Eight Queensland filmmakers will be given the chance to turn their bold ideas into age-friendly films thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s B.OLD short film competition.
Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today (23 August) announced the B.OLD short film competition winners at Parliament House and praised the ideas they put forward.
“This inaugural competition has been an overwhelming success so far, with an outstanding 40 entries received from filmmakers across Queensland,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“It’s particularly fitting for us to be making this announcement today, during Queensland Seniors Week.
“These eight winning short film ideas truly embody the aim of this competition, which is to show that older Queenslanders are capable of much more than society sometimes gives them credit for, and celebrate their achievements and contributions to our communities.”
The winning films to be developed as part of the B.OLD short film competition include En Pointe - a film about a 72-year-old ballet dancer sharing her life journey and love of dance.
There is also The Mantra of Wise John – a film about 90-year-old John Rigby who took up natural bodybuilding at age 85.
The winning B.OLD short film competition entries will be debuted at a special premiere event at the Palace Cinemas in November, before being screened at film festivals across Queensland in late 2018 and 2019.
Mrs O’Rourke said the B.OLD short film competition was another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the Queensland: an age-friendly community strategy.
“Through initiatives, such as this competition, we can create thriving communities in Queensland where seniors can participate fully and feel included in their communities,” she said.
For more information about the B.OLD short film competition, including the list of winners, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/BOLD2018.
Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke