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Sony Catchlight Film Festival 2023 – entries now open

Mar 1, 2023

Sony has announced the opening of entries to their annual Catchlight Film Festival for 2023. Returning for its third year, Sony presents the Catchlight Film Festival to once again celebrate the best short-form filmmaking shot on Sony cameras across Australia and New Zealand. The festival aims to encourage filmmakers at all levels, from passionate amateurs to industry veterans, showcasing the exceptional talent and abilities of cinematographers and filmmakers who are using the Sony system to capture their stories.

Ash Gray, writer/director of The Urn and winner of Fiction category, at the 2022 Catchlight Film Festival

In 2023, the Catchlight Film Festival includes four categories; Fiction (scripted), Non-Fiction (documentary), Student Fiction and Music Video, once again encouraging submissions from short filmmakers of all kinds.

Building on Sony’s deep roots in the global film and television industry, and its technology leadership in digital imaging, the Catchlight Film Festival aims to support the vibrant and flourishing filmmaking community in Australia and New Zealand.

Competition details
Entries are open now, and close for submissions at 11:59pm on Sunday, 25th June 2023.
Judging will commence on Monday, 26th June, with all finalists notified from Monday, 31st July 2023

Prizes
In partnership with its sister companies Sony Pictures and Sony Music, each category-winning film will be awarded with a unique experience specific to that category as well as a prize package of Sony digital imaging products. In addition, thanks to the support of partners at Lemac, Videocraft, VA Hire and Atomos the festival also awards best cinematography in each major category, as well as the skilful use of Sony’s native lens range, each with a valuable prize attached.

Fiction Winner
VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Sony Pictures Professional Development/Mentoring Session with a Senior Executive at Sony Pictures Releasing and a prominent Australian Producer, subject to acceptance of the terms set out in clause 10 of the T&Cs.

A double pass to attend the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards 2024.
Delivery of this prize is subject to acceptance of terms (See clause 10).

Fiction Runner-Up
VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

Olly Sindle (far right), Winner of the Non-Fiction Category, with his family at the 2022 Catchlight Film Festival

Non-Fiction Winner

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Professional Development Session with a panel of industry professionals including the category judge, subject to acceptance of the terms set out in clause 10.

A double pass to attend the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards 2023.
Delivery of this prize is subject to acceptance of terms (See clause 10).

Non-Fiction Runner-Up
VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

Music Video Winner

VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Up to 3 people from the production team will receive the opportunity to work with the Sony Music team (and be credited on) visual content for a Sony Music emerging artist, relevant to your skills set and subject to acceptance of the terms set out in clause 11.

A double pass to attend the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards 2023.

Music Video Runner-Up
VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

Student Fiction Winner
VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.

A film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.

Student Fiction Runner Up
VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew
Cinematography

Best Cinematography in Fiction, supported by Videocraft
A $2500 rental gear package, courtesy of Videocraft

Best Cinematography in Non-Fiction, supported by VA Hire
A $2500 rental gear package, courtesy of VA Hire

Best Cinematography in Music Video, supported by Lemac
A $2500 rental gear package, courtesy of Lemac

Best Cinematography in Student Fiction, supported by Atomos
$2,500 worth of Atomos gear, courtesy of Atomos

Best Sony Lens Work
$2,500 worth of Sony lens/es

In celebration of the finalist films, Sony will be hosting a night of festivities in mid-September. More details will be announced closer to the date.

To enter, and for more information about the 2023 Catchlight Film Festival, see here.

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