Short Film Competition

Our annual Cinesnaps Short Film Competition encourages young, aspiring South West filmmakers to create and showcase original short films. 

Films are based on a specific theme set each year by CinefestOZ, with our 2017 theme being ‘The Birthday Card’. Your short can be a live action or animated film of 3-5 minutes duration. Participants need to be 15-18 years old and attending secondary school.

The competition encourages South West students to explore the medium of film and use multi-media formats for production, awareness, marketing and audience reach.

In 2016, this annual project engaged over 200 regional students from 12 South West high schools and youth organisations; with 22 short film entries submitted. The brief was to produce a 3-5 min short film based on the theme ‘The Window’.

To showcase the talents of this next generation of filmmakers, submissions are shortlisted with Finalist short films screened at a glamorous, youth-focused, red carpet Grand Finale event during CinefestOZ Festival week.

Finalists receive feedback from a panel of high-profile, Australian film industry professionals before the winner and runner-up teams are announced.

Our 2017 Short Film Competition is now closed. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the 2018 theme to be released soon.

Cinesnaps Grand Finale - Tickets on Sale August 2018
Previous Short Film Finalists

The general public, students and their families, as well as teaching professionals; are welcome to attend the Grand Finale and share in the excitement.

Event:                 Cinesnaps Grand Finale
Date:                   Thurs 24 August 2017
Time:                   4.45pm-6.45pm
Where:                CinefestOZ Festival Marquee, Busselton
Cost:                   $12.50 per person

Please be aware that the Entry Guidelines permit short film content with a Mature (M) Rating. Parents are asked to be mindful that some content may not be recommended for children under the age of 15 years.

Film Classifications Guide
Student Filmmaking Masterclass

Each year, Cinesnaps organises Filmmaking Masterclasses to help students upskill and develop ideas for the annual Short Film Competition. Students and media teachers are invited to be part of this unique opportunity to learn from accomplished Australian film industry professionals.

The 2017 Masterclasses were held in March in Busselton and Bunbury. Our 2018 Masterclass Save The Date will be released later this year.

IndigifestOZ Student Short Film Project

In 2015, CinefestOZ expanded its Indigenous content by creating IndigifestOZ, a fantastic new program celebrating Community within the overall Festival.

In 2016 a short film project was undertaken with a group of Indigenous girls at Busselton Senior High School. This project concentrated more on ‘the journey’ than the final product. In the process, the project developed into a film with heart. The short film was screened at the 2016 Cinesnaps Grand Finale, alongside other student finalist films.

In 2017, CinefestOZ is working with local high school groups to foster Indigenous students talent and passion for filmmaking. CinefestOZ hopes that engagement levels by South West Indigenous students will grow as our IndigifestOZ program develops in the future. 

If you’re interested in being involved please contact the Community Manager at [email protected]