The Benalla Shorts Film Festival is on again in 2019 - Please ensure your entries comply with the following:
Film to be 1920 x 1080 HD format using a 16:9 aspect ratio; if your film has an alternate aspect ratio, please submit mounted within a 1920 x 1080 frame. Short films may be scaled where necessary.
If not in this format - film will be rejected.
BENALLA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Wash Up...........................
A sell out crowd saw the screening of short films at the 4th Benalla Shorts festival held on Sunday. The screening was held at Raffety’s Reception Centre and the cabaret style seating, with refreshments available, was a very successful element of the event. The screening was held to coincide with the Wall 2 Wall Arts weekend.
The Best Film went to ‘iRony’ written, scripted and directed by Perth based student Radheya Jegatheva. His film explored the relationship between man and technology, told from the perspective of a phone. The award sponsors were the Friends of the Benalla Library and the Friends of BPACC and they kindly donated $1,000 for the Best Film Award.
This year we had a new prize for a local filmmaker and to enter this section, the film maker had to live within 100 km radius of Benalla. The award valued at $250 was sponsored by the Benalla Lions Club, with ‘Munchies’, directed by Hayley Warnock determined the winning entry. Hayley also won an award in an earlier Benalla Shorts Festival.
Munchies was a claymation and showed Herbert pleasantly spending the afternoon in his vegetable garden until he discovers something has been munching on his crops.
The Rotary Club of Benalla sponsored $200 towards the $250 Student Award and ‘The Ghoulies’, directed by Harrison Lane, was successful. Harrison also was a finalist in 2017 as well. His film this year portrayed two brothers having their relationship tested when 11 year old Cooper wanted to become a part of his older brother's gang.
West End Post Office sponsored $200 for the People’s Choice. This was resolved after all the votes were counted, with ‘iRony’ a clear winner and ‘Munchies’ coming in second.
Cash prizes were awarded in the following categories:
JUDGES AWARD for the BEST FILM - $1,500 this year. Increase of $500 on 2018.
LOCAL ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD (persons living within 100 km radius of Benalla)
BENALLA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (BSFF) March 2019
ENTRY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
• All short films must be original works and must be from within Australia.
• Film categories are open to all film genres including animation, documentary and comedy.
• The duration of submitted films should not be longer than ten minutes including title and credit sequence.
• All short films produced within the 24 months preceding the 2019 Benalla Short Film Festival and suitable for screening up to MA15+ classification.
• Expressed preference for film to be 1920 x 1080 HD format using a 16:9 aspect ratio; if your film has an alternate aspect ratio, please submit mounted within a 1920 x 1080 frame. Short films may be scaled where necessary.
• Entries close 1 February 2019 11:59PM (AEST) and the short film must be submitted online via FilmFreeway. Send duly completed declaration, entry and checklist forms to Benalla Shorts PO Box 563 Benalla Victoria 3672.
• All entries will be retained by BSFF.
• The film maker must have secured and cleared all rights to performances, imagery and music used in their entry.
• The film maker guarantees that they have obtained all the necessary permissions, licences and clearances to enter a film, and that the film and all of its composing elements and our screening of the film does not infringe the moral and ethical rights including copyright of any third party. Any claims made by any person or entity against a film, actor, crew, locations or any other party, is entirely the responsibility of the film maker.
• The film maker grants the BSFF 2019 committee, a not for profit organisation, the non-exclusive rights to reproduce the film, or part of the film to exhibit the film by any medium for the sole purposes of the festival or its promotion, including encore screenings.
• Although films received by the closing submission date will be assessed for entry compliance, we regret not all films will be chosen for screening at the festival due to suitability and volume of entries. Selection judging and award judging will be undertaken by panels appointed by the BSFF committee and their decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Award winners have no right to re-negotiate awards with the film festival committee or panel or sponsor.
• Film Award categories:
Judges, Local Encouragement Award (persons living within 100 km radius of Benalla, Victoria, Australia), Student and People’s Choice.
• The BSFF committee will communicate with all successful entrants by email.