Logan’s inaugural Film Festival to Showcase Finalists and Award-Winning Films at Kingston Butter Factory on September 21

Logan, Queensland, Australia, the world …… that’s the potential trajectory for a group of local filmmakers.

The name of the inaugural Logan Film Festival – Underdogs – encompasses a range of meaning. It names the people who are invited to submit their work, but it innately holds the challenge to become, Topdog.

The thing is, Logan’s history, colour, community holds all the ingredients to fulfill the criteria judges are seeking. They want real stories of community and cultural spirit, and this city has it in bucketloads.

The submission call says they are looking for films that: “… Give voice to all aspects of our diverse Australian experience by sharing them on big screen. …. To show the unique perspective of storytellers of all ages, genders, and cultures at an industry level.”

It’s an exciting time for Logan creatives who have been given the opportunity through a combination of imaginative and entrepreneurial thought-leaders.

One of them is Logan filmmaker Lark Lee who announced the inaugural Underdog Film Fest, designed to champion traditionally under-represented voices in film. He said the festival, developed in partnership with established filmmakers, film educators, tertiary institutions, arts, and community organizations, will screen its finalist and award-winning films at the Kingston Butter Factory on September 21.

From little things, big things grow and so it happened with one idea that developed into a project.

“The project originated with the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre. Creative Director Ali Strachan said.

“We conducted community outreach to gauge interest. It turned out that the Council had already conducted a feasibility study, which recommended community leadership for this initiative.”

Highlighting the $790 billion value of Queensland’s film industry, Ali emphasized the growing demand for representation in Logan. “This two-year program showcases local stories, character, and culture, elevating the region within the Australian industry.”

The festival encourages submissions from filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds, and genres, aiming to foster diversity and inclusivity. A professional panel of award-winning filmmakers, including Douglas Watkin, Mandy Lake, Katrina Irawati, and Lark Lee, will judge the entries.

“Underdog Film Fest supports emerging filmmakers by providing educational experiences, expanding their audiences and networks, and promoting diversity through an accessible festival,” Lark said.

The award categories reflect Logan’s diverse community, featuring Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best LGBTQIA, Best Multicultural, Best First Nations, Best Made in Logan, Best Animation, People’s Choice, and the Underdog Award for emerging filmmakers with fewer than three film credits.

“Audiences can expect a mix of unique and thought-provoking perspectives from both homegrown talents and established professionals,” Lark added.

Screen Queensland CEO Jacqui Feeney expressed pride in supporting the festival. “Screen culture events that engage undiscovered and underrepresented talent are crucial for our state’s future, fostering more unique screen voices,” she said.

Submissions are accepted via Film Freeway. Tickets for the screening and after-party are available on Logan Arts.

The Underdog Film Fest is supported by the Queensland Government via the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Screen Queensland, and Logan City Council.

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