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Wollongong City Council

Creative Wollongong Short Film Competition

We're calling on budding film makers and storytellers aged 8 years+ to enter the 2021 Creative Wollongong Short Film Competition.

By taking part you could win some great prizes and have your film screened at an upcoming short film festival.

There are three age categories:

  • Category 1: 8 - 12 years
  • Category 2: 13 - 19 years
  • Category 3: 20 years and up.

Each film must be between 1 and 7 minutes long, and feature a bicycle helmet. We've chosen a bicycle helmet to tie in with our excitement for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships to be held in Wollongong next September.

COVID-19 restrictions

A stay at home order currently applies to the Wollongong area. Shooting your entry for this competition doesn’t count as a valid reason to leave home, but you can still start planning and getting ready to shoot at a later date.

Make sure you check the latest NSW Health rules to confirm what’s allowed.


There are three x $150 prizes for category winners plus one x $150 prize for the best performance.

We'll also have books and movie passes for highly commended filmmakers in each category.


This year we're excited to announce Sean Keenan as our celebrity judge for the under 20s categories. Sean is an Australian actor, best known for his leading roles in the Australian children's television series Lockie Leonard, and as Gary Hennessey in Puberty Blues. He's also appeared in several other television series, including Cloudstreet and Wake in Fright, and films including the True History of the Kelly Gang.

Watch a short message from Sean below:

We'll also have an industry producer (to be announced) judging the 20 years and up category.

How to enter

  1. Read our Filming Rules and Guidelines
  2. Read the Competition Terms and Conditions.
  3. Upload your film to YouTube as a private video, and make sure you have the link handy.
  4. Use the button below to enter by midnight,  Sunday 3 October 2021.

For more information about this competition, email Council's Cultural Development team or call (02) 4227 7111.

The Creative Wollongong Short Film Competition is presented by Wollongong City Council in partnership with Screen Illawarra.