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Cinespace, Inc '123 Film Competition' is back for 2021, this year in conjunction with Victorian Youth Week.

Calling on Victorian youngin’s, teenagers, and young adults!


Cinespace’s 123 Film Competition is back in preparation for Victorian Youth Week 2021, and we want to hear from you!


We’re looking for young filmmakers and creatives aged 12-25 that have a short form screen idea. We want to hear your voice and see what you can do with 3 minutes!


Cinespace invites filmmakers and creatives from all backgrounds to apply, including those from First Nations, CaLD, LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities.


In order to encourage young Victorians to engage with communities outside of their own, the 123 Film Competition for 2021 requires all submitted works to engage with cultural and linguistic diversity, inclusive of First Nations, in a manner of the filmmaker’s choosing (i.e., narrative, character casting, themes, genre etc). Intersectionality is encouraged!


We hope to foster a generation of culturally competent young creatives that can practise responsible filmmaking, and invite applicants to use the competition as an exercise to experiment with diverse practises! 


This event is supported by the Victorian Government.


Important Dates

Entries open:            June 2nd (2021)

Entries close:            June 28th

Winners contacted: June 30th

Winner announced: July 2nd (2021)


Applicants can make a submission in two categories:

  • Short Film – 3-minute film.

  • Short Series – 3-part series; each episode to be a maximum of 1 minute. 

All formats are accepted, and it’s up to you what platform you want to feature your project on (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, IGTV, TikTok) – just make sure it is public and that you can link us to it in your application!

NOTE: Applicants can only make one submission per category.

Application & Guidelines

In order to apply, applicants must:

  • Be between 12-25 years old.

  • Be a Victorian resident. 

  • Submit a project that falls into one of the formatted categories. 

  • Submit a project that engages with cultural diversity in a manner of the filmmaker’s choosing.

  • Submit a 200-word statement on what steps the filmmaker/s took to ensure that their project’s diversity was done responsibly and with consideration to the represented communities.


Winners (prizes)


Best Short Film:

Winner: $300 prize money; free hire of Cinespace filming equipment* for one shoot.

Runner up: free hire of Cinespace filming equipment* for one shoot.


Best Short Series: 

Winner: $300 prize money; free hire of Cinespace filming equipment* for one shoot.

Runner up: free hire of Cinespace filming equipment* for one shoot. all prize winners will get a digital "film laurel" to use with your film and on your resume!

The winning entries will be featured on the Cinespace YouTube channel main page and Facebook page. (all entries are also shared on a Cinespace YouTube playlist)

Email the competition coordinator, Nazli Sevinc at for any questions about the competition. 

Click here to submit your entry


Competition Terms & Conditions

1. Applicants agree to provide evidence, if prompted, that they are a Victorian resident between ages 12 - 25.

2. Applications entered after June 28th 2021 will be disqualified.

3. Applicants consent to the use of their materials for Cinespace's social media and YouTube channel. 

4. Cinespace is not responsible for any legal liabilities or financial costs accrued during the creation of the competition entry material. Entrants should abide by the laws of Victoria including current Covid-19 regulations while creating entries.

5. The competition judges' decisions are final and cannot be disputed.

5. Winning applicants will agree to film a 30-second introduction video to their project that they consent to being used as part of promotional material for Cinespace's social media and YouTube channel. 

6. Equipment prize includes: 1 x SLR, tripod, and boom microphone kit. Use is subject to availability and regular hire T&Cs.


This project is supported by the Victorian Government's Victorian Youth Week.

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