2020 Emerging Filmmaker Award

Submission period open until 31 August 2020

The North Bellarine Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Award is a jury-selected/ monetary 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 winner will receive a $500 cash prize and have their film screened at the festival opening night on 13 November 2020.

The festival would like to reassure filmmakers that it is still reviewing films for the 2020 award despite the global pandemic. This year's festival will have a virtual edition as well as in-person screenings.

View the award Rules and Terms and submit your film here:



2019 Emerging Filmmaker Award


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

Tadji Ulrich 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.

Monsieur Lazhar

Director: Philippe Falardeau

2017 NBFF Selected Feature Film