💭 "The AFIN Festival just honoured me with a best actress award for playing Annie in South of Heaven…probably the most wonderful experience I’ve ever had making a character come to life. Thank you AFIN, I guess it just goes to show that joy in what you do shines through."
- Evangeline Lilly (Actress - South Of Heaven, Lost, Ant-Man, Avengers: Endgame)

💭 "Our film had such a wonderful time at the AFIN festival this year. There was constant communication and we had a great experience overall."
- Laura Vandervoort (Actress - The Handmaid's Tale, Smallville, Bitten, V, Producer, Writer)

💭 "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)



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.

AFIN International is also premier partners with The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival, California, USA.

Entries are selected and screened based on their artistic value, originality, globally distributable appeal, production values/quality, and narrative content. The festival includes 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, as well as selected opportunities with direct links with agents and distributors.

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.


2022: https://www.afinfestival.com/2022-results


As we are IMDB-Qualifying, any project which reaches either NOMINEE or AWARD WINNER, can have their result listed.

HONORABLE MENTIONS and FINALISTS can NOT have their results listed, as they were not nominated for an award, and they did not win. It is a final result which will receive a certificate for the achievement, and is certainly worth celebrating, but is not IMDB qualifying.

Honorable Mention = Close to being a finalist, or specially picked out from the festival for special mention.

Finalist = Close to being nominated, no higher result possible for that project in that category (Not IMDB Qualifying - Final result for a project)

Nominee = Nominated for an award, and may win. If they do not win, they stay as a nominee (IMDB Qualifying)

Award Winner = Won the award and is changed from a Nominee (IMDB Qualifying)

When festival events have concluded and winners are revealed, the festival will do our best to assist IMDB results being listed. Please note, we do audit our results listings on IMDB for accuracy, and will request removal/correction for any incorrect entries.

We will advise of this IMDB project location and submission status to Award Winner and Nominee submitters soon after events have wrapped, along with any applicable laurels/certificates, and prizes.

If you are adding this listing yourself, please note to ensure you are adding the correct award and year, and choose only one of the following two options:
AWARD WINNER - Choose the Rank of "Winner (1)"
NOMINEE - Choose the Rank of "Nominated (nom)"

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



Every entry can choose to add on feedback, which has two tiers:
1) Feedback (Scoring insights and high level comments)
2) Detailed feedback (Further breakdown of scoring and insights)

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 provided until a finalised status is achieved (as far as that project can go)



AFIN aims to provide a platform for filmmakers and writers to be seen and heard as best as possible, without making them choose specific award categories for entry.

With this goal, 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.



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 a curated list of award-nominated films, which are suitable to be screened for a diverse audience.

In terms of how we select films to screen, it generally begins curation in this order:

1) Number of nominations for a film
2) Film screenability
3) Film length
4) How well that film sits among the screening lineup and experience for the audience

We do our best to screen as many films as we can, every year.

AFIN seeks films which strive for excellence in storyline, cinematography, writing, performances, originality, production values, globally distributable ideas, unique and important stories, and with special consideration for diversity, and other specific awards.

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 nominee 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://www.afinfestival.com/afin-team

🔗 FAQs: https://www.afinfestival.com/faqs


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

Griffith University Film School - https://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-education-law/griffith-film-school
GP2 Entertainment (Premier Partner) - https://www.facebook.com/GP2Entertainment/
Nomie www.nomie.com.au
The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (Premier Partner) https://filmfreeway.com/ThePoppyJasperInternationalFilmFestival
Inktip - https://www.inktip.com/
iPitch TV - https://ipitch.tv

AFIN Logo Video Intro graphics designed by Jack Absolom

2023 AFIN Awards Lineup

🏆 5 WINNERS (from 2022's season) will be chosen by AFIN Film Festival, to receive a full waiver entry code for our Premier Partner Festival, The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival, in California, USA

🥇 BEST PICTURE - (Narrative/Scripted Feature Films Only) Crystal Trophy, iPitch.TV 12 Months Subscription

🎬 BEST DIRECTOR - (Narrative/Scripted/Music Video) Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 12 Months Subscription

🎬 BEST PRODUCED SCREENPLAY - (Narrative/Scripted - Produced Project) Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 12 Months Subscription

🙍‍♀️ BEST EMERGING FEMALE DIRECTOR - (Narrative/Scripted/Music Video) - Crystal Trophy + Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film + iPitch.TV 12 Months Subscription

🙎‍♂️BEST ACTOR - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🙍‍♀️ BEST ACTRESS - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🙎‍♂️ BEST AUSTRALIAN ACTOR - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🙍‍♀️ BEST AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🥇 BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM - (Narrative/Scripted - Live Action) Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 12 Months Subscription

🥇BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM - (Narrative/Scripted - Excluding student films) Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🎨BEST ANIMATED FILM - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🏆 BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 12 Months Subscription

🏆 BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🏆 BEST STUDENT FILM - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🎼 BEST MUSIC VIDEO - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🏆 BEST FILM EDITING - Crystal Trophy + Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film. + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🎥 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🎵 BEST SOUND - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

💥BEST CHOREOGRAPHY - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

💥BEST VISUAL EFFECTS - (Narrative/Scripted/Documentary/Music Video) - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

📝 BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY - Crystal Trophy + Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film. + iPitch.TV 12 Months Subscription

📝 BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🏆 BEST COSTUME DESIGN - (Narrative/Scripted/Music Video) - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

🏆 BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN - (Narrative/Scripted/Music Video) - Crystal Trophy + iPitch.TV 3 Month Subscription

NOTE: In the situation where a project wins in multiple categories, with duplicate prizes (with the exception of cash and trophies), only one of that prize will be winnable by that project, and the duplicate prize(s) will be re-allocated at the festival's discretion

⭐ Eligibility

1 - Films and Screenplays can be made and completed any time
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. Submitted films must be ready to view at the time of submission.
4 - Films (except for Music Videos and Web Series), are not allowed to be available publicly online for free until after festival events are concluded. This includes Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc. If the film is being distributed on a paid service and/or streaming service, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc, this is acceptable.
5 - All films submitted must be in English or subtitled in English. All screenplays must be in English.
6 - If a film is selected to screen, it must be provided with *burned-in* english subtitles for screening.
7 - While we have no Premiere requirement for a film to achieve results with us, a film being placed and/or nominated with us does not necessarily mean it will be screened. If a film has been screened in South-East Queensland prior in an event where tickets can be purchased, and/or is clearly more than a small private internal screening (no matter how it is labelled as a "preview" or "non-premiere"), this will very likely impact our screening selection. We recommend local filmmakers to hold "previews"/premieres after festival events conclude.

⭐ 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. Promoting your entry requires enough key art and information in the project page, and is not guaranteed, although we endeavour to promote as many entries as possible.
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 Trophies 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. For feature-length films, screenings may only require a digital copy, however in the event of DCP requirements for cinemas, we expect DCP delivery, and in plenty of time for testing.
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 event 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 2021. 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
10 - Our marketing of all entries is dependent on the submitter providing a poster/key artwork which also works as a film poster, and required information for us to make posts about their entry. These are not guaranteed, but where we are able, and we have enough art and information, we will absolutely promote your entry. Our posts on social media are a visual medium and this art is important to be considered.

💲 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, terms, awards, and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of AFIN.

Overall Rating
  • Alasdair Mackay

    We're still over the moon about receiving an honorable mention in the best film category especially considering the standard of the films that were selected and the fact we're based in the UK. The team were great with communicating with us even from the other side of the world. Our only complaint is that having some online networking events might have been good for those of us who couldn't make it over.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Alasdair for taking the time to review us! Glad you enjoyed the experience overall. I've emailed you to request suggestions on how we can improve things for entrants who cannot make it in person. In 2022, we ran a full day online workshop with networking, and provided a full live stream to the awards night, posting the whole show. If we can improve things even further, we will. Hope to see more of your work in the future.

  • cecilia zoppelletto

    AFIN is an excellent festival, the team and director of the festival communicate and keep the filmmakers in the loop. So even if far for some filmmakers to attend, you feel like you are attending!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Cecilia, for the great review! Well done on your result, and we really look forward to receiving your future works

  • Although I didn’t attend, this festival was a great experience. Excellent communication. I hope to be there in person for a future festival.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Chad! We really appreciate the review, and well done on your result! Looking forward to your future works being submitted to us

  • Valentino Filimon

    I am very grateful and honoured to have Won Best Australian Film at AFIN International Film Festival. I commend the professionalism and high quality presentation within this festival, it was a pleasure to participate.
    Till next time. Grazie.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Valentino! Appreciate the review, and congratulations on your win! I look forward to your future works being submitted to us

  • Robert Sherwood

    Thank you! It was an honour to receive Best Cinematography & Best Short Documentary at AFIN International Film Festival. Loved watching the live stream as I couldn't make it in person. Thank you for putting on a festival of such high standard with great communications.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Robert! Appreciate the review, and congratulations on your win! Glad you enjoyed the streams and our events too. Hope to see more of your work in the future