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The State Library of New South Wales has launched their inaugural short film prize, Shortstacks. This new prize has a total of $20,000 on offer across two prize categories, General and Youth.

Whether you’re an established, emerging or first-time filmmaker, here’s your chance to create a short film with a little inspiration from the State Library’s extraordinary collection.

Films (of no more than six minutes) can be about anything but must reference one or more items pre-selected from Library’s collection. All genres will be considered – fictional, documentary, animation or experimental (eg. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone), and can be produced on any device including mobile phones.

Judges will select the 10 most engaging, imaginative and innovative entries to be showcased in the Shortstacks Short Film Festival at the Library in June. The winners will be announced on the night by Australian film industry royalty and Shortstacks Judge Margaret Pomeranz.

There are two prize categories:

  • $15,000 General Prize: open to filmmakers 18 years and over at the time of entries closing
  • $5,000 Youth Prize: open to filmmakers 17 years and younger at the time of entries closing

To find out more about the prize and the criteria for entering see here.