Rookwood General Cemetery invites video artists and short film makers either as individuals (if 18 or over) or as a group, to propose works for HIDDEN Rookwood Films 2021. The artworks will be selected and showcased as part of HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures 2021.

We are looking for single channel video artworks and short films (up to 4 minutes duration) that respond to the cemetery and engage with HIDDEN’s themes of history, culture, remembrance, diversity, love, mourning, spirituality, cycles of life and the passage of time. Entry is open to video artists and short-film makers across all career stages: emerging, mid-career and established.

Review the Terms and Conditions and reference the Frequently Asked Questions before submitting. 

You are welcome to discuss ideas with the curator, Kath Fries, before submitting their proposals at




  • 9 April Proposal applications close
  • 10 May Successful notification to artist
  • 30 June Final artist statement / videos due
  • 4 September Launch
  • 4 September – 4 October HIDDEN Exhibition
  • Entry is free
  • $200 honorarium per film
  • Rookwood Films Award $2,000
  • Western Sydney Artist Award $1,000
  • Cumberland Council Professional Development Award (+ $200 for materials)
  • Muru First Nations Artist Award $2,000
  • People's Choice Award $500
  • Staff Choice Award $300

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