SSFF is a comedy film festival and competition.

The theme for this year's Sunshine Short Film Festival is comedy.

For the 2020 Festival, we are removing the 5-minute limit and opening the festival to comedy films of any length. We all need all the laughs we can get.

There is AUD$3,000.00 worth of prize money to be shared.

Our festival theme this year encourages filmmakers to take an optimistic perspective on life and to try and see the funny side of things. We do encourage you to define comedy yourself.

We will not consider any content that supports racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise offensive attitudes or behaviours but we do welcome content that takes aim at such attitudes particularly if you are funny about it! Have a laugh, get a laugh.

The main prize is AUD$1,500.00 as judged by your fellow filmmakers

Audience vote prizes:
First Prize -AUD $1,000.00
Second Prize - AUD$750.00
Third Prize - AUD$500.00

The full list of rules and regulations is on our website:

In summary:
Those who submit the films to the festival must have complete rights to the film and all aspects of the content.

Films should not be currently available to the general public on any online platform.

Entrants who reside outside of Victoria, Australia must pay an AUD$15.00 (approx US$10.00) nonrefundable entry fee.

Overall Rating
  • It was a pleasure to screen this year at Sunshine SFF. With all the craziness going on, Steve and his crew did a GREAT job in communication and keeping the fest going. A BIG thank you!!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Pat. Much appreciated. Comedy Festival next March. Look forward to your next entry.

  • Chido Mwat

    Had a great time being a first time filmmaker and being able to participate in a festival that's open to all levels. I learnt a lot and felt I was part of a community through this experience.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Chido. Great to have you participate. Look forward to next year.

  • Su Kie Ong

    Such a wonderful festival and a pride of Sunshine and far beyond. It's impressive to see how the organizers have transformed the festival to adapt to the difficult restrictions. You get better every year. Here's hoping for the Halloween comedy themes to come back. They are so much fun!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Su Kie, could not do it without the support of people like yourself. Love to bring back the Halloween comedy. Will be working on that.

  • mark hellinger

    Great festival, the ability to organise an in-person screening and online screening during these covid times was much appreciated by the filmmakers.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Mark. Look forward to seeing you next year.

  • This is a brilliant local festival which aims to encourage new filmmakers to get creating, as well as offering a terrific forum for new and experienced filmmakers alike to show their work. Selected films are screened at a local multiplex with excellent projectors and sound. Highly recommended!

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Andrew much appreciated. Next year is a comedy focus. Looking forward to seeing you then.