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Judges and Prizes

What is the Prize?


A) Overall Winner

Your film will be judged by a stella judging panel of Australian award winning directors and acclaimed actors and you could win:

  • $5000 in cash
  • The rare and exclusive privilege to attend Australia's film and television night of nights, the 2011 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards, including red carpet experience and access to the official after party with three friends. Including return economy flights for four to Sydney from the winner’s nearest Australian capital city and one night accommodation at the Hilton Hotel Sydney (2 rooms accommodating 4 people). All overseas travel excluded.
  • Your Film will be showcased on which hosts premium content created by some of Australia's finest emerging and accomplished filmmakers and your winning film will also be screened at Official Australia Day events across the country.
  • Last but not least, the opportunity to screen your film in front of Australia’s most acclaimed directors and actors who are on the Reel Australia judging panel - who knows where this opportunity could take you!

The Winner of the Reel Australia Short Film will be announced on on 23 January 2011.

B) People's Choice Award

It wouldn't be fun without a People's Choice Award, so start rallying your mates and get them voting for your short film and  you could win:

  • $1000 in cash and
  • The opportunity for you and a friend to attend the 2011 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards, including a red carpet experience and access to the official after party. This prize includes return flights for two to Sydney from your nearest Australian capital city and one nights accommodation at the prestigious Hilton Hotel Sydney, including buffet breakfast. All overseas travel excluded.

The Winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced on on 23 January 2011.

From 1 September 2010 until 16 January 2011 the general public will be given the opportunity to vote and comment on their favourite film. 

C) Voter's Award

It pays to vote!

  • $250 in cash will be given to one lucky registered voter for taking the time to show their support by selecting their favourite entry in the Reel Australia Short Film Competition.

The Voter’s Award winner will be selected randomly by the Australia Day Council of NSW and the winner will be advised by email before 23 January 2011.


Who Is Judging You?

1. Gyton Grantly

Who Is Judging You?

Best known for his portrayal of Carl Williams in the highly acclaimed Underbelly series Gyton Grantley completed filming the feature The Reef for release end of 2010. He leads a stellar cast in Beneath Hill 60, and appeared in the AFI nominated award winning feature Balibo, playing Gary Cunningham and based on the true story of the five journalists killed in 1975 in East Timor.

Gyton Grantley is the recipient of an AFI Award - Best Lead Actor in a Television Series for his portrayal of the gangland killer Carl Williams in the hit TV show Underbelly. In 2009 he was awarded a Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor and a nomination for Most Popular Actor for Underbelly.

2. Deborah Mailman

7. Deborah Mailman

Deborah Mailman is one of Australia’s most popular and successful actors who received national acclaim in 1998 winning both the AFI and Film Critics’ Circle Award for most outstanding actress for her portrayal of ‘Nona’ in the film Radiance. Since then she has worked extensively in film, television and theatre and is most recognised for her role as ‘Kelly’ in the television series The Secret Life of Us.

Deborah’s outstanding performances have been acknowledge with two Silver Logies for Most Outstanding Actress in a television series, Matilda Award for her stage performances in Radiance and The Seven Stages of Grieving, a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in the STC production of The Lost Echo, a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Actress in The Sapphires, a 2007 Deadly Award for Best Female Actor and in 2003 was named NAIDOC Person of the Year. Deborah is a recipient of the 2010 InStyle Women of Style Awards for her contribution to Arts and Culture.

3. Ray Lawrence

7. Ray Lawrence

Ray Lawrence has been a successful and award winning commercials director for 30 years, and in that time has made three feature films.

Bliss was screened In Competition, Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the film won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI Awards and was nominated for ten other categories.

In 2001 came Lantana, based on the play Speaking In Tongues by Andrew Bovell. The film won seven AFI Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Anthony LaPaglia), Best Actress (Kerry Armstrong), and Best Adapted Screenplay, and also performed exceptionally well at the Australian box office.

Ray’s latest film, Jindabyne, had its world premiere at Cannes and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in Australia in July 2006. Jindabyne received 8 nominations at the 2006 Film Critics Circle Awards and won Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Actress in a Supporting role. It received numerous nominations at the 2006 AFI and IF Awards and won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize for Best Film and the Best Screenplay Award at the 2006 Stockholm Film Festival.