Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival Terms and Conditions

By entering the Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival 2024 (‘Festival’), Festival entrants (‘Entrants’) agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions when entering their film (‘Submission’). Failure to abide by these terms and conditions may render an Entrant ineligible for the Festival.


  1. Entrants must submit their entries via the Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival 2024 website (‘Festival Website’). All entries must follow the entry guidelines and entrants must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria, as outlined on the Festival Website.
  2. To be eligible for the Festival, Entrants must complete the online entry form and submit their film by the close of entries: Friday 27 September 2024, 5pm AEST. We recommend completing your entry submission earlier, to allow for any unforeseen issues that may arise.
  3. Submissions can only be made by Australian primary or secondary school students, or students in registered home schooling, up to the age of 18.
  4. Each film may only be submitted once. Entrants may submit multiple Submissions, if each Submission differs significantly from any others submitted by that Entrant.
  5. All films entered must have been made specifically for the 2024 Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival.
  6. The Festival judges’ decisions, which involve an assessment of the skill of each Submission, are at their absolute discretion and final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into regarding the judging process or any outcomes reached.
  7. Bell Shakespeare reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant found to be acting in a manner deemed to be not within the spirit of the Festival.
  8. Bell Shakespeare reserves the right to not award a prize for a category if Submissions are not deemed of a sufficient standard for that award, or there is not an eligible Submission for that category.
  9. Bell Shakespeare reserves the right to award additional prizes depending on the quality and number of Submissions received.


  1. Submissions may be shot on any device including but not limited to smartphone, tablet or video camera.
  2. The entry must be an original work. The Entrant must have the right to submit the film to the Festival and authorise it to be screened to the general public. The Submission must not infringe on any third party’s intellectual property or privacy rights. The Entrant warrants that the work submitted is original and does not infringe any third-party rights.
  3. The Submission must not contain any third-party work, including any musical recording or composition or part thereof, unless prior written permission has been obtained to use such work in the Submission from the owners/licensors. The Entrant warrants that all relevant permissions have been obtained.
  4. Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Non-English audio (or important on-screen text) must have English subtitles.
  5. Submissions via the Festival Website will be considered to be a finished product – no later edits or versions will be accepted once it has been submitted.
  6. Films must not contain any pornographic, obscene or offensive content.
  7. The maximum length is 5 mins in duration (secondary), and no more than 3 mins (primary). No exceptions will be given.
  8. Appropriate permissions must be obtained by the Entrant for every person who appears recognisably in the Submission.
  9. No animals may be used in or in connection with films without their owner’s consent and such use must be in accordance with the highest standards of animal welfare.
  10. In submitting, Entrants agree to their Submission being publicly screened on the Festival Website, at a Festival Event, or in any other medium that promotes and showcases the Festival.
  11. Films must not have exclusivity rights elsewhere.


  1. Bell Shakespeare reserves the right to use Submission content (including all or part of any film submitted by an Entrant) in any manner it chooses, as well as the use of the Entrant’s school and participants names for publicity purposes of the Festival and Bell Shakespeare’s education program.


  1. Prizes for the 2024 Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival will be announced prior to submissions opening.


  1. Entrants selected for the shortlist or to be featured on the Festival Website must be able to provide us with a high-resolution version of the Submission.
  2. Bell Shakespeare reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Festival for any unexpected reason, in which case all Entrants will be notified.