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Setting Sun Film Festival

Setting Sun Film Festival

The Setting Sun Film Festival is the premier film festival in Melbourne's West. We have grown over the past seven years from a community festival to one with a national and international reputation attracting entries from around the world. We're an eight day festival that includes a competition for the best short films under 40 minutes. We also screen feature length films. Our 2019 festival screened ten sold out programs. Our 2020 program was set to screen 16 programs before Covid-19 hit. (postponed till January 2021). Our categories are Open to all and cover animation, documentary, short feature, comedy, acting, directing, screenwriting, tertiary, secondary and more. We have a female only programWe at the prestigious art deco Sun Theatre Yarraville. Loads of cash and prizes to give away.

Awards & Prizes

$10,000 in cash and other prizes. Still being confirmed due to Covid-19.
$1000 for Best Short Film Overall 2021
$1000 cheque for Best Film By A Female Director (must have female director)
All details here:

Rules & Terms

By entering the Setting Sun Film Festival, entrants agree to abide by the following terms and conditions. Failure to abide by these terms and conditions will result in disqualification. Fees will not be refunded. By entering a film, it is presumed that every entrant has read the Terms and Conditions, award categories and judging information.

All films in all categories entered into the competition, must have been completed from 1st December 2017 until 31st March 2021. Applicants must register and pay before submitting their film. The deadline is midnight Est. 31 March 2021. Every entry must have a phone number and address or face disqualification.

All films in all the general short film categories in the competition, (which is separate to the festival) must not be more than 50 minutes opening to closing credits. Films in the secondary and primary school and the female filmmaker section, can be no more than 20 minutes. 

Films will be judged and the winners announced on the website prior to the festival starting. Judges’ decisions are final and no discussion will be entered.

All short films must be uploaded by the filmmaker onto FilmFreeway, YouTube or Vimeo with the link included in the application for judging. No hardcopy DVDS are to be submitted to the festival. Please check the quality of your film once uploaded. Please provide the password on your application.

For screening purposes at the Sun Theatre, successful short film festival applicants will need to provide:
– Adult entrants must send a DCP file set to 25 fps.
– Secondary Schools and secondary students may send a High Definition MOV H264 or PRORES file set to 24 frames per second, and with resolution 1998 x 1080 for Flat Aspect Ratio 1:85 OR 2048 x 858 for Scope Aspect Ratio 2:39
Rarely, film festival programs maybe subject to change, and films may be removed, beyond the control of the festival. Filmmakers need to stay update via emails sent through FilmFreeway and/orFacebook in case issues arise with your file.
Filmmakers agree to send their DCP file to the Sun Theatre, six weeks prior to the start of the festival. Failure to do so can result in disqualification.

BEST SHORT FILM WEST: Filmmakers entering the Best Short Film West Award must have had key creatives (director, producer, writer) living in the West, or have completed their entry in the West, during 1st December 2017 –28 February 2021 to be eligible. Must provide address or other evidence.


Thursday 18 February, 2021
Wednesday 31 March, 2021

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Awards & Prizes