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Sunnywood on the Coast? It’s a Showdown!


Calling all screen creatives, cast and crew: Are you the Sunshine Coast’s next film or TV star? 

The Sunny Coast Showdown will return with a mission to turn the Sunshine Coast into Sunnywood and to launch the next stars of the big and small screens. 

The screen incubator and festival is the brainchild of Powderfinger’s Jon Coghill and former USA Survivor producer Dan Munday who, together with the Sunshine Coast Screen Collective, are looking to boost the local film and TV industry. 


Director of Photography – Andy Maccoll and Actor Dave Readett on the set of Showdown short film Mission Man


The 2023 event may be bigger and better but the idea is still the same – to give local screenwriters, filmmakers, cast and crew an opportunity to produce and deliver great projects and showcase them at a community festival event. 

Mr Coghill believes the inaugural Sunny Coast Showdown in 2021 proved its worth after three of its winning projects received acclaim or attracted further attention. 

“Our two unscripted projects – Ballet Dads and The Recipe Collector - have been optioned by major Australian production houses and the short film, Life In Two Words, received an honorary mention at the Berlin International Art Film Festival,” he said. “This is an outstanding result that proves there are awesome creatives, crew and cast on the Coast just waiting to be discovered.”


Sunny Coast Showdown Unscripted project and Showcase winner – The Recipe Collector behind the scenes


 Mr Coghill hopes the event attracts anyone with a desire to make great films and TV. 

“Anyone who can write a short film script, a music video treatment or an unscripted pitch or treatment, has the opportunity to bring their work to life when submissions open in January 2023,” he said. 

“We’re also calling for cast and crew who are keen to be part of making some magical moments..” 

The Showdown is offering tens of thousands of dollars in production funding, across multiple categories, with the aim of inspiring and mentoring the next generation of talented locals to make that happen. 

Mr Munday says the event aims to further kickstart a healthy and vibrant screen industry in the region. 

“Showdown has helped connect the talent we already have on the coast and aims to act as a beacon for media executives, developers, talent and governing bodies to gather around,” Mr Munday said.


Sunny Coast Showdown Mentors – Dan Munday, Jon Coghill & Chris Sun


“It’s part of a grander ambition – to develop a Sunshine Coast film industry employing local workers and businesses and attracting world-class projects.” 

The Sunny Coast Showdown 2023 will feature two new categories – a local Indigenous project and a Powderfinger music video. 

“We feel that local Indigenous stories haven’t been told enough on screen and would love to help them be seen and heard wider afield,” Mr Coghill said. 

“And Powderfinger have kindly donated the use of two songs from their multi-platinum album, Vulture St. You can submit treatments for one of two songs, either Rockin’ Rocks and A Song Called Everything.” 

Submissions for Showdown 2023 open 23 January 2023 and will feature six categories: 

  • 2 x scripted short films 
  • 1 x local indigenous project 
  • 1 x Powderfinger music video 
  • 2 x unscripted projects 

The final projects will be showcased at Sunny Coast Showdown festival event, scheduled for late June 2023. 

Comment: 1

  • Elizabeth Boyd November 23, 20229:35 pm

    Looking forward to working with you all again. Last year was amazing!

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