2021 Winner Announced!

Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring as 'Envy'. Image from Flickerfest.Congratulations to the Spiritus award winner, Radheya Jegatheva from Western Australia, for his short film, Painting by Numbers.
The film explores the ancient tradition of the seven deadly sins in contemporary form e.g. gluttony as waste, envy in terms of
designer clothing and sloth as the basic problem in responding to climate change. The final scene regarding wrath offers a poignant comment on human proclivity to violence. It is clear that the deadly sins are alive and flourishing! The judges considered the film a worthy recipient of an award. In concept and execution the film
was well done.

The Centre is grateful to Clive and Lynlea Roger, supporters of the ACC&C and generous donors of the Spiritus. Prize. The Centre is a supporter of the Canberra Short Film Festival at which the Spiritus award film was shown on the awards’ night at
Dendy Cinema, Canberra, 20 November 2021.

About The Spiritus Short Film Prize

The Spiritus Short Film Prize is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture as part of its commitment to promote the lively interaction between arts, sciences and culture; one of the Four Pillars of the Centre’s work and mission. The Centre believes that there is wisdom to be found in such an interaction which can contribute to a vision of hope and the common good for Australia.

The biennial prize began in 2015 as the Religious Short Film Prize but was renamed as the Spiritus Australia Short Film Prize in 2020 to better reflect its purpose and aims.


Entrants can enter their film in more than one category:

1. Spiritus Short Film Prize - Regional Australia Prize

Open to entries outside an Australian Capital city

Cost to enter $10.00

2. Spiritus Short Film Prize - School Category

This is open to entries from school students (under 18 years of age) who attend a school in Australia.

Cost to enter $15.00

3. Spiritus Short Film Prize - Open to all

Cost to Enter $20

Important Dates for 2021-2022

  • 1 December 2021 – Entries Open
  • 30 September 2022 – Entries Close
  • 1 November 2022 (TBC) - Notification of shortlist
  • 15-24 November 2022  (TBC) - Award with the Canberra Short Film Festival


Canberra Short Film Festival (CSFF) logo The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture intends to have a roadshow of shortlisted films at Charles Sturt campuses in August 2020. More details to come about dates and times. Winners will be announced in September 2020 in Canberra at the Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. The Award Night is being held during the Canberra Short Film Festival.

If you are a winner of a category or are Shortlisted for the People’s Choice you give the right to the ACC&C to show your film at the roadshow and on the award night.