Sunshine Short Film Festival Rules


Registration is free for those within Victoria, Australia. $15.00 AUD for all others.


  • Made in Victoria – at least one of the (Producer, Director, Writer) principle creatives need to have a Victorian address.
  • From Everywhere else: Anywhere not in Victoria, Australia.


It’s both a People’s Choice Award and a Juried Prize. The festival coordinators will make an initial short list of films to screen at the Festival screenings.

There will be a prize for the most popular film in each category as voted by the audience at the festival screening.

All decisions will be final.

Registration and Entry Guidelines

  • Registration and submission of the film must be completed by 6pm Sunday 16th August 2020
  • Your film must be no longer than 5 MINUTES (including titles and credits)
  • The film must fit into the comedy genre. Yes, Hanna Gadsby’s Nanette is a comedy….
  • You need to have read and understood all the terms and conditions. Please contact us if you have any questions. Submission of your film is an indication to us that you have signed off on all the terms and conditions.
  • SSFF will upload screened films to the SSFF YouTube channel following the Festival Screening unless the filmmaker specifically requests a 12-month moratorium from the date of the festival screening on posting the film online to allow for entry to other festivals.

Submitting Your Entry

  1. All entries have to be submitted online in 2 stages.
    1. Complete the registration form and submit.
     2. Upload your film (instructions how will be emailed to you)
  2. Your entry will not be accepted if:
    • You haven't completed and submitted the registration form.
    • Your film is over the 5 minute time limit (including titles and credits)
    • Registration and submission of the film must be completed by 6pm Sunday 16th August 2020
    • Your entry is in violation of any of the terms and conditions with particular reference to issues of copyright on all aspects of the production.
  • Recommended Specs
      • Please upload your film to us in the highest quality possible
      • Video Format: H264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred
      • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (letterboxed if necessary)
      • Resolution: 1920×1080 preferred
      • Audio Format: MP3 or AAC preferred
      • Frames per second: 25
      • Maximum file size: 1.6 GB