Get Reel, our filmmakers festival, launched in 2016 and returns for it's 2nd year, accepting entries from anyone in Australia and New Zealand until 28th Apr 2017. We aim to uncover the greatest short filmmaker whilst inspiring people to start a conversation.

The theme of our festival, for 2017, is “Time to Talk” and we are looking for films to support positive messages around mental health and well-being. This could be about overcoming struggles, going through difficult times and finding ways to cope, rising to challenges or being open and having conversations. YOU MUST SUBMIT AN ORIGINAL SHORT FILM, RESPONDING TO THE THEME, NO LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES IN LENGTH.

All entries will be reviewed by the TOTTN judging committee and culled to a Top 100. The Top 100 films will then be judged by our judges panel of film industry professionals. The Top Ten entries will then be invited to a live showcase of their films, on Sunday 18th June, at The Ritz, in Randwick, where the judges panel will review all films and crown the winner. This event will be open for the general public to attend.


Overall Winner:
- cash prize of $500, courtesy of The Official Top Ten Night
- a filmmakers’ workshop worth $1,500, courtesy of Titan View
- an interview, Film Inquiry Society membership, as well as discounts to our Film Inquiry Society memberships to participants and guests of the event, courtesy of Film Inquiry magazine
- plus more to come!

Runner Up:

Top Ten:
- DVD pack, courtesy of Titan View

Top 100:

Get Reel 2017: Top Ten Filmmakers Festival - Terms and Conditions

The following information describing how to enter, and prizes, forms part of the Terms and Conditions of entry to the Get Reel 2017: Top Ten Filmmakers Festival (Festival). By entering the Festival each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
The Organiser of the Festival is The Official Top Ten Night (ABN 91 325 628 359) of 20 Stamford Avenue, Ermington, NSW 2115, AUSTRALIA (Organiser). Mountain Street, Ultimo, NSW, 2007, AUSTRALIA (Organiser). Proceeds will be donated by the Organiser to Suicide Prevention Australia.

Entry is open to all amateur and professional filmmakers who are Australian Citizens or hold Australian residency for tax purposes. The entrant must be the creator of each film entered. All entries must be no longer than 10 minutes and relating to the films theme: "Time To Talk". If entry is found to not adhere to this, then the entry will not be included in the festival. If an Entrant is under 18 years of age, he or she must provide written authority signed by a parent or guardian. This should be provided, as a scanned copy, at the time of submission. Employees (and their immediate families) of the Organiser are ineligible to enter. Entrants may enter as many films as they choose. To enter, Entrants must have completed the Registration form on our website, and then send their submission via Google Drive, Dropbox, WeShare, or equivalent, to clearly stating the name of the film, and the entrants details. Entries should be in as high a resolution as possible. Please note that entrants are liable for their own travel expenses, if required to attend the Grand Final.

It is so important to talk openly and safely about suicide but, it can bring up difficult emotions. If being involved in this festival triggers tough stuff for you, please talk about how you’re feeling with a trusted family member, friend or people at one of Suicide Prevention Australia’s partner organisations. Visit for a range of useful contacts including 24/7 crisis support contact information if you need immediate help for yourself or someone you know.

It is the Entrant's responsibility to ensure that the recording submitted in respect of each entered film is complete and playable. The Organiser is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, stolen, or misappropriated entries. All entry materials submitted will not be returned to the Entrant. Copies of entry materials may be retained by the Organiser strictly for promotional purposes in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Otherwise, all entry materials will be destroyed after the Winner is announced.

All entries must be received online no later than 11.59pm on 28th Apr 2017. The Organiser accepts no responsibility for any changes in the Festival starting and closing dates.

Only material in which the entrant currently has full copyright may be entered in this Contest. The entrant implies that they have full copyright by the act of entering the Contest. Entrants guarantee to indemnify the Contest organisers against any claim or loss resulting from noncompliance with copyright laws. Entrants’ copyright in entry materials is not affected by entering the Contest.

All entries submitted must be original films and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. In particular, the Entrant warrants that he or she has obtained the written permission from any co-writer or publisher controlling any rights in the entered film. The Entrant shall, by entering, indemnify and hold the Organiser harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with the foregoing. The Entrant acknowledges that all films entered may be distributed to the judges panel who will be helping to select the Winner, and the Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold the Organiser and judges harmless for any liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in the Festival.

Accuracy of entry information is entirely the responsibility of the entrant. The Official Top Ten Night cannot be held responsible for omissions or mistakes.

The names of all contributing writers, producers and/or contributors must be included when submitting the entry. It is the responsibility of the entrant to divide any prizes accordingly, as appropriate.

By entering, the Entrant agrees that entry materials may be used by The Official Top Ten Night for promotional purposes. This includes such things as placing the Top Ten films on the TOTTN website, production of compilation DVDs and reproduction of quotes in possible radio, television and website broadcasts.

The Official Top Ten Night watching Committee will have final discretion in all matters. All entries are judged in the preliminary round by at least 3 judges, prior to their selection as Top 100 filmmakers. The Top 100 are judged by a fresh set of film industry professionals to determine the Top Ten Finalists. The same set of film industry professionals, along with the audience, at the Final, will determine the Winner, who will be announced at the Final.

Entries will be judged equally on creativity, direction, originality, script, structure and relevance to the theme. Appropriate language must be used. That is, adherence to the Mindframe National Media Initiative guidance on safe reporting and portrayal of suicide. There are no specific guidelines for the film but the language guide, and recommendation around no mention of method of suicide, is a must. Films should be subtitled if created in another language other than English. Production value and quality of acting will not be considered.

The judging committee will not be in a position to provide Entrants with feedback or a critique in relation to entered films. The judging committee's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Official Top Ten Night chooses the judges but is not responsible for their decisions.

Those who are shortlisted for the Top 100 will receive an email notifying them of this achievement, and can find out through social media and on the TOTTN website. Those who proceed to the Top Ten will also be announced in the same manner. The Top Ten finalists will be honoured on stage at the final.

The Organiser will use its best endeavours to announce the Winner by no later than 25th June 2017, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays in the judging process. The Winner will be notified by email or telephone. The Winner will also be posted on the website and on The Official Top Ten Night’s Social Media pages. The Winner will be required to sign a statutory declaration confirming that Winner's film is original, that the film does not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties, and that all necessary permissions to enter the film have been obtained. Failure to sign and return the statutory declaration within the required time period or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected.

Prizes may be varied without compensation at the discretion of the Sponsor. Any physical prizes not collected by the Winner, or their representative, at the Get Reel: Top Ten Filmmakers Festival Final will be shipped at their expense.

The Winner’s entitlement to the Prize described above are subject to the following:
The Prize will be awarded to the individual Entrant who submitted the winning film and the division of the Prizes among co-writers (if any) is the responsibility of the Winner.
The Prize is not transferable or exchangeable. The Organiser is not liable in any way if the Winner cannot receive, accept or use any element of the Prize for any reason. The Prize (or any part thereof) may be cancelled in the Organiser's discretion if the Winner attempts to transfer it.
The Organiser will not cover any associated costs in connection with the Winner's enjoyment of the Prize other than those expressly stipulated above. Without limiting anything else in these Terms and Conditions, the Winner is not entitled to any reimbursement of any kind as a result of entering the Festival or enjoying or participating in the Prize or part of the Prize. Any taxes payable in relation to the Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winner.
The Organiser reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, at any time during the Festival period, to vary, withdraw, postpone or cancel the Festival or Prize including without limitation, in circumstances where it cannot conduct the Festival or grant any part of the Prize for any reason beyond its control. In the event the Festival is cancelled in its entirety, Entrants will be refunded their entry fee in full.
In the event that the Organiser postpones or varies the Festival or any elements of the Prize, the Organiser (and any party associated with the Festival) shall not be liable to any person for any loss or damage of any kind (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss or loss or damage caused by the Organiser's or other party's negligence) arising out of, or in connection with, the postponement or variation of the Festival or the Prize (or part thereof). Nor will the Organiser or other party be liable for any loss, damage, payment or expense of any kind (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss or loss or damage caused by the Organiser's or other party's negligence) or personal injury or other damage suffered or sustained as a result of the entering, judging, running, cancellation or acceptance, enjoyment or use of the Festival or the Prize (or part thereof).
The Organiser has the right to refuse to allow the Winner to take part in all or part of the Prizes, if the Organiser deems, at its discretion, that the Winner is not in any appropriate physical or mental condition to ensure the safety of the Winner or the other parties involved, or the Organiser otherwise deems that it is not appropriate for the Winner to take part in all or part of the Prizes for any reason.

The Festival and these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of New South Wales, Australia and all Entrants irrevocably and unconditionally consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of New South Wales, Australia.

Overall Rating
  • Anastasia Dyakova

    It was a very lovely festival and thank you so much for your work. Great place, great people, great films.

    June 2017