Entries are now open for the 3rd annual Very Short Film Festival, with a premiere screening event to be held on 27 May 2023. This short form film competition empowers Australian storytellers to showcase their creativity to a national audience, offering new or emerging filmmakers exposure; an opportunity to hone their skills; and the potential to make a significant impact with their work.

“The Very Short Film Festival gives these young filmmakers a platform, and celebrates their curiosity and love of cinema in a meaningful way. It is an essential event which will have lasting ripples for this group of talented filmmakers.” – Justin Kurzel, Australian filmmaker.

Both seasoned filmmakers and those new to the craft are welcome to enter – it’s open to anyone who’s ready to tell a story. There are no real rules of what that story might be or how it’s told – that’s purely up to the filmmakers. The only stipulation is to touch on the 2023 signature theme of ‘CHIP’ and the short must be 2-5 minutes in length.

Unique to this festival is free entry and two categories including: Junior for those under 21 years old, and open for all others. Submissions are being accepted via veryshortfilmfestival.com.au, and will close on 17 April 2023. Winning films will be awarded valuable prizes including mentorship from industry professionals, cash awards ($6,125), and all-expense-paid trips to attend the festival screening in Tasmania.

The ambassadors and jury include award-winning actress Marta Dusseldorp who has worked extensively in film and television; Justin Kurzel, an award-winning Australian film director, Essie Davis, esteemed Australian actress and Leah Purcell, one of Australia’s most eminent cultural figures.

Brought to you by Artology, which is known for inspiring creativity, and Spring Bay Mill, the quirkiest performance and retreat venue in Tasmania; and sponsored by the Guardian Australia.

The Very Short Film Festival screening will take place on 26 May 2023 at Spring Bay Mill in Triabunna, Tasmania, via a live-streamed event.

“I love that the Very Short Film Festival provides an opportunity for young and emerging filmmakers to find their voice and express themselves through a short film. This year we’re looking for stories that are authentic, bold and thought-provoking. I encourage all experienced or new filmmakers to submit their film and become part of the unique and special festival event in Tasmania.” – Leah Purcell.

The closing date for all submissions is 17 April 2023

Q&A session: 1 April 2023

Announcement of film nominees: 12 May 2023

Premiere Screening Event: 27 May 2023

SUBMISSIONS: veryshortfilmfestival.com.au