The State Library NSW has just announced a new short film prize worth $20,000 – Shortstacks.
The State Library of NSW announced the launch of its inaugural short film prize Shortstacks, with a total of $20,000 on offer across two categories.
Shortstacks is now open to established, emerging and first-time filmmakers of all ages, but there’s a catch … each short film entered must reference one or more items preselected from the State Library’s extraordinary collection.
According to State Librarian Dr John Vallance: “Out of more than six million items in the Library’s collection – drawings, photographs, manuscripts, books, maps and other objects – we’ve chosen six that are sure to ignite visual creativity.”
“Shortstacks provides a really unusual opportunity for filmmakers, including those just starting out, to say something new and interesting using the Library’s collection, and reach a wide audience,” Dr Vallance said.
“Shortstacks has been made possible thanks to the support of the State Library Foundation which, through the generosity of private donors, supports an extensive program of creative awards and research fellowships at the Library.”
The six items, which are currently on display in the Library’s new galleries, include Dorothea Mackellar’s hand‐written poem about her beloved ‘sunburnt country’, a letter smuggled out of the Holsworthy Internment Camp in 1919, and a quirky scene
of modern domesticity painted by Herbert Badham in 1959.
The inaugural winners will be announced during a special screening of the finalists at the State Library of NSW in June 2019.
The judges will consider films (of no more than six minutes) in all genres – fictional, documentary, animation or experimental (eg. timelapse, drone), and entrants can shoot their films on any device including mobile phones.
For all the details please visit https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about-library/awards
Media release and image courtesy of the State Library of NSW