Entries Open for the 8th Annual Blue Heeler Film Festival 2021

‘The Blue Heeler Film Festival’ sponsored by Bengalla Mining Company, is coming  back to Muswellbrook for its eighth year and entries are FREE and now open! 

This family friendly event, supported by Muswellbrook Shire Council, will be held at  Muswellbrook Cinema, on Saturday 30 October 2021 and is sponsored by the  Muswellbrook Shire Council and Bengalla Mining Company. Successful entries will  be screened alongside live music performances and local entertainment with food  and drinks available.  

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘DON’T PANIC!’ in the context of living in a  pandemic. Entries are open to films of any genre, that run no longer than seven  minutes. With two categories, the Blue Heeler Film Festival encourages film makers,  emerging and experienced, to enter and celebrate the craft of storytelling.  


Secondary School – Entries of filmmakers aged 14-18 years  

Open Category – Entries of filmmakers aged 18 years and over 


Successful entries in the Open Category will vie for the $10,000 first prize while the  Secondary School winner will receive a $5,000 first prize.  

In conjunction with the University of Newcastle School of Creative Industries, the  Blue Heeler Film Festival will be providing a number of workshops to local high  schools. These workshops aim to educate and encourage young film makers in the  Muswellbrook Region on how to make their short film dreams a reality.  

Any Hunter Valley State School interested in holding a free zoom workshop, please  email: blueheelerfilmfest@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au 

To learn more about entry requirements and submit your film visit:  https://filmfreeway.com/BlueHeelerFilmFestival or http://www.blueheelerfest.com.au

To keep up to date with festival ongoings you can find us at  http://www.blueheelerfilmfest.com.au/ or @blueheelerfilmfestival on Instagram.