Congratulations to our finalists. An incredible range of films were submitted this year, a whopping total of 84 films. Thank you to everyone who entered. The judges have called this year’s films the best yet, with a high standard of filmmaking evident.

A big thank you to this year’s judges for giving up their time and sharing their expertise: Scroll to the bottom to see the full list of our experienced judges. 


Best Short Feature West
One Second  
Dir. Tom Vogel
Dir. Aaron L. Ellis
Uber X-Citing Day
Dir. Michael Jones, Jackson Tozer
The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco
Dir. Marina Bonofiglio
Dir. Chris Kennett and Hayden Bevis

Best Documentary West
Olympic Nick
Dir. Ian Tran,  Rachel Morssink
Citizen Reporter 
Dir. Lindsay Cox

Best Director
Tom Vogel, One Second
Aaron L. Ellis, Spill
Michael Jones, Jackson Tozer, Uber X-citing
Marina Bonofiglio, The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco

Best Screenwriter
Aaron L. Ellis, Spill
Tom Vogel, One Second
Marina Bonofiglio, The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco
David Nguyen, Sleep to Dream


Best Short Feature Metro
Goodnight Sweetheart
Dir. Bec Peniston-Bird
Dir. Jemma Van Loenen
Dir. Robert P.Fantozzi, Conor A.Woods

Best Documentary Metro
The Jolly Swagman
Dir. Charby Ibrahim
No Measure for Health
Dir. Jessica Hutchison
Seeing The Land From An Aboriginal Canoe
Dir. Jary Nemo


Rouge Program
The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco
Dir. Marina Bonofiglio
Dir. Jemma Van Loenen
Maybe Next Time
Dir. Delfina Jaureguialzo  
Dir. Erin McCuskey

Best Comedy
Dir. Robert P.Fantozzi, Conor A.Wood
Dir. Michael Jones

Best Acting Performance
Gillian Jones, Goodnight Sweetheart
Ellmir Asipi, Spill
Noel, Greg Fleet
Sepideh Fallah, Falling

Best Animation
Midnight Ice Cream Run
Dir. Johnny MacPherson
Dir. Nelson Dean
More Stuff
Dir. Simone Giampaolo, Joe Kinch

Best Cultural Diversity
The Jolly Swagman, Charby Abrahim
Olympic Nick, Ian Tran
Goodnight Sweetheart, Bec Peniston Bird
Seeing The Land From An Aboriginal Canoe, Jary Nemo

Best Tertiary
No Measure of Health
Dir. Jessica Hutchison
The Other Man
Dir. Sher Li Tan

Best Secondary
The Beast Within
Dir. Cian Bennett
Dir. Tyler Bain
The Goldfish Theory
Dir. Alexander Fasso
Portrait of a Babysitter
Dir. Sierra McLachlan
Dir. Sam Zagame

Best Film
Winner announced on the night and will be one of the finalists, excluding the Secondary School Section.


Sue Maslin is an award winning producer  of film, television and digital content. She has created award winning feature and documentary films. Her most recent film is the smash hit The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. It grossed more than $20 million at the box office and garnered the highest number of nominations at the 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, winning five including the coveted People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film.

Jim Koutsoukos the co-founder and co-curator of the Greek Australian Short Film Festival (GASFF); showcasing local and international short films with a Greek connection.  Jim is also an actor – though, the last few years he has returned to full time work, to pay the bills of course and cause that damn phone didn’t ring quite often enough!!! Acting credits including Kick, Neighbours, Crackerjack, festival theatre productions and a squillion short and students films.  

Arden Pryor is a comedy writer, performer and producer. He originally started his career as a stand-up comedian and character actor. As an actor he worked in both theatre and television, notably playing Rebel Wilson’s mother in Fat Pizza. Most recently, Arden created and independently produced the all-female sitcom Fix-Her-Up which aired on Foxtel’s Aurora Channel, and directed the live comedy show From Scrags to Riches at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His production company is Pea Tree Production.

Katerina Kotsonis has accumulated a diverse body of work in theatre, television and film.  She has been an active creative for short films both in front and behind the scenes. She is also co-curator of the Greek-Australian Short Film Festival which is partnered with the Greek Film Festival. Some recent work include the amazing web series Little Acorns, Seven Types of Ambiguity for the ABC and Wentworth.

Maria Papas is an actor who has appeared in film, TV and theatre including works for Melbourne Fringe, the ABC, Neighbours and the Women’s Circus. She has trained with Anna McCrossin Owen, Wendy Ward and Miranda Harcourt, amongst others. This is Maria’s second year as a judge.












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