SIPFest 2017: Two nights of short films on Surfers Paradise beach, 23rd – 24th April 2017

SIPFest transforms Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant and unique cinema, with an outdoor film experience like no other!

Feel the sand between your toes and embrace the ocean air as you enjoy 12 short films on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches.

With most professional filmmakers beginning their career on the set of a short film, SIPFest provides an opportunity to identify and reward talented emerging filmmakers.

Finalists compete for $8,000 in cash prizes and you can cast your vote on the night for the People’s Choice Award.

The 2017 SIPFest jury includes Thomas Grimshaw, international programmer for the London Short Film Festival, Kasie Moore, VP at Screen Queensland, Sophie Mathisen President of WIFT NSW and Festival Director of For Film’s Sake Film Festival and Nadine Bates, creative director at Like A Photon Creative.

2017 Categories and prizes:

  • Best Film: $3000
  • Runner up Best Film: $1000
  • People’s Choice: $1000
  • Best Film by a Gold Coast resident: $500
  • Best film showcasing Surfers Paradise $500
  • Best Screenplay: $1000
  • Best Actor: $500
  • Best Actress: $500
  • Best Cinematography – 12 month membership to Australian Cinematographer’s Society

SIPFest 2017 finalists:

  • Bunny New Girl
  • Dress In Black
  • Dunes
  • Grounded
  • In Life Today
  • Red Horizon
  • Sengatan
  • Surfers Paradise: Sunrise to Sunset
  • The Spa
  • überRICH
  • Walter

And screening out-of-competition is Stripped.

DRUMROLL PLEASE… The SIPFest 2017 winners are:

  • BEST FILM  –  Sengatan (Frank Magree – Co-director Paul Henri)
  • RUNNER-UP BEST FILM  –  Dress in Black (Daniel Daly)
  • BEST SCREENPLAY  –  In Life Today (Lauren Bailey)
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY  –  Sengatan (James Ballard)
  • BEST ACTRESS  –  In Life Today – Lauren Bailey
  • BEST ACTOR  –  Sengatan – Drew Head
  • BEST GOLD COAST FILM  –  uberRICH (Christine Milo)
  • BEST SURFERS PARADISE FILM  –  Surfers Paradise: Sunrise to Sunset (Declan Caruso)
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  –  uberRich (Christine Milo)