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Northern Lights Film Festival
at the Thornbury Picture House

The Thornbury Picture House is extremely excited to be presenting, the inaugural Northern Lights Film Festival; Melbourne’s first north side short film festival dedicated to talented, independent filmmakers.

The festival will take place in October 2019 at the Thornbury Picture House, Melbourne. Screenings will culminate with a red carpet award ceremony.


“We are thrilled to be giving local, independent filmmakers an opportunity to show off their work.”

GUS BURGER  |  OWNER & programmer

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The primary focus will be on filmmakers from Thornbury and the greater Darebin areas. We also encourage applications from broader Australian and International filmmakers.

We will prioritise the inclusion of films that celebrate diversity and creative films that focus on Indigenous, LGBTIQ+, female focused, inclusive, environmental and human rights issues. We will also encourage films to be submitted in languages other than English.

Thornbury Picture House and Northern Lights Film Festival (NLFF) aim to forge lasting, productive relationships between independent film makers and their audiences. 


“The inner north has been begging for this festival, I just can’t wait to see what our local creatives have to show us.”


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Awards & Prizes

$1000 - Local/Darebin Short Film 
+ Grading and Post-Production package at Blue Post Production (valued at $2500)

$1000 - Best Short Film

$1000 - Best Australian Music Video

Audience Awarded Best Short Film - Free cinema hire at Thornbury Picture House + DCP creation ($500 value) 
Audience Awarded Best Music Video - Free cinema hire at Thornbury Picture House + DCP creation ($500 value)

Plus bonus Special Mention prizes.

All prize money is in AUD.

Apply Now

Please follow this link to apply.


“The level of diversity in Melbourne has never ceased to amaze me, I’m just so excited to review these films.”

Devon lang wilton |  PROGRAMMER

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