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LockDown Short Film Competition | A Time Capsule in Film

Entry is free and open to applicants aged 16+ that live, work, study in the Frankston municipality or demonstrate a strong affiliation with Frankston City.

Like all documented moments in history, the time we are living through today will leave its mark on us forever. LockDown Short Film Competition is calling for entries that capture the time our lives we entered or emerged from shutdown and social isolation through the medium of film.

The best short films resonate beyond their few short minutes and affect audiences the same way any great film does. The challenge, of course, is to do it all in 3 minutes.

It is open to any genre – be it fiction, documentary, animation and ‘mash-up’. And it’s not just for filmmakers. Anyone local aged over 16 years can submit a film, even if it’s your first and entirely created on your Smartphone.

Shortlisted films will be screened at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre, permanently online and presented in the multi-disciplinary exhibition This Time, Last Year at the Frankston Arts Centre Thu 13 May to Sat 26 June, 2021. This Time, Last Year will be a community archive by Frankston creatives and will revisit stories and document an extraordinary time in our lives when we went inside, isolated and were asked to stay at home.


Entries open: Monday 10 August

Entries close: Sunday 18 October

Shortlisted filmmakers will be notified by email prior to Friday 13 November.


Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges and announced at an official film screening at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre in 2021.

There are two prize categories:

First Prize $2,000

Highly Commended $1,000

Please refer to the Guidelines, Conditions of Entry & Entry Formon our website.


Tuesday 8 September, 2020
Sunday 18 October, 2020

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