The eighth annual Setting Sun Film Festival

The eighth annual Setting Sun Film Festival

Setting Sun Film Festival

Submit Film/Categories

You must read the Submission Guidelines before you pay and enter your film through FilmFreeway. If you have any problems with the submission process, please contact the office. Entry fees: $40.00 for adults, $25 for secondary students, $15.00 for primary school students, $65 for feature-length films. Please Film Freeway charges a small  administration fee and that the entry fee is listed in US dollars.


Feature: We’re looking for an Australian made independent feature film to premiere, (drama or documentary, any genre) to premiere at the Sun Theatre Yarraville during the festival. The premiere will be followed by a filmmaker Q and A. We’ll host.  To be considered a feature length film, your film must be at least 60 minutes long and  have at least 51% Australian financing, and preferably not have had a Victorian screening, if so it must be limited. Please contact the office to discuss. Short Films: Australian and International. All genres.  

Best Film By A Female Director: The international female filmmakers’ program, The Rouge, was introduced in 2015 to boost female filmmaking. The winner will receive $1000. This is a very popular and competitive category with over a third of all films now coming from women, from around the world.

Best Emerging Filmmaker: must be a tertiary filmmaking student OR under 25 years of age. 

Secondary Student and Primary Student: Rising Sun program.  This program is incredibly popular and sponsored by Victoria University. In 2021, one lucky student, primary secondary, will win a Black Magic DaVinci Resolve 17 software package. Interested teachers will receive a free DaVinci Resolve 17 masterclass.  To register interest or for more information,  contact the office                                          


Best Film 2021 (Open category) $1000 prize
Best Film By a Female Director (Open category) $1000
Best Film People’s Choice  $250
Best Film International 
Best Australian Drama – Free hire Kindred Studios studio for filming or photography.
Best Feature Film – A free screening in a Sun Theatre cinema. Will include marketing, promotion, limited seating and a Q & A after the film’s screening. 
Best Film West (Shot in the West or made by a Westie) (art work by Baby Guerilla)
Best Short Documentary (Overnight Stay for two people at PuntHill Williamstown
Best Emerging filmmaker (a tertiary school student)  $1000 free equipment hire from Hummingbird Rentals
Best Cultural Diversity (A film of any genre highlighting, exploring, promoting themes related to disability, gender identity, sexuality, religion, race, age, culture, language)
Best Indigenous Achievement
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Student -Secondary Student or Primary School – Da Vinci Resolve 17 Studio Package
Best Acting Performance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Each winning film receives a free double pass to The Sun Theatre. 

Prizes for 2021 are still being determined. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash and must be collected from the festival within two weeks of the festival ending or be forfeited. Non cash prizes are only available to Victorian filmmakers and not redeemable for cash. 


Films will be judged and the finalist/winners announced on the website prior to the festival starting. The judges are a small group of media and film teachers, and industry professionals experienced in judging and making films. The finalists and winners in each category will listed on the website.

Short films must be no longer than 40 minutes from opening to closing credits. Films made from the 1st December 2017 – 31st January 2021 can be entered until midnight 31st January, 2021. Films cannot be entered after this date without approval. 

Films will be evaluated for the following:

  • story – well told, fluent, good theme or subject, good structure, good dialogue;
  • engaging and entertaining for audience;
  • production values – camera technique, special effects, lighting and sound;
  • creativity and originality.