Vision Splendid Film Festival

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival - Short Film Competition

The Vision Splendid Short Film Competition is geared to independent filmmakers from Australia and around the world. Filmmakers are asked to make a film no longer than 7-minutes. 

The 2020 theme is "Planes, Trains and Automobiles". Following the sold-out Short Film screenings over the last 3 years, we look forward to see what the 2020 Festival has install for us.

Your film can be fiction or documentary, funny or sad but it has to be memorable, significant and lasting and also family friendly!

The theme is open to interpretation. Get creative!

Films will be reviewed by a jury of film professionals with selected short films will be screened alongside feature films throughout the Festival.

Finalist films will be screened on the Closing Night at the historic, 100 year old Royal Open Air Theatre at a special awards ceremony with celebrity judges selecting the Best Film and associated prizes.

The Short Film Competition is part of The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival – a nine-day program that focuses on promoting screen culture through new Australian cinema. The Festival has become a key exhibitor for Australian films and stories that otherwise would not find an audience. The program features and supports film made in Queensland and will often provide a first run for some films that have struggled with commercial distributors.

Awards & Prizes

Short Film Competition awards are presented at the closing night. The Awards will be announced shortly and will be a combination of cash and technical production:


(All cash is awarded in Australian dollars, Festival organisers are not responsible for any fees or charges associated with currency exchange)

All films screening as Official Selections are eligible for the Audience Award. The award is based solely on audience voting at the film screening.

The producer whose submission best captures the theme of this year’s contest and is considered the most engaging, imaginative and formally innovative in content and delivery, will be deemed the winner. The judging panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The prize will be awarded to one nominated producer on the entry form of the short film. If entrants are from a team they must negotiate this between themselves.

Winners will also be shown on Vision Splendid's partner, Queensland Online

Rules & Terms

Short Film Competition Guidelines

The event is a juried short film competition open to independent Australian filmmakers.

Please read and carefully consider the following details and guidelines for the Short Film Competition before submitting your short film.

Each film must be based on this year’s theme:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Be creative with the theme. You are encouraged to take an authentic and incisive approach with no obligation for a positive image – but an honest one.

Submission guidelines

Films may be submitted via a link with password (Vimeo or YouTube), Dropbox or Google Drive or the FilmFreeway online screener. The title, submission ID number, screening format, and running time must be clearly labelled. If selected a DCP file needs to be delivered ASAP to the Festival organisers as all films are screened in this format. No exceptions.

The short film can be any genre and may be a documentary, live-action, animation or a combination of both. You can submit your work that features elements of drama, horror, sci-fi, documentary, musical etc.

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Thursday 16 January, 2020
Monday 13 April, 2020

Queensland , -

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