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Wollongong City Council

Creative Wollongong Short Film Competition

Budding filmmakers aged 8-19 years, we want you! Create a short film using your mobile device and enter to win prizes.

There are two categories:

Category 1: Ages 8-12 years
Category 2: Ages 13-19 years.

The best entries will be screened via the Creative Wollongong Facebook page and at a real live Film Festival hosted by the Wollongong City Council’s cultural development team at a date to be confirmed in the future.

Entry is free.

The deadline for entries is midnight on 15 June 2020.

How to submit your film

  1. Read all of the information on this page and the competition Terms and Conditions.
  2. Upload your film to YouTube as a private video.
  3. Fill in the form below when you're ready to enter.

Filming Rules and Guidelines

  • You need to put a ‘Banana’ in your film.
  • The Banana should not be the main focus of the movie, but its use should be creative and meaningful.
  • No Bananas should be harmed in the production of your film.
  • Shooting of your film must be done at home or at school.
  • Copyrighted material is not accepted, unless there is written permission to do so.
  • The film must be an original production. It may not infringe on the copyright, trademark or other rights of any individual.
  • As we might be screening your film in a public forum, you will have to use copyright-free music scores or homemade scores.
  • No extreme violence, racist or other unsuitable content is allowed.
  • The film can be in colour or black and white.
  • Your film must be shot entirely on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets, GoPro) in HD video.
  • DSLR, compact cameras or hybrid android cameras are NOT accepted.
  • Multiple mobile devices can be used, but NO non-mobile footage may be included.
  • You can edit the video with any app/software.
  • Use of additional equipment (professional or homemade) is allowed.
  • No professional lighting should be used but you can be creative with lighting.
  • Optical work and filters are not allowed.
  • Your film must be longer than 1 minute and no longer than 7 minutes (including titles and credits).
  • Your film must be in 16:9 ratio.
  • Your film must be filmed in HD quality.
  • The film can be in any language. If the film is in a language other than English, you must add English subtitles.
  • Films should be uploaded onto YouTube for submission. If selected, the original file will be required.

Festival Terms

By entering this competition, you grant Wollongong City Council the right to use your film on the Creative Wollongong Facebook page and at a future film festival hosted by Wollongong City Council (date and venue to be confirmed).


  • Your film will be judged according to the following criteria:
    • Strength of story
    • Quality of narrative and production values
    • Creativity and originality.
  • There will be two Best Film Awards judged by a panel of industry experts, each winning a $150 gift card.
  • A selection of prizes, including books and Merrigong Family passes, will be awarded to the highly commended entrants.

Terms and Conditions

Before entering this competition, make sure you read the full Terms and Conditions.