Short Film Competition

Films have the power to move, educate and empower, which is why the Ocean Plastics Congress is excited to announce its Short Film Competition, a public platform to share knowledge, raise awareness and inspire actions around ocean plastics.  

·       Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans—that’s one dump truck every minute. Plastic never goes away.

·       The next two generations will be faced with a marine environment that will have more plastic than fish.

·       Engaging people with a problem that is not often seen in an environment that is a case of out of sight out of mind.

·       Messages are more compelling when told by passionate storytellers who care about the health of our oceans and the impacts plastics are having on them.  Youth of today will inherit this problem tomorrow. This is your chance to have a voice.

Who can enter?

Ocean plastics is an issue for everyone which is why we’re encouraging schools, filmmakers and passionate community members to help showcase issues around plastic pollution and what we can do to reduce it.


·       The short film can feature any aspect of ocean plastics including but not limited to the current state, future solutions or impacts.

·       Stock underwater footage will be made available for filmmakers to download and use.


·       Primary school students (maximum 2 minutes)

·       Secondary school students (maximum 5 minutes)

·       Open category for tertiary students and all others such as filmmakers or community groups (maximum 5 minutes)

Once the three best films in each category are selected they will be shown during the congress in a nighttime screening on Tuesday 3rd December open to the public for a gold coin entry. Funds raised will go to an appropriate charity.


Primary - $200 to each of the three best films.

Secondary - $500 to each of the three best films.

Open - $1,000 to each of the three best films.

Entry Process

Submissions are to be lodged through an online portal.

Please use the following link: and complete the online entry form to start the submission process. Further instructions will be emailed to you upon completion of the entry form.

·       Entries open 1 August 2019

·       Close on 1 November 2019

For more information

Any queries please contact:




A judging panel consisting of Rachel Ward, award winning Actress and Director and Sheree Maris, marine scientist and film maker and Brian Nankervis, media personality will attend the screening to briefly discuss their decisions and present prizes to the winners. 


Rachel Ward

Actor, Writer & Director

Rachel Ward a former actress who starred in the CBS’s biggest rating mini-series ever, The Thornbirds and the films, Against All Odds, Sharkey’s Machine with  and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award 3 times. For the past 15 years Rachel has been directing/writing films and TV in Australia.  Her film Beautiful Kate screened in the  Sydney Film festival, garnered 11 AFI nominations and screened in competition at Toronto and Palm Springs Film Festival. She won a ACCTA award for her short The Big House and has received 3 Critics Circle nominations for best director. For the ABC movie,  An Accidental Soldier,  Rachel received a  ACCTA nomination for best director and best film.  Showtime’s six part series The Devils Playground  of which Rachel directed three episodes, won both a Logie and ACCTA for best film or mini series. She has just completed the film Palm Beach, starring Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi, Sam Neill and Richard. E. Grant to be released in early  2019.

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Sheree Marris

Marine Biologist and Commentator, Author, Public Speaker

If Sheree had her choice, she would have gills instead of lungs, a breath hold to rival the sperm whale and a sparkly green mermaid-esque tail. Since she doesn’t she spends most of her time blowing bubbles and developing innovative environmental projects and bridging the gap between science and the public. A marine biologist Sheree is one of Australia’s most passionate and dynamic science communicators sharing her quit whit and humour of the natural world through radio talk-back, television appearances and producing documentaries. She’s also a former Young Australian of the Year and award-winning author with several publications including KamaSEAtra – Secrets of Sex in the Sea, a humorous read about the unique reproductive methods of sea creatures and the parallels they share with humans.

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Brian Nankervis

producer, writer and performer

Brian was a primary school teacher who fled the classroom in 1985 to work at Melbourne's legendary theatre restaurant The Last Laugh. He has been working in most areas of the entertainment industry ever since.

Brian is a co-creator, producer, co-host and head writer on all 14 series of the AFI award winning SBS quiz show, ‘RocKwiz’. For the last three years, Brian has co hosted, co produced and written for ‘The Friday Revue’, a weekly radio show on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Brian contributes regularly to The Age and Three Triple R. He is an experienced MC and performer for a wide variety of public events and corporate functions. He regularly performs a one-hour poetry show in schools.