Excellence in short film has been recognised and awarded by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) since 1970. Short films so often serve as calling cards and stepping stones for our brightest emerging filmmakers, and prominent Australian filmmakers who have progressed their careers internationally following their short film success in Australia include Adam Elliot, Jane Campion, Peter Weir, Rachel Griffiths and David Michôd, amongst others.
AFI | AACTA #SocialShorts Powered by Genesis was launched in 2014 in partnership with Hyundai to build on this strong tradition by providing an unprecedented opportunity for emerging Australian filmmakers to have their work seen, shared and acknowledged by film enthusiasts and the film industry. AFI | AACTA is committed to creating new opportunities to extend professional ambitions and progress successful Australian screen careers.
In addition to providing unique access to great Australian short films, #SocialShorts encourages viewers to share these via social media, introducing new audiences to Australian short films and filmmaking talent, and acknowledging the public thirst for content in this phase of the screen era.
VOTINGVoting for #SocialShorts is simple.
There are three categories of short films (Comedy, Drama and Independent). One entrant will win in each category. Voting in each category is open for one week, with the winner for each announced at the start of the following week.
Comedy: voting is open from Monday 20 July until Sunday 26 July, 2015
Drama: voting is open from Monday 27 July until Sunday 2 August, 2015
Independent: voting is open from Monday 3 August until Sunday 9 August, 2015
To vote, simply watch and like on the #SocialShorts website, then share your favourite short films on social media – the short film with the most likes in each category wins. By sharing, you are helping to raise the profile of Australia’s emerging filmmaking talent.
The winning filmmakers in each category will receive a cash prize, industry-wide recognition, a mentorship with #SocialShorts Ambassador Gracie Otto and tickets to attend the 5th AACTA Awards Luncheon in Sydney, where they can make new connections and discuss new collaborations with industry leaders.
By voting, you also have a chance to win! Complete the fields in the ‘Red Carpet Alert!’ pop-up to automatically go into the draw to win a double pass to the 5th AACTA Awards Ceremony and Official After Party held at The Star Event Centre, Sydney, on Wednesday 9 December 2015, including flights and accommodation. See Terms and Conditions. Our winning voter will be announced on the #SocialShorts website on Tuesday 18 August, 2015.
#SocialShorts entrants comprise those short films which entered but were not nominated for the 5th AACTA Awards, as well as the short films which were nominated for the 4th AACTA Awards.