Grab your 60 seconds of fame

ACTION: A workshop will be held on Sunday for aspiring filmmakers looking to make a submission to the 60 Second Film Festival.
ACTION: A workshop will be held on Sunday for aspiring filmmakers looking to make a submission to the 60 Second Film Festival.

Aspiring Whyalla filmmakers have another chance to create a 60-second blockbuster.

Organisers of this year’s 60 Second Film Festival are holding a second workshop on Sunday (March 17) from 12-3pm in the D’Faces of Youth Arts Hall at 14 Viscount Slim Avenue where you can learn to make your own 60-second film.

The first workshop at the Middleback Arts Centre (MAC) in February drew a good crowd as interest starts to grow in the 60 Second Film Festival.

It is a new addition to the 2019 Whyalla Film Festival on April 12 with the whole event a satellite feature of this year’s Whyalla uneARTh Festival of music, art and culture.

“We had a great turnout and got some good planning and storyboarding done with the attendees,” Film festival organiser Michal Hughes said about the MAC session.

“Some of the younger participants even started filming around the MAC on the day.”

The 2019 Whyalla Film Festival has added the innovative 60 Second Film Festival to this year’s program to create even further creative diversity and community involvement.

Festival organisers want people to get their mobile phones or devices out to create their own Whyalla-centric short film.

The best 60-second films will be shown in conjunction with the feature films at the Whyalla Film Festival with the winner in each category picking up an exclusive prize pack and cash.

Film festival organiser Michal Hughes said the new 60-second category was an exciting opportunity for anyone with a short-film idea to get involved in a very special event.

There are age categories of Under 12; 13-17; 18 and over including groups and solo filmmakers. The competition is open to all Whyalla and greater Eyre Peninsula residents.

“The 60 Second Film Festival is an easy, accessible, exciting and inclusive opportunity,” Michal said.

“We are seeing more and more people creating their own videos and showing them on social media … this is a chance to see your work on the big screen in front of a captive audience.

“All you need is a mobile phone or a device, a video editing app and a good idea for a short film involving Whyalla and various elements.”

The videos must be 60 seconds or less and must include at least three of the following elements: Whyalla, grass, pencil, water, the word unearth.

Entries for the 60 Second Film Festival close on Monday, March 25. All finished films are to be emailed to in mp4 format with completed and scanned copies of the entry form on the back page of the free printable resource book (see link below).

Alternatively they can be dropped in to the Middleback Arts Centre on a USB with completed forms in an envelope marked clearly with “60 Second Film Fest” and your name (or school/class).

“We are encouraging schools and students to get involved in this exciting festival,” Michal said.

Spaces for Sunday’s workshop are limited so book now at There is a fee of just $5.

For more information contact Michal Hughes at or

The Whyalla Film Festival will be screening on Friday, April 12 at the Middleback Arts Centre with a diverse, exciting and entertaining catalogue of films to be announced soon.