Last night I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of ‘1 Day in Paradise’, at the very cool Small Bar, just tucked away off Erskine St in the city. Despite the cooler weather, everyone was in high spirits and full of warmth given the occasion! Thank you so much to Haystac Communications & Tropical North Queensland Tourism for the invite (one of the best I’ve received!)




We were treated to an array of creative, off-the-wall and individual short films by a number of Australian film makers, as a short-film competition launched this week in partnership with Tropical North Queensland Tourism. However, these film makers had a few guidelines to follow:

1. Videos had to showcase the film makers own version of ‘paradise’.
2. Videos had to be under 2 minutes long.
3. Videos had to be set against the stunning backdrop of Tropical North Queensland.
4. Videos had to be shot with a GoPro camera.

CEO of Tourism Tropical North QLD, Rob Giason, said: “By enforcing the rule of shooting only on a GoPro, this challenge has stripped away all the bells and whistles filmmakers traditionally rely on and forced them to really test their creativity to its limits. What we’ve ended up with are twenty wildly different but utterly compelling films”.

It was wonderful to see how each film maker interpreted the concept of ‘paradise’ – from swimming with turtles, relocating a sofa to the Daintree, to a boy that lived nearly his entire existence on a boat. The uniqueness and creativity behind each video blew me away.



The films will be judged in June by a panel of experts who will consider a range of criteria including creativity, content and effectiveness in showcasing the region, as well as the popular vote. Judges include film journalist Sandy George – a past judge of Australian Tropfest and current presenter of films on SBS One – and Dr Rachel Landers, Head of Documentary at AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School). The lucky film maker, who will be announced as winner, will be awarded with $75,000.

So how do my readers get involved? As a mentioned before, judges will take into consideration the popular vote i.e. you! All you need to do, is head to and watch the top 20. Cast a vote and decide who you like.

Many congratulations to all the top 20, it was a pleasure to watch them all!

I am encouraging all of you to go and watch the videos, you’ll definitely be blown away by each film makers interpretation of the concept, their creativity and their ideas. I must admit attending last night really spurred me to go and holiday up in Tropical North Queensland! It wasn’t too long ago that I was writing about the magic of Port Douglas.. So hopefully after watching the collection of clips, you’ll be inspired like I’ve been, to live a little and book an escape away!

Sophie X

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