Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Cambridge Short Film Festival below.

Can't find an answer to your question? Email mail@cambridge.wa.gov.au or call 9347 6000.

Can I enter if I don’t live in the Town of Cambridge?

Yes, however, you are only eligible to enter if you work or attend an education facility in the Town of Cambridge.


How do I prove that I live/work/attend school in Cambridge?

LIVE: A photo ID with your (or parents /guardian’s) residential address

WORK: Business name, employer name and contact number

STUDY: Letter from a teacher or principal confirming enrolment


Can I work in a group?

Yes, you can as long as all members in the group are aged between 12 and 25 years and at least one group member lives, works or attends an education facility in Cambridge.


Am I still eligible if I am turning 26 after submissions close?

25 years is the cut-off age, as long as you are no more than 25 years of age at the time of submission. 


How long can my film be?

Your film can be up to five minutes in length, including intro/outro and credits.


Does my film have to fit the theme?

Your film should fit the theme – Regeneration' – Out the other side”. The theme inspiration focuses on the experiences and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our young people and what life post COVID will look like, regenerating and emerging to the other side and adapting to a new norm.


What does the theme mean?

The theme is open to your interpretation on how the pandemic affected you. You can be as creative as you want to show how you felt and what you feel the future holds after COVID. As long as you include a short summary that explains how your film fits the theme.  


What if I need help with editing or filming techniques?

If you need support with your film here’s what you can do:


Can I get help from a parent or teacher?

Yes, you are welcome to get support from your family, friends or educators, however the key roles such as filming, editing and directing must be completed by the group members/individual under the age of 25.


Can I use footage of videos I have captured in previous years?

Your film submission should be produced in 2020, however, you can use footage captured in previous years as part of your final submission. 


How do I know if my video meets the G or PG rating requirement?

For your film to satisfy G (General) classification, the language and themes should be VERY mild in impact. Meaning there is nothing in the theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that the ratings board thinks would offend parents whose younger children view the picture. The film content should be suitable for all ages including young children.

For PG-rated classification, the content is not recommended for viewing by people under the age of 15 without parental guidance. The overall impact of your film should be no higher than mild.  However, there may be some infrequent scenes that children might find confusing or upsetting and would require the guidance of parents, teachers or guardians.

If you are still unsure what classification your film should be, visit the Australian Classification website at www.classification.gov.au which has more information on the rating guidelines.

Keep in mind that Films with any graphic violence, profanity, or mature content will not be accepted. 


Can I use any music I like in my video?

You can use any music you like provided that you have received permission to use it if the music is copyrighted. 


How do I find out if the music in my film is copyrighted?

Usually songs that you hear on the radio are considered ‘published music’ and subject to copyright. To use them in your film, you will need to apply for a licence from APRA AMCOS. Make sure you send us a copy of the licence if you’ve included this music in your entry.


Where do I find non-copyrighted or Royalty-free music?

There are many different types of music that you can include in your film. You could try composing and recording your own music or sounds, or download royalty-free music from websites. You’re also able to record your own version of a song that is no longer under copyright. If a composer passed away more than 70 years ago and their score is out of copyright, you’re able to reproduce it.


Does my parent have to sign anything if I'm under 18?

Yes, your parent will need to complete the online application form, sign the warranties and accept the Terms and Conditions on your behalf. 


What happens after I submit my film?

Upon receipt of your film, we will review the footage to make sure it meets all the Festival criteria and Terms and Conditions. Once we have verified your film, we will send you confirmation of acceptance and will advise you when the screening and voting will take place. We will also send you the link to the website that you can share with family and friends.   If we are not able to accept your film submission because it did not meet the Terms and conditions, we will notify you of this. 


What format does my film have to be in?

Films must be provided for screening in the following format: 1920 x 1080 mp4 file.

In order to upload it must be less than 1GB or get in touch with the Town via mail@cambridge.wa.gov.au if your file is too large to upload on the submission form.


What if I can't upload my video using the online form? Or my video is too big to upload?

Check that your film in the correct format (1920 x 1080 mp4 file). If your file is in the right format but too big to upload, contact us and we’ll work out a solution.  


How is the winner decided?

The winner will be decided by public voting. The voting will be done online. We will open the voting line from the 20 November until 30 November 2020. We will send you the link for the voting line closer to the time. You can share the link with your family and friends so they can vote for your film. The film with the most votes will be the winner. 


When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced on the 7 December 2020. If you are the winner, we will be in touch to notify you and organise a suitable time for your prize presentation.