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.

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.

#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 their favourites 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.


Voting for #SocialShorts is simple.

There are three categories of short films (Comedy, Drama and Open). One entrant will win in each category.

All categories run at the same time, with voting open for 2 weeks (Monday 15 July until Sunday 28 July).

The winners in each category will be announced on Monday 29 July.

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 each category will receive a $500 cash prize, a mentorship with a #SocialShorts Ambassador, as well as tickets to attend the 2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Industry Luncheon 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!

See Terms and Conditions here.

Our winning voter will be announced on the #SocialShorts website on 23 August 2019.


We are 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.