Festival submissions


2018 Festival Submissions

Submissions have now closed.

Thank you to all the wonderful filmmakers who have submitted their work. Acceptance notifications will be emailed by September 29.


Awards and prizes

The short film programs are eligible for the following awards decided by an industry jury: 

  • Best Short
  • Best Tertiary Short

There will also be an audience award for the short film program.

Prizes will be announced soon and will be in the areas of production/post-production assistance.


Submission Rules

Submission is open to short films (20 mins max duration) and feature films (120 mins max duration) that have been completed after January 1, 2013. We welcome narrative films, documentaries, animations and experimental films that fit within these two broad categories. Works-in-progress are not accepted.

For entry into the Tertiary Short category, you must currently be studying an accredited screen, film or media production degree at an Australian public or private university. This will be indicated in your cover letter.

Please ensure the following are provided as part of all submissions: 

  • A cover letter
  • Synopsis of the film in both short (50 words) and long (150 words) versions
  • Full cast and credits list
  • Director’s biography (under 100 words) AND filmography
  • 3 different stills from the film (at least 300 dpi High Resolution) 
  • A photo of the director (at least 300 dpi High Resolution) 

Secure online screener is the preferred method of submission. If selected, your exhibition copy is required by November 10, 2017 (exhibition requirements will be sent with acceptance letters).

All entries with dialogue not in the English language must be subtitled in English.

Fees will not be reimbursed for films not selected for the festival.

If you are accepted into the 2018 festival there may be an opportunity to have your film screened at other festival related screenings throughout that year. We will notify you of any opportunities that arise.


Submission Dates

Early bird Deadline - June 23, 2017

Regular Deadline - July 21, 2017

Extended Deadline - August 18, 2017

Notifications - September 29, 2017


For further information, submission fees or to submit your film, please click on the Film Freeway link below.