Emerging Filmmaker Award

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The North Bellarine Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Award is a jury-selected award presented to a filmmaker who resides or has resided in the State of Victoria (Australia) and is no older than 25 years of age at the time that they make their submission.

The submission period for the 2021 award is now closed. 

The submission period for the 2022 award will open in about March 2022.

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2020 Emerging Filmmaker Award

The winner of the 2020 Emerging Filmmaker Award is Grace Griffith for her period drama, Fallen, set in Mont St Quentin, France during World War One.


When a Captain tumbles into a trench with a serious bullet wound, a Private tends to the wound and distracts the Captain with conversation. As the two men reveal intimate details of their life back home in Australia, they make a chance revelation that will change the course of their war.

Fallen was also awarded the Gold Remi at the WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival and Best Student Film at the Montreal Independent Film Festival.


Grace is from Wandiligong in north-east Victoria and currently based in Traralgon. She is a graduate of the Swinburne University Film and Television program. 

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2019 Emerging Filmmaker Award


The winner of the 2019 Emerging Filmmaker Award was Tadji Ulrich for his beautiful film When We Were One.

When this world is forever torn apart, Will must find a way to hold on to Aimee and for them to once more be as one.

Tadji is a young filmmaker based in Melbourne. His first film, I Believe, was shortlisted for Trop Jr and, as part of the 2016 Little Big Shots International Film Festival, was shown at ACMI and the Sydney Opera House. In 2018, his mockumentary Outcasts Anonymous won Trop Jr, the world’s largest short film festival for kids.

Tadji accepting the 2019 Victorian Emerging Filmmaker Award

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Tadji and co-star Ana Swadling

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Tadji accepting the 2019 Victorian Emerging Filmmaker Award

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