The Theme for the 2024 Prize is Up the Country

Enter the inaugural Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Competition!

If you own or have access to a  smartphone, digital device or drone then the time to make a film is now!

 

Peoples Choice Award $200

Over 16

1st Prize $200

2nd Prize $100

Under 16

1st Prize $200

2nd Prize $100

Submit a short film using a smart phone, digital device or drone that includes the theme for the festival.

This year’s theme invites reflections on Australian country life.

Submit your film by Friday 3 May 2024.

Categories are for Juniors up to 16 years & Open over 16 years.

Context of Up the Country

Up The Country was first published in The Bulletin magazine on 9 July 1892, under the title Borderland, and started the Bulletin Debate, a series of poems by both Lawson and Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson about the true nature of life in the Australian bush.

In Up The Country, Lawson recounts his trip to the barren and gloomy Australian bush, and criticises “City Bushmen” such as Banjo Paterson who tended to romanticize bush life.

Your film must be shot entirely on a smartphone, digital device or drone and be 3 minutes or less, the rest again, is up to you!

From all eligible entries, finalist films will be selected to screen in the inaugural Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Competition.

Conditions of Entry

  • Your film must be shot entirely on a smartphone, digital device or drone.
  • Films for the inaugural Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Competition must be no longer than 3 minutes including titles and credits. There is no minimum time limit.
  • The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Competition accepts any and all genres, except X rated films and excessive gratuitous violence.
  • All scripts and ideas must be your original material.
  • Copyright material can only be used if you have written permission to do so, and we can ask at anytime to see this permission.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding film selections and prize winners.
  • The inaugural Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Competition is for Australian filmmakers. Under 16 competition  is a film who’s director and at least one other key creative role are 16 years or under at the time of filming. All other roles on the film, including the Director of Photography and actors and editors may include people of all ages, however, the film must be the idea of a filmmaker 16 years and under and all concepts of editing, camera angles and all other relevant artistic choices must be primarily decided upon by the filmmaker or group of filmmakers 16 years and under who enters the film.
  • All feature film entries must never have had a public screening, to be eligible for entry.

If your film is selected to screen at  The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts of Arts Micro Film Competition  you must remove your film from anywhere that it is shown online for the duration of the festival. You may make it private but your film can not be publicly viewable online until the completion of the 2024 festival.

The entire film must be shot on a smartphone, digital device or drone.

  • You can use any software to edit video and audio.
  • You cannot use copyright material unless you have documentation to prove you have legal authorisation from the musician, artist, writer or record label. We may ask for this documentation at any time. This includes all music and sound effects in your film. You must have the copyright for these.
  • You may also be required to provide Actor Release Forms to be signed by the people appearing in your film.
  • The festival is open to Australian filmmakers of ALL ages.
  • Submission deadline is 11:59pm (AEST), 3 May 2024.
  • All content submitted must be in accordance with the law and any perceived illegal activity will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  • The cost of entry to The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Festival is $10.
  • You can enter as many films as you like.
  • The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Competition is for Australian
  • If anyone is found to have broken any of the rules then you may be disqualified from the festival at the discretion of the panel.
  • By entering, you agree to allow your film to be screened as part of our festival..
  • By entering, you agree to allow The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts to distribute your film to a third party. Your film’s producer will be consulted on any deals and we will never distribute your film without complete permission and agreeance to do so. If no suitable agreement can be found, then we will not include your film in the distribution. This in no way impacts your entry in to The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts itself.
  • The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts accepts any and all genres. The only exceptions are films with excessive violence or gratuitous violence and R & X rated content – these will not be accepted.
  • You cannot use copyright material unless you have documentation to prove you have legal authorisation from the musician, artist, writer or record label. We may ask for this documentation at any time. This includes all music and sound effects in your film. You must have the copyright for these.
  • Submission deadline is 11:59pm (AEST), 3 May 2024.
  • All content submitted must be in accordance with the law and any perceived illegal activity will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  • The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The cost of entry for 2024 is $10 standard fee.
  • You can enter as many films as you like.
  • If anyone is found to have broken any of the rules then you may be disqualified from the festival at the discretion of the panel.
  • By entering The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Festival , you agree to allow your film to be screened as part of our festival.

By entering, you agree to allow The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Festival  to distribute your film to a third party. Your films Producer will be consulted on any deals and we will not distribute your film without complete permission and agreeance to do so. If no suitable agreement can be found, then we will not include your film in the distribution. This in no way impacts your entry into The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Micro Film Festival itself.

Please fill out the form below and a representative of the HLF committee will contact you.

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