Victorian Multicultural Commission

Multicultural Film Festival Applications Open

An annual short film festival that explores diversity and multiculturalism through films that make us think and touch our hearts.

Film has a unique capacity to connect audiences to other points of view. Though we may have different backgrounds, when we immerse ourselves in stories of cultural heritage and identity, it’s easy to see that there is more that unites us than divides us.

The Multicultural Film Festival (formerly the VMC Film Festival) showcases short films that explore stories of diversity and inclusion. 

We support emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and also invite submissions from filmmakers of any background to produce films that explore multiculturalism and promote social cohesion. 

Each year, our shortlisted films feature characters who are encountering new ways of life, struggling with feeling isolated in a new country or within their cultures' traditions, or beginning to embrace and celebrate their difference.

Ranging from gentle childhood fables to more stridently political works, all are strong examples of the power of storytelling in creating dialogue and initiating understanding.

2021 Festival

Calls for entries are now open! 

We are seeking creative, original, non-formulaic short films about cultural diversity and multiculturalism. The stories the films tell can be made by and/or be about people from any cultural background.

Visit to read the terms and conditions before uploading your submission.

You will need to set up an account on FilmFreeway to upload your submission.

Submissions close 20 June 2021 at 11.59pm.

Prizes will be announced shortly. 

Submit your entry on FilmFreeway


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Sunday 20 June, 2021

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