Short Film Submission and Competition

The CinefestOZ Short Film Competition 2021 submissions have now closed.

The prizes and awards being presented as part of the Short Film Competition include:

  • CinefestOZ Short Film Prize – $5,000 (Must be a WA Premiere)
  • CinefestOZ Indigenous Best Short Film – $2,500
  • CineWest Best WA Short Film – $2,500
  • Audience Choice
  • Best Director
  • Best Lead Actor
  • Best Screenwriter

Please see Terms and Conditions for detailed information on eligibility for each above category. 

To qualify for consideration for the prizes and awards, short filmmakers must meet the Short Film Competition submission guidelines.

CinefestOZ will have a virtual element in 2021, meaning all Australian filmmakers who submit content need to acknowledge their film may be available online – securely – for a time frame within the festival period (25 – 29 August 2021.)

These Australian short films are curated into sets and shown in Busselton, Bunbury, Margaret River and online. The short film screenings showcase WA and Australia’s filmmaking talent along interactive discussions with filmmakers.

IndigifestOZ is our special platform for celebrating our deadly creative Indigenous film makers.

Our festival proudly supports all the work of the Indigenous Screen Community and we seek to make a real contribution by championing Indigenous creative work to a wide Australian audience.

For a film to be recognised under the IndigifestOZ banner, it must have a minimum of a writer and director who identify as Indigenous.  (Full details of the conditions for films to be eligible under the IndigifestOZ banner are defined in our terms and conditions.)

Other Australian films that feature Indigenous themes, Indigenous cast and creatives, but do not meet the IndigifestOZ criteria are very welcome and encouraged to submit for exhibition in other CinefestOZ categories.