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AFI | AACTA #SOCIALSHORTS

Excellence in short film has been recognised and awarded by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) since 1970. Since short films so often serve as calling cards and stepping stones for our brightest emerging filmmakers, and prominent Australian filmmakers who have progressed their careers internationally following their short film success in Australia include Adam Elliot, Jane Campion, Peter Weir, Rachel Griffiths and David Michôd, amongst others.  

AFI | AACTA #SocialShorts was launched in 2014 to build on this strong tradition by providing an unprecedented opportunity for emerging Australian filmmakers to have their work seen, shared and acknowledged by film enthusiasts and the film industry. AFI | AACTA is committed to creating new opportunities to extend professional ambitions and progress successful Australian screen careers.

In addition to providing unique access to great Australian short films, #SocialShorts encourages viewers to share these via social media, introducing new audiences to Australian short films and filmmaking talent, and acknowledging the public thirst for content in this phase of the screen era. 

RED CARPET ALERT WINNER

Congratulations to L. Touma of Moore Park who has won a double pass to the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto Ceremony and Official After Party held at The Star Event Centre, Sydney, on Wednesday 7 December 2016, including flights and accommodation. We hope you have a great night rubbing shoulders with the stars!

VOTING

Voting for #SocialShorts is simple.

There are three categories of short films (Comedy, Drama and Open). One entrant will win each category. Voting in each category is open for one week, with the winner for each announced at the start of the following week. 

Comedy: voting is open from Monday 25 July until Sunday 31 July, 2016

Drama: voting is open from Monday 1 August until Sunday 7 August, 2016

Open: voting is open from Monday 8 August until Tuesday 17 August, 2016 (extended due to technical issues)

To vote, simply watch and like on the #SocialShorts website, then share your favourite short films on social media – the short film with the most likes in each category wins.  By sharing, you are helping to raise the profile of Australia’s emerging filmmaking talent.

The winning filmmakers in in each category will receive a cash prize, a $300 AFTRS short course voucher, a mentorship with #SocialShorts Ambassadors Kieran Darcy Smith, Nash Edgerton, Luke Doolan and Matilda Brown, as well as tickets to attend the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto | Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post in Sydney, where they will have the opportunity to  make new connections and discuss new collaborations with industry leaders. 

By voting, you also have a chance to win! Complete the fields in the ‘Red Carpet Alert!’ pop-up to automatically go into the draw to win a double pass to the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto Ceremony and Official After Party held at The Star Event Centre, Sydney, on Wednesday 7 December 2016, including flights and accommodation. See Terms and Conditions here. Our winning voter will be announced on the #SocialShorts website on 22 August 2016. 

AMBASSADORS

AFI | AACTA is thrilled to have some amazing filmmakers on board as Ambassadors of this year’s #SocialShorts competition. Each is a successful short filmmaker in their own right. Learn more about each Ambassador by clicking on their profile.