The Aurora pay TV community channel will launch its first annual short film festival on December 1 and is seeking submissions. There are two cash prizes of $1000 to be won for the judges’ favourite and people’s choice entries.

Filmmakers will also have the chance to receive industry acknowledgement, television exposure and sponsorship opportunities to help kick-start their film and TV careers.

“As an independent broadcaster, we are passionate about uncovering fresh Australian talent and the festival is all about showcasing tomorrow’s film and TV sensations,” Aurora CEO Phyllisse Stanton said.

Filmmakers can submit short films, music clips, documentaries, or digital art under 10 minutes on any theme or topic and Aurora is open to receiving submissions of any skill level.

“In the spirit of having a go, the film awards encourages anyone interested in film and TV to take part in the entry process, so put your creative caps on,” Stanton said.

“We are throwing down the gauntlet to all creatives to ‘Make Something in 2012’.”

Aurora will announce 10 finalists on May 4 with finalist films to air on Aurora on Sundays from May 5 – 31, 6pm. A winner will be announced on June 3.

INFO: www.aurora.tv

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