Cinesnaps Short Film Competition

Our annual Cinesnaps Short Film Competition encourages young, aspiring regional filmmakers, Youtubers and vloggers to create and showcase original short films of 3-5 minutes.

Now open to two age categories, all secondary students in the South West, Great Southern, Geraldton and The Kimberley Regions are invited to enter!  Separate entry packs for Years 7-9 and Years 10-12 are now available and Entry is free. The $1000 cash prize is for the yr 10-12 category, with other prizes for yr 7-9.

The competition aims to showcase the talents of this next generation of filmmakers. Submissions are shortlisted to screen at a glamorous, youth-focused, Grand Finale event during CinefestOZ Festival week in September. Finalists receive feedback from a panel of high-profile, Australian film industry professionals before the winner and runner-up teams are announced. 

In 2023 we celebrated 11 years of the Cinesnaps Student Short Film Competition with a $1000 cash prize!

The 2024 competition launches in October 2023, and closes 25 June 2024. $1000 cash prize will again be up for grabs with Entry Packs now available!

This years theme is


Check out examples below and get creative.

Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 1
Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 2
Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 3
Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 4
Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 5
Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 6
Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 7
Cinesnaps Short Film Competition 4
Previous winners

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:

2016: Window Into Aboriginal Culture

2017: Birthday Wishes and Molly Kicks

2018: Cracked

If you want to be involved, contact our Community Manager at [email protected]