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!

The Short Film Competition is one of two public events designed to share knowledge, raise awareness and inspire actions around ocean plastics. It will give the community a platform to make a compelling statement via film highlighting their concerns and interest in the ocean plastic problem.

Who should enter?

Ocean plastic pollution 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 (maximum 2 minutes)

  • Secondary (maximum 5 minutes)

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

Film requirements:

The films submitted must be no longer than the above time limit for each category.

Films are to be lodged through an on-line portal (file type to be advised).

Winning entries will need to submit a 16 x 9 formatted video and high resolution if selected for viewing.

Once the three best films in each category are nominated they will be shown during the congress at an evening screening open to the public for a gold coin entry. Funds raised will go to a selected charity.

Our judging panel will attend the screening, Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 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.