Australia's Shortstacks Short Film Festival will showcase the most engaging, imaginative and innovative entries from the State Library of NSW’s short film prize.

Shortstacks provides a unique opportunity for established and emerging filmmakers to create a short film with inspiration from the Library’s extraordinary collection – a collection which holds the memory of our state and nation.

Our judges will select the most engaging, imaginative and innovative entries to be showcased in the Shortstacks Short Film Festival at the Library in June 2020. The winners will be announced on the night by Australian film industry royalty and Shortstacks Judge Margaret Pomeranz AM.

Shortstacks is open to established and emerging filmmakers who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

AUD$15,000 General Prize for filmmakers over 18 years
AUD$5,000 Youth Prize for filmmakers under 18 years of age at the time of entry

The finalists will be preserved in perpetuity as part of the State Library of NSW’s collection.

Shortstacks will consider films in all genres – fictional, documentary, animation or experimental (eg. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone). Entrants can produce their films on any device including mobile phones.

Films must have been made specifically for Shortstacks and must reference one or more of the five pre-selected items from the State Library’s collection.
Films should be no longer than six minutes including credits.

Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Youth entrants must provide proof of age and a signed parental consent form with their entry.

Only one entry per person or institution can be submitted.

Films produced by TV stations or professional production companies are ineligible. Professional filmmakers are however eligible to submit their own work.

Refer to the Shortstacks Guidelines -

Youth Prize entrants: Download the parental consent form from

For information on how to submit your film, refer to the Entry Guide:

Overall Rating
  • Jayce White

    Great concept at the heart of this festival, drawing inspiration from the Library's collection. Very well organised, friendly communication and responsive audience made for a really positive vibe.

    June 2019
  • Tim Brothers

    This is a great little local fest. Well organised, great communication, generous prize money, and a fun screening session - as well as a respectable objective of raising the profile of the State Library's collection. And as one of the finalists, I was unabashedly star-struck to share the stage with Margaret Pomerantz - an Aussie screen legend! ;)

    June 2019