Below Five Zero Film Festival: Submissions Open

By April 13, 2015 Entries

The Below Five Zero Film Festival is now accepting submissions for films made with a shooting budget less than $50,000.

Selected films will screen at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne in April 2016.

Below Five Zero was born out of filmmaker Mekelle Mills’ frustration with finding festivals within Australia that support locally made, low-budget films. By providing a platform dedicated solely to low-budget Australian films, she has removed the competition of films with a higher budget.

“We are focusing on those with the skills but not the money,” said Mills. “We need to remove the idea that to make films, we need money. This isn’t the case. Of course having a limited budget is restricting, but it doesn’t make filmmaking impossible.”

Mills hopes the film festival will shine a spotlight on Australian filmmakers, young and old, who would otherwise have found it hard to have their work seen by big audiences. “We have a large pool of extremely talented filmmakers with so much potential right here in our own backyards. Below Five Zero Film Festival is a way of finding these individuals and investing in them, thus helping to protect the future of Australian filmmaking,” she said.

Early Bird Submission Deadline: 1 October 2015

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