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.
Film submissions for Wild by Nature open Monday 10 February 2020
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 12 April 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 filmfreeway.com/
Got a question? Scroll further down this page to read our FAQs or get in touch at [email protected]
|primary age, 12 and under|
Swamp Skink Prize
|secondary age, 13 to 18 years|
Black Swan Prize
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?
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 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?
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.
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 closing date for submissions – 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.