Be part of Cinesnaps –

High school students from the South West with a flair for filmmaking are encouraged to start thinking about entering the fifth Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.

The challenge is for students aged 15-18 years to work in teams of up to six people to produce a three to five minute short film based on the theme Mirrors.

Presented by CinefestOZ and supported by Schools Partner Rio Tinto and Associate Schools Partner ATCO Gas Australia, the competition is part of the film festival’s Community Schools Program, which includes festival incursions with filmmaker Q&As, school excursions, teachers’ professional development sessions and filmmaking master classes with industry professionals.

Take part in the excitement of CinefestOZ Film Festival

The competition culminates with judging of finalists by Australian film industry heavyweights in front of more than 200 guests at a youth Red Carpet screening during the CinefestOZ Festival (22 to 26 August 2018). This year, Master of Ceremony, actor Eddie Baroo and Cinesnaps Patron Myles Pollard led the evening, which screened seven finalists and saw James Forster from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar win with his film Salt Water. James (pictured) took home the coveted Cinesnaps trophy, plus a perpetual trophy for his school.

More than 5,000 young film enthusiasts participated in the wider 2017 Cinesnaps schools program proudly sponsored by Schools Partner Rio Tinto and Associate Partner ATCO Gas Australia. Rio Tinto cemented its long-term partnership with CinefestOZ by announcing further support to 2020.

“We’re proud to extend our successful partnership with CinefestOZ to 2020 and our support for the CinefestOZ Cinesnaps Schools Program.

“The program has engaged more than 25,000 students since 2008 through incursions, excursions, workshops and professional film development. It’s the largest program of its kind in Australia and, along with the IndigifestOZ indigenous program, is warmly embraced by the South West community of which Rio Tinto is a proud part,” said Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury.

Entries open December

Entries for the 2018 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition open 1 December 2017, with entry packs available at

Entries close 30 June 2018. Interested schools, teachers or individual students can find out more here, [email protected] or by calling Community Manager Gabrielle Whirledge m: 0409 290 051.


'Mirrors' The Theme For 2018 Cinesnaps Short Film Comp 1