Short Film Competition
The Ocean Plastics Congress Short Film Competition is one of three public events designed to raise awareness of and share current knowledge of health and environmental implications of Ocean Plastics and what steps can be taken to decrease plastic pollution and ameliorate the effects of that pollution.
The films submitted must be no longer than 5 minutes and lodged through an on-line portal (file type to be advised).
There will be three categories for judging:
· Primary school (maximum 2 minutes)
· Tertiary and above
Once the three best films in each category are nominated they will be shown in during the congress in a night time screening open to the public for a gold coin entry. Funds raised will go to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation or similar.
Winning entries will need to 16 x 9 format and either
A judging panel will attend the screening, Tuesday 3rd December 2019, and briefly discuss their decisions.
Actor, Writor & Director
Rachel Ward a former actress who starred in the CBS’s biggest rating mini-series ever, The Thornbirds and the films, Against All Odds, Sharkey’s Machine with and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award 3 times. For the past 15 years Rachel has been directing/writing films and TV in Australia. Her film Beautiful Kate screened in the Sydney Film festival, garnered 11 AFI nominations and screened in competition at Toronto and Palm Springs Film Festival. She won a ACCTA award for her short The Big House and has received 3 Critics Circle nominations for best director. For the ABC movie, An Accidental Soldier, Rachel received a ACCTA nomination for best director and best film. Showtime’s six part series The Devils Playground of which Rachel directed three episodes, won both a Logie and ACCTA for best film or mini series. She has just completed the film Palm Beach, starring Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi, Sam Neill and Richard. E. Grant to be released in early 2019.
Marine Biologist and Commentator, Author, Public Speaker
If Sheree had her choice, she would have gills instead of lungs, a breath hold to rival the sperm whale and a sparkly green mermaid-esque tail. Since she doesn’t she spends most of her time blowing bubbles and developing innovative environmental projects and bridging the gap between science and the public. A marine biologist Sheree is one of Australia’s most passionate and dynamic science communicators sharing her quit whit and humour of the natural world through radio talk-back, television appearances and producing documentaries. She’s also a former Young Australian of the Year and award-winning author with several publications including KamaSEAtra – Secrets of Sex in the Sea, a humorous read about the unique reproductive methods of sea creatures and the parallels they share with humans.