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Exciting new $20,000 short film prize announced

Tuesday 29 January 2019

The State Library of NSW announced TODAY [Tuesday 29 January] the launch of its inaugural short film prize Shortstacks, with a total of $20,000 on offer across two categories.

Shortstacks is now open to established, emerging and first-time filmmakers of all ages, but there’s a catch … each short film entered must reference one or more items pre-selected from the State Library’s extraordinary collection.

According to State Librarian Dr John Vallance: “Out of more than six million items in the Library’s collection – drawings, photographs, manuscripts, books, maps and other objects – we’ve chosen six that are sure to ignite visual creativity.”

“Shortstacks provides a really unusual opportunity for filmmakers, including those just starting out, to say something new and interesting using the Library’s collection, and reach a wide audience,” Dr Vallance said.

There are two prize categories:

$15,000 General Prize: open to filmmakers 18 years and over at the time of entries closing

$5,000 Youth Prize: open to filmmakers 17 years and younger at the time of entries closing
Entries close 5pm, Monday 29 April 2019.

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