Residents affected by last year’s Lancefield fires have been given a creative outlet for their stories, and their recovery.

Something About Us is a short film competition devised especially for people impacted by last year’s devastating blaze, caused when a planned burn got out of control.

The competition invites participants to choose a genre, be it comedy, action, drama, horror, thriller, adventure, documentary, animation or a biographical theme, for their works.

Film-making and film genre workshops get under way this Saturday at Lancefield Neighbourhood House, and filmmakers have until November 20 to produce entries of no more than 10 minutes that explore something about them, the community or where they live, stories that may reflect on historic events … or what’s happening right now.

The project is a partnership between the state government, Macedon Ranges council and the neighbourhood house.

Film-maker Brigit Heller will take participants through short courses to learn the basics of production, how to use simple equipment, film directing, camera operation, sound and editing.

“We are inviting families, individuals, or any community members, to be creative and tell their stories with a short film,” Ms Heller says.

Saturday’s workshops are noon until 4pm, and on Monday 1-5pm.

Further workshops are on October 18, 4-6pm, October 22, 10am-2pm and October 25, 4-6pm. Details: www.lancefield.org.au