Short Film Competition

Our annual Cinesnaps Short Film Competition encourages young, aspiring South West filmmakers, Youtubers and vloggers to create and showcase original short films of 3-5 minutes. Participants need to be 15-18 years old and attending secondary school in the South West and Albany regions. Entry is free.

The competition aims to showcase the talents of this next generation of filmmakers, submissions are shortlisted to 7 films screened at a glamorous, youth-focused, 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.

The 2020 theme of “Suitcase” certainly inspired some very creative entries as students also navigated their way through Covid-19 restrictions.  

Cinesnaps Grand Finale 2020

The general public, students and their families, as well as teaching professionals and film guests attended the Grand Finale youth event on 27 August at the new CinefestOZ Studio at the Esplanade Hotel, Busselton.  Patrons enjoyed screenings of the 7 finalist short films, and shared in the excitement.

Each film received feedback from the esteemed Cinesnaps Jury Panel, chaired by Cinesnaps Patron Myles Pollard.  Other 2020 jury members were producer Kate Separovich, and casting director Annie Murtagh-Monks. Completing the event was the announcement of the winning and runner-up teams.  Huge congratulations to all students involved!

Winner: Poppy Treloar with her film Sand Box

2020 Runner Ups: James Kenworthy and Cooper Warrick, for their film The Decoy

Enjoy the Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 2020 Finalist Showreel!

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2019 Cinesnaps Short Film Finalists

Winners: James Kenworthy & Cooper Warrick, from Cape Naturaliste College, for their film 5 Minute Story

Runner Ups: Skye Allen and Kaila Walz for their film The Watch

Other 2019 finalist films were:

2018 Cinesnaps Short Film Finalists

Winners: James Kenworthy & Cooper Warwick, from Cape Naturaliste College, for their film Gateway 

Runner Up: Jaxon D’Ath, from Manea Senior College, for his film Mirror Dimension

Our other 2018 Film Finalists were:

IndigifestOZ Student Short Film Project

In 2015, CinefestOZ expanded its Indigenous content by creating IndigifestOZ, a fantastic program celebrating Community within the overall Festival. Through Cinesnaps and IndigifestOZ, CinefestOZ has a desire to engage more Indigenous youth in filmmaking, and to support them on their journey to becoming strong visual storytellers.

Each year the Cinesnaps IndigifestOZ team has worked with indigenous students across the

South West to create a short film. With the support of their amazing schools, teachers and support staff, students concentrate on ‘the journey’ of filmmaking through the creation of their short film.

2019 saw 2 schools take part in the IndigifestOZ student short film project; Busselton SHS & Harvey SHS. Students at Busselton Senior High School created a satire of the horror genre, while students at Harvey SHS began creating a documentary style piece about a special project done by the Follow the Dream students at the school.

Past projects include:

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