Australian High Commission
Port Vila





THE 2021 NAMATAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION - “Ae blong yu lukluk blong mi”

The Australian High Commission and the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) launched the first Namatan Short Film Festival in 2012 to give the people of Vanuatu a chance to express their ideas and creativity through film.  The festival has continued every year and in 2020 the finalists were screened to over 15,000 people around the country and many more online. Namatan is possible due to our partnership with VBTC and support from our sponsors, Digicel Vanuatu, Air Vanuatu and ANZ Bank. Now in its tenth year, we expect Namatan to be even bigger and better in 2021.

The name ‘Namatan’ (or ‘eye’) and slogan ‘ae blo yu, lukluk blo mi’ were chosen to represent the festival.  Namatan’s aim is for ni-Vanuatu filmmakers, amateur and professional, to share their vision and for the audience to take their own messages away from each story.

So be creative, make us dream, laugh or cry to make it as a 2021 finalist and have your film screened to communities across the country.


The competition will run from 08:00am (EST in Vanuatu), Friday 20 August 2021 to 16:30 (EST in Vanuatu), Friday 29 October 2021.


Entry into the Namatan Short Film Festival competition is free and is open to everyone in Vanuatu, and there are no age restrictions.

 Films may be submitted by individuals or groups. If submitted by a group, the group must nominate a Team Leader. Films submitted must be according to the format specifications outlined in the Terms and Conditions of entry. Films must be no shorter than one minute and no longer than seven minutes in length (including titles and credits), and must be submitted to VBTC or the Australian High Commission by 4:30pm on Friday 12 November 2021 with completed entry form and relevant consent forms to be eligible for the competition. Refer to the Terms and Conditions to ensure you meet all the 2021 Namatan Short Film Festival competition requirements.

Employees of the Australian High Commission, the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television cooperation (VBTC), the Namatan sponsors, Digicel Vanuatu, ANZ Vanuatu and Air Vanuatu and/or their immediate family members are NOT eligible to enter the Competition. Immediate family member means a spouse, defacto partner, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent and/or sibling (and their spouses).

The Australian High Commission and the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Cooperation (VBTC) reserves the right to verify the eligibility of each Entrant and to exclude and/or disqualify any Entrant who does not meet the eligibility requirements. By entering the Competition, the Entrant warrants that he or she is eligible.


To enter a film in the Namatan Short Film Festival 2021, you must submit this completed entry form, your film and relevant consent forms (links to all forms ) to the Australian High Commission or to the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) no later than Friday 12 November at 4:30 pm.

For postal entries, you may submit your entry form addressed to the Australian High Commission’s office or to the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC), PMB 9049 (VBTC office is located behind Port Vila Mall) with subject “2021 Namatan Short Film Festival”. For further information please call on 22777 or on 22999.


A condition of entry in the Namatan Short Film Festival is that all films must include the designated ‘unique item’. This is to prove that the films created are specifically for this year’s festival. The 2021 Unique item is letter ‘V’.


Thanks to Namatan Partner, VBTC, and sponsors, Digicel Vanuatu, Air Vanuatu and ANZ Bank Vanuatu, prizes include:

ANZ Bank First prize award – VT500,000

Digicel Second prize award – Samsung Galaxy A72

Digicel Third prize award – Samsung Galaxy A21s

Air Vanuatu People Choice Award – return domestic airfares for two people to a destination of their choice.


Australian High Commission Award – Smartphone


· 20 August 2021 – Namatan 2021 entries open

· 12 November 2021 - All films submitted to VBTC with completed entry forms

· 4 December 2021 - Finale in Port Vila

· 11 December 2021 – Finale in Luganville



· Entry Form (English)

· Entry Form (Bislama)

· Terms & Conditions (English)

· Terms & Conditions (Bislama)

· Consent Forms (English)

· Consent Forms (Bislama)


For more information about the Namatan Short Film Festival, please contact the Australian High Commission (Tel: 22777, Email: [email protected]).



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