⭐ INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL - FILMS, SCREENPLAYS, COMICS ⭐
⭐ FEEDBACK AVAILABLE WITH EVERY ENTRY ⭐
⭐ LIVE SCREENINGS/RED-CARPET AWARDS ⭐
⭐ SELECTED WIDER THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION ⭐
⭐ EST $12,000 PRIZE POOL ⭐
⭐ EQUAL PLAYING FIELD ⭐
⭐ SINGLE ENTRY FEE ⭐
⭐ COVID-SAFE AND PREPARED ⭐

💭 "Such a great festival!"
- Neil Marshall (Director - Game of Thrones, The Reckoning, The Descent, Hellboy)

💭 "This is one of the best festivals, ever. Great communication and we had to compete with the best films in the world, highly competitive, If you are looking for great exposure and completion, this is the right festival."
- Deepak Reddy (Director - Manasanamaha)

💭 "The communication was amazing! Highly recommending this festival, as they are very professional and also extremely well organized."
- Katrina Grey (Director - Daytime Nightmare)

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⭐ ABOUT AFIN IFF:

AFIN International Film Festival celebrates and showcases excellence in filmmaking and storytelling from emerging and established filmmakers and screenwriters, from every corner of the globe.

We have direct links with international sales agents and distributors and make special introductions for certain awards winners (Best Feature and Best Australian Film), to assist them in achieving success.

Entries are selected and screened based on their artistic value, originality, globally distributable appeal, production values/quality, and narrative content. The festival includes three screening nights in Brisbane, Australia which are attended by film makers and film lovers alike, and a formal red carpet awards night.

An open, and market orientated film industry event, AFIN supports innovation and exploration in film, and provides networking opportunities for local and international film makers.

AFIN aims to aid in the development and encouragement of film makers regardless of nationality or experience level, and revels in supporting worldwide cultural exchange via cinematic experience.

We value, and seek to recognise films and screenplays which are engaging, thought provoking, and innovative; be that through concept originality, or exploring narrative, premise or style in a new way.

AFIN selects films which celebrate and execute high production values, but also understands that budget restraints can sometimes factor into technical production constraints, and takes this into consideration when making official selections.

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🏆 2021 NOMINEES AND FINALISTS
(Adjudication categories completion status: 21 of 24)

🌟 WHAT IS A FINALIST VS WHAT IS A NOMINEE?

We are releasing nominations and finalists as adjudication finishes out. Nominees are projects which are nominated for one or more categories, and can potentially win that category's award. Finalists are projects which were not nominated for an award, but very close behind the nominees in scoring from our judges. Finalists are not able to win the category that they are a finalist in.

We only have award nominees and finalist placings in our festival, no semi-finalists, quarter-finalists, honourable mentions, or official selections.

Check results and reveal posts on our best two links here (They are being continually updated):

WEBSITE: https://gp2events.wixsite.com/afinfest/2021winners
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/afinfilmfestival/

📽 2020 AWARDS NIGHT HIGHLIGHT REEL: https://www.facebook.com/afinfilmfestival/posts/1091598727923765
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rAP3mhwPfo

📽 2020 AWARD NOMINEE HIGHLIGHTS REEL AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW!
🔗 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/afinfilmfestival/posts/1052995958450709
🔗 YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/A6Eyu5Kh7J0

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⭐ FEEDBACK / SHARED SCORING & INSIGHTS

Every entry will be offered feedback, whether they place with us, or not.

We believe that filmmakers and creators SHOULD want and have the transparency to see their scoring results, and we have implemented the ability to share your project's score with our festival. We also, where appropriate, share comments from our judges. Please note, we do not accept arguments against our decisions, these insights are anonymized, and any direct approaching of our adjudicators to argue or cause any disruption is not allowed.

Feedback for projects will not be available until a finalised status is achieved.

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⭐ ENTRY AND CONSIDERATION FOR AWARDS / AWARD CATEGORIES

AFIN aims to provide a platform for filmmakers and writers to be seen and heard as best as possible. With this goal, filmmakers don't need to submit their projects for multiple categories to be considered for different awards: in fact, each project only needs to be submitted for one category.

With each submission, the project will be considered for several awards. All of this happens with a very affordable price.

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⭐ SELECTION PROCESS/ WHY CHOOSE AFIN

Films submitted to AFIN are viewed by a panel of film industry professionals.

We are an equal and fair festival. Our awards, nominations, and placings, are entirely a result of adjudication, and all submissions that do not break rules, are welcome.

Nominations and Placings does not guarantee screening. Results fall wherever they land, and we curate films for live screenings. Films chosen to screen during the festival will comprise of award-nominated films, which are suitable to be screened for a diverse audience.

The panel will be looking for films which strive for excellence in storyline, cinematography, writing, performances, and production value.

AFIN supports filmmakers and screenwriters with original ideas and concepts, and is interested in films and screenplays which tell unique and important stories.

To be eligible for selection, all films must be available to screen during the festival, and provide a promotional image upon application.

Award winners will be celebrated for their excellence per category with an AFIN award, made from pristine quality K9 crystal.

Prizes may also be awarded to certain awards which will be advertised closer to the date.

The awards night is a red carpet event which boasts a host of notable presenters, live music, and priceless networking opportunities.

A film which is chosen as a finalist does not need to screen in order to win in its relevant categories at the AFIN awards ceremony.

AFIN International Film Festival aims to celebrate and reward filmmakers, and provides support and exposure via social networking platforms in the lead up to the screening and awards nights.

In the lead up, AFIN will share and promote submissions and aims to encourage and foster relationships between AFIN applicants and the film industry.

🔗 MEET AFIN TEAM: https://gp2events.wixsite.com/afinfest/afin-team

🔗 FAQs: https://gp2events.wixsite.com/afinfest/faqs

💎 PARTNERS, SUPPORTERS, SPONSORS: (SUBJECT TO UPDATES)

We are proudly associated with many brands and institutions, including:

GP2 Entertainment - https://www.facebook.com/GP2Entertainment/
Inktip - https://www.inktip.com/
Final Draft - https://www.finaldraft.com/
Buzvil - https://www.buzvil.com/
To Tony Productions https://totonyproductions.com/

AFIN Logo Video Intro graphics designed by Jack Absolom

2021 AWARDS LIST AND PRIZE ALLOCATION
💰 TOTAL PRIZE POOL (TBC) $13,760 AUD

🥇 BEST FEATURE - (Narrative/Scripted) Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 AUD + Final Draft 11 + Personal Introduction to a Film Sales Agent / Distributor (If the film does not already have one) + Professional Film Review & A Filmmaker of the Week episode feature by ToTony Productions ($350 value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $750

🥇 BEST SHORT FILM - (Narrative/Scripted - Excluding student films, as there is a specific, Best Student Film award) Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $50 AUD + Professional Film Review by ToTony Productions ($100 value) + Final Draft 11 - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $600

🥇 BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM - (Narrative/Scripted) Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $50 AUD + Final Draft 11 + Personal Introduction to a Film Sales Agent / Distributor + Professional Film Review & A Filmmaker of the Week episode feature by ToTony Productions ($350 value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $850

🎬 BEST DIRECTOR - (Narrative/Scripted) Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $50 AUD + Final Draft 11 + Professional Film Review & A Filmmaker of the Week episode feature by ToTony Productions ($350 value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $850

🙍‍♀️ BEST EMERGING FEMALE DIRECTOR - (Narrative/Scripted) Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + Professional Film Review & A Filmmaker of the Week episode feature by ToTony Productions ($350 value) + InkTip Screenplay Listing for 4 Months - Winners promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps. - Value USD $130 - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $720

🏆 BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + Final Draft 11 + InkTip Screenplay Listing for 4 Months - Winners promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps. - Value USD $130 + Professional Film Review by ToTony Productions ($100 value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $720

🏆 BEST STUDENT FILM - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher + Final Draft 11 + Professional Film Review by ToTony Productions ($100 value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $650

🏆 BEST WEB SERIES - (Narrative/Scripted) Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher + Final Draft 11 + Professional Film Review by ToTony Productions ($100 value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $650

🙎‍♂️ BEST ACTOR - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🙍‍♀️ BEST ACTRESS - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🙎‍♂️ BEST AUSTRALIAN ACTOR - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🙍‍♀️ BEST AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🏆 BEST YOUNG ARTIST - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🏆 BEST ENSEMBLE CAST - (Narrative/Scripted) Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🏆 BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 AUD + Professional Film Review & A Filmmaker of the Week episode feature by ToTony Productions ($350 value) + Final Draft 11 - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $900

🏆 BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + Professional Film Review by ToTony Productions ($100 value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🎼 BEST MUSIC VIDEO - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🎥 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + $100 BuzVil Voucher - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $300

🏆 BEST FILM EDITING - Crystal Trophy ($200 value)

🎵 BEST SOUND - Crystal Trophy ($200 value)

🏆 BEST VISUAL EFFECTS - Crystal Trophy ($200 value)

📝 BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + Final Draft 11 + InkTip Screenplay Listing for 4 Months - Winners promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps. - Value USD $130 - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $620

📝 BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + Final Draft 11 - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $450

📔 BEST COMIC BOOK - Crystal Trophy ($200 value) + Screenplay Consultation and Professional Screenwriter Intro Adaptation to Film-Ready Screenplay (First 10 pages) ($1500 Value) - AWARD TOTAL PRIZE VALUE - $1700

⭐ Eligibility

1 - Films, Screenplays, and Comics/Graphic Novels must have been made within the last 4 years from the year of submission. I.e. If you're submitting for AFIN in 2020, the film must be made after 01 January 2016.
2 - Films and screenplays entered into AFIN previous years, cannot be entered again
3 - No rough cuts, works in progress, or "placeholder" submissions are allowed. Comics must be complete with artwork, representative of a final product. Submitted films must be ready to view at the time of submission.
4 - Films (except Music Videos and Web Series), are not allowed to be available publicly online until after festival events are concluded. This includes Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.
5 - All films submitted must be in English or subtitled in English. All screenplays and Comics/Graphic Novels must be in English.

⭐ Conditions of Entry

By submitting your project to AFIN International Film Festival, you agree:

1 - All information submitted through FilmFreeway or through other correspondence with AFIN is true and accurate.
2 - An entrant is solely responsible for ensuring that all necessary copyright and other permissions for their film / screenplay has been obtained prior to submitting. This includes, but not limited to, music, stock images, footage, photos, graphics and sound. Entrants warrant their film does not breach any of the intellectual rights, or any other rights, of any other person.
3 - Entrants will fully indemnify AFIN International Film Festival, of any costs, loss, expenses, damages, libel, defamation, invasion of privacy liability, and breach of contract, whether direct or indirect, arising out of a claim by a third party or another party.
4 - AFIN will not be held responsible for any copyright issues or infringements, and will not be responsible for damaged, lost, misdirected or unusable content for screening.
5 - You will advise AFIN (if your film has been submitted), if you become aware of any potential claims against the Film.
6 - By submitting your film, you acknowledge that AFIN reserves the right to promote your film / screenplay on our website and social media. We would use no more than maximum of 20% of your film in any festival promotional videos, if you are at least selected. If you do not wish for your artwork, quotes, or trailer to be promoted, you must let us know on entry.
7 - AFIN reserves the right to withdraw a film from the competition if it deems that the above conditions have not been met
8 - For cash prize allocations: Transfers are through PayPal, and sent in AUD. The conversion from Australian dollars to any other currency will be undertaken by PayPal, with the recipient responsible for any associated fees by PayPal or the bank.
9 - In the event of non-cash prize allocation: Winners who attend the awards night can receive their prize in person. Some prizes may be limited by location, and are transferable. Other prizes may be restricted in your state or country. The submitted bears the responsibility of dealing with any such restrictions, but AFIN festival can work with the submitter on re-allocation of prizes if required. If you are completely unable to accept a prize, or re-allocate it and options are exhausted, AFIN festival reserves the right to re-allocate the prize.
10 - AFIN will not accept physical format screeners. Please submit through FilmFreeway only. If selected to screen, you must be able to provide a digital copy in at least HD. 2K and 4K are acceptable.
11 - Submission fees are paid in USD, exclusively through FilmFreeway. Submission fees are not refundable.
12 - It is the responsibility of the submitter to maintain the screener link and keep any applicable passwords current. If a link cannot be accessed by the Festival directors/adjudicators following reasonable attempts to contact the submitter, the film will not be considered and the submission fee will not be refunded.
13 - It is up to the entrant to read the Terms and Conditions and Eligibility requirements of entry and if at any point a film is no longer eligible, there will be no refund of fees.
14. AFIN is unable to extend deadlines by request, but reserves the right to adjust deadlines if required for the festival.
15 . We DO NOT ENTERTAIN EMAIL REQUESTS TO WAIVE SUBMISSION FEES. Please do not email us with requests.
16. Any costs associated with entering a film are to be paid by the submitter.
17. In the even that you are an award winner, and you cannot attend the awards ceremony or have a representative attend, we are happy to organise to ship your award out to you, but the winner bears the cost of shipping.

🎥 Screening and Official Selection
1 - All submitted projects will be viewed by the AFIN Festival Adjudication Panel. Our process is clearly laid out in "Awards and Prizes", in detail.
2 - Films selected for screening must be received in appropriate screening format by 22 September 2020. Materials will be held until the end of the Festival. Appropriate screening formats will be discussed with the submitter directly.
3 - Submission does not guarantee Official Selection, or Screening acceptance into the festival.
4 - Content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, sexually, culturally or racially offensive will not be included. We do not accept anything which is made for the purpose to selling a product or services to audiences, even if it is a part of a film. Anything above an Australian Classification description of R, cannot be entered. A film under the threat of litigation, or facing litigation must not be entered. No refunds will be issued.
5 - AFIN does not make your film available online, anywhere, ever
6 - All official outcomes, selections, and placings are final and cannot be argued or negotiated
7 - Content with poor production quality and execution (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD, poor or no colour grading/colouring, poor lighting, glaring mistakes, etc), would almost certainly become non-selections.
8 - Any content which sexualises children (documentaries on these topics are an exception), or which contains and shows extremely disturbing acts or graphic violence against children, will be non-selections
9 - Films chosen to screen, must provide a copy of the film that is free of screener text and/or watermarks

💲 Prizes and screening fees

1 - AFIN will not pay screening fees or licensing fees to suppliers/distributors for submitted films that are screened for festival-specific screening events. In the event that we offer wider theatrical distribution to a feature-length film, then those earnings are negotiated on a contractual level.
2 - Finalists and Winners will receive Festival Laurels and Digital Certificates.
3 - The prize pool is building over time and will be updated accordingly.

⭐ General
1 - By Submitting to AFIN, you are subscribing to our newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any point.
2 - The AFIN director reserves the right to make decisions about matters not provided by these rules
3 - Rules and terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of AFIN.

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  • The Act of Storytelling

    AFIN thank you for being supportive of our film from submission through to screening - including an amazing job of keeping us appraised of changes as they came up due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic as well as creating a fantastic, live, covid-safe festival at the end of the year! A joy to be involved.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us, and we cannot wait to see more of your works in the future.

  • Bee Pedersen

    The Director was oh-so-helpful and professional and supportive. Extremely well run, particularly in light of world logistics right now. Can't say enough good things about this festival!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Bee! Really appreciate your kind words, and we will do our best to continue to improve every year, but this does help us to feel like we are very much on the right path.

  • Aaron Sammut

    AFIN is fantastic, and all the better because of the diverse categories and creative projects that they award!! 10/10

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Aaron, thank you so much for your review and kind words, and we hope to see more of your work in the future

  • Thank you Alex for a first rate virtual festival experience. Despite the challenges of the pandemic we really enjoyed our experiences with your festival.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your review, Scott! Much appreciated

  • Bridget May

    Thank you to the organisers of the festival. Highly recommending this festival, they are very professional and also extremely well organized. Honoured to be part of your official selection and nominated, it was also great that this could be done via remote, even though I was able to attend, a great move forward.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for the review, Bridget, and it was an absolute pleasure to have you with us. We really appreciate the kind words. It helps us to know that we are on track. We'd love to see more of your work in the future.