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This is a competition of short films that anyone can enter
This is a competition of short films and is a creative collaboration between the Department of Communities, Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Screenwest.


The Life in Pictures film-making competition is centred on stimulating discussion about the following:

celebrating achievements of those who are ageing

Organisers are inviting film-makers, non-filmmakers, young and old, individuals and groups from any background, plus everyone in between, to show them your feelings by producing a 2 minute or under film on the subject of ageing in the Western Australian community.

This is for any members of the public, even if you have never made a film before. There are some great prizes, and entries must be in by 18th May, 2018.

There will be information and workshops for those of you who are new to this, but why not "have a go"!

Workshops will be as follows:
Tuesday 17th April from 9.00 am to 11.00 am in Mandurah
1.00 pm to 3.00 pm in Rockingham

Monday 23rd April from 9.30 am to 11.30 am in Spearwood
1.30 pm to 3.30 pm in Fremantle

Monday 30th April from 9.00 am to 11.00 am at City of Vincent
1.00 pm to 3.00 pm at Perth City

Revelation will also be hosting Skype Q&A sessions for all questions, including eligibility, technical issues and submission specifications. These Skype chats will help you, as organisers believe that everyone and anyone can make a film!

Tuesday 1st May from 10.00 am for seniors unable to attend a workshop, including regional community groups and seniors centres
2.00 pm for media teachers and students and others


There is also a Facebook group to encourage other filmmakers to ask and answer questions, and you can see this group here.

You can also see some of the 2017 Life in Pictures films here.

What is ageing? Does it mean 'getting old'? Is it 'getting older'? Or is it simply 'growing'?

The competition celebrates the achievements of older people in Western Australia, looking at differing perspectives on what it means to age.

This includes:
their relevance in the workforce
living in a cashless society
sex and sexuality
relationships to family and community
health care
vulnerability to elder abuse
and many other factors

This programme is aimed at all sectors of the community, from the school ages to the mature ages, and will encourage creative approaches that may present positive perspectives of age and ageing.

The short films created for Life in Pictures will specifically concentrate on the creative contributions of WA's seniors.

Entry and Eligibility
Entries are only for those living in WA or registered organisations
There is no cost to enter, and all costs associated with the production of each entry is the applicant's responsibility
Films must be up to two minutes long not including credits
Films cannot have been commercially released or submitted to any other short film festival worldwide
All films must be made specifically for the Life in Pictures competition
You can submit any type of film - e.g. documentary, fiction, animation, or experimental
Films are to be submitted into only one of three categories: Under 17 years old including schools and students, 18-59 years old, 60 years old
Entries in the Under 17 category require guardian's permission
Entries can be from individuals, groups and organisations including schools, local governments, nursing homes, community groups, film schools, university groups, families
Multiple entries from groups or individuals are welcomed
Private or not-for-profit organisations are welcome to enter Life in Pictures
Entries can be submitted online or by disc or thumb-drive
The entry form allows you to provide a link to submit via your own YouTube, Vimeo or other platforms
Online is the preferred entry process to ensure a smooth assessment process, however entries will also be accepted on DVD, Bluray, thumb-drive or other hard forms

Note - Entries close at 5 pm, Friday 18th May, 2018.

The total prize pool is valued at more than $20,000, which is divided amongst the various groupings, and you can see the full list of individual prizes on this page.

All winning films will be screened during the 2018 Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

The five shortlisted films in each category will be made available in a special category on REVonDEMAND.

Ownership of all the films will be held between the entrant and the Department of Communities.

Winners in each category may be required to take part in media opportunities. This includes media interviews and photo opportunities with the Minister for Seniors and Volunteering, Ministers from related portfolios and local members of parliament.

Winning films will be converted by the Revelation Film Festival into cinema-ready files at Revelation's cost.

Films should be shot to the highest possible resolution with the available equipment. This provides high-definition quality remember if your film is a winner it's going to be up on the big screen!

To enter into this competition, go to this link, and if you have any further queries, please contact Ashleigh or Suzanne on phone 0404 616354 or email For more information on any aspect go to this website.
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When: Entries close on 18th May, 2018
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