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Entrants revel in Frankston film festival

Different eyes see different things, especially within the inaugural Lockdown Short Film Festival, which provides a mental escape for entrants capturing lives as we entered or emerged from isolation. Light or night living rooms will be transformed as fervent filmmakers create sets for a three-minute entry and a shot at Frankston Council’s $2000 first prize.

Online iPhone workshops have been offered, and with a second $1000 highly commended prize, there are sure to be many entries as the Frankston Arts Centre prepares to screen short-listed entries at Cube 31 in 2021. “We’re encouraging anyone aged 16 and over to create a short film, regardless of their experience with filmmaking,” said a spokeswoman.

Frankston Mayor Sandra Mayer said resident feedback listed the arts as a healthy outlet. “With so many in our community impacted by the pandemic, it is important that we find safe, new ways to continue delivering this positivity,” Cr Mayer said. “The Lockdown Short Film Festival is one such example, and we hope it provides enjoyment at this difficult time.” 

Australian Directors Guild award recipient and former Neighbours director Scott Major, pictured, is one of many judges announced ahead of the October 18 entry deadline. Frankston Arts Centre says it isn’t ruling out future film competitions, but Lockdown will be the first, and you can learn more at


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