Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

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

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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


  • 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.

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,


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

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:



The object of the Cinéfondation, an Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes, is to present and highlight films from film schools, whether fiction or animation, that reveals talent and deserves encouragement.

Unless a special waiver is granted, films must comply with the following conditions in order to be selected: › they have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival; ›› they have not been presented at major international festivals; ››› they do not exceed 60 minutes in running-time. N.B.: Documentaries are not accepted.

To submit a film, fill in the online application form on our website and directly upload your film on the same website or send a DVD of the film together with a copy of your registration slip. Registration deadline February 15th, 2016 at the latest (by this date, the entry form must have been filled in and the film uploaded). If you choose to send a DVD instead of uploading your film on our website, the DVD must reach our office for February 15th at the latest, not post-marked.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, Japan.

This is Shoko Takegasa from Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, Japan.

I’d like to inform you that we currently open call for entries. The festival will be held in June, 2016.

We accept submissions via shortfilmdepot ( and all rules and regulations are also available on our website (

It would be great if you could consider submission of your students’ films.

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Submissions are now open for HRAFF 2016
The annual Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is devoted to the exploration of human rights issues through art, film, music and conversation. We envision a diverse and vibrant cultural community that is engaged with human rights.

Submit your film for the opportunity to move and inspire HRAFF audiences, and be a part of the premier human rights art and film festival in Australia.

Key Dates:

EarlyBird closes 16 October 2015 (discounts apply)

Features close 30 October 2015

Shorts close 27 November 2015


Early Bird

Features (Standard / WAB Discount) $40.00 / $35.00

Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $25.00 / $20.00

Student Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $20.00 / $15.00


Features (Standard / WAB Discount) $50.00 / $45.00

Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $30.00 / $25.00

Student Shorts (Standard / WAB Discount) $25.00 / $20.00

For more information and to submit visit Action Sports Film Fest Action Sports Film Fest is here – prizes including 3K cash, an internship, plus national & international screenings should get lords of the lens inspired.

Right now, our online film competition is open to all action sports films you can imagine! The films will be screened across Australia in November at events designed to celebrate creativtiy and action sports. Each event will award local winners of the online comp plus host discount bevvys and no shortage of legends.

Judging this thing are some huge names in film. Albert Falzon, the father of surfings creative soul, Eddie Martin, documentary filmmaker best know for All this Mayhem & NZ backcountry filmmaker Heath Patterson.

Our event is designed to really engage people. With all ticket sales from event going straight into prize money and 1% of all income going to environmental causes.

All this and plenty more to get amongst at

Proudly supported by Garage Entertainment, Jagermeister, Boardworld, Audio-Technica, NZ Surfing Mag, Adventure Magazine & NZ Ski & Snow Mag

Fringe Film:  Short Screen Works and Digital Media 

The Melbourne Fringe Festival presents Fringe Film: an open-access showcase opportunity for all forms of screen work. Music videos, documentaries, short films, animation and digital art that explore the intersection of the public and the personal are all welcomed.

 This year, Fringe Film is exploring the idea of digital personas. The screens in our hands and in our homes function as portals to the personal. They show us versions of ourselves and visions of the alternate realities we create. Public screens are all around us. They function as messaging devices, usually used for instructions and advertising. What conversations begin when we make our digital personal realities public?

Melbourne Fringe invites filmmakers, animators and digital artists of all experience levels to submit their work for viewing. All submissions go into the running to win Best Film. Submissions will be screened at the Fringe club on Sunday 27 September, with a curated selection of works screened on the big screen at Federation Square from 17 – 21 September.

The 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival is about seeing and experiencing your city – and the people who inhabit it – in a different light. It’s about peeling back the layers, peering around the corner and discovering something that only Fringe Festival could unearth.

Melbourne Fringe Festival – proudly independent.

Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival – Short Film Competition

We are on from the 4th – 8th of November, 2015 and  are now calling for entries to our Short Film Competition (for more information, please visit:

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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