It is with great pleasure that we can present the following prizes to the winners of the 2016 – so far.  We are still coordinating prizes. Anyone wishing to donate a prize, it’s not too late, please contact us

Trophies designed by sculptor Jos Van Hulsen, Post Industrial Design and made by Victorian University Sunshine Trade students. As prizes are continuously donated,  prize allocation may be subject to change. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.


Best Film Overall

Best Film Cultural Diversity

Best Film Non Western Suburbs category

People’s Choice

The Dressmaker Award For Best Film by A Female Filmmaker

Best Film Overall (sponsored by The Sun Theatre)

      1. $500 cheque donated by SSSFF.
      2. A private screening of the winner’s film in the gorgeous art deco La Scala cinema, generously donated by the festival’s venue partner Sun Theatre, for the winner’s friends and family.

Best Film People’s Choice: 

  1. Two double passes to the prestigious and beloved  Sun Theatre 

Best Cultural Diversity (sponsored by The City of Maribyrnong) 

  1. A double pass to the Sun Theatre 
  2. MADMAN Entertainment DVD pack

The Dressmaker Award for Best film By a Female Filmmaker. (sponsored by Sue Maslin)

$1000 cheque, donated by Sue Maslin and Rosalie Ham.

Best Short Feature West (sponsored by Victoria University)

  1. Dinner for two at Hellenic Republic Hotel.
  2. A night for two at The Plough Hotel in Footscray. 

Best Documentary West (sponsored by Kindred Studios)

A day’s free access to the White Room Studio at Kindred Studios – perfect for any photography or filming.

Best Tertiary

  1. Double pass ticket to the Sun Theatre.
  2. 2 x 2017 Open Channel Conference Pass for one winner
  3.  12 month Film Ink subscription. 

Best Short Feature Metropolitan

Get your friends and family together to celebrate any event for a three hour venue hire at Backlot Studios which includes free staff member and access to food and drink facilities (not free). You can use the venue for whatever purpose you like – a party, a movie screening, etc.

Best Documentary Metropolitan

  1. A print by prestigious western suburbs artist, Baby Guerilla.
  2.  12 month Film Ink subscription.

Best Animation

  1. Free studio time for one day at Creativa Videos. (conditions apply)
  2. Double pass to the Sun Theatre

Best Comedy

  1. Double Pass to the Sun Theatre.
  2. eOne Films DVD Pack

Best Acting Performance (male or female)

A free head shot photo shoot which includes 2 retouched photos value $250 donated by Faces By Raphael – Actor Head shots.

Best Secondary  (sponsored by Victoria University).

  1. Winner  – Four double passes to the Sun Theatre.
  2. 10 Filmic Masterclasses for top ten filmmakers provided by Victoria University.

Open Channel will provide: 

– A One-Year Associate membership for all new festival entrants *
 *Please note that Associate Membership is essentially a trial membership and can only be used once. Anyone who redeemed the offer last year won’t be eligible for another Associate Membership for 2017.