Willoughby Shorts Film Festival

Start Date & Time: Friday, 27 October 2017 6:00 pm

End Date & Time: Friday, 27 October 2017 7:30 pm

Address: Urban Screen on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Cost: Free


Bookings are now closed, general seating still available

The red carpet is rolled out and popcorn fills the air with its aroma as the 2017 Willoughby Shorts Film Festival arrives at the Urban Screen on The Concourse. Enjoy an evening of outstanding student short films from across Australia and at the end of the night, find out who wins the prizes for best animation, documentary, and narrative short film.

Public seating and blankets will be provided to all film festival attendees but we also recommend bringing a picnic blanket and snacks to enjoy the short films from our grass areas. Please register your attendance to secure a seat by filling in the booking form below.

The Willoughby Shorts is a competition that's open to 12 – 25 year old students - from primary to tertiary and specialised film studies. Individual awards and a prize pool of $4000 will be presented to the winning filmmakers.

Entries and Judges

With more than 70 entries from across Australia, our judges will be selecting the winners and best films to show at the awards night.

Judges for the Willoughby Shorts Film Festival 2017 are:

Linda Ung

Linda has been in the film and television industry for over 10 years. After graduating with a BA in Communications Media Arts in 2005, Linda started out at Foxtel's only arts channel Ovation. From there she freelanced as an editor and camera person for Get Away (Ch 9), Planet X (Ch 10), dirtgirlworld (BBC/ABC), Lah-Lah's Adventures (Ch 7) and Lah-Lah's Big Live Band (Nick Jr./ABC) and recently produced Dean Lewis’s first music video “Waves” which has been viewed over 9 million times on YouTube.

Currently working at Filthy Look Films, she is the in-house producer, editor, camera operator, photographer and heading all things social media for the company. When she’s not working, she is baking, listening to podcasts and gardening.

Find out more about Linda at

James Maclurcan

James is a Sydney-based writer, actor and director. He started out writing for Channel 10's 'The Ronnie Johns Half Hour', was the Red Power Ranger on Disney's 'Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive' and his first, self-funded feature 'Tiger' won the Special Jury Prize at Japan's longest running film festival, Pia, making him the first foreigner ever to win this award.

His Japanese-government funded short, 'Burning Hearts' had its debut at the Sydney Film Festival and was lauded by Park Chan-wook, among others. Currently mentored by Oscar-winning Denys Arcand, he writes scripts for the director Patrick Hughes, including a draft of his most recent film 'The Hitman's Bodyguard', which was No.1 at the US box office for three weeks.

His personal work can be found at

Tilmann Schneider

Tilmann is the Art Director at The Electric Canvas, an award-winning company based in Chatswood. After studying animation at the International Film School in Cologne, Germany, and completing a masters degree in European Animation in Halle, Tilmann started a small animation company with his sister in Berlin. At the same time, he lectured at the Berlin University of the Arts and the College of Applied Science.

During his four years with The Electric Canvas, Tilmann has overseen the creative direction and content production of dozens of exciting projects, including “WildLight – The Bio-Kinetic City” for Vivid Sydney at Chatswood in 2016 and “Future City, Smart City” for Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2017.

See Tilmann’s other works at

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Register to attend the screening and awards night Public seating and blankets will be provided to all Film Festival attendees. Please register your attendance to secure a seat by filling in the booking form below.

Contact: Bernard Lau on 0297771029 or email

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