Winning entries have been announced in the third annual Catchlight Film Festival, which recognises filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand who use Sony cameras.

Winners of the 2023 Catchlight Film Festival, ‘Bangay Lore’ by Jahvis Loveday, ‘The Extra’ by Tyler Kang, ‘Pitch Black’ by Guillym Davenport  and ‘Baby Prince – Shake ft. Blessed’ by Bronson Moyle.

‘Bangay Lore’ by Jahvis Loveday was the overall winner in the Fiction category. Shot on an Alpha 7S III camera, it showcases how aboriginal culture is perceived when it is performed on stage and when it is expressed in everyday society. The title,‘Bangay Lore’, means spear in the Dyirbal language of Far North Queensland and the story follows the journey of a young aboriginal dancer as he struggles with acceptance of his culture outside of the theatre.

‘Pitch Black’ by Guillym Davenport  took out the top award in the Non-Fiction category. Recorded with FX6 and Alpha 7S III cameras, it explores the claustrophobic worlds of three young men who fell down the ‘blackpill’ rabbit hole and are struggling to reckon with their action.

The Music Video Winner was ‘Baby Prince – Shake ft. Blessed’ by Bronson Moyle, which was shot on an FX6 camera and has a samurai/ninja aesthetic overall. The storyline follows a young man who has his heart set out to rescue a trapped princess.

‘The Extra’ by Tyler Kang and shot with an Alpha 6400 camera, took out the Student Fiction Award.

The awards were announced on Saturday 9 September 2023 at the red carpet awards ceremony held in Sydney. Click here to watch all the winning and finalist films.