Sony’s annual short film festival, Catchlight Film Festival has returned for 2023, but be quick as entries close on June 25.

The festival is for short filmmakers from amateurs to industry veterans, wanting to showcase their talent and demonstrate how they use the Sony system to capture their stories.

The Catchlight Film Festival includes four categories: Fiction (scripted), Non-Fiction (documentary), Student Fiction and Music Video.

Judges for this year’s festival are Australian cinematographer Stefan Duscio, director Gracie Otto and screenwriter and director Yolanda Ramke.

Eligible films for the Catchlight Film Festival must be predominately shot using a Sony camera and there are no restrictions based on date of production.

One of the prizes for two of the 2022 Catchlight Film Festival winners, Ash Gray in the Fiction category and Olly Sindle in Non-Fiction, was a place at the table at the recent Sony Catchlight Film Festival Mentors Day. Both spent the day being mentored by three Australian film industry heavyweights, producer Michael Boughen, festival judge Yolanda Ramke and distributor Angus Clunies-Ross from Sony Pictures Releasing.

Submissions close June 25, with judging commencing on June 26. All finalists will be notified from July 31.

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