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Student Short Film Competition and Training

Festival of  'future' Urbanism 2022

As part of the 2022 Festival of 'future' Urbanism, the University of Sydney and Monash University are hosting the Festival of Urbanism short film competition and documentary film course. Students at both universities also have the opportunity to attend two free, online filmmaking training sessions with Dr. Cameron Rose from United Pop.

In line with this year’s festival theme, students were asked to examine ‘future’ urbanism in whatever context and creative approach they choose. Films were judged by a panel from the University of Sydney and Monash University and chaired by Dr. Rose.

2022 Winners

Best Production

[dys][u]topia by Sheyla Pandzo, Monash University

Highly Commended

Merrifield - A Blank Canvas? by Daniel Cooper, Monash University

Future Urbanism by Tanvi Patel, University of Sydney

View 2021 winners

Best direction, recognising excellence in visual storytelling

Notes from a Suburb by Saskia Vernon, University of Sydney

Best production, recognising excellence in cinematography, editing and production design

The Remaining People by Bora Kim, University of Sydney

Highly commended, recognising excellent achievement overall in an ambitious project

The Endangered Public Park by Laura Kleine Butron, University of Sydney

(un)habitable circulation by Vera Xia, University of Sydney

Event details

Thursday, 21 July from 2pm – 4pm - Training session 1 
Pre-production (style, planning, locations, scripting) and production (filming)

Friday, 29 July from 2pm – 4pm - Training session 2 
Post-production (basic editing techniques using Adobe Premiere)

A zoom link will be sent after registrations.

The short films must be no more than 5 minutes in length. Students are encouraged to create their own authentic film based on their interpretation of the theme of “Future Urbanism”. The moving image (short film) can evoke the story of place, capture its material essence and generate insights for potential solutions. It can also visualise ideation, speculate on imagined futures and advocate for people and the environment.

Your entry could be, for example:

  • a music video
  • an animation or stop-motion
  • a short story
  • a vlog
  • a mini-documentary
  • interviews
  • urban design visualisation
  • design fiction

Upload your finished video to Youtube, Vimeo or similar video sharing platform and email the url of the video and the video release form (if required) to All films are required to be in HD format (1920x1080). Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Foreign-language films are welcome, but dialogue must have English subtitles.

The deadline for 2022 competition entries is 22 August, 2022. Ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props etc) is your own. If you include any copyrighted content you must be able to provide written permission for its uses. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified.

By submitting the entry form, the student gives the Festival of Urbanism permission to use all submitted materials on the website and for publicity.

Download the video release form (pdf, 146KB).

Email video url and release form to:


Any part-time or full time students enrolled at the University of Sydney or Monash University, who are studying relevant subjects, or have an interest in urbanism, regional planning, sustainable design and future city making.

Student teams up to 4 people may also enter joint submission.

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More information and enquiries

Contact Melanie Morrison to find out more information