Entries open for Shorts Film Festival

Entries are now open for the Shorts Film Festival.  Over 60 Australian film and industry leaders will be on the judging panel, and all shortlisted films will be screened at the Shorts Film Festival in November. Deadline is June 6.

The announcement:

Shorts Film Festival’s 2014 call for entries is now open. Filmmakers from across Australia are invited to enter the competition for the chance to jet-set off to the Cannes Film Festival, the world’s most pre-eminent film industry event, courtesy of Gold Shorts sponsor Phil Hoffman Travel. Entry details can be found at www.shortsfilmfestival.com with the Official Deadline closing on June 6, 2014.

With a prize pool in excess of $50,000, Shorts offers Australian filmmakers some of the most lucrative prizes for short film in the country.

2012 Gold Shorts winner Anthony Maras said, “The team behind the Shorts Film Festival are dead serious about giving a platform on which filmmakers can present their material to the world. Winning the Gold Shorts came with a return trip to the Cannes Film Festival, and allowed me to present my work to a host of distributors, financiers and sales agents in attendance. You can’t get much better than that.”

Shorts also provides special encouragement for young filmmakers through the provision of the Best Young Filmmaker Award sponsored by the Kojo Group, and also fosters Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers through its Black Shorts Award sponsored by Beach Energy.

Filmmakers from the broader Asia Pacific region are also invited to enter to compete for the Best Asia Pacific Film Award.

Shorts’ singular point of difference is its passion and commitment to celebrating the specialised craft of storytelling, with each film being judged on the strength of its story. It’s that simple.

Films entered into Shorts will be judged by an esteemed judging panel of over 60 Australian film and media industry leaders.

All shortlisted films will be showcased on the big screen at the much-loved and uniquely styled Shorts Film Festival in November.

Shorts Film Festival Chair Paul Jorgensen said, “How well can you tell a story? That’s what counts. Films can be low-budget or high-budget and from any genre be it animation, documentary or music video so long as they tell a great story.”

“For just over a decade, Shorts has been rewarding the best in cinematic storytelling through the provision of valued prizes and career development opportunities with the generous support of our committed sponsors including Principal Sponsor Flinders University, and we are all looking forward to discovering the talents of the 2014 Shorts filmmakers.”

Call for entries are now open with details at www.shortsfilmfestival.com. Submissions are accepted via Withoutabox. Early Bird Deadline: May 9, 2014. Official Deadline: June 6, 2014

Source: Shorts Film Festival media release


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