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Bravado Short Film Festival

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Closing date now extended to 23rd June!
Do you have a passion for making videos? Are you interested in the health and wellbeing of yourself and others?

Yarra Ranges Youth are launching ‘Bravado’ for 2019, a short film festival where you are the star! We’re calling all young film makers to put together a short film (2 – 10 minutes) which explores the issues surrounding alcohol use and young people.

‘Bravado’ aims to showcase the talent and creativity of young people in the Yarra Ranges whilst raising awareness around concerns for young people and alcohol.

Individuals or teams can submit an original work for Bravado Short Film Festival. Selected entries will be screened at a celebration event at Reading Cinemas, Chirnside Park on 16 July 2019. There are up to $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs for the best entries!

To be eligible, applicants must be aged between 12 - 25 years and live, study or work in the Yarra Ranges. Film entries must be original works that meet the requirements of this year’s program guidelines and entrants must be able to produce and submit a finished work by the closing date.

So grab your phone, a camera or whatever you have and start shooting!

Before entering, make sure you read all requirements below.

Apply for Bravado!

Not sure where to start? Check out some of the facts and stats below around alcohol and young people in the Yarra Ranges to get some ideas for your short film! View the fact sheet (JPG, 256KB)

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  • Entry Requirements & Conditions

    Entry Requirements & Conditions

    Bravado will accept entries starting from 7th April 2019. Entries close on 11:59pm 23rd June 2019. Selected entries will be screened at a celebration event at Reading Cinema's, Chirnside on 16th of July 2019.

    Films entered in Bravado must be made specifically for the program. The works must not be screened publicly (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, other film festivals) prior to their release by Yarra Ranges Council for the Bravado Short Film Festival. Freedom to use, share or reproduce the work returns to the artist following Bravado Short Film Festival.

    Your film, if chosen as a finalist, should be available for screening in 16:9 ratio (letterbox is allowed) and as either an Apple ProRes422 or H264 PAL digital file. Submissions should be made available as an unlisted YouTube link provided only to

    Young people entering Bravado Short Film Festival must be aged between 12-25 years and either living studying or working in the Yarra Ranges at the date the film is submitted.

    Young people must be responsible for the key film making roles (e.g. written, directed, produced and technically developed by young people). Other filmmaker assistance is permitted but must be limited to non-creative roles (e.g. planning assistance, technical advice, funding). Adults may also be used as actors as long as they are directed by young people.

    Films entered in Bravado Short Film Festival have a minimum time length of 2 minutes and a maximum time length of 10 minutes.

    Entries must be submitted online to YouTube and have the privacy settings changed to unlisted. Participants must then email the video link to with the subject line ‘Bravado Submission’ by no later than 11:59pm on the closing date, Tuesday 11th June 2019.

    All entries must adhere to a Parental Guidance (PG) Rating, as set out in the Guidelines for the Classification of Films (2012) – Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995. The Guidelines are publicly available at the Australian Classification Board website (

    In relation to copyright, all visual materials and music, all necessary permissions, authorities, licences, consents, releases and waivers from third parties who own the third party material and intellectual property therein must be obtained by the entrant and submitted with the entry form. Obtaining these permissions, authorities, licences, consents, releases and waivers is not the responsibility of Yarra Ranges Council and will not accept responsibility for consequences arising from films screened without copyright and necessary permissions.

    The judging panel and Yarra Ranges Council hold the authority to determine the films that will ultimately be screened. No dispute will be entered into the judging panel and final decision.

    Successful entrants agree to participate in the publicity for the awards as well as other promotional events where required by Yarra Ranges Council.

    Yarra Ranges Council reserves the right NOT to use the entries if found to breach any guidelines, portray distasteful or offensive material.

    Films may be screened to the public in various capacities, including on the Yarra Ranges Council website, YouTube, public film screenings and other channels. Yarra Ranges Council reserves the right to screen the films without seeking additional permission from entrants.

    Entry to Bravado Short Film Festival is not a guarantee that the material will be screened. Yarra Ranges Council reserves the right to choose which films will be screened.

    Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, Yarra Ranges Council is not liable and does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever (including, but not limited to direct, indirect or consequential loss) or personal injury suffered or sustained by any person involved in the making of the film.


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This event is supported by the Victorian Government

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