Wild by Nature Short Film Festival
A film festival that celebrates everything we love about Victoria’s incredible outdoors. 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.
Festival Screening Event
Wild By Nature Short Film Festival will be held online on Saturday the 7th of November. The festival will take place over two online screening events:
3 pm – 4:30 pm three finalists from the Pobblebonk and the Swamp Skink Divisions will be screened, with awesome prizes awarded to the winning entrants from both age divisions.
7 pm – 8 pm three finalists from the Black Swan Division will be screened, with a prize being awarded to the winning entrant.
Join us for one or both of our screening events to discover why Victorians love and care for their local environments, watch short films from emerging filmmakers from across the state as well as hear stories about nature from Remember The Wild, Living Links and others. Register for Wild By Nature screening events via Eventbrite.
More details on as well as more information on the event program will be coming soon.
This event is free but donations are welcome. Any donations from Wild By Nature will be used to create a short film about Greater Dandenong Environment Group, Friends of the Dandenong Valley Parklands and First Friends of Dandenong Creek. We want to highlight the incredible work these community groups do for the Dandenong Creek and help them promote their wonderful organisations.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]
Age divisions & prizes
|primary age, 12 and under|
Swamp Skink Prize
|secondary age, 13 to 18 years|
Black Swan Prize
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:
Caring for nature
Community conservation groups are doing fantastic work looking after our environment, but the work of individual people is also incredibly important – there’s plenty you can do in and around your home to help care for nature.
Films should focus on how groups or individuals can or are caring for nature
Ideas to consider:
How do you care for nature where you live?
Why is it important for us to preserve nature in the suburbs?
What is one of your favourite memories volunteering to conserve nature?
Together in nature
From camping and hiking, to snorkeling and birdwatching – adventures and activities in nature are a great way to spend time and connect with family, friends and your community.
Films should focus on the joys and benefits of spending time in nature with friends, family and community
Ideas to consider:
Why are parks and gardens important for our community?
How does nature bring people together? How does it inspire us?
What is one of your favourite memories of spending time with loved ones in nature?
Dandenong Creek corridor
The Dandenong Creek corridor provides a vital haven for native flora and fauna, and the region’s human inhabitants. The Living Links program is working hard to improve the quality and connectivity of habitat along the creek, and to improve community use and appreciation of it.
Films should highlight the natural values of the Dandenong Creek corridor for people, nature or both
Ideas to consider:
What do you love about this unique waterway?
Why are waterways so important to our way of life?
What is one of your favourite memories of the Dandenong Creek?
Submissions now closed
Film submissions for Wild by Nature closed on September 13th.
Five finalists from each age division will be selected and notified before the Wild By Nature Short Film Festival Screening event. While only the top three finalists will be screened during the screening event, Remember The Wild will promote and showcase the top five finalists from each division on their website and through social media. More details on this to come.
For more information email us at [email protected]
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.