Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

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

Month: June 2015

Willoughby Shorts Film Festival

Lights. Camera. ACTION!

Willoughby Shorts Film Festival, Sydney’s fastest growing student film festival is back. Entries are now open to Australian students aged 12 -25 years of age.

What we are looking for:

  • Australian Student
  • 12 – 25 years old
  • Short films that run under 10 minutes
  • An original production, made within the last two years.
  • Categories: Animation, documentary and narratives.

Selected entries will be screened on the giant Urban Screen in Chatswood on Friday 9 October, with a prize pool of $5000 in total value to the winning filmmakers.

Our panel of judges include Lucy Keeler/Nick Tory (Ample Projects), Mick Jones (Filthy Look Films) and Wendy Gray (AFTRS).

Entries close Friday, 28 August. 


Western Union Short Film Competition

I am working with the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and we are running a short film competition – the Western Union Short Film Competition. The closing date has just been extended until 30th June.

It’s open to film makers from Australia and India to submit short films of 10 minutes or under based on the theme of equality. Film makers from Australia will win a ticket to India and film makers from India will win a ticket to Australia.  The winning 2 short films will get screened before every feature at high profile cinemas and venues in Melbourne including Federation Square over 14th – 27th August and follow up screenings in Sydney as part of Beyond Bollywood.

It is a fantastic opportunity for both emerging and more experienced film makers to have their film reach a wide and diverse audience and have a high level of exposure. It is open to all genres. Entry is free and film makers can submit as many times as they like.

I dropped in some posters to the School but would you be able to please pass on also to your students? We’re obviously keen to source high quality entries from local applicants.

Please go to for more details about the competition and Festival events. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


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International Festival of Student Documentary

The 8th edition of Fidé (International Festival of Student Documentary) will take place in Paris in April 2016.

Fidé is open to any creative documentary work produced during the director’s course of study (film school, university, college, high school, creative workshop…).
There are no restrictions in terms of date or country of production, original technique, film subject and length or director’s nationality.

Submissions through online registration on our website :

Running only until October 18th 2015!

Thank you!
The Fidé team – Les Impatientes

2015 Sunshine Short Film Festival

We have an Open/Tertiary category with a $5,000 cash winning prize & we would love all your film students to enter. There is also a Professional Judges award – that last year was critiqued & awarded by Richard Keedie from WTFN. Its very easy, they just need to go on our website & register their interest first: Its open till 30 September 2015

“Superhero” is the theme for the 2015 Sunshine Short Film Festival competition the only community based film festival in the west. Both budding and accomplished filmmakers are invited to enter an original film five minutes or less featuring their very own version of a Superhero real or imagined and compete for prizes worth up to $5,000.

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 grand $5,000. We also have a judge’s prize awarded for artistic and cinematic merit open to entries in all categories.

All finalists’ films will be screened at Village Cinemas Sunshine on Friday 30th October at a red carpet, gala event.

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