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Short Film Competition

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Are you a high-school aged student who loves to create short film?

Would you jump at the chance to have your prize-winning film shown during a prestigious film festival?

Then be part of the CinefestOZ Cinesnaps Short Film Competition!

The annual project encourages young, aspiring South West filmmakers to create and showcase original short film. The film is based on a specific theme set each year by CinefestOZ and 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 and the winner and runner up teams are announced.

Grand Finale

To showcase the talents of the next generation of aspiring filmmakers, the finalist short films will be screened during the 2017 CinefestOZ Film Festival at the CinefestOZ Marquee at a public, youth friendly cinema-style seated red carpet event.

Students will receive feedback from a panel of multi award winning film industry professionals.

Cinesnaps Grand Finale - Tickets on Sale 1 Aug 17
The fine print . . .

All you need to know is included in the Entry Pack.  Once you have read the information and agreed to all the conditions, film entries are submitted by the due date via post and an online form.

The competition requires the following documents below to be completed:


These forms (if applicable) will need to be posted in with your Short Film Entry & two still images, by the closing date of the competition.


How will I benefit from being Involved?

The Cinesnaps Short Film Competition experience aims to:

  • make a significant impact on the participant’s creative process

  • provide opportunities to increase level  of skill in relevant area of professional interest

  • meet other industry colleagues for support or mentoring

  • provide an avenue to showcase final work to a mainstream audience
Ticketing.........

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 a Filmmaking Masterclass to upskill and develop ideas for the annual Short Film Competition.  Open to students and media teachers – all are invited to be part of this unique opportunity to learn from accomplished Australian Film industry professionals.  

The 2017 Masterclass is a full day (9.15am-2.30pm) School Excursion at a central venue in both Busselton (Tue 14 March) and Bunbury (Wed 15 March) in Term 1, Week 7 (LIMITED SEATS available). 

2017 Filmmaking Masterclass
Need to know more.....

Contact the Education Officer

E: schools@cinefestoz.com

Previous Short Film Finalists
IndigifestOZ Student Short Film Project

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

Anew position, of Indigenous Film Officer,  has been created to facilitate this exciting new program and Indigenous Filmmaker, Jub Clerc, commenced in the role in June 2015.

One of the projects Jub developed was a film project with the 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 2015 Cinesnaps Grand Finale, alongside other student finalist films.

In 2016, a number of the 2015 production team attended the Filmmaking Masterclass;and with assistance from Media Teachers at BSHS, submitted a film entry in the Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.

Whilst not selected as one of the final seven shorts, the film was screened at the Grand Finale alongside other student finalist films and at IndigifestOZ Day and part of the Community Screening program.

CinefestOZ hopes that engagement levels by South West students will grow in this stream of the IndigifestOZ Schools Program as it develops in the future.