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Canberra Short Film Festival

Canberra Short Film Festival

The Canberra Short Film Festival showcases the best films from around Australia and around the world. It is a competition based festival with awards and sponsored prizes in a number of different categories.

The event runs for 2 exciting weeks in venues right across Canberra, the national capital. This is an intimate and fun festival where audience and film makers can connect and exchange ideas easily. Screening sessions are often enhanced with a social component including, forums, Q and A's and of course parties.

We are interested in any genre, style and length up to 20 minutes (some categories have shorter length requirements) so long as it includes at least one of the following; high production values, innovation, thought provoking themes, great use of the medium and high entertainment value.

The judges want to see something beautiful, or strange, or scary, or happy. We want our audiences to be taken on a ride to be affected by your films in any BIG way possible.

CSFF includes a film maker networking event to help bring producers, directors, actors and other craft specialists together.

The event also hosts several social events both pre and post screening at several of our venues including; Opening Night Gala, Saturday Night Party, Film Maker Networking Event and the Awards and Closing Night Party.

Awards & Prizes

Trophies and laurels are awarded to Best Film in each category. We also present Runner Up certificate and/or specific craft awards such as; writing, editing, cinematography, sound, directing and acting - depending on category.

Prizes for Best Film will be awarded in these categories;

  • International - AU$500
  • National - AU$500
  • Documentary - Packaged prize valued at AU$500
  • Canberra - Packaged prizes valued at AU$2000
  • Animation - Packaged prize valued at AU$500
  • Music Video - AU$300
  • U/18 - Packaged prize valued at AU$200
  • 2 Minute Film - Packaged prize worth AU$200
  • First Nation Stories - Prizes to the value of $500 for Best Film, $300 for Runner Up and $200 for Second Runner Up.

Find out more:


Monday 10 February, 2020
Monday 6 July, 2020
Dendy Cinemas Canberra Centre
Venue Address
148 Bunda Street

Canberra ,

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Awards & Prizes