The Setting Sun Film Festival

The Setting Sun Film Festival

The Setting Sun Film Festival

Setting Sun Film Festival

Short Films FAQ

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: $45.00 for adults, $25 for secondary students, $15.00 for primary school students, $65 for feature-length films. 

Films made from the 1st December 2021 – 31st January 2024. Films cannot be entered after this date without approval. 




Best Film 2024 (Open category) 
Best Film By a Female Director (Open category) 
Best Feature Film (Victorian)
Best Film West 
Best Documentary 
Best Emerging filmmaker 
Best Cultural Diversity 
Best Student -Secondary Student or Primary School 
Best Acting Performance 
Best Animation
Best Film People’s Choice  
Best Indigenous Achievement  
Best Film International                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Awards and prizes 2024

Best Film 2024 (Open category) $1000 prize. If the Best Film winner is an international film, then $500 will be awarded to the Australian film that receives the highest score by the judges.

Best Film By a Female Director (Open category) $500

Best Feature Film, a screening at Kindred Studios followed by Q and A.     

Best Emerging Filmmaker – $2000 hire voucher from Hummingbird Rentals     

Best Youth Film (primary or secondary school) – DaVinci Resolve Studio 18 package                     

A double pass to the Sun Theatre for winning films,

We are still receiving prizes so check back!

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.

Films will be evaluated for the following: