Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

A place for production staff and students in Media, Media and Communication @ RMIT – by Paul Ritchard

Social Shorts

This is the fourth year of #SocialShorts, which showcases the work of Australia’s talented short filmmakers. The competition will run for three weeks across three categories – Comedy, Drama and Open – with each category owning the spotlight for a week. Audiences can vote for their favourite short films in each category and are encouraged to share their favourites across social media. The winning film for each category announced at the start of the following week.

Those who vote also have the chance to win a double pass to the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, including flights and accommodation.


It may be of interest to you that we have a number of short films from Victoria competing in the comedy category this year:



We greatly appreciate any promotion you are able to do, and if you would like any further information or marketing assets, please don’t hesitate to contact me. For further info on #SocialShorts and to watch and vote for the films,


SmartFone Flick Fest

You still have 2 weeks to enter SF3 2017, and Gala Award tickets are on sale NOW! Entrants have until Tuesday, August 1st to submit their films, with the winner receiving a monster prize pack valued at over $10,000 and having their film screened in San Diego, so……..get ready, set and filming to be in with a chance for short film superstardom!


Submit your film and buy tickets at #FILM #SF3

2018 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship

ENTRIES OPEN!  $200,000 FOR FILMMAKERS.  Filmmakers have five weeks to get their entries in to the largest cash fellowship (AUD$200,000) for short film in Australia:  the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship.

Brought to you by @Sydney Film Festival and @Lexus Australia, for the third year, filmmakers have until 24 August to submit.   The Fellowship is a chance to be among four filmmakers awarded $50,000 each! to produce their next short film to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019.

It’s a simple process with no entry fee. All filmmakers are required to do is submit an eligible film and curriculum vitae at


  • Festival Screening Date: Friday 22 September 2017 at Village Cinemas Sunshine
  • Deadline for Entry: 5pm Friday 25 August 2017
  • Total Prize Pool: $10,000 including a $5,000 Judges Award for the Best Film
  • Main Prize: Judges Award
  • Secondary Prize: Popular Vote
  • Festival Theme: “Brilliant Sunshine”. Film makers are encouraged to interpret the theme as creatively as they wish. “Brilliant Sunshine” doesn’t need to be the central motif, all you need to do is reference it at least once visually or in sound.
  • Registration and Entry: FREE. Please register with us even if you don’t intend to submit a film. It’s good to know that you support the festival.

AACTA Awards

Entries for the 7th AACTA Awards are now open across feature film, documentary, short film, television and the new Online Video or Series categories. Head to for more information on eligibility criteria for each category and how to enter.

early career filmmaker mentorship program

The application deadline for our ACCESS@AIDC early career filmmaker mentorship program is coming up earlier this year, on 20 December.

ACCESS@AIDC participants have the chance to be mentored by international industry professionals at AIDC 2017, plus win a paid internship with Beach House Films (Singapore) including flights and accom.

Mentors include:
John Battsek (US, Producer, One Day in September)
Ezra Edelman (US, Director, O.J.: Made in America)
Amy Hobby (US, Head of Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute and Producer of What Happened, Miss Simone?)
Donovan Chan (Singapore, Head of Beach House Pictures)
Kelrick Martin (Australia, Head of Indigenous, ABC TV)

Apply here

Apps close 20 December 2016.

CineSpace, a short film competition that is inspired by, and utilises actual NASA video footage.

For the second year in a row, NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society are inviting filmmakers around the world to participate in CineSpace, a short film competition that is inspired by, and utilizes actual NASA video footage.

Eligible submissions include short video, film, and digital-media works of 10 minutes or less. CineSpace is seeking films from all genres and styles including but not limited to: experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, re-mix, sports, horror, and underground.

Prize Details: The total prize purse for this competition is USD 26,000. In addition to monetary prizes, winners shall receive tremendous exposure for their work.

Application Instructions: Last date for submission is July 31, 2016. No entry fee is required.

Guidelines/ Registration Link: You may visit the CineSpace 2016 challenge page to register and to check out last year’s winners and finalists.



Noosa International Film Festival


The inaugural Noosa International Film Festival is calling for film entries.

NIFF is staging three short film competitions with a Regular deadline of 5 July and Extended deadline of 2 August – and we want to see your film!


The NIFF Open short film category is open to anyone, and to films of any genre.  So if you’re an Australian or international filmmaker that creates short films – whether they’re in the narrative, animated, documentary, travel, ethnographic, experimental, music video, surfing, drone, timelapse or hyperlapse genres – you’re welcome to submit.

The Ecoflicks Open & Youth short film categories will showcase environmentally-themed short films or films that highlight actions that seek to promote human welfare.

Organisers are already thrilled with both the broad international reach and the number of entries received across the three competitions in Australia’s newest film festival.

Official selections of up to 75 short films will feature throughout the Festival program, with filmmakers vying to compete for acclaimed awards and prizes.

Submission guidelines are available at with entries being accepted exclusively via global film festival platform,


Film Composer

My name is Yanni Mougos and I am a graduate composer and sound designer currently working as a freelance film scorer. I am seeking new films to work on and was hoping you could put me in touch with some of the current Masters students involved in film production or provide me with information regarding a crewing night (I was unsure who to email exactly and was provided your details).

Thank for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. Some of my work can be accessed

Soundtracks For Imaginary Films

Soundtracks for Imaginary Films is an ongoing monthly series the last Thursday of every month at Tago Mago in Thornbury. Each night will feature three original acts performing original music live to films. Filmmakers are invited to submit original short films either directly inspired by or compatible with the music to be screened on the night to be accompanied by live performance. Filmmakers are also invited to submit original short films that they are wanting to source original soundtrack material for.
Films can be up to 15 minutes. We will also consider part screening longer films. There is no entry fee.
We have invited some wonderful acts performing in a range of genres to take part. We will be inviting some high profile guests from both the film and music industries to attend.
For all details of upcoming musicians involved and links to music and to submit films please go to: or email Please note that prior to using any music film makers must seek permission from the musicians/composers.
The series premieres Thursday 26th May and features the internationally acclaimed Andrew McCubbin and Melinda Pritchard, Dirtbird and Midnight Scavengers.
Tago Mago, 744 High Street Thornbury. Doors from 7pm. $10/$7 (Concession).

Public Health Film Festival

I would be very grateful if you could highlight the film competition to your students and staff who are working on health-related films or may have recent films that they would like to submit.

Entry to the competition is FREE and further details on how to submit your films can be found by clicking on the link below

Sunshine Short Film Festival

The call for entries for the 5th Sunshine Short Film Festival is now open and closes Wednesday 25th September 2016

“Knights of Sunshine” is the theme for the 2016 Sunshine Short Film Festival competition the only community based film festival in the west. Both budding and accomplished film makers are invited to enter an original film five minutes or less featuring their very own interpretation of the theme – ingenuity and creativity is encouraged and compete for a share of the $10,000 total prize pool.

The categories for entry this year are PRIMARY for those films that feature primary school children involved in key creative roles in the production (script, conception), SECONDARY for films that feature secondary school children in key creative or production roles and the OPEN for everybody else.

Judging is by popular vote and there are lots of prizes to be won. The prize for the winning primary school entry is $500. There are three prizes for secondary school entries: 3rd place wins $500, 2nd place $1,000 and 1st place gets $2,000. The winner in the open category gets a massive $5,000 cash prize. We also have a $500 judge’s prize awarded for artistic and cinematic merit open to all entries in all categories. This year will also see the introduction of the prestigious Millennium Trophy which will be a highly sort after award symbolizing achievement with-in the industry. Further to the above there will prizes and giveaways for audience participation on the “Knight”.

All finalists’ films will be screened at Village Cinemas Sunshine on Friday 28th October at a red carpet, gala event.

Bruce White, Chair of the Sunshine Business Association and Director SSFF is looking forward to an outstanding festival for 2016. “The quantity and quality of the films has improved remarkably over the last few festivals.” Bruce said. “Last year we got over 60 entries including ones from France and Germany. We are putting Sunsine and our local artists on the international map . That is what the festival is all about.

For more information visit

manage your entire festival career

The FFL Agency is back on the hunt!

It would be great if you could help us spread the word and give your students the opportunity to learn more about one of the most exclusive film festival distribution agency for top-notch shorts such as our Oscar winner FFL agency film, STUTTERER.

The FFL Agency is there to help young and established filmmakers manage their entire festival career – from strategy to cross-platform submissions, waivers and print logistics.
For more information and to submit films for consideration, here’s the link:

CHOYA Competition for Japanese Film Festival 2015

CHOYA Motion Graphic 2nd Competition for Japanese Film Festival 2015

We CHOYA Umeshu Co.,Ltd, hereby announce to organize Motion Graphic 2nd Competition for 15 seconds promo at Japan Film Festival 2015.


Context: CHOYA will sponsor Japanese Film Festival (

which is to tour Australia & New Zealand in 7 cities during Oct.-Dec. 2015.

Total audience was 33,000 and more than 300 film sessions in 2014.

Theme: CHOYA Soda

CHOYA with Soda would be perfect drink for ladies to show new way to drink for coming summer season. We would like to appeal its freshness.

Design need: 15 seconds promo to be screened during the festival films.

Category: Motion Graphics / Broadcast Design, Experimental, Video Art, 2D /

3D Animation, Short Documentary, Short Film, and Others

(Best promo in 2014: by Tom

Ewart, UTS in Sydney Australia)

What needs to be included in the design: CHOYA jingle (1 second at the beginning) and CHOYA Classic bottle with a glass with CHOYA Soda

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Frame rate: 25 frames per second (PAL if movie shot) Resolution: 1080p (1920×1080) File format: AVI, MOV, MPEG (all OK)

Applicant eligibility: Any students older than 18 years in Australia or New Zealand

(group entry is also acceptable)

Enter our short video competition to win $1000

YWCA Queensland are hosting a nationwide short video competition on Healthy relationships and we are looking for entries from all over Australia!

for more details head to

The FFL Agency is calling for great shorts!

If you are ready to start you festival run and need professional help, the FFL Agency is there to create a tailor made festival strategy and manage the time consuming and chaotic submission process across multiple channels on your behalf. Submit your film for consideration and get the chance to become part of the FFL Agency roaster.”

Australian International Documentary Conference.

(, We’ve opened a limited allocation of Earlybird Passes.

We’ve also announced our first keynote speakers for the 2016 event – Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, two of the main filmmakers behind acclaimed HBO documentary series TheJinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

We’d like to spread the word to filmmakers and other people interested in the documentary and factual screen sector, and thought the launch might be of interest to the RMIT film, media and journalism audience.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 Call for Entries

I am delighted to announce that the 6thedition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival is now open for entries.

ASFF offers students from around the world the opportunity to enter their films for a chance to screen at a major UK and BAFTA Qualifying short film festival.

We would be delighted to showcase RMIT University’s filmmaking talent in 2016. The entry fee is £20, approximately 40 AD. There is a discount on entries when 10 or more films are submitted. Save £5 per entry for group submissions.

Entries are open for the 6th edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, one of the UK’s leading short film festivals and most exciting cinematic events. ASFF supports emerging filmmakers and presents many opportunities for industry engagement.

In 2015, ASFF attracted 20,000 admissions across the four day event including industry, filmmakers and thousands of film fans, providing a fantastic platform for filmmakers looking to reach a wider, international audience.

ASFF 2016 Prizes:

  • Screenings at the BAFTA Qualifying ASFF 2016
  • Awards for Best Film in each category and People’s Choice
  • Eligibility to enter the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)
  • Screenings in various guest programmes at other film festivals
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on Aesthetica’s online channels (180,000 readership worldwide)

Running times up to 30 minutes. All genres accepted. Deadline 31 May 2016. Entry fee is £20 plus VAT. Visit

View the ASFF 2015 Trailer:

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