We have allowed for a Deadline Waiver Code and entries will be accepted until 13 February, 2019. Contact Benalla Shorts for the waiver code.

We know that even short films can take quite some time to complete, so we have changed our Terms and Conditions to allow films produced in the last five years to be entered – come and join us.


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 not in this format - film will be rejected.

Our 2019 Judges - John Orcsik, Tony Bonner and Tom Long. Check out their credentials on our web site www.benallashorts.com

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)



• 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 twelve minutes including title and credit sequence.

• All short films produced within the LAST 5 YEARS preceding the 2019 Benalla Short Film Festival and suitable for screening up to MA15+ classification.

• Film to be 1920 x 1080 HD format using a 16:9 aspect ratio

• Entries close 31 January 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.

Overall Rating
  • Jack Johnston

    Very well run and it had a great atmosphere. Low turnout but that is to be expected for such a small festival.

    July 2018
  • Tom Vogel

    Wasn't able to make it but heard good things from fellow filmmakers who did attend. My short film "ONE SECOND" was screened and I applaud any film festival who up to now has screened it because of the hard topic it portrays.

    I'll be submitting my latest short film "8 Letter Word" next year and hope to be selected again.

    March 2018
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    An absolutely wonderful film festival with great communication and care for the filmmakers. I couldn't attend on the day but I felt I was part of the festival and was able to follow how things unfolded from a distance!

    March 2018
  • Michael Raso

    The Benalla Short Film Festival is a fabulous film festival located in the vast, lovely setting of country Victoria (Ned Kelly territory). The festival was on at the same time as the Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival, where artists paint stunning large murals on the town's buildings. The organisers of the film festival were fantastic, the hospitality was great, and the prizes were awesome! I would encourage any film maker to make their next film submission to the Benalla Short Film Festival. You'll see some great films, and see the town transformed with amazing street art!

    April 2017
  • Nicholas Halls

    I had a great time -- Benalla and the surrounds are gorgeous areas to spend a weekend, and the Wall To Wall art festival gave us a lot to do - not to mention having a great dinner at Georgina's.
    The quality of films was a mixed bag, and I hope that in future years they're able to secure a more comfortable venue for the film. The picture and sound quality were very good otherwise.
    I'd also like to see, in future, some sort of official function at which filmmakers and judges could interact and network. But otherwise, a very fun festival, we were treated extremely well, and we were very proud to screen our film for the people of Benalla and surrounds.

    April 2017