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.

Submit a film!

a shadowy pool at Black Hill Reserve, reflecting the morning sun

We want to hear why you love nature! We are calling for films that highlight the amazing local nature we have in Victoria, and explore why nature is so good for us and what we can do to care for it. 

Submissions for the Wild by Nature film competition will open on Monday 10 February and close Sunday 12 April 2020. Films can be up to five minutes in length. Entrants must be living in Victoria, Australia.

Age divisions

Pobblebonk Prize

primary age, 12 and under

Swamp Skink Prize

secondary age, 13 to 18 years

Black Swan Prize

over 18


Films must address at least one of the following themes:

Stay tuned – more details on how to submit your film coming soon!

Festival Screening Event

Film finalists will be screened at The Drum Theatre in Dandenong on Saturday 16 May 2020, with awesome prizes awarded to the winning entrants from each age division. 

Tickets for the event will be available to purchase from late February 2020. Adult tickets are $10, child (under 18) and concession tickets are $5, with proceeds to be donated to local community groups.

A large number of Australian species of bats utilise trees to roost. Image: Daniel Vianna [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Wild by Nature Short Film Festival is presented by

Festival Partners