Focus Film Prize

26 September 2013

Written by: Ryan Lepore

The 2013 Focus Film Prize is open to young Australians aged between 15 -21 years (excluding current La Trobe students).

This year, the theme is community.

The competition invites you to explore issues, people or anything in your community that needs a voice.

Community can include, but not limited to school groups, extended family, local sporting club, friendship group or any other community that has a story to tell through film.

If you don’t have a camera, don’t worry. There are three categories to choose from.

  • Mobile devices – Entries should not exceed 3 minutes.
  • Animation –  Entries should be between 30-180 seconds in length.
  • Live action – Entries into this category should not exceed 3 minutes in length.

The competition is run by the Albury-Wodnoga campus of La Trobe University.

Head of campus, Dr Guinever Threlkeld said that young people are invited to think outside the box when entering the competition.

“Entrants are encouraged to explore a community that means something to them, or to think about how they might be able to give a voice to a particular issue in a community,” says Dr Threlkeld.

“It could be a community that they’ve observed from the outside, or a community that they are engaged with personally.

“The competition aims to provide an outlet for creative multimedia skills, as well as to engage young people in questions about their own communities.”

You will also have your work showcased at a special screen filming event.

The three best entrants from each category will win:

First prize – a $1000 travel voucher
Second prize – an Apple iPad 3 and a $100 iTunes card
Third prize – an Apple iPad mini

How to Enter:

Step 1: Register your details.
Step 2: Film your entry.
Step 3: Complete the entry submission form [PDF 312 KB] and return it with a copy of your film on USB or DVD to:

Focus Film Prize
Future Students Office
La Trobe University
P.O. Box 821
Wodonga Victoria 3689

Entries close 5pm October 8, 2013. The awards night will be held at The Cube in Wodonga on 6pm October 15, 2013.