Organisers of Altona Beach Film Festival, now in its fourth year, are hoping to attract a record number of entries with this year’s theme of “pets”.

Festival president Annette Stephens said many could relate to pets and loved to film them.

“Most people have pets and on the internet there’s a lot of videos about pets and their funny antics, so it’s very popular to film your pet,” she said. “People can film that easily on their phone, lap top computers or iPads.

“We do want to attract a wider audience.”

She said the theme was also open to interpretation.

“It also could relate to a pet love, your pet project,” Ms Stephens said.

“The Beach Boys made a very famous album called

Pet Sounds, so there’s a lot of interpretations.”

Films, including titles and credits, can be no longer than seven minutes.

The judging panel comprises professional local filmmakers, producers and directors. Awards will be presented in age categories of under 13, under 21 and open age.

There will also be Best in Festival and People’s Choice (vote by clapping) awards.

All films entered, along with awards and prize money, will be presented at a gala film screening at Altona Theatre on August 18.

Films must be submitted on a USB or disc in MP4 format and sent to: Altona Beach Film Festival, 3 Seagull Avenue, Altona. Entries close June 30.

Details: altonabeachfilmfestival.com.au