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Get your shorts on the big screen

Get your shorts on the big screen

Thursday 2 September 2021

Bass Coast Shire Council, in conjunction with the Australian Short Films Festival, is proud to present a regional short film festival – Bass Coast Shorts.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said now is a great time for local filmmakers to get started on creating a short film for the Festival.

“We are interested in short films from all over the world. Films with a focus on coastal environments. Films that tell unusual stories in fresh and innovative ways. Films about people and issues, films that explore social justice, films that examine cultural heritage and films that celebrate the many wonders of nature and life on earth,” Cr Tessari said.

“The festival will accept films in three main categories: Open, Local and Schools/Under18. There will be a number of awards given by a jury of experienced and qualified judges.

“Entries are now open through and close on 30 November,” Cr Tessari concluded

Awards will be presented for the best film in each category.

There will also be awards for:

  • Best Animation
  • Best Music Video
  • Best First Nations Film
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Coastal Environment Film
  • People and Place Award
  • An Emerging Talent Award

At the judge’s discretion awards may also be presented for specific craft areas such as; directing, cinematography, sound design, acting, editing and screen writing.

The Film Festival will be held from 28 to 30 January 2022, at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

For more information on the Festival, visit