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Showcase your savanna fire video at the 2021 forum

Calling all Savanna fire managers! The Savanna Fire Forum short video competition submissions have been extended and are due by Tuesday Feb 2nd, 2021. Films will premiere online at the 2021 North Australia Savanna Fire and winners will be announced on the 10th February by our judging panel.

This year we are looking for your short video about fire to showcase your incredible work and ground conversations at this year's forum.

​What does fire mean to you? What successes have you achieved this year? What challenges and surprises have you come across?

The video should be short (around 3 mins), and feature people on country.
Be sure to mark your calendars to attend the North Australian Savanna Fire Forum from February 9 to 11, 2021. For details about the event, go to

The entry form can be downloaded herePlease save your completed form and video to the Dropbox linked in the form. If you have any troubles please contact us at [email protected].

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Entries are due by Thursday 4 February

Announcing Guest Judge 1: Sean Choolburra

Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, dancer, singer, and didgeridoo player, Sean Choolburra is the hilarious and charismatic actor and writer for Black Comedy, Comedy up Late and feature film The Furnace.
Sean Choolburra is recognised as one of Australia's funniest and most enduring Aboriginal comedians. Born in Townsville, QLD, and one of twelve, his comedy is created from a wide variety of life-time experiences, stories, and observations.
Sean is an ambassador and the communicator of positive messages for health, education, and employment, which has seen him promote "No Smokes" and tobacco campaigns, employment messages for Indigenous Jobs Australia, Fred Hallows Trachoma Program, Stronger Smarter and much more. He can't wait to see your stories and hopes you enjoy making them. 

Guest Judge Sean Choolburra

Announcing Guest Judge 2: Jane Bardon

Jane Bardon is an investigative journalist at the ABC in Darwin where she has worked as Senior National Reporter, 7.30 NT Program Producer and State Political Reporter. She has won two Walkley Awards, a New York Festivals Gold Investigative Reporting Award and four UN Awards for her documentaries and reports on indigenous incarceration, youth justice abuses, indefinite immigration detention, Aboriginal disadvantage and mining pollution. She was ABC National Rural Reporter in Canberra, and a reporter at SBS and the Age. In Northern Ireland she covered terrorism and the peace process at the BBC, Irish News and Alpha Group Newspapers.

Jane Bardon

Announcing Guest Judge 3: Dr Kamaljit Sangha

Dr Kamaljit Sangha works in the trans-disciplinary area of Ecological Economics involving an integrated understanding of environmental, social and economic issues in Northern Australia, mainly from Indigenous perspectives. The key aspects include use, valuation, and management of natural resources; linking ecosystem services (benefits people obtain from natural systems) and the well-being of Indigenous peoples and local communities; and integrating science with policy decision-making.


Prizes included a Magabala books gift pack and exclusive T-shirts designed by Rohan Fisher.

Questions? Please contact Lenka at [email protected]

Extra Resources:

Background Music
It is not always possible, or practical, to create your own music. But you’re in luck. Free Music Archive is a great site offering free music downloads.
Accessing and Using the Free Music Archive
1. Go to
2. Sign up for an account
3. Search through the extensive list of free music
4. When you find something you like, make sure it is marked for Non Commercial Use (NC). You can tell this by clicking on the song you want, and looking to the right of the page. There you will find the how the song is licensed, and how you are able to use it. The image below is an example of what you’ll see. Click on the “licensed under” link, and you’ll find instructions for how to attribute the work in your film credits. Here is an example
5. For more information on Free Music Archive, please consult the About Page, Help Page, and the FAQ Page. You will find all the information you need on how to use the archive to make sure you have permission to use the music.

These websites offer royalty-free photos, without charge:
1) Unsplash
2) Pexels
3) Pixabay
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then you might consider paying $10 and up for an image on:
1) Shutterstock
2) iStock
3) Getty

Other Considerations
*Note that it is the responsibility of the filmmaker(s) to ensure they have permission, and are lawfully using and material that they themselves did not create. The Indigenous Carbon Industry Network and the North Australian Savanna Fire Forum organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entrant that violates copyright laws. By submitting a film for consideration in the SFF21 Video competition, filmmakers agree that the content they submit is 100% their own, and does not break any cultural or copyright laws. Most people understand that the actual film footage has to be their own. But it goes much further than that. All graphics, images, music etc., must be original work, or the filmmaker is required to have permission from the content owner.
Any film content submission that violates these rules will not be considered for the contest.


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