The inaugural I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition opens for entries from 1 February 2016 with irresistible prizes on offer for filmmakers and musicians as part of the new national initiative to focus on the importance of Australian contemporary live music.

The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has joined forces with the Live Music Office and the internationally accredited St Kilda Film Festival, presented by City of Port Phillip, to present, through the medium of short film, a national awareness campaign about the importance of contemporary live music to the lives of everyday Australians.

Filmmakers, musicians and lovers of Australian film and music are encouraged to build this awareness by submitting a 60 second short film into the competition.

St Kilda Film Festival Director Paul Harris says “The marriage of filmmakers and musicians is an important development in the evolution of both art forms. The St Kilda Film Festival’s SoundKILDA event on 26 May 2016 is the perfect platform to screen the ten finalists, alongside a stellar program of international and national music video clips.”

From the field of ten finalists, the overall winner will be announced on the night of SoundKILDA, Australia’s premiere music video competition, with over $12,000 worth of prizes to be awarded at a national level.

The I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second short film competition calls for filmmakers across Australia to collaborate with local home town musicians to make a 60 second short film in any genre and any style that addresses at least one of the following themes:

? ‘Imagine life without live Australian music’;
? ‘What I love about live Australian music’; or
? ‘What live Australian music means to me’.

Filmmakers and musicians will receive extensive exposure through a national distribution campaign that will showcase the final ten films through the NXTGIG app, Telstra Road and the national music bodies including the Live Music Office, AMIN, APRA AMCOS, Music Rights Australia, the Association of Artist Managers and Music Australia.

Major cash and in-kind prizes are being awarded by NXTGIG app, APRA AMCOS, Allans Billy Hyde, Sensaphonics Australia, Palace Cinemas, Travel Beyond Group and SAE Institute Australia.

The closing date is 1 April 2016 and entry is free so be quick and get your creative juices flowing.

$5,000 cash courtesy of NXTGIG (for filmmakers)
Annual Palace Cinemas VIP Movie Club Membership valued at $3,000 (for filmmakers)
Up to 5 x Sensaphonics Acoustic Earplugs valued at $1,600 (for musicians)
Travel Beyond Group Gift Voucher valued at $500 (for musicians)
Allans Billy Hyde Gift Voucher valued at $500 (for musicians)

$1,000 cash courtesy of APRA AMCOS (for filmmakers)
SAE Institute Australia Post Production Workshop valued at $1050 (for filmmakers)
Travel Beyond Group Gift Voucher valued at $250 (for musicians)
Allans Billy Hyde Gift Voucher valued at $250 (for musicians)

Distribution of the final ten films to Australia’s top artist managers
Distribution of the final ten films through Telstra Road plus members of the National Contemporary Music Roundtable including Music Australia, AMIN, APRA AMCOS, Live Music Office, Music Rights Australia, and the Association of Artist Managers

Read the competition guidelines here.

Fill in the entry form here.

For further details about the St Kilda Film Festival 19 to 28 May 2016 visit the St Kilda Film Festival website at stkildafilmfestival.com.au.