About This Year’s Event

The coolest short film festival in the tropics is giving filmmakers a chance to win a share of more than $15,000 in cash and prizes and mix with some of the brightest stars of Australia’s screen industry at the 2022 Port Shorts Film Festival.

To be held in the idyllic Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas on October 14-15 with the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef as the backdrop, the Port Shorts Film Festival is returning as a full scale live event for the first time since 2019 due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Hosted by legendary Aussie actor and Festival Ambassador Stephen Curry, Curry said he can’t wait to get back to his adopted second home along with fellow Ambassadors and Judges, Wolf Creek Producer Matt Hearn and Rarriwuy Hick, star of new SBS drama True Colours.

“I love being a part of Port Shorts, it’s not just an amazing quality short film festival in a spectacular location, it’s got a great atmosphere among the filmmakers and audience,” he said.

“The filmmakers don’t just get a chance to meet up with other filmmakers, the organisers and locals make them feel a part of the community.

“Being able to float down a river on a lilo surrounded by the rainforest while you’re there certainly helps too.”

FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER
5:00pm – 9:30pm

“The Future of Filmmaking at Play”

+ JUNIOR Challenge 
+ MUSIC VIDEO Awards
+ YOUNG Filmmakers Awards

  • Gates open 5:00pm – Films start 6:30pm
  • Fabulous food available for purchase from Kefir Queen, Smokey Pint, Donut Diner and Captain Crepes.
  • NO BYO food or alcohol – full bar available.
  • Please bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

ADULTS – $15 presale / $20 door
YOUTH (13-17) FREE – Please Register
UNDER 12 – FREE

SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER
5:00pm – 9:30pm

“The Best Short Films on Earth”

+ OPEN Filmmakers Awards
+ DRONE Filmmakers Awards
+ LOCAL Filmmakers Awards

  • Gates open 5:00pm – Films start 6:30pm
  • Fabulous food available for purchase from Kefir Queen, Smokey Pint, Donut Diner and Captain Crepes.
  •  NO BYO food or alcohol – full bar available.
  • Please bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

Please note : Some films may not be suitable for children without parental supervision on Saturday evening.

ADULTS – $30 presale / $35 door
YOUTH (13-17) – $15 presale / $15 door
UNDER 12 – $5 presale / $5 door

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Fire up the popcorn and find your comfy spot as the curtain is raised on the snack-sized short film extravaganza from 7pm on Sunday October 16 and you can check out all the films for free until October 23 wherever you are in the world (as long as there’s internet connection).

SUNDAY 16 OCT – 7:00pm AEDT

4:OOPM – WESTERN AUSTRALIA
6:OOPM – QUEENSLAND
7:00PM – VICTORIA / NSW / TASMANIA / ACT

7:30PM – SOUTH AUSTRALIA / NORTHERN TERRITORY

Films will be available to watch online 16-23rd October