Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Frequently asked questions

What is the B.OLD short film competition?

The B.OLD Short Film Competition is designed to support the development of a series of short films that seriously challenge audience perceptions of ageing. We are looking for stories that:

  • celebrate older people, their achievements and contributions
  • make audiences think twice about what it means to get older
  • inspire people to pursue their dreams and desires no matter what their age
  • show how society could change to become more age-friendly.

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Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, you can submit multiple entries.

If submitting more than one entry, you must complete a separate entry form for each concept.

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How long should the film be?

We are looking for films that run for approximately 3 – 5 minutes (not including credits).

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How will my submission be assessed?

Eligible submissions will be assessed by a judging panel made up of representatives from the Queensland Government, peak Seniors’ organisations and the Queensland film industry.

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • strength and originality of the idea
  • quality of storytelling
  • capacity of the story to change perceptions of ageing
  • demonstrated ability of the team to deliver a similar product
  • capacity of the filmmaker/s to perform the scope of works within the deadline
  • viability of the budget.

The department will not engage in any correspondence regarding the selection process.

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What genre films are you looking for?

The film scripts can be any genre, including fiction, documentary, animation or experimental.

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Who will be judging the competition?

The competition will be judged by a panel made up of representatives from the Queensland Government, peak Seniors’ organisations and the Queensland film industry.

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Classification of the film

The short film will need to appeal to a general audience and be suitable for screening at family friendly film festivals.

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How will the film be used?

The films created from winning B.OLD short film scripts will be screened at various film festivals around the state in 2018 and 2019.

These films may also be used, in whole or part, by the Queensland Government in the promotion of age-friendly communities.

Filmmaker/s are free to use the film for their own purposes, providing they do not distribute the film to any third party until after the launch and premiere screening of the B.OLD film series in November 2018. This includes not publically broadcasting or displaying the film in any portion or format. After this time, filmmakers are free to use the film for positive purposes as they deem fit e.g. entry into film competitions, promotion for their own career etc.

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Will I be required to take part in media as part of the competition?

Winners may be required to take part in media opportunities.

The Queensland Government will announce the names of winners and publish their information on the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors’ website and social media channels as well as provide this information to the media.

All individuals and groups taking part in the competition are not authorised to release information on finalists or winners prior to the Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, or the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors.

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Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.