Aurora doubles prize pool for 2012 Short Film Festival

Winners of the inaugural Aurora Short Film Festival 2012 will have reason to celebrate twice as hard this year, with the nation’s leading not-for-profit subscription community channel doubling the value of prizes on offer from $1000 to $2000 each.

Themed Make Something 2012, the Aurora Short Film Festival is open to creatives across Australia, who are invited to submit their own digital content for a chance to win the Viewer’s Choice Award or the Critics’ Choice Award.

As well as industry acknowledgement and cash prizes, winners will also receive nationwide television exposure to help kick-start their film and TV careers.

According to Aurora CEO, Phyllisse Stanton, entries have exceeded the Channel’s expectations and the quality of submissions has been extremely high.

Says Stanton: “Entrants have really taken to the theme of Make Something 2012 – so far we have received everything from music clips, comedies, thought-provoking documentaries, to student films. The entries have been of such high calibre, that we felt it only appropriate that we increase the prize pools for both categories. The Aurora Short Film Festival is unique in that we don’t ask entrants to feature any specific item, topic or event – we ask for nothing except that entrants make something up to 10 minutes long. Whether it be a short film, music clip, documentary, digital art, all we ask is that entrants be as creative as possible, to make something and have a go.”

She added: “Our goal is to create a platform for the top filmmakers to show their work to the nation via our network, while also interacting with the audience during the selection process, through the viewer online voting system.”

The top 10 finalists will be announced on 4th May, and viewers will then have several weeks to vote online to determine the winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award.

The finalists will also be invited to showcase their creations for industry professionals and the public during a screening night at Dendy Opera Quays on 29th May, where a panel of expert judges will select the winner of the Critics’ Choice Award.

Stanton concluded: “Entries close on the 30th of April, so I encourage all budding creatives to enter the Aurora Short Film Festival for a chance to get a head start in the film and television industries, before it’s too late!”

Aurora Short Film Festival 2012

Entry Details:
Entries close: April 30th 2012
Finalists – Top 10 Announced: May 4th 2012
Voting: May 4th 2012 – May 29th 2012
Winners announced May 29th 2012
Prizes: Critics Choice $2000 (panel of industry experts) and Viewers Choice $2000 (online voting)

Entry Requirements:

  • Can be animation, drama, photostory, documentary, music clip – anything
  • Max 10 minutes in length
  • Terms and Conditions and online entry form on the website 
  • Entries to be delivered on DVD (file format .avi, mpeg2, .mov etc) or uploaded to
  • Finalists must provide a broadcast quality version of the film if they reach the top 10.