The coolest short film festival in the heart of the tropics provides filmmakers of all experience levels with not just the opportunity to share in more than $15,000 in cash and prizes but the chance to engage with some of Australia’s finest film practitioners.

Held under the stars and swaying palm trees of tropical paradise Port Douglas in Far North Queensland, the Port Shorts Film Festival will entertain audiences in idyllic Rex Smeal Park with the breathtaking Coral Sea and Daintree Rainforest as the backdrop on October 15 & 16 in 2021.


Port Shorts 2021

Festival Ambassador and legendary Aussie actor Stephen Curry will once again host Port Shorts in 2021, joined by fellow Port Shorts Ambassadors, Wolf Creek producer Matt Hearn and acclaimed screenwriter and broadcaster Kier Shorey, along with a huge line-up of industry experts including Hollywood heavyweights XM2 (007, Star Wars, Fast & Furious 9, Pirates of the Caribbean) involved in the Port Shorts Masterclass Series workshops in the week leading up to the festival.

As an added bonus, Port Shorts is also offering a free full-day locations roadshow for filmmakers who attend the 2021 festival so they can see the magnificent reef and rainforest locations the region is famous for, meet potential suppliers and explore what incentives are on offer from government agencies to locate their film shoots in the Douglas Shire.

The Douglas Shire is the only place on Earth where two World Heritage-listed natural wonders – the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and majestic Daintree Rainforest – meet and the Port Shorts Film Festival shines the spotlight on our amazing location as a great place to enjoy a holiday while experiencing one of Australia’s premier short film festivals with fantastic entertainment created by the best emerging filmmakers from our own backyard and around the world.

Entries are now open for the 2021 Port Shorts Film Festival in the categories Open, Local, Young Filmmaker, Drone and Music Video.

More information on the 2021 Port Shorts Masterclass Series program will be announced early in the new year.

If you can’t wait to get your fix of Port Shorts, check out The Very Best Of Port Shorts on 10 play over summer showcasing 20 of the best short films from around the world to feature at the festival.

2020 Event

Emerging filmmakers will also be able to access free virtual Masterclass Series workshops with a host of industry experts including world-leading drone operators XM2, composer/sound artist Steeve Body, producer Ashley Davies and screenwriter and Port Shorts Ambassador Kier Shorey over the two-day virtual short film fest.

For those lucky enough to live around or visit Port Douglas in tropical North Queensland, the 2020 Best Of Port Shorts Film Festival free live event will be held in idyllic Rex Smeal Park on October 17 for a restricted audience of 500 film enthusiasts to celebrate the most amazing short films.

Legendary Aussie actor and Port Shorts Ambassador Stephen Curry is not letting COVID-19 stop him from hosting the virtual and live festivals, reporting for MC duties from his Melbourne lounge room due to lockdown restrictions alongside good friend and fellow Port Shorts Ambassador, Wolf Creek and Rogue producer Matt Hearn.
“For obvious reasons, not least the beautiful tropical location and ability to walk around in the fresh air whenever you want, there’s nothing me and Hearny would love more than to get up to Port Douglas and be a part of the festival this year like we have for the past five years,” Curry said.

“Unfortunately COVID-19 had other ideas unless someone can build a COVID-compliant tunnel from my backyard to Port Douglas, but we’re excited we can still be involved from Melbourne lockdown and sit back on the couch and enjoy a program of short films as good as you will find anywhere in the world.”

Port Shorts Film Festival Director Ali George said audiences were in for a real treat.
“The Port Shorts team have curated an incredible line up of our favourite films from the last five years for you to watch from the comfort of your lounge room,” Ali said.

”These award-winning, films are the very best of Port Shorts, they have touched us and stayed with us and we are excited to share them with you.

“You’ll laugh, your spines will tingle, you may cry – but hey, you’re at home on the couch so who cares if you shed a few tears or spill the popcorn.

“As Port Douglas is hugely reliant on the tourism industry, we’re also really happy we can put on a free small live event for our local community which like many is really struggling at a time when we could all do with something to smile about.”