In 2020 we launched the Silver Linings Project while many of us in Australia were in Covid lockdown. We wanted to find some silver linings and put some joy out into the world. The world still needs some joy, so we’re launching it again! 

Presenting the UNIMA Australia Silver Linings Film Festival. 

A call to submit short, uplifting puppet films. 

This festival is open to anyone around the world and entry is free! 

We are very excited to partner with Lumin’s Workshop (@lumins_workshop) to award gift vouchers for our winners! Lumin’s Workshop offers a myriad of materials for makers, crafters, cosplayers and more. They are based in Melbourne, Victoria. Winners will also receive a year’s membership to UNIMA Australia

Submissions are due by Friday 14th October, 2022

We will launch our festival online on Sunday 23rd October, 2022. 

We will announce winners on Sunday 30th October at our Spooky Showcase and Pumpkin Carving Zoom 🙂

Please see the details below: 

Make a puppet film!

You are invited to create a short puppet film to suit the theme: ‘Silver Linings’. This will be compiled into a playlist on our UNIMA Australia Youtube channel

Your video needs to be 

  • Up to 3 minutes long 
  • For all ages
  • Include any form of live puppetry performance
  • Uploaded onto Youtube (and send us a link through Google forms)
  • In the description of the video, you will need to write your name, company name (if applicable) and any credits (performers, makers, director, etc). Please also include the hashtags #silverliningsunima #unimaoz

Awards & Prizes

1) Best Australian entry 

$100 gift voucher from Lumin’s Workshop

1 year membership to UNIMA Australia (valued at $50)*

2) Best International entry  

$100 gift voucher from Lumin’s Workshop 

1 year membership to UNIMA Australia (valued at $50)*

3) Highly commended 

$50 gift voucher from Lumin’s Workshop

1 year membership to UNIMA Australia (valued at $50)*

4) People’s choice (audience can vote for their favourite)

$50 gift voucher from Lumin’s Workshop

1 year membership to UNIMA Australia (valued at $50)*

Prizes are non transferable and non-exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash. 

*For group submissions, we can award up to 3 x 1 year UNIMA memberships (combined value of $150). Please note that the group will be awarded the one gift voucher from Lumin’s Workshop. 

Who can enter

The project is open to anyone around the world, and we hope to engage with the wider puppetry community both in Australia and around the world. There are no participation fees. You can enter more than once. 

Deadline for Silver Linings Project: Submissions by Friday 14th October, 2022

By entering your film, you are declaring that you own the film (and its copyright) and the work is your own. You are also granting UNIMA Australia and Lumin’s Workshop the rights to use your film, and clips or images from it, for marketing purposes. 

For any enquiries, contact our General Secretary Kay at

Submit your film

You can submit your film through our Google Form here or by clicking the button below:

Click here to see our previous entries from Silver Linings 2020!