Social Shorts

AFI | AACTA Social Shorts

Discovering Australia's Next Top Filmmakers


AFI | AACTA’s national online short film competition, #SocialShorts, provides emerging Australian filmmakers with the opportunity to have their work seen, shared and acknowledged by film enthusiasts and the Australian screen industry.

The competition runs across three categories – Comedy, Drama and Open – with each category owning the spotlight for one week exclusively.

In 2016, #SocialShorts ran for three weeks from from July 25 to August 14, 2016, attracting more than 24,000 viewers and seeing a 50% increase in voters for the 47 short films competing.

AFI | AACTA would like to congratulate the talented filmmakers behind the three winning short films:

  • SLINGSHOT, winner of the Comedy category
  • WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED, winner of the Drama category
  • LOST FACE, winner of the Open category

Each of the winners received a cash prize, a $300 AFTRS short course voucher, a mentorship with the #SocialShorts Ambassadors, as well as tickets to attend the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post in Sydney, where they will have the opportunity to make new connections and discuss new collaborations with industry leaders.

This year, Matilda Brown joined Australia’s Blue-Tongue Films group – comprising Joel and Nash EdgertonDavid MichôdKieran Darcy-SmithLuke DoolanMirrah Foulkes and Spencer Susser – as AFI | AACTA #SocialShorts Ambassadors.

“Short films are a key ingredient of the Australian film industry, but it’s competitive and one of the biggest challenges is having your work seen. #SocialShorts is a great platform for filmmakers to get their work seen, not only by the industry, but by the wider audience,” said Brown, who has won awards both nationally and internationally for filmmaking and acting, and has achieved critical success for her short format series LET’S TALK ABOUT, which she wrote, produced and starred in alongside her father, actor Bryan Brown.

AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said the exceptional growth in voting and entries over the past three years launched attests to the important role #SocialShorts plays in promoting and nurturing emerging talent.

“Short film excellence has been recognised and awarded by AFI | AACTA for over thirty years, launching the careers of some of Australia’s top filmmakers. #SocialShorts helps extend the reach of the work of the talented short filmmakers who enter the AACTA Awards by creating an audience choice short film completion, which complements the spotlight shone on our Awards nominees and winners.”

#SocialShorts entrants comprise some of the short films which are entered by not nominated for an AACTA Award, as well as some of the short films which entered but were not nominated for the previous year’s Awards.

Audiences vote for their favourite short films in each category on the #SocialShorts website and then share via Facebook, with the winning film for each category to be announced at the start of the following week.