As the sun sets on the 7th Capricorn Film Festival, it’s time to celebrate the features, shorts and documentaries screened in the Central Queensland community and, most importantly, its winners.
The Capricorn Film Festival 2022 is awarding ten films from the five-day film arts destination event held in scenic Yeppoon, central Queensland.
The Best Feature winner is Some Happy Day, written, directed and produced by Catherine Hill.
It tells the story of a homeless woman in a desperate search for a better life who meets a social worker with her own problems.
“What a happy day to be honored by the Capricorn Film Festival with a Best Feature Award,” said Catherine Hill.
“Some Happy Day is the kind of Australian story that is rarely told, and we are so proud that she was part of this wonderful Australian festival.”
The Queensland Premiere Ithaka opening night, featuring John Gabriel and producer Gabriel Shipton, won Best Documentary and Best Direction for Ben Lawrence.
Ithaca documents the campaign to free Julian Assange, which takes on intimate dimensions in its portrayal 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,” said Gabriel Shipton.
“I hope everyone who sees him will better understand the injustice that Julian Assange has faced over the past decade and become advocates not only for his release but also for press freedom around the world.”
“We are very honored to be recognized by the Capricorn Film Festival,” said director Ben Lawrence.
“The heartfelt response from the audience and the festival award are deeply appreciated.
“Thank you to the festival organizers, volunteers and the city of Yeppoon.”.
Also, in breaking news, John and Gabriel’s campaign for Julian has received some good news with a UK High Court ruling in his favour.
“Today’s ruling from the UK High Court is a victory for Julian, but every day he spends in jail as an unconvicted man is a day this injustice is allowed to continue,” said Gabriel.
“All the Prime Minister has to do to end this is pick up the phone and call President Biden to demand that Julian be returned to his family.”
Premiering Friday Night in Queensland, Mutt won numerous awards, including Best Actor for Mia Landgren and Best Supporting Actor for Adam Schmeri.
“Thank you, Capricorn Film Festival, for this heartwarming recognition of our film Mutt,” said Mia Landgren.
“This feature film was produced, filmed and edited over five years with equal passion and dedication.
“It’s a privilege to have collaborated with so many talented Australian creators to bring this original, female-led story to the screen.
“Mutt is a film about the emotional baggage passed down from generation to generation and what it means to take care of another life.
“Sam Galloway wrote a complex and exciting protagonist in Odette, and she was a challenging and rewarding character to portray.
“The Capricorn Film Festival actively supports and celebrates Australian cinema, providing opportunities for local storytellers to find an audience.
“We are very honored to be part of this year’s exciting lineup.”
The CAPS Short Film Competition concluded the festival screenings where an enthusiastic crowd watched twelve short films by Australian and international filmmakers offering thought-provoking, socially conscious and family-centred journeys alongside comedic and thought-provoking stories.
Gregory Kelly’s Perfection, about a terminally ill man who tries to record a posthumous message, but his wife hampers his efforts, won Best Short Film.
“A big thank you to the Capricorn Film Festival team and judges for awarding Perfection Best Short – it’s a huge honor to win such a wonderful event – our cast and crew couldn’t be happier,” said Gregory Kelly.
“We are looking forward to #capfilmfest2023.”
Sarah Gordon, director of Rat, a dark comedy about the fightback, won the award for best short film direction. Trapped in the house by her agoraphobia, Carol endures an abusive and suffocating marriage. But when a rat invades her house, she is forced to face her situation and deal with the vermin herself.
The Carer’s Priyanga Burford won Best Short Actor. This tragic film tells the story of a daughter’s struggle to survive a nervous breakdown while struggling to care for herself and her vulnerable mother after missing an important deadline.
Paint by Numbers, directed by Capricorn Film Festival alumna Radheya Jegatheva, chronicles a child’s encounter with classic masterpieces, sparking a face-to-face epiphany won by CAPS EXPerimental.
Yeppoon local Ian Westley released CQ Rising Star with his intimate short film Curlew about a local tragedy, which screened in the CQ Shorts category.
“Congratulations to the finalists, winners and festival attendees who made our seventh year our best yet,” said festival director Luke Graham.