The Short Film Competition at Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival in Winton is geared to independent filmmakers from Australia. Filmmakers are asked to submit a short film.
In 2023 we celebrated our tenth year.
In 2023 the winners were all the films that were selected to be screened on our Closing Night. The Official Winners were BEST FILM Mudskipper by John Harvey. Special Mention was SUNSHINE. Audience Award went to Dunny Derby.
We welcome submissions of quality short films that are family friendly and funny. We especially encourage regional, First Nations and Women filmmakers.
For 2024 we open submissions to feature films to highlight our commitment to Independent Australian cinema. If selected, the feature films will be programmed in throughout the nine days of the Festival. A fee will be paid for selected films.
Your film can be fiction or documentary, funny or sad but it has to be memorable, significant and lasting and also family friendly makes it much easier! Get creative!
Films will be reviewed by a jury of film professionals in the first week of the Festival to shortlist the submissions to the top ten-twelve film entries. Some films will be screened alongside feature films throughout the two weeks of the Festival.
Finalist films will be screened on the Closing Night at the historic, 107 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 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.
Short Film Competition awards are presented at the Closing Night. The Awards will be announced shortly and include:
GRAND JURY PRIZE
STUDENT AWARD (only available to students who take part in the Festival in Winton)
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 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.
For more information, visit The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival