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.