SHIREABILITY Film festival

 

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.

 

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About SHIREABILITY

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:

  1. Read the tips on how to make a quality film
  2. Make sure your entry complies with the Terms and Conditions
  3. Make your film
  4. Fill in the entry form
  5. Send your Film on USB with your entry form to Council by 6 November 2019.

 

 ENTRY FORM

 

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. 

Pre-production

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.

Editing

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.

 

  • 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

       

  • Applicants will jointly own the rights to their film with those in their film-making group.

     

  • All applicants retain copyright to their films and can submit their films into other festivals.

     

  • Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring that all necessary copyright and other relevant rights and authorisations for their films have been obtained prior to submitting their entry. ShireABILITY Film Festival takes no responsibility for any failure by an applicant to obtain the necessary authorisations.

     

  • Films created must be age-appropriate and conform to a G rating, as described by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. Information about classifications is available at http://www.classification.gov.au/Guidelines/Pages/Guidelines.aspx

     

  • The ShireABILITY Film Festival committee reserves the right to exclude any entry they consider inappropriate. This may include any video that, in the film committee’s opinion, contains content that is racist, sexist, violent and discriminatory or is otherwise likely to offend community standards.

     

  • Applicants must obtain written consent of all people who participate in the creation of their film [on screen, voice over etc]. This must be provided on request using the ShireABILITY Film Festival Consent form.

     

  • Films are to be no longer than five minutes inclusive of credits. Any films longer than five minutes will not be considered.

     

  • General subtitle and audio capability will be provided. It is the responsibility of the film maker to ensure professional audio quality and where necessary audio descriptions or supporting documents are included. Please see attached Film Tips to ensure your film can be included. If you have any questions or concerns please email vhughes@ssc.ns.gov.au

     

  • Crediting of individuals associated with the films is required.

     

  • Films should be exported as an MP4 file,  HD - 1920 x 1080 (16:9)

     

  • Films must be submitted on USB by mail or in person to the Sutherland Shire Council

    4 - 20 Eton Street Sutherland, NSW 

     

  • Each entrant is responsible for their own transit insurance, postage and production costs*. *Please do not post USBs in regular envelopes as they are at risk of being ripped during the mailing process

     

  • Films must be received by the closing date Wednesday 6th November to be successfully entered into the ShireABILITY Film Festival. Confirmation of receipt of entry will be sent via email within a week of submission.

     

  • Films must focus on Ability and Inclusion and feature locations and/or people of the Sutherland Shire area.

     

  • Film entries must involve an individual with a disability and be credited accordingly, i.e. this/these individual(s) must:

    - produce and/or

    - write the script and/or

    - appear in and/or

    - direct the film.

     

  • The judging panel will consist of two members of the community living with a disability, two members of the working group and an industry specialist. They will review the short-listed films. Decisions on winners are final and conclusive.

     

  • Short-listed film entries will screened at an open air event at Hazelhurst gallery on Sunday night December 1st where winners will be announced.

     

  • The People’s Choice award will be by community voting via an app at the Hazelhurst event on Sunday 1st December

     

  • Winning entries will be compiled and screened at a community event on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 (International Day of People with Disability) at Cronulla GU Film House.

 

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 vhughes@ssc.nsw.gov.au

 

More information

Policies and documents

Policies Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Forms

Request accessible content

Enquiries

Enquiries can be directed to Community Development Officer on 9710 0159 or cue@ssc.nsw.gov.au

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