We want you to produce a film (documentary or short film) that follows the theme “coming of age” and/or growing up. The objective is to tell a story that is creative and authentic - utilising the tools at your disposal to communicate an experience that comes with growth and the transition into adulthood. This can be a unique experience (ie telling the story of a gap year abroad) or common (ie graduating from high-school). Selected films will be screened in front of a live audience in Canberra, Australia.

Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Soundtrack
Best Actor/Actress
People's Choice
Festival Choice

Films must be filmed in 1080p or 4K. Anything that is shot differently as a stylistic choice (ie shooting on film, changing resolution to reflect time period ect) will also be considered.

Films must meet a total run time (excluding credits) of at least 3 minutes. As with the previous point, films that are made shorter than this as a stylistic choice will be considered.

Filmmakers must be based in Australia.

Films that are overly graphic, sexual or mature may be rejected.

Overall Rating
  • Ruby Kite

    The Coming of Age Film Festival (Canberra) was a wonderful experience for myself, my family, and my Hooligans cast and crew. There was communication from the organisers throughout the lead up to the festival, and the evening highlighted a diverse range of short films, each dealing with unique subject matter relating to the theme of a coming of age. Thank you to the organisers for this wonderful event, I can't wait to see what next year brings! Highly recommended!

    July 2023