Under the Radar - Terms & Conditions

The St Kilda Film Festival Under the Radar Terms and Conditions are as follows:  

  1. An entrant in the Under The Radar Category must have been under 21 years when the short was filmed (The entrant is referred to as the 'Producer'). 

  2. Only Australian-made short film entries will be accepted. The Festival also accepts Australian co-productions where: 

    - a significant proportion of key crew are Australian, OR 
    - significant pre and postproduction occurred in Australia, OR 
    - the film received significant funding from Australia 

  3. This event is sponsored by FReeZA: a Victorian State Government Initiative to support all ages drug, alcohol and smoke free entertainment for young people aged 12 to 25. All films submitted must adhere to G rated guidelines stated below. 

  4. Entries must be received by Wednesday, January 31 2024. 

  5. Entries cannot be withdrawn after Friday 1 March 2024. By submitting your film to the Under the Radar for consideration, you acknowledge this condition of entry and waive your right to withdraw your film from the Festival after this date. 

  6. If your film is selected for the Festival, you will be sent an email confirmation by 25 March 2024. 

  7. The Festival strongly requests that selected films are removed from public viewing on other platforms and do not appear at other public screenings for the duration of the Festival campaign. This does not apply to existing agreements to other Festivals or with streaming platforms. 

  8. As part of the online presentation of the event, the St Kilda Film Festival will be expanding its reach to a national audience. We do advise that all online festival content will be under a strict geo-blocked restriction limited to Australia only.  

Producer's Responsibility 

  1. The producer must:  
  • Comply with all the Competition Terms and Conditions 
  • Lodge a completed Entry Form. Incomplete Entry Forms may not be accepted. 
  • Comply with the law in relation to all matters associated with making a film and entering the Short-film Contest 
  • Be solely liable for and indemnifies and saves harmless to The City of Port Phillip's employees and agents against all liability, claims, actions, proceedings, demands and penalties, to the extent that they are incurred by or brought against or made upon Council, or which Council may pay, sustain or be put to by reason of, or arising out of or in connection with the Producer entering the competition including but not limited to making the film, except where such liability, claims actions, proceedings, demands and penalties arises out of or in connection with a negligent or willful act or default of Council, its employees and or its agents. 
  1. The Producer is the copyright owner of the film that is entered in the Under the Radar category. The producer must sort permission to use any copyrighted music or other content featured in the film from the rightful owner. The City of Port Phillip takes no responsibility for any breach of copyright by other parties. 
  1. The producer grants the St Kilda Film Festival the rights to:  
  • Exhibit the film in the St Kilda Film Festival and any subsequent tour. 
  • Reproduce the film for inclusion as part of a compilation. 
  • Exhibit the production either in part or in total for promotional purposes. 

Film Criteria 

  1. All films should adhere to Australian G-rating guidelines. Films must not contain violence or images, language or behaviour that is unlawful or offensive, or that refer to illicit drug use. Where this requirement is not followed, the Producer may be contacted to edit the film or otherwise the film will be disqualified.  
  1. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes in duration including the titles and credits. A copy of the script, synopsis and still images from the film must also be submitted. Exceptions can be made dependant on time constraints. 
  1. All productions screened at 2024 St Kilda Film Festival must have been completed within 2 years of the entry closing date. 

Supported formats 

  1. We can only screen 35mm or 16mm film, digibeta or DVD. Anything else, or even these very formats submitted incorrectly or of poor quality, will incur costs to you to compile the films and finish them properly for screening in a cinema format. Please indicate on the application form what format you film has been produced in. 


  1. The personal information requested on this form is being collected by the council for the delivery of Under the Radar, Youth Short Film Competition. The personal information will be used solely by the council for that primary purpose or directly related purposes. If this information is not collected you may not be eligible to enter your film in Under the Radar, Youth Short Film Competition. 
  1. The applicant understands that the personal information provided is for administration and promotional purposes that they may apply to the council for access to and/or amendment of the information. Requests for access and or correction should be made to Council's Information Privacy Officer: Under the Radar 
    Youth Services 
    City of Port Phillip 
    Private Bag 3 
    St Kilda 
    Vic 3182 

Category G-General 

Impact test 

The impact of the classifiable elements for material classified G should be very mild only. 


The G classification is for a general audience. However, it does not necessarily indicate that children will enjoy the film. Some G films contain themes or story-lines that do not interest children. 

Classifiable elements 

  • Themes: the treatment of themes should have a very low sense of threat or menace, and be justified by context. 
  • Violence: should have only a low sense of threat or menace, and be justified by context. Sexual violence is not permitted. 
  • Sexual activity: should be very mild and very discreetly implied, and be justified by context. 
  • Coarse language: should be very mild and infrequent, and be justified by context. 
  • Drug use: should be implied only very discreetly, and be justified by context. 
  • Nudity: should be justified by context.