2016 BOFA Aussie Short Film competition

Winners Announced

Film makers resident anywhere in Australia were invited to submit their short films (made in the last five years and maximum length 15 minutes) to a new BOFA Aussie Short Film competition.

35 short films were selected for screening before feature length films and documentaries to public audiences at BOFA 2016. As well, there was a Best of BOFA Short Film session incorporating the best of this competition and the other two 2016 short film competitions.

The winner of the BOFA Devil Aussie Award for an Australian short film of 15 minutes or less was The Crossing, directed by Marieka Walsh of NSW.

The Crossing is an innovative animated film created using salt and sand grains, and tells the story of a sea captain, the sole survivor of a violent storm.

The BOFA Devil Tassie Award for best Tasmanian short film was won by Matt Newton and Catherine Pettman for Doing it Scared, the story of British climber and mountaineer Paul Pritchard, now living in Tasmania. After a serious fall climbing the iconic Totem Pole in 1998 and with a permanent disability, he returns 18 years later to complete the climb.

Both BOFA Devil Awards are sponsored by Aussie Launceston and the winners received $1,000 and a unique hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award.


2016 Short Film Winners: Catherine Pettman and Matt Newton, Doing it Scared


Judging Criteria and Judges

  • Excellence in film-making craft and skill
  • The quality of the Aussie story-telling
  • All genres are acceptable

Renowned Aussie film director and actor Clayton Jacobson best, known for Kenny, Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and internationally distributed Kenny’s World plus many shorts such as Mordy Koots, Melma, I Love U, Tanaka and Tickler. Clayton has had, as well, a long association with Tropfest.

International guest of BOFA 2016, Laura Aimone, who has worked as jury member of International Film Festival ART FILM FEST (Slovakia), film consultant to the Middle East Now Film Festival (Italy) and Speaker and Organizer of the Panel “Slow Motion, Slow Food” at the Madeira Film Festival (Portugal). As well, she has helped organise festivals such as Berlinale, La Biennale di Venezia, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Doha Tribeca and Ayjal Youth International Film Festival,  the Giffoni, International Tampere Film Festival and the Torino International Women’s Film Festival.

Award-winning writer and director, Erin Good, winner of the BOFA Devil Short Film Competition in 2011 and 2015. Festival acceptances include the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival, Academy accredited LA Shorts Fest and Toronto International Short Film Festival. Erin was nominated for an Australian Director’s Guild Award (2014) and won Best Director at St Kilda Film Festival (2015) for her short film The Wonderful.

Peter Krausz, renowned Australian film critic, film journalist, radio broadcaster (Movie Metropolos), film festival consultant (German Film Festival) and Q&A host. He is the former Chair of the Australian film Critics Association and contributor of regular film articles to many magazines.

Entry criteria and process

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an Australian resident
  • Provide a film that is 15 minutes or less in length (> 15 minutes will not be accpeted under any circumstances)
  • Own all the rights to the film.

When your film is complete it is simple to submit it online via FilmFestivalLife (you will need to join up with FilmFestivalLife ) by clicking the tab below.


Remember Entries open Sunday 1st May.
Entries close midnight Sunday 31st July AEDST.


There will be two winners:

  • Best BOFA Aussie Short Film winner
  • Best BOFA Tassie Short Film winner.

Each will receive a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award, plus $1,000 to spend on travel, accommodation or your next film! All short film entrants will be sent a FREE 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice and will be invited to the BOFA Devil Awards function.

The winner and selected short film makers will be publicly recognised at an industry-only drinks event on Saturday evening (5.30pm, 12th November, 2016) in the BOFA Festival Lounge at the BOFA Film Festival.

General Terms And Conditions

There is a $25 fee to enter the Competition. BOFA will not pay the film-maker for the screening of the short film.

No responsibility will be taken by BOFA for any late, lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, corrupted or misdirected entries, claims or correspondence destruction, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, or alteration of entries.

Entry to the Competition is not a guarantee that your film will be screened at BOFA 2016. Up to 35 Tasmanian short films will be screened at BOFA based on the judges’ selection.

Entry is $25 and entries closed at COB Sunday, 31st July, 2016.