That Sugar Film’s Damon Gameau has joined the judging panel of the 2016 Peninsula Short Film Fest, for which entries are now open.

Actor-director Gameau will serve on the panel with resident PSFF judge Lachy Hulme, Michala Banas and three others to be confirmed.

Entering its fifth year, the festival will be held on Saturday February 6 at Village Green, Rosebud, with a giant new screen.

“We’ve secured the biggest and best screen in Australia for the event,” says festival director Steve Bastoni. “It’s 80 square meters and has a 6 mml pixel pitch, and Postall Studios will deliver cinema quality sound.”

On the night 12 short-listed films will be judged by the panel. The winner will get $5,000 cash with $2,500 for second place and $1,250 for third.

The Woodleigh emerging filmmaker prize is worth $500. There will also be awards for best screenplay, director, actor and cinematography. Entries are open until Friday December 18. Films must not be more than 8 minutes.

The entry fee is $33 and are being accepted from Australia and overseas.

The PSFF is running animation and short film workshops in November and December at Frankston Arts Centre.

For entry details, to book a workshop or for more information, visit

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