The Library is inviting entries for its short film prize Shortstacks, with a total of $20,000 on offer across two categories.
Now in its second year, Shortstacks is 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 selected from the State Library’s rich collection.
The five items are:
- a message in a bottle which was dropped from the air during the first Australian flight from England to Australia in 1919
- a quirky painting of garbage collection day in Bulli by John Bokor
- a hand-coloured woodcut from 1550 depicting hypothetical sea monsters
- the Library’s longest manuscript (measuring over 9 metres) which contains more than 7,000 Aboriginal words compiled in 1881
- a collection of bird whistles made from metal tubing, wire and rubber bands.
Winners will be announced during a special screening of the finalists at the State Library of NSW in June 2020.
The judges will consider films (of no more than six minutes) in all genres – fictional, documentary, animation or experimential (eg. timelapse, drone), and entrants can shoot their films on any device including mobile phones.
The two prize categories are:
- $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
Celebrated Australian film critic, writer, producer and TV personality Margaret Pomeranz will return to the judging panel in 2020, along with TV critic Jason Di Rosso and Tropfest’s youngest finalist, Nick Ward.
Entries close 2 April 2020.