ENTRIES ARE CLOSED FOR THIS SEASON. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR THE SELECTIONS NOTIFICATION AS WE FINALISE WHICH FILMMAKERS CAN SCREEN.

The theme for the 2021 Blue Heeler Film Festival is ‘DON’T PANIC!’ in the context of Living with a pandemic.

The 2021 Blue Heeler Film Festival will feature two categories:
1. Secondary School - for entrants aged 14-18 years
2. Open Category - for entrants 18 years and over.

Emerging creatives from across Australia are welcomed to submit their short films into the Blue Heeler Film Festival for 2021. This one-night festival will showcase the incredible talents of short filmmakers nationwide at our free family friendly event held in Muswellbrook Australia.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your short film, we encourage you to explore rural aspects of life in Australia.

This event is sponsored by Muswellbrook Shire Council.

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First Prize for the Open category - $10,000 AUD

First Prize for the Secondary School category - $5,000 AUD

Your film must have been made in Australia
Your film must not have been broadcast in Australia
Your film must not be available on internet TV platforms including Netflix and Stan
Your film must be no longer than 7 minutes (including titles and credits)
Your film must be provided in 16:9 ratio and PAL format
You must agree to ALL terms and conditions of entry as specified in the Terms & Conditions on our website.
WHEN SUBMITTING PLEASE UPLOAD VIDEO. URL SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you are agreeing to the Blue Heeler Film Festival 2021 Terms and Conditions:-

1. All Filmmakers must agree to these Terms and Conditions as a condition of entry of Film to Blue Heeler Film Festival 2021

2. All Films submitted to Blue Heeler Film Festival 2021 must meet the Blue Heeler Film Festival Acceptance Criteria in all respects. These include:
The film must have been made in Australia
The Film must not have been broadcast in Australia
The Film must not be available on internet TV platforms including Netflix and Stan
The Film must be no longer than 7 minutes (including titles and credits).

3. The Blue Heeler Film Festival will evaluate in its sole discretion whether the Film submitted for the Blue Heeler Film Festival 2021 meets all Acceptance Criteria.

4. The Blue Heeler Film Festival will inform in writing (email) if the Film has been accepted or not accepted into the Blue Heeler Film Festival 2021

5. The Blue Heeler Film Festival decision as to whether a Film has met all Acceptance Criteria is final and not subject to any appeal for reconsideration.

6. By submitting the Film to the Blue Heeler Film Festival you are giving the following warranties:
* You own all copyright associated with the film including soundtrack, music, images and performances.
* You are able to assign rights to the Blue Heeler Film Festival
* The Blue Heeler Film Festival can screen the film in whole or in part as part of the festival.
* The Blue Heeler Film Festival can include the film in whole or in part for the promotion of the festival or any other future festival events. This may include media, internet, broadcast and other platforms.

7. For the avoidance of doubt the Blue Heeler Film Festival does not accept the following standards:- Film or video tape, 4k or 2k resolution, 720 pixels for broadcast.

8. The Film SHOULD be submitted in the following formats:
Standard Resolution: 1920 wide x 1080 high pixels.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio: Stereo, sample rate 48khz (128 kbps).
Codec: Most file formats are accepted for submission, but H264-MPEG-4 (with High bitrate) or Apple Pro Res 422 files are very common.
Duration: Maximum length is 7 minutes - 00:07:00 (including titles & credits)
WHEN SUBMITTING PLEASE UPLOAD VIDEO. URL SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

9. Blue Heeler Film Festival accepts no responsibility for any Entry Form or Film that is submitted after the Cut Off Date or not uploaded correctly for the Blue Heeler Film Festival or is otherwise damaged.

10. Due to the competitive nature of the festival we favour films that are Australian Premieres with content that appeals to our rural Muswellbrook community.
11. Films made in the local region will be favoured over other entries.
12. All finalists must be able to attend the festival to screen their film and be eligible for awards.

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Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Natalie Millar Jadhav

    Thank you for selecting my film Lockdown. It was really great communication from the festival. Best wishes!

    November 2021
  • Joseph Brown

    My experience at the festival was great! An excellent array of high quality films from a array of skilled and aspiring filmmakers across Australia. This is an event that really brings the community together, and I'm so proud to be a part of this.

    I was amazed to see my film "The Rise of the Magpies" win the Secondary Category this year at the festival. Looking very much forward to Blue Heeler Film Festival 2022!

    November 2021
  • Tina Wake

    Was great thank you so much for having us! Wish it was in person but hopefully no Covid next year!

    November 2021
  • Ashlee London

    This festival is fantastic! good work to all involved! and thanks again for picking our short :)

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for this stellar review, please tell your pals we are back on for 2021!

  • Orlando Holmes

    My son's film "Birds" was selected to be screened at the delightful Blue Heelers Film festival.
    On arrival, we were met with warm local hospitality, the local Lions Club, I think, and then we were in the very capable hands of the students who organised and hosted the entire event. The university students were easy to identify in event t-shirts, they effortlessly coordinated the smooth running of the screening and musical performers. Brilliantly set up outdoors with an inflatable screen and stage, gorgeous tree lights and fantastic food. The films were curated to appeal to all ages (warning were provided before the screenings) making it a family-friendly event.
    Thank you all for your enthusiasm and for encouraging young people to enter a career in the creative industries.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for this stellar review, please tell your friends and family we are back on for 2021!