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Wild by Nature screening event postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to postpone our Wild by Nature Short Film Festival screening event until Saturday 7 November 2020.

But we’re still open for film submissions! In fact, we’re extending the submission deadline to Sunday 13 September to give you more time to make and submit your films.

Spending time in nature can be really important during difficult times like these. We encourage you to get outdoors, enjoy nature and make great films about it. But we ask you to be responsible in doing so – head to the health.vic website for the latest recommended measures to keep yourself and those around you safe.

For updates and more information, stay tuned to our website and social media channels – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can also sign up here to stay informed about Wild by Nature.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected].


Why do you love nature?

Is it the calming feeling of warm sand between your toes as you step onto the beach? The joyful sound of magpies chortling to each other from the treetops in your neighbourhood? Or the pops of colour appearing in your garden as flowers begin to bloom in spring?

Wild by Nature Short Film Festival celebrates everything we love about Victoria’s incredible natural environment. From your local park or creek, to your favourite wild place to escape the busy city, nature plays an important role in all of our lives.

One of our national icons, the Koala, is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Koala populations are decreasing, with land clearing a major current threat and climate change expected to have a high impact.

Film submissions for Wild by Nature are now open

We want to hear why you love nature! Submit a film that highlights the amazing local nature we have in Victoria, or explores why nature is so good for us and what we can do to care for it.

Submissions will close Sunday 13 September 2020. Films can be up to five minutes in length and entrants must be living in Victoria, Australia. Read the full Rules and Terms at

Got a question? Scroll further down this page to read our FAQs or get in touch at [email protected]

Age divisions & prizes

Pobblebonk Prize

primary age, 12 and under

Swamp Skink Prize

secondary age, 13 to 18 years

Black Swan Prize

over 18

The winner of the Pobblebonk Prize will receive a $1000 voucher for a wildlife experience with Zoos Victoria.

The winner of the Swamp Skink Prize will receive a $1000 voucher for video production gear, plus a hands-on workshop with the Remember The Wild productions team to finesse your nature filmmaking skills.

The winner of the Black Swan Prize will receive $3000 cash.


Films must address at least one of the following themes:

Festival Screening Event

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to postpone our Wild by Nature Short Film Festival screening event until Saturday 7 November 2020.

Film finalists will be screened at The Drum Theatre in Dandenong, with awesome prizes awarded to the winning entrants from each age division.

Adult tickets are $10, child (under 18) and concession tickets are $5.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards creating short films about three community groups who work hard to care for the Dandenong Creek corridor – First Friends of Dandenong Creek, Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands and the Greater Dandenong Environment Group.

A large number of Australian species of bats utilise trees to roost. Image: Daniel Vianna [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


I’m based overseas, can I submit a film to the festival?

Sadly not! Wild by Nature is all about celebrating nature in Victoria, Australia. To be eligible for the festival, films must made by entrants living in Victoria and films must focus on nature in Victoria.

How much does it cost to submit a film?

It’s totally free to submit a film to Wild by Nature.


I’ve got a ready-made film that would be great for this festival, can I submit it?

Absolutely! As long as it fits within the themes for Wild by Nature, and it was completed within two years of the original closing date for submissions (before we extended due to COVID-19) – so it would need to have been completed after 12 April 2018.


What type of file do I have to submit my film in?

Our film submission platform FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. If your film is selected for screening at Wild by Nature, the final delivery format must be in QuickTime Video Codecs: Apple Pro Res 422/4444.


Does my film have to fit within the themes?

Yes, your film must address at least one of the film festival themes of Caring for Nature, Together in Nature, and Dandenong Creek. Scroll up a little on this page to read more about the themes.


Do I have to be in the film?

Nope, you certainly don’t need to be in your own film, but you can be if you like!


How long is my film allowed to be?

Your film must be no longer than five minutes, including credits.


Can we submit a film as a group?

You absolutely can, but if you win you’ll have to share the prize.

Wild by Nature Short Film Festival is presented by

Festival Partners