the editing in mind. Make sure you vary the angles and shot sizes. Try to not to have jumpy edits and keep the pace consistent. Make sure that the sound and picture quality is consistent throughout the whole film and make sure the background music doesn’t drown out the actors or voiceover.
Terms and Conditions
The ShireABILITY Film Competition is now open.
While Our Vision is the shared theme for IDPWD 2019 “The future is accessible” the ShireABILITY Film Competition is your opportunity to have a voice, share your creative talents and tell us your story in film.
Entries must focus on Ability and Inclusion. They must feature locations and/or people of the Sutherland Shire area and involve at least one person with a disability.
The ShireABILITY Film Festival is an initiative of the Sutherland Shire Council Access Committee working group (Let’s Celebrate IDPWD 2019). Further enquiries or information can be made by calling Virginia Hughes Community Development Advisor at Sutherland Shire Council on 9710 0159 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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