The search for Australia’s next generation of filmmaking talent has begun as AACTA's #SocialShorts presented by MINI, a national online short film competition showcasing Australia’s top short filmmakers, launched today.
Returning for 2019, #SocialShorts presented by MINI provides Australian short filmmakers with a platform to have their work seen, shared and supported by a wide and immediate online audience of film enthusiasts and the Australian film industry.
The competition will run for two weeks across Drama, Comedy and Open categories, with the winners of each category announced on Monday 29 July. Audiences can watch all participating films on the #SocialShorts presented by MINI website where they can vote for their favourite shorts and share on social media.
Now in its fifth year, #SocialShorts continues to grow alongside its emerging creatives, featuring an increasingly diverse slate of short films and unique voices who are taking their screen careers to the next level.
Many of the films are already national and international film festival favourites including Nick Ward’s BOY’S DON’T CRY which saw him become Tropfest’s youngest ever finalist at just 16 years old, Hyun Lee’s ASIAN GIRLS which gained international recognition last year at SXSW, and Tilda Cobam-Hervey’s A FIELD GUIDE TO BEING A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL, which was awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale in 2018.
Using short film as a springboard to further their screen careers, Julie Kalceff’s FIRST DAY will soon move into the next phase of development as a four-part television series for ABC + iview, while ANDROMEDAdirector Emily Limyun Dean, who scored her first AACTA Award nomination for Best Animated Short in 2012, will soon make her feature directorial debut for Sony Pictures Animation.
AACTA also welcomes Corrie Chen (MUSTANGS FC, HOMECOMING QUEENS, FIVE BEDROOMS), Lucy Gaffy (DREAM BABY, NURSERY RHYMES), Mirrah Foulkes (JUDY AND PUNCH, ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Luke Eve (I MET A GIRL, HIGH LIFE) as this year’s #SocialShorts presented by MINI ambassadors, who will provide meaningful support and mentorship to the winning filmmakers, reflecting on their own short filmmaking experiences and careers beyond.
Winners of each category receive tickets to the exclusive 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Industry Luncheon, a $500 Cash Prize, a mentoring session with a #SocialShorts ambassador, and their film will be shown on the big screen at an AACTA public & industry facing event in Sydney in late August.
The winning film for each category will be announced at the end of the competition on Monday July 29, 2019.