In Short: The Shortlist for the Very Short Film Festival

The Very Short Film Festival is delighted to announce the shortlist for the national competition. Meet the shortlisted filmmakers:

This is no ordinary film festival. One of the positives of this very strange pandemic era has been that many of us have found the time, and the urge, to explore our hitherto unknown or overlooked creative sides. This national competition sprung out of the world we’re currently living in, encouraging all sorts of stories to be told and shared – particularly from those who are not usually.

“What an enormous pleasure it has been watching all the very short films submitted for the festival.” Says actor and judge Marta Dusseldorp. “Smart, engaging, thoughtful stories – full of intrigue, heart and connection and celebrating this complex life. Looking forward to gathering at Spring Bay Mill for this Very Short Film Festival visual feast.”

The winners will be announced at the Premiere Screening Event on Friday May 21 at Spring Bay Mill in Tasmania. Cash prizes will be awarded and mentorships given. Award-winning writer, musician and radio broadcaster, Casey Bennetto will MC, and Jay Jarome Trio will provide the music at our after party.  Jarome, an up-and-coming Djindubari artist born and raised on Bribie Island, Queensland, is now based in Tasmania.

Tickets, from $15, are available for the event,

The festival brought to you by Artology, which is known for inspiring creativity, and Spring Bay Mill, soon-to-be-known as the most idiosyncratic performance and conference venue on the East Coast of Tasmania.

‘Creativity is our most valuable human resource, and in these times of climate change and a pandemic, we need solutions that are out of the box,’ says Anna Cerneaz, MD of Artology. ‘Opportunities to play, to think, to create are essential to our future. With this festival, we want people to be inspired and let their imaginations go wild.’

The mentors and judges are award-winning actress Marta Dusseldorp who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television; artist Rocco Fazzari, well-known for his cartoons and illustrations in the Fairfax press; writer and editor Leta Keens; and Leah Purcell, one of Australia’s most eminent cultural figures.

The shortlist for the Open and Junior Categories are (in no particular order):

Open Category (22 years and over)

Fenella Edwards and Brendan Kays: Claire (Tas)
Ainsley Halbmeijer: The Hotline (Vic)
Thomas Herbert: Complete and Utter Garbage (Vic)
Matthew Newton and Anna Brozek: They say I’m a terrorist (Tas)
Eva Justine Torkkola: Bound (Vic)

Junior Category (21 years of age and under)

Olivia Buonopane: Sweet Dreams (Age 21, ACT)
Fletcher Kamino: Little Tassie – The Librarian (Age 14, Tas)
Flynn Kamino: Little Tassie – The Architect (Age 12, Tas)
Chloe Kealy: Chloe’s World (Age 16, Tas)
Jongmin Lee: BRICKS (Age 17, Qld)
Luca Yi: The Waiting Room (Age 16, NSW)

Highly Commended

Open:  Eloïse Boutry, Ursula Woods, Kapil Hemudan Gadhvi, Alex Thomas, Sarah Badcock, Oscar Lush, Kim Nolan, Grace Roberts, Mitchell Fairbank, Judith Peterson, Grant Thompson, Victoria Haberley, Larissa Camilleri

Junior: Nina Daos Kadati, George Odgers, Lawrence Ellis, Alana Larson, Issach Mann.

Enquiries please call:
Philippa Horn
P: 0411 606 077 / e:

Very Short Film Festival – Gala Premiere & Announcement of Winning Films

Date: 5:30pm, Friday 21 May 2021
Where: Spring Bay Mill, 555 Freestone Point Road, Triabunna, Tasmania
Livestream from 6pm:

MC: Casey Bennetto, award-winning writer, musician and radio broadcaster
Live Music (after the livestream): Jay Jarome Trio – one of Australia’s upcoming talents, blending Soul, R&B, Funk and Rock

Tickets: $15-$25 includes a glass of something Tassie and lovey.
Food: Spring Bay Mill’s chef Michael Santamaria for purchase.
Accommodation: Stay overnight in a cosy Glamping Tent or fabulous Beach Shack