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 and the 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 in the South West.  

We are pleased to announce the theme for 2018 is “Mirrors”. Students can begin their creative thinking on this theme in preparation for the release of the Entry Pack on December 1 this year.  

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 (22-26th August 2018.) Finalists receive feedback from a panel of high-profile, Australian film industry professionals before the winner and runner-up teams are announced.

In 2017, this annual project engaged over 200 regional students from 9 South West high schools and youth organisations; with 23 short film entries submitted. The brief was to produce a 3-5 min short film based on the theme ‘The Birthday Card’.

Congratulation to our 2017 winners of the Short Film Competition:
Winner – James Forster
Runners Up – Eloise Collins and Jesse Adams

You can check out all the finalists from various years below. 

We cannot wait to see the short film competition entries for 2018!

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 23 August 2018
Time:                   4.45pm-6.45pm
Where:                CinefestOZ Festival Hub, 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 continued to work with local high school groups to foster Indigenous student 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