Filmmaking Competition for School Students

Empower Students Through Filmmaking!

Inspire creativity at this year’s Very Short Film Festival, where budding filmmakers and storytellers discover their unique voices. With a dedicated junior category, we invite high school and primary students to delve into the art of filmmaking and share captivating stories.

Films are kept within a 2 to 5-minute timeframe and can be captured using a camera or even just a mobile phone.  Films can be made independently or as a collaboration with friends or school groups. Anyone is welcome to enter and we embrace all genres. All genres are welcome and we champion bold stories that challenge, enlighten, and inspire. 

We believe that even the smallest films can create impact and social change, and we’re eager to hear the powerful voices of Australia’s young talents. 

Important Highlights

Download Our Brochure!

Here’s a flyer you can easily print and share at your school to inform fellow students and teachers about the festival.

Meet our past finalists

Dylan Burrows

VSFF Winner 2023 for his film “The Polish Nut”

“I’ve always wanted to tell a family fable that was passed down to my father, then to me… and thought it would be the perfect story to share for this awesome film festival. Seeing my film on a big screen for the first time was an amazing experience! And winning at the VSFF feels surreal, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

Joy Ben Hur and Jahvis Loveday

Jahvis Loveday & Joy Ben Hur

VSFF Winner 2022 for their film “Home”

“Being a part of the Very Short Film Festival was truly a dream from beginning to end. The energy of everyone involved made us feel like we had won before we had even received any award. So grateful to the amazing team involved for nurturing young filmmakers and amplifying diverse stories that need to be told. We left feeling truly inspired.”

Watch and Be Inspired by Our Past Winning Films

Winner 2023

“The Polish Nut” by Dylan Burrows

Winner 2022

“Home” by Jahvis Loveday & Joy Ben Hur

Winner 2021

"Sweet Dreams" by Olivia Buonopane

Grab a Camera, Friends and Make a Film

Get creative

Think up a story with a meaning – include the VSFF annual signature 'spark'

Shoot the film

Grab a camera or your phone and shoot a 2 to 5 minute film

Submit your film

Enter for free in the Junior category here

Join the festival

Finalists will be flown to the premiere launch in Tasmania on 31 May 2024