The FilmConvert Short Film Competition for 2018 is on now! Submit your short film now and get seen by filmmakers from around the world, plus win great prizes!

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Submissions Open

20 SEP - 2 NOV


The FilmConvert Short Film Competition runs this fall, and we want to see the best that you’ve got!

Enter a short film graded with FilmConvert and get your film seen by thousands of filmmakers around the world. Then get your friends and supporters to vote for your film in the People's Choice Award, to win our ultimate Grand Prize!

Creative (fiction stories) Documentary (non-fiction stories) Music Video Wedding Commercial / Corporate Travel

SEP 20

Entries Open!
Sept 20 - Nov 2


Public voting
for 'People's Choice Award'
Nov 5 - Nov 18

NOV 19

Winners Announced
for all 7 awards!



And many more sponsors to be announced! A huge thank you to these
awesome sponsors who help to make this event happen.

Check out the prizes for each category

Judging category: Creative - Fiction Stories SHANE HURLBUT A.S.C

Shane Hurlbut, ASC is a world-renowned cinematographer and gifted narrative storyteller. He is an innovative cinematic pioneer who exudes excitement and passion in every project. Shane is a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Judging category: Documentary - Non-Fiction Stories PHILIP BLOOM

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who, for the past 10 years of his 27-year career has specialized in creating incredible cinematic images no matter what the camera. Some of his most iconic work was created with Canon DSLRs. As one of the biggest evangelists for their use in productions his website became the place to go to for budding filmmakers as well as experienced ones keen to embrace the new technology.

One of his most successful independent projects was “How To Start A Revolution” which won a BAFTA in 2012 and was also awarded prizes at several film festivals including Best Documentary at the 2011 Raindance festival.

Judging category: Music Video DESRAY ARMSTRONG

Desray Armstrong is an independent producer with a diverse slate of credits. She has produced award-winning short films including Meathead by Sam Holst (Cannes Film Festival 2011, Berlin Film Festival 2012 Crystal Bear Winner), Ellen is Leaving by Michelle Savill (SXSW Film Festival 2013 Best Narrative Short Winner) and Snowmen by Jonathan Brough (Interfilm Berlin 2014).

Since 2004, she has developed a wealth of physical production experience by working on numerous film and television productions as a freelance Production Coordinator, Location Coordinator, Production Manager and Line Producer. Feature film credits include: Mortal Engines, A Wrinkle in Time, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Rehearsal, and The Light Between Oceans. Awarded Woman to Watch at the 2016 Women in Film & Television Awards, Desray has served on the boards of industry guilds Ngā Aho Whakaari and Women in Film & Television and is active in creating pathways for more women and Māori to step into key creative roles within the feature film landscape.

Judging category: Commercial / Corporate OLLIE KENCHINGTON

Ollie set up Korro Films, a UK based film production company, in 2008. Korro produces commercials, short films, documentaries and promotional content for major global brands. Whether he is shooting, editing or grading, Ollie is an assured practitioner across all areas of filmmaking, giving him a deep understanding of the creative process, which allows his agency to flourish in this competitive industry.

Over the past twelve years, Ollie has also built up a reputation as a highly qualified and respected film production and post-production trainer. As lead tutor and founder of Korro Academy, Ollie has taught thousands of aspiring filmmakers as an Apple Certified Master Trainer, Adobe Certified Instructor, Blackmagic Certified Trainer and MZed educator.

As often as possible, Ollie takes the opportunity to share his insights with the filmmaking community as a contributing writer for Cinema5D and FilmConvert and through seminars for Canon, Atomos, X-Rite, Rotolight, YouTube Space, ProAV, Wex Photo Video and CVP.

Judging category: Travel HOMER LIWAG

Co-Directing with David Copperfield since 2011 and as David's Design Director since 1994, Homer is often multi-tasking between conceptual drawing and design, cinematography, video/music editing and sound design, script development, illusion staging and theatrical lighting design. Homer's illusion designs and cinematography have been featured in David's live show since 1993, several Emmy-award winning television specials on CBS and with David's top-rated luxury private islands - Musha Cay.

Judging category: Wedding MARU FILMS

Known for their wedding films full of emotions, their captivating stories and pushing the boundaries of creativity every time. They often describe themselves as ying and yang, the quiet and the loud. Pui-Yuk is more from the emotions and Remi more from the aesthetics. This combination creates a fine balance in the work we do.


Keep an eye out for more prizes and sponsors to be announced soon!

Syrp Genie Tracking Kit
RØDE VideoMic Pro
Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve Studio license
Filmstro Annual For-Profit License
12-month MZed Pro Membership
HitFilm Pro License
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 camera + 12-60mm Lumix lens
Atomos Ninja V monitor
Kyno Premium Edition License
$500 gift certificate for products from Flanders Scientific
RØDE VideoMic Pro
Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve Studio license
12-month MZed Pro Membership
HitFilm Pro License
Kyno Premium Edition License
RØDE VideoMic Pro
Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve Studio license
12-month MZed Pro Membership
HitFilm Pro License
Kyno Premium Edition License
RØDE VideoMic Pro
Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve Studio license
Filmstro Annual For-Profit License
12-month MZed Pro Membership
HitFilm Pro License
RØDE VideoMic Pro
Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve Studio license
Filmstro Annual For-Profit License
12-month MZed Pro Membership
HitFilm Pro License
RØDE VideoMic Pro
Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve Studio license
12-month MZed Pro Membership
HitFilm Pro License
RØDE VideoMic Pro
Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve Studio license
12-month MZed Pro Membership
HitFilm Pro License
Insta360 One VR camera

Prize details: The Genie Tracking kit includes everything you need to produce silky smooth tracking shots for video or time-lapse motion. Using the Genie you can produce professional Tracking or Panning motion

Across music recording and performance, broadcast, filmmaking, newsgathering and wireless, RØDE has become the go-to microphone and, along the way, a global powerhouse in pro audio.

Prize Details: The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio. Value $299

Blackmagic Design creates the world's highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company's Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984.

Prize Details: DaVinci Resolve 15 is the world’s first solution that combines professional offline and online editing, color correction, audio post production and now visual effects all in one software tool. Value $299

Prize details: The Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-60mm Lens from Panasonic provides an imaging platform for shooters who demand some of the best video and still photography quality they can get in a single compact camera. Value $2,400

Prize details: The Insta360 ONE is the world's easiest-to-use and most versatile 360 camera, ready to shoot 4K 360 video and 24 MP 360 photos. Value $379

Filmstro is the world's first customisable music library. Adapt your music using the momentum, depth and power sliders to get composer-like control over your soundtracks. Filmstro is also available as a plugin to use directly inside Adobe Premiere Pro 2017.

Prize details: Take control of your soundtrack. Create unique and moving soundtracks for your films and videos. Three sliders, infinite possibilities. No musical experience necessary.

Prize details: The premium online education resource for creatives. Workshops and courses spanning the entire realm of filmmaking and photography, from some of the leading educators online. Value: $399

Prize details: The Smart All-In-One Media Management App. Ingest-free media management, screening and transcoding that adjusts to your workflow. Value: $349

Prize details: FSI Solutions develops and sells innovative non-electrical studio and field products for Cinematography, Broadcast, Professional Video, and Photography applications Value: $500

Prize details: People's Choice Award: US$1,000. Individual category winners: US$500

Your Entry

  • The FilmConvert Short Film Competition 2018 is free to enter
  • You may enter as many films as you like
  • Films must not have been entered to a previous FilmConvert competition
  • You must own the copyright to all footage and music in your film, or have written permission to use it
  • Films must be graded using the trial or paid version of FilmConvert
  • Films must be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in length
  • Films longer than 5 minutes will not be penalized, but only the first 5 minutes will be judged for the purposes of the competition
  • Entries must include the word ‘FilmConvert’ in either the video title or description
  • Films do not need to have been made during the competition timeframe
  • Films must be publicly available to watch on Youtube or Vimeo from the time of submission
  • Film must be entered for 1 category only
  • You grant FilmConvert the right to use the footage for marketing purposes - e.g. we will embed the competition winners on our website, use still frames as examples, shared to our community across social media, newsletters etc., or as background images on our website
  • Submitted material must not contain obscene, unlawful or objectionable material
  • All finalists must provide a downloadable version of their film to FilmConvert before voting opens
  • Entries from FilmConvert staff, family or associates will not be accepted
  • Any entry in breach of the rules may be excluded from the competition

Shortlist and Judging

  • FilmConvert staff will filter out entries containing offensive, obscene or unlawful content at our discretion
  • There will be one winner per category (Creative, Documentary, Music Video, Wedding, Corporate and Travel) and one People’s Choice Award
  • The People’s Choice Award will be given to the entry that receives the most validated votes at the end of the voting period
  • You may vote for as many films as you like, but only one vote per entry per person
  • FilmConvert will monitor public voting and discard any votes we believe to have been submitted fraudulently
  • The winner for the adjudicated categories will be chosen from the shortlist by our judges