Salt House Creative International Film Festival, was founded by Salt House Creative Artistic Director and Australian of the Year finalist Dr. Daniel Widdowson. Screenings are held on the Central Coast in June every year, with quarterly winners announced throughout the year. This international film festival selects certain quarterly winning films to be screened at the annual event at The Savoy Cinema. In the event that the Cinema is not open, e.g. COVID restrictions, then a smaller screening will be held for judges at the Salt House Creative theatre.

The judging panel includes Australian industry professionals from the Australian Writer's Guild, Director's Guild, renowned reviewers, and a pool of professional actors.

We're extremely thankful for the high calibre of creatives who have chosen to enter this festival, having received both professional and Indie entries from 30+ countries.

Each quarter the following awards are distributed:

BEST SHORT - Under 40 minutes
BEST FEATURE - Over 40 minutes

Winners receive the official Salt House Creative laurel and the chance to be screened at our annual event.

Films that win awards are not guaranteed a screening. The winning films go into a pool of films considered for screening at the annual event in Sydney. The films chosen for screening is at the judging panel's discretion.

Films of an explicit nature will not be considered.
The judges decision is final

By submitting, you represent and warrant that you have full legal right and authority to submit the film/video project for consideration, and that all necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto. You agree to hold Salt House Creative and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video project. You understand that your submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into the SHCIFF.

Overall Rating
  • Eileen Grubba

    We love this festival! Thank you for welcoming and honoring our film, Dark Hearts!

    February 2022
  • gareth brierley

    Really great festival, recommend! Thanks for our Best Actor award for Tyrone Huggins in 138: LAST DAY.

    June 2021
  • Ken Sagoes

    I'm deeply honored that “The McHenry Trial - Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie" was selected as an Award Winner in your remarkable festival! The festival is well-organized with great communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    June 2021
  • The festival was amazing! Very attentive and polite staff, always on hand.

    June 2021
  • Penny Moore

    Great event that recognises emerging & independent talent, so thrilled that TRUST FRANK took out Best Short Film and Best Actor in May. Wonderful to get recognition on home soil and really enjoyed being part of this event. Big congratulations to all the other films that were selected and a big thank you to the judges and organizers.

    June 2021