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Judges and Prizes

What is the prize?

There are different prizes for the Open, Junior and Mobile divisions:


  • $4,000 in cash
  • An exclusive Australia Day experience in Sydney for two people:

1.Two nights accommodation for two people at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney (25 -26 January 2012)

2. Two tickets on the Australia Day Harbour Cruise on Sydney  Harbour ( 26 January 2012)

3. Attend the Australia Day Film Showcase in Hyde Park where the finalists and winning film will be shown to thousands of people on a large digital screen (26 January 2012)

4. Two tickets to attend the exclusive State Reception in Darling Harbour on Australia Day and watch the evening fireworks from a prime location. (26 January 2012)

Note: If the winner is from interstate, ADCNSW will pay for flights to and from Sydney for two people

If the winner is under 18 years, the other ticket will need to be given to a parent or guardian to accompany the winner.



  • $1,000 in cash
  • Canan EOS 600D DSLR Camera

The winner of the Junior division will receive a Canon EOS 600D Single IS Kit including an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, totalling RRP AU$1,249. The EOS 600D is the perfect DSLR camera for people wanting to expand their creative photography with Creative Filters and FULL HD video. Click here for more information.



Sailing Sydney are providing a unique opportunity for you and a friend to participate as crew on a real America’s Cup racing yacht. Take the helm, trim the sails, work on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you soak up the atmosphere and sights of spectacular Sydney Harbour for a 2 & 1/2 hour experience with Sailing Sydney, valued at $258.


Your film could be seen by thousands of Australians all over the country! Selected films will be showcased at various Australia Day events and publicised on the website and in the media, so you may be lucky enough to see your film played in various ways.

Who is judging you?

Our judging panel will determine the winner in the Open and Junior divisions of the Reel Australia Short Film Competition. The panel is made up of prominent members of the Australian film industry who will determine which film best responds to the question “What makes a mark on your Australia?”

The winner of the Mobile division will be determined by the Australia Day Council of NSW, with some help from our Australia Day Facebook fans. That’s right, your comments will be considered when determining a winner of the Mobile division!

Kate Ritchie

Kate Ritchie

People young and old all over the world know and love Kate Ritchie for the key role she has played in the international hit series Home and Away. She filmed the pilot of the show in 1987 (at age 8) and wrapped up her role as Sally Fletcher after a staggering 4000 episodes in December 2007.

In 2006 Kate received her first Logie (Australian Television Awards) nomination in 18 years, she was nominated for gold and silver and was awarded the silver for Most Popular Actress. In 2007 and 2008 Kate continued to be awarded the silver for Most Popular Actress as well as the prestigious gold award for Most Popular Personality.

Kate has worked in Australian film, hosted live television and events such as the annual Carols in the Domain in front of audiences of up to 100,000 people. She even stepped up to the to the mic as a singing contestant on the 2005 series 'It Takes Two'.

In January 2008 Kate took on the demanding challenge of Breakfast Radio. She hit Sydney's airwaves every morning for two years as one third of the 'Merrick and Rosso and Kate Ritchie Show' which, due to it's success, was syndicated all over the country.

Kate stepped back onto a television set when asked to play the character of Judi Kane in the much-anticipated second series of Underbelly, A Tale of Two Cities. This role earned her the honour of a 2009 AFI nomination for Best performance by a guest in a television drama.

Her love of acting saw her leave Nova 969 and return to television in 2010 to play Detective Samantha Cooper in the Nine Network's COPS:LAC.

Simon Westaway

Simon Westaway

One of Australia’s most talented actors, Simon Westaway has an impressive list of film and television credits. Simon most recently gained critical notoriety with his performance in Underbelly, Australia’s highest ever rating television program, in the role of Mick Gatto. His extensive list of television credits include: Blue Heelers, Small Claims, White Collar Blue, Temptation and Stingers.

Simon has also been an official Australia Day Ambassador since 2010.

Simon has enjoyed a career that has ranged in Australian film and credits which include roles in Happy Feet, Australian Rule, Komodo, The Thin Red Line, Babe: Pig In The City, and Cable. Simon is an accomplished voice artist and was part of Director George Miller’s highly successful Happy Feet.

Simon can be seen on Mornings With Kerri-Anne as regular panelist with No Junk Male.

Sandra Bates

Sandra Bates

Sandra was appointed Governing and Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre in 1986. She has directed more than one hundred productions for the theatre during her 25 years at the helm.

Some of her highlights include David Williamson’s three plays on community conferencing Charitable Intent, A Conversation and Face to Face, which toured NSW and Victoria in 2000. She directed Face to Face for Perth Theatre Company which toured regional WA and was presented at the Brazilian Arts Festival.

Sandra also directed the World Premiere of Williamson’s play Operator and the Sydney Premiere of Birthrights. Other highlights include Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Sydney Opera House which won the Glugs Award for Best Production of 1997.

Sandra is an official Australia Day Ambassador, visiting and speaking at Australia Day celebrations in various communities. She was made a Member in the Order of Australia in 2001 and was awarded the Variety Club Heart Award for her contribution to theatre in 2002.

In 2007 Sandra was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sydney Theatre Critics.