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Wollongong City Council

Creative Wollongong Short Film Competition Guidelines

Please read this guide and our Competition Terms and Conditions before entering the Creative Wollongong Short Film Competition.

COVID-19 safety

When shooting and producing your film, you must follow NSW Public Health Rules that apply at the time, including any stay at home orders.


  • You need to put a bicycle helmet in your film.
  • The helmet should not be the main focus of the film, but its use should be creative.
  • 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 violence, racist or other unsuitable content is allowed.
  • The film can be in colour or black and white.


  • Your film can be shot entirely on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets, GoPro) in HD video. You can also use DSLR and compact cameras, and / or multiple devices.
  • 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.

Film specifications

  • 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 to YouTube as a private video for submission. If your entry is selected for screening, you will need to also give us the original file (we'll contact you to arrange this).

Film 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).

Judging criteria

Your film will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Strength of story
  • Quality of narrative and production values
  • Creativity and originality
  • Extra marks for use of bicycle helmet.

Awards and Prizes

  • There will be 3 x Best Film Awards judged by a panel of industry experts, each winning a $150 Gift Card.
  • There will be 1 x Best Performance Award winning a $150 Gift Card
  • A selection of prizes including books and cinema passes will be awarded to the highly commended entrants.

Editing apps

You can use any app or software to edit your film. If you don't already have an editing program, below are some guides to free options you might like to consider.

Please note, Council does not endorse any particular app or software over another.


If you have a question about this competition, please get in touch with Council's Cultural Development team by email or call (02) 4227 7111.