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Competition Rules

The terms and conditions of entry to Reel Australia Short Film Competition is the place that you really need to start when considering if and how to enter.

There are three main reasons for this:

  • How will the films be used?
  • Copyright and license information
  • Submitting entries correctly, the format and description

The Australia Day Council of New South Wales (ADCNSW) strongly recommends participants under 18 years of age review the Competition Rules with a parent or guardian before agreeing and entering.

Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

The challenge is to create a response to the question, “What makes a mark on your/the real Australia?”, and ultimately explore the theme ‘Make Your Mark Australia’. It could focus on a local, national or global level, it could be a comedy, drama, documentary romance, or simply capturing a moment in your life... it’s completely up to the film maker!

There will be three divisions within the Reel Australia Short Film Competition; Open, Mobile and Junior

  1. Open

    All proud Aussies are welcome to take part in the Open division. Whether you’re a professional film maker, studying film at university or just someone that’s always been interested in film but has never tried their hand at it, you can enter the Open division. There are no age limits, but people under the age of 18 will need the consent of their parent/guardian.

    Entrants to the Open division are encouraged to create a short film no longer than two minutes exploring the theme for Australia Day 2012, ‘Make Your Mark Australia’. The film can be shot and edited using professional equipment if available.  

  2. Junior

    The Junior division is only open to people aged under 18 years, who will need the consent of their parent/guardian. If you are aged 18 years or older, you can only enter the Open or Mobile divisions. The same theme and guidelines will apply in the Junior division as in the Open division. Junior entrants may also enter the Open division, however only one division can be selected per entry.

  3. Mobile

    If you don’t have the time to shoot and edit a high quality two minute film for the Open division, you should try your hand at the Mobile division. Entrants to the Mobile division must record their video on a mobile phone device on which video making is not the prime function. The video must be no longer than one minute.

    Entrants to the Mobile division are encouraged to submit a video that explores the theme for Australia Day 2012, ‘Make Your Mark Australia’. It could be a video of yourself speaking directly to the camera, or of your dad waxing lyrical at the family barbecue, or of you and your mates at the beach…it’s up to you! There are no age limits but people under the age of 18 will need the consent of their parent or guardian.

You must stay within the Competition Guidelines when you are making your film:

  • The Film will need to be no longer than 2 minutes (120 seconds) in duration for the Open and Junior divisions, and no longer than 1 minute (60 seconds) for the Mobile division.
  • The Film you upload must be in one of the following file formats: .wmv, .avi, .mov, .mpeg4, .mp4, .3PG or .3PGG
  • Videos recorded on mobile phone devices must be uploaded onto a computer first before being uploaded onto the AUSSIEVAULT® website. Videos cannot be uploaded directly from a mobile phone device onto the AUSSIEVAULT® website.
  • For the Open and Junior divisions, we recommend your Film be cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio at 960x540 pixels for the best possible presentation on the AUSSIEVAULT® website.
  • Music and sound effects can only be included in films if they are original compositions.
  • Participants can explore diverse film genres – documentaries, drama, comedy, animation, action and romance.
  • The Film has not been entered into any other film competitions in the previous six months and has been created for the 2012 Reel Australia Competition (Compeition running in 2011 for Australia Day 2012).
  • To be eligible to win the prize, entrants need to ensure the film submitted meets the film format specifications highlighted on the website.

Finalist films will be showcased on large digital screens at a number of Australia Day events.

Entries open Wednesday 7 September 2011 at 9am AEST and close Tuesday 6 December 2011 at 11:59pm AEST.

Online Entry Process

To enter the Reel Australia Short Film Competition, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit;
  2. Login to the AUSSIEVAULT® website if already a registered user, or register as a new user of the website;
  3. Select Reel Australia Short Film Competition;
  4. Read and agree to competition rules;
  5. Select which division the film is being submitted to (Open, Mobile or Junior), the same film cannot be entered into multiple divisions or a film you entered last year can not be re-entered.
  6. For those entering the Junior division or any other people under the age of 18, review the competition rules with a parent or guardian and agree to the term “Yes, my parent/guardian consents to my entry”;
  7. Complete an entry form by including all mandatory information and follow the directions to upload videos that comply with the Competition Rules and meet the Competition criteria on this page;
  8. Submit the completed entry form and complying short film. Make sure you carefully check your entry before submitting;
  9. Confirmation on whether your film has been successfully uploaded will be displayed on your screen;
  10. Please wait 3-4 business days for your entry to be approved by AUSSIEVAULT®;
  11. Once approved, send the link of your film in the AUSSIEVAULT® to family and friends!

We look forward to viewing some inspiring films. Good luck!