What’s Our Story?  

Herberton Pocket Films (HPF) is a not-for-profit organization committed to collecting and sharing stories of life on the Atherton Tablelands, using the medium of film shot on mobile phones. It all started over a glass of wine between a few friends talking about the need for more creative outlets up here on the Atherton Tablelands.

Worried you don’t know how to do it?  HPF has that covered!  

We hold workshops to build skills in creating and editing stories on film.  We encourage budding story tellers to share their work at our annual Pocket Film Festival, where we also facilitate networking with other parts of the film industry.

We have run movie-making workshops for adults, stop motion workshops for kids, and curated lots of resources on our website for curious creatives who want to improve their work.

Participants in the workshops have gone on to enter films into the Herberton Pocket Film Festival, and some return the following year with more complex and sophisticated pieces. The stories we have seen are as varied as the population. Check some of them out on our YouTube channel.

In 2024, we are challenging local businesses owners to skill up and create promotional videos to post on their own digital sites.

Over the past two years we have been generously supported by the Tablelands Regional Council through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program, as well as through donations from Ergon and local businesses on the Tablelands. Local community groups, including the HCIA have all supported our efforts to grow the program. Our festival event is held in conjunction with the Jacaranda Festival in the third week of October each year.

We have already secured funding for workshops in 2024, and we will be ready to help you build your skills and create your stories in April, June and August. Follow our Facebook page for details and updates.