Blue Shorts is a short film festival held in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Entrants need to reside between Lapstone and Lithgow. Blue Shorts celebrates Blue Mountains stories and storytellers and is a celebration of local creativity and community. Filmmakers of all levels are encouraged to submit short films - from young and emerging filmmakers to the many pros we have in the area. We are looking for short films 7 minutes and under in any genre and style (*films in 12 years and under category need to be 2 mins or less*)

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Blue Shorts is brought to you in partnership with Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, Mount Vic Flicks and Local Film Makers.

Best Film
Best Art Film
Best Youth Film (Aged 13-18)
Best Youth Film (12 and under) (* 2 minutes or less*)
Best Actor
People's Choice Award
Best Family Made Movie
Best Comedy
Best Story
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Documentary
Best Dramatic Film
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Edit
Best Special Effects

1. I have read, understand and fully comply with all Terms of Entry.
2. I am a resident of the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. (From Lapstone to Lithgow.)
3. My film is max 7 minutes long (max 2 minutes for Youth 12 and under category)
4. I have obtained permission to include all the people and locations in the film.
5. My film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
6 . I am duly authorised to submit this film to the festival.
7 . I hold the Blue Shorts Community Committee, its partners and affiliates, harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.
8 . I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.
9 . I give permission for Blue Shorts Community Committee to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes.
10 . I give permission for Blue Shorts Community Committee to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful festival aimed at showcasing short films made by local filmmakers, many of whom are young people just starting out in the creative industries. Highly recommended.

    November 2022
  • Casey Cooper

    An absolute brilliant local Blue Mountains film festival! They included a diverse selection of films from all walks of life from all over the Blue Mountains region.
    The Zoom online festival and awards was really fun and it was lovely getting to see all the wonderful selections.
    This festival, unlike many on here, has actual physical prizes! What a treat to receive a real trophy and gift certificates, along side the Laurels!
    The festival runners were very hardworking, dedicated and pulled together a great show despite Covid's attempt to ruin the arts!
    I'm genuinely looking forward to next year!
    I highly recommend entering if you are local to the Blue Mountains, NSW Australia.

    October 2020
  • Rachele Wildmare

    It was a pleasure to be involved and to have our film screened in the nostalgic cinema of yesteryear, Mt Vic Flicks, with it's new silver screen but cinema seats from a bygone era.

    Adam and staff were quick to respond when help was needed and the whole experience was positive from start to finish.
    This warm-hearted festival engendered a nice sense of local community.

    May 2018
  • Angus Whalan

    It was a great showcase of local talent from all ages. A lot of fun.

    February 2017