CoVideo Film Competition

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Covideo Short Film Competition is an online film festival inviting young people to tell their own stories, real or imaginary, in the strangest year in living memory. You don’t need to be a pro, you can shoot your film on your phone or any device you can get hold of.

Covideo is open to people aged 12 to 25 living, working, schooling or playing (sport, art, scouts etc) and/or working in the Yarra Ranges local government area.

Films entered into Covideo must be 1 to 3 minutes long, and include the feature item “Mask”, which must be seen, spoken or otherwise referenced during each short film entry.

Make sure you read our Terms and Conditions below before you enter. Contact us if you have any questions - we're here to help!

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of us all in 2020, affecting the way we think about the world and our place in it. It’s time to turn your experiences and ideas into movies! Open to first-time and experienced film-makers alike, we invite you to get creative and share your story! Entries will be judged by an amazing panel of judges, including internationally renowned Australian director Rolf de Heer!

Covideo film competition has proudly been designed and organised on Wurundjeri Country.


Best Film award - Gift vouchers to the value of $500 at Camera House or JB Hi-Fi

Age Group categories - Gift vouchers to the value of $300 at Camera House or JB Hi-Fi

People’s Choice award - Gift vouchers to the value of $400 at Camera House or JB Hi-Fi

How to enter:

All entrants are required to complete the Covideo Film Competition online entry form. Film makers will be required to upload films to youtube as an unlisted video.   

All entrants are required to explain their connection to the Yarra Ranges.

Entries close Monday 26th October (11.59pm).

Entries will be required to provide a brief description of their film (synopsis). This synopsis will be limited to 25 words.  

Please note parental/guardian permission will be required for all entries from young people under 18.

All entries will need:

  • A film title
  • The name of lead film maker
  • The age category being entered (12-15, 16-18, 19-25 years)
  • To indicate that permission has been given from all people featured in the film
  • To meet copyright rules, for example entries cannot break copyright laws by featuring music or copyrighted characters in the film

Please ensure you have included the feature item “Mask” or your film will be deemed ineligible.

Enter online

For any further questions please contact Yarra Ranges Council Youth Development Team on 9294 6716 or the Yarra Ranges FReeZA crew, Smiley Face Events on

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Terms & Conditions


Covideo Short Film Competition is open to people aged 12 to 25 who are living, attending school, playing (sport, art, scouts etc) and/or working in the Yarra Ranges local government area. Proof of eligibility must be provided upon submission. Entries submitted without proof will be deemed ineligible unless the entrant can provide this evidence.

Entrants must be aged between 12 and 25 on the date of the submission of entries.

Entrants must be the primary filmmaker/s of the films submitted. “Primary filmmaker” refers to key roles in the creative and production elements of the film entered. These roles may include writing, directing, producing and technically executing the film. Assistance from others, including those aged over 25 or under 12, is permitted but must be limited as much as possible to acting and/or non-creative roles (e.g. production planning, technical assistance, general support).

Entries from immediate family members of Yarra Ranges Council staff will be able to receive judges feedback but will not be eligible for major prizes.

Films entered in the Festival must be made specifically for the Festival and must include the Feature Item “Mask”. Entries not containing the Feature Item will be ineligible for judging and screening. The Feature Item “Mask” must be seen, verbalised, or otherwise referenced in all eligible entries.

Covideo Short Film Competition entries must be no shorter than 1 minute and no longer than 3 minutes (including credits).

Entries must be submitted via YouTube using the UNLISTED setting and the link provided in the entry form.

The deadline for submission of entries is Monday 26 October at 11:59pm. Entries submitted after this date will ineligible for judging and screening.

The films entered must not have been screened publicly (including via social media platforms) prior to entry to Covideo Short Film Competition.

Films must not contain profanity, nudity, drug, alcohol or tobacco use or anything that may be considered offensive by general community standards, i.e. conforming to the definition of a G-rating (for more information, see Entries that do not meet this requirement will be deemed ineligible.

Entries deemed ineligible will not be judged or screened.

There is no limit on the number of films that may be entered.


Categories include:

  • 12-15 age group
  • 16-18 age group
  • 19-25 age group



Awards & Prizes

There are five (5) award categories in total, comprised of three (3) age-related categories – ages 12-15, ages 16-18, ages 19-25 – and two (2) general categories – Best Film and People’s Choice.

The Best Film Award will be the entry judged by the Covideo Short Film Competition judging panel to be the best film overall.

Age-category awards will be awarded to the entry judged to be the best film for that age group, not including Best Film. In the event that no entries are received in an age-category, no prize will be awarded for that category.

The People’s Choice Award will be voted by viewers at the conclusion of the Premiere Screening of finalists. The entry that receives the most votes from the online audience will receive the People’s Choice Award.

No correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions of the judging panel.

Prize value for each of the age-category awards is $300. Prize value for the People’s Choice Award is $400. Prize value for Best Film Award is $500.


Entries judged to be Finalists in Covideo Short Film Competition will be screened on Friday 13 November via online live stream on the Yarra Ranges Council’s YouTube channel. A link to the event will be sent to all entrants and promoted via Facebook and Instagram. Entrants are encouraged to promote the event via their social network pages.

All entrants will be notified as to whether their film has been selected for screening as a Finalist in Covideo Short Film Competition.

The Covideo Short Film Competition Premiere will include the announcement of the winners of awards.

Entries that are not selected as Finalists in Covideo Short Film Competition will be uploaded to the Yarra Ranges Council YouTube channel as a package, along with Finalists, for screening at viewers’ convenience. A link will be sent to all eligible entrants.


All music and other non-original artistic elements featured in films entered must be either non-copyright, or fully licensed, with all necessary permissions given by the owner of the intellectual property in question, and evidence submitted by email to

Obtaining copyright permissions is the sole responsibility of the competition entrant/s.

Entries containing copyright material used without permission will be ineligible.


All necessary permissions, authorities and licences must be obtained for the use of equipment (e.g. vehicles, machinery, firearms, chemicals, etc.) as props during the production of films entered. Entrants are responsible for seeking or obtaining these.

The competition entrant/s are responsible for receiving parental/guardian permission for all people under 18 years in the film to enter the Covideo competition.