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This category showcases First Nation's film makers and their teams or films with clear, strong First Nation's themes. 

We welcome First Nations filmmakers from around Australia and the world to share their stories. We're seeking stories made by and about indigenous peoples and their culture(s), as well as films that explore First Nation themes and issues.


The National category is for films from Australia, in any genre that runs under 20 minutes and was produced in the last 18 months. Our judges look for the most interesting, touching or exciting films. We encourage high-quality films with clever screenplay, tight editing and shorter running times (5 to 10 minute films are great!)


The International category is for films outside Australia, that run under 20 minutes and have been produced in the last 18 months. Films with the high production quality, great storytelling and an interesting insight into life and culture from overseas.


This one is for the next gen - films made by filmmakers and schools students who are under 18 years of age. Short, sharp, visual storytelling and bold personal visions that are not longer than 10 minutes.


Drawing inspiration from avant-garde and counter-cultural cinema traditions, this category invites entries that disrupts mainstream film-making approaches, themes and conventional viewing experiences.

Entries might incorporate narrative experimentation, poetic approaches, the use of techniques such as shifting focus and rapid editing that are designed to abstract images, or perhaps employ sound in unusual ways. Or perhaps use of mediums such as analogue film, perhaps scratched or over-painted, intersect with other art forms or rely on new techniques in animation. Surprise and challenge us!

Entries must be a maximum of 8 minutes. 


The Canberra category celebrates local filmmaking - any film produced, directed or with string connection to the ACT that runs under 20 minutes is welcome.


We look for the best storytelling and production quality in films, made in the past 18 months.


Open to any documentary, produced anywhere in the world, running under 20 minutes and produced within the past 18 months. An independent judging panel, selects the most intriguing and well produced stories. We encourage new and innovative approaches to this important genre of film making.


2-minute films can be experimental, surprising, quick, sharp and quirky. We encourage first-time film makers as well as the more experienced to tell a story in 2 minutes or less. We look for innovation, good story telling, the ability to move an audience and clever use of non-traditional film making technology such as phones and tablets.


Music Videos enhance the song's musical qualities by the cinematic translation of the music into visuals. This is such an innovative and creative genre bringing together artists from different fields.  Wonderful to see music videos from a range of countries and cultures too.


We look for music videos made for original songs, produced in the last 18 months.


Animation is another really exciting and innovative genre. We love all forms of animation, stop motion, 3D, puppets, hand drawn. It is a genre where the imagination can run wild and free.

We admire strong technical work, innovative use of the animation technique, use of sound and, of course, a strong story to move an audience makes for a great animation. Animated shorts should be less than 10 minutes in length. We look for short, sharp, high-quality work.