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Keep the Vibe Alive

To celebrate their new partnership, Quit Victoria and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival are inviting Australian filmmakers to take part in a short film competition, ‘Keep the Vibe Alive’.

Keep the Vibe Alive

We want filmmakers to challenge the idea that smoking is cool and desirable by developing a short (30-60 second) film promoting health and wellbeing. Your concept will show how to ‘Keep the Vibe Alive’ by not interrupting intimate or important moments with a cigarette.

‘Keep the Vibe Alive’ is proudly supported by Minus18 and Thorne Harbour Health.

What's the prize?

Five filmmakers will win a $4,000 grant from Quit Victoria to develop their concepts into a short film. 

The winning film, as determined by a panel of judges, will win an additional $4,000 in prize money and their film will be shown before every screening at the 2019 Melbourne Queer Film Festival. The winner will be announced at the Festival launch on 12 February 2019. 

How does it work?

The competition will run in four stages:

  • Develop and submit your film concept.
  • Five finalists develop their concepts into films.
  • Public voting for a winner.
  • Winner announced at MQFF launch.

Key dates

  • Competition opens: Thursday 11 October

  • Deadline for written submissions:  Monday 19 November at 10.00am AEDT

  • Top 5 finalists announced: Thursday 22 November

  • Deadline for film submissions: Thursday 17 January at 10.00am AEDT

  • Public voting commences: Tuesday 22 January

  • Voting closes: Tuesday 5 February at 10.00am AEDT

  • Winner announced at MQFF Program Launch: Tuesday 12 February

How do I enter?

To enter, filmmakers must develop a concept that shows how to 'Keep the Vibe Alive' by not interrupting intimate or important moments with a cigarette. 

Your concept  should include a script, synopsis of the film, a budget detailing how you would spend the $4000 grant, a short bio about you and links to your previous work (if applicable). 

Your concept can be submitted in the format of your choice, but may include a written pitch, storyboard, photos and illustrations, dot points or a fully produced video. Email your concept, name, address, contact details and date of birth to to enter.

Please note:

  • Check the Terms and Conditions to make sure you're eligible. You must be 16 years or over.
  • If you are under 18, a signed consent form must be included with your entry. 
  • By entering the competition you acknowledge you accept the terms and conditions. 
  • If you have any queries, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions
  • The concept must be suitable for a general audience. All five finalist films must not be made to a rating higher than M. Refer here for more information on the M rating. 

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