The Cut Short Film Competition is launching for the first time in 2022, proudly presented by Sutherland Shire Council.

Cut Short aims to provide a platform for the creative development of local and emerging filmmakers as well as support the arts industry in Sydney and beyond. Showcasing the wonder of the Sutherland Shire we encourage filmmakers to explore all that this area has to offer, from the pristine beaches of Cronulla, to the hidden corners of the Royal National Park, to the many heritage-listed sites and culturally significant places rich with history. Discover the diverse range of people and places that spread through the Sutherland Shire and what stories could be told.

From documentaries to science-fiction we welcome all kinds of films and are excited to see the stories you tell.

Get creative with this year’s theme ‘Connected to Nature’.

There will be one first place prize awarded for each category:

a. Primary School Student: $500 for student and $500 for school

b. High School Student: $500 for student and $500 for school

c. University Student: $2,000 + mentor session with accredited ACS member

d. Open: $6,000

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Acceptance Criteria

All films submitted to Cut Short 2022 must meet the following criteria in all aspects:

a. All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language)
b. All films must have been made within twelve (12) months of the opening date of
submissions for Cut Short 2022 (8 August 2022)
c. All films entered must not exceed 15 minutes in length (including title and credits)
d. All films must reference the Cut Short 2022 theme: ‘Connected to Nature’
e. All films must meet at least one of the following:
i. At least 50% of their film must be filmed within the Sutherland Shire Council local
government area;
ii. Filmmaker must live within the Sutherland Shire Council local government area