The inaugural I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition opens for entries from today (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 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 film competition calls for filmmakers across Australia to collaborate with local home town musicians to make a 60 second 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, Palace Cinemas, 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, the 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.

Chairman of the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) Patrick Donovan says “We’re looking for something original, emotive, informative or humorous to help spread the word about the social, cultural and economic benefits of contemporary music. Artists such as Gotye have broken through globally in recent years through viral videos so the potential is unlimited for the careers of the musicians and producers with the best submissions.’’

$5,000 cash courtesy of NXTGIG (for filmmakers)
2 x 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 $250 (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 visit the St Kilda Film Festival website at
For information on the competition visit the AMIN website at
For interviews on the competition please contact:
Patrick Donovan Chair AMIN 03 9686 3411 |
Lisa Bishop General Manager Music SA 08 7320 3302 |

The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) connects and represents the state and territory music industry associations of Australia – Music Victoria, MusicNSW, WAM, QMusic, Music NT, Music Tasmania, Music SA and Music ACT. This network creates a national platform for the representation and delivery of projects for the benefit of the Australian contemporary music industry. AMIN advocates, educates and promotes the importance of contemporary musicians and their work nationally and internationally.

The Live Music Office works to increase opportunities for live music in Australia by identifying and advocating for better policy, regulation and strategy. Established by the Federal Government, in partnership with APRA AMCOS, the Live Music Office was set up to review the impact of policy frameworks on the Australian live music sector. Scope includes planning, licensing and regulatory policies, as well as audience development strategies.

NXTGIG is an innovative, free-to-download, mobile app that sources and makes available event information to users who are searching for something to do or somewhere to go – from the most obscure performance to a major festival.  Available on the Apple and Google stores, as well as website widgets, NXTGIG offers an unrivalled, single data entry point that results in broad promotion of individual events to multiple channels and audiences.

APRA AMCOS help music creators get paid for their work and give music users easy ways to legally play and copy what they like. APRA AMCOS has 87,000+ members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers.  They license organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available their members’ music, and they distribute the royalties.

St Kilda Film Festival is one of the oldest and largest short film festivals. The Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on exceptional films by emerging artists and short works by accomplished industry professionals. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the St Kilda Film Festival is now an Academy Awards® qualifying event. SoundKILDA is Australia’s only dedicated music video festival.

Music Rights Australia is an organisation that protects the creative interests of artists within the Australian music community through educational initiatives, government lobbying and the protection of artists’ copyrights. The Why Music Matters campaign is on the website.