Australia Independent Film Festival | IMDB qualifying |Live screening |

Known as “the festival where stars shine,” the Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) is on track to become Australia's premiere short film festival. Founded in 2017 AIFF has grown from strength to strength and is now a prominent event on the festival circuit.

“Put this festival in your top 10 list to submit. You’ll be glad you did.” Jhett Tolentino - Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer.

Whether you're a student filmmaker, a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned professional your entry will be treated with the utmost respect and professionalism it deserves. We encourage participation and actively promote through social media channels, news outlets and our contact database.

"We wish this great festival all the success", 2020 Oscar nominated Mosul 980 and winner of AIFF19 Best International Short Film.

At AIFF we believe it is our core values which help set us apart from many other festivals. We are totally committed to being an ethical festival and make the following promise to all entrants. It is our filmmakers guarantee and what we believe is an industry first.

1. We will be transparent, honest and provide regular festival updates.

2. All entries will be played in their entirety and judged as per the listed judging and selection process. We do not promote favoritism.

3. At AIFF21 every finalist film 'will' screen in a real theater in attendance by paying public. We screen all finalist films and not just films from attending filmmakers.

Finalist = Official Selection = Live screening.

4. The awards ceremony is a live event following the final screening session.

5. If a film wins but a filmmaker is not in attendance their award will be delivered at no charge.

AIFF SELECTION PROCESS:

Being an independent festival we encourage all genres and a greater emphasis in the judging process is the overall appeal verses technical perfection and or money spent. Each entry is judged internally using standardized criteria before the top scoring films are judged by an external jury of industry professionals.

REWARDING FILMMAKERS

SEMI-FINALISTS. The top twenty percent (submission dependent) of each category will be named as semi-finalists and will be awarded a semi-finalist laurel and a digital print quality certificate at festival close.

Please note: Semi-finalist films will not be screened at the festival.

FINALISTS will be selected from the semi-finalist group and will be awarded a finalist laurel, official selection laurel and a digital certificate. Numbers will be dependent on category entries and programming requirements.

WINNER'S of each category will be awarded a special winner's laurel, an original print quality digital certificate and an original high quality award. Other prizes will be added once confirmed.

AIFF NETWORKING @ausindefest

We believe a festival is not a festival without the opportunity for filmmakers to network and socialize between fellow creative's.

Before and after screening sessions festival goers will be encouraged to network and socialize at the theater.

For those that like to socialize and network into the early hours. Each night a nominated venue will be selected and announced during the screening sessions. There is a reason locals like to call Brisbane – BRISVEGAS.

THE CITY and THE VENUE:

Brisbane, located an hour's drive from the World famous beaches of the Gold Coast is a vibrant, art loving new world city that can be considered the Gateway to Australia. Brisbane, the capital of Queensland is rich with culture and renowned for its hospitality and safety. AIFF21 will take place at Metro Arts West Village, Brisbane City.

The Team at AIFF feel the brand new Metro Arts complex is without a doubt one of the coolest venues in Australia in one of Australia's most recognized art hubs.

Need to know more? We welcome all questions.

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
1 x Final Draft software full version digital download - U$$249.99.
1x FXPHD 6 month subscription U$474.
1 x DaVinci Resolve 17 Resolve Studio - A$469
1 x DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor - A$469
1 x ATH-M50x Audio Technica Studio Monitor Headphones - A$279
1x InkTip 1*4 month screenplay listing - U$60

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
1x Final Draft software full version digital download - U$$249.99.
1x FXPHD 6 month subscription U$474.
1 x DaVinci Resolve 17 Resolve Studio - A$469
1 x DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor - A$469
1x ATH-M50x Audio Technica Studio Monitor Headphones - A$279
1x InkTip 1*4 month screenplay listing - U$60

BEST QUEENSLAND SHORT FILM
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
1x Final Draft software full version digital download - U$$249.99.
1x FXPHD 6 month subscription U$474.
1x ATH-M50x Audio Technica Studio Monitor Headphones - A$279
Consideration for Best Australian short film.

BEST ANIMATION
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
Considered in the relevant Best Short Film category / categories.
IE: If your film is German it will automatically be considered for best International Film as well.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL - Including music videos.
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
Considered in the relevant Best Short Film category / categories.
IE: If your film is German it will automatically be considered for best International Film as well.

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
Considered in the relevant Best Short Film category / categories.
IE: If your film is German it will automatically be considered for best International Film as well.

Special Award Categories

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
Studio hire $495 - Dragon Image Australia.

BEST STUDENT FILM
Custom AIFF award A$250 - Winners laurel - Winners certificate - print quality digital.
Final Draft software full version digital download - U$$249.99.
ATH-M50x Audio Technica Studio Monitor Headphones - A$279
InkTip 1*4 month screenplay listing - U$60

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF) RULES

Entry fees are set in U$.

AIFF does not provide entry fee waivers and does not reply to fee waiver requests.

By entering a submitter agrees that they have read and understood the rules and regulations and to the best of their knowledge accept all statements as being true. AIFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees. By entering a submitter confirms that they own the rights and or have permission from the owner of the content to enter the festival.

1. DATES:
The 2021 Australia Independent Film Festival will be held October 1 ~ 3 2021 Brisbane City Australia.

2. ENTRY RESTRICTIONS:
Nil.

3. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:
Please select the category that best fits your project.
The Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project for any Festival program or submission category. The Festival also reserves to change the entered category if the entry is better placed within a different category.

4. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED EXCLUSIVELY VIA FilmFreeway. AN ENTRY WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED INTO AIFF WITH PAYMENT OF THE APPROPRIATE ENTRY FEE.

5. SELECTION:
Each entry will be played in full and judged internally under a unified marking system to give a final averaged score out of ten. Where an entry is judged by multiple people the final score is the average of all scores.
Judging categories include:
Originality / Creativity
Direction
Writing
Cinematography
Performances
Production Value
Pacing
Structure
Sound / Music

The top rated films for each category will then be reviewed and scored by an external Jury to assist in final placements and outcomes of the festival.
The Jury will be made up of individuals recognized as Industry Professionals.
Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.
The decisions of AIFF will be FINAL.

6. PROGRAMING:
Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival will attempt to contact the Submitter using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Submitter of the Project's acceptance status.
AIFF will not be held responsible for any failure to contact the Submitter using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Submitter to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.
AIFF will establish the schedule of the films submitted.
Language (SUBTITLE POLICY)
IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED for screening at the festival:
-If the film is another language than English it must have English Subtitles.

7. OTHER CONDITIONS:
AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT provide discounts or fee waivers.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT pay any screening fees.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT cover any travel or accommodation expenses.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT cover any subtitling expenses.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT guarantee distribution.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT provide feedback and or judging insights.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT refund an entry fee if you change your mind.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
By entering you agree and accept that the Festival may use entered film titles, log lines, film frames, film photos, productions photos, film posters and short segments of the film for event promotion online and or in print media. Furthermore, Filmmakers are responsible for adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.

AIFF will promote the event and screening sessions to the best of their capabilities through multiple channels however AIFF will not and cannot be held responsible for actual attendee numbers.

AIFF is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. AIFF will review unforeseen cases. Whenever a controversy arises from the interpretation of any of the articles in these rules and regulations, the ruling document shall be the original document in English.

A submitted project implies full agreement with AIFF terms & conditions. Failing to comply with any of these articles may result in denying the participation of a project in the Festival.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL has the right to add, alter, change, or delete any portion of the guidelines at any time without notice.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL has the right to add, alter, and change event inclusions and or screening venues at any time without notice. AIFF will not be held responsible for technical problems beyond our control that may affect the screening of a film and or films at the festival.

Overall Rating
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  • Ben Burghart

    Great Festival, so glade our short film SUSPENSE was selected as a finalist and made it all the way from the states to Australia. Great communication and very eclectic lineup of films!

    March 2021
  • When I got the email that I won Experimental Short, I couldn't believe my eyes!
    I instantly got in touch with the guys at AIFF and was even more delighted when I found out how super friendly they were.
    Would the world have been in any other situation, I would've definitely wanted to attend the festival personally.
    Hopefully another time? :)

    Thank you again and also thank you for the absolutely gorgeous trophy!

    People: Do yourself a favor and submit to AIFF :)

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Celiene,
    hank you for your great review and for allowing us to screen Facing the Sky. It was loved by all who were lucky to attend and it was truly an award winner. We hope you are well, safe and staying creative.
    Team AIFF.

  • Paul Mahoney

    Fantastic communication from the Festival team. I didn't get a chance to go to the festival, but the feedback I've heard was that it was well run.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Paul, thanks for the great review. As filmmakers too, we've really wanted to make communication between entrants a top priority. We'll work even harder in 2021 to stay on top of the game. We hope you are staying creative and do hope to see you at the festival once borders re-open.

  • Thomas Harman

    Great communication online and was sent a lovely Semi-Finalist Award Certificate for 'FLUFFYPUNK'. We hope to be part of your festival fully in future!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Thomas, thanks for the wonderful review. These reviews help keep us on our toes and we'll be working hard to keep building on our strengths. We hope you are staying creative and we certainly look forward to seeing your next film and perhaps welcoming you in Brisbane for AIFF21.

  • Michael Reed

    We're giving this wonderful festival a 5 out of 5 stars! Communication was amazing and they were fast and clear in their responses. We are delighted to have been a Semi-finalist with our short film Edgar and they have sent us a certificate for it as well. We will be
    applying again in the future and you should to! Great job guys! Thank you!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Michael,
    thank you for your kind words and fantastic review. We are grateful that you put your trust in us as a festival and we once again congratulate you on being a semi-finalist. We wish you and your team the very best in your future projects and do hope to see you in Australia some time soon. It's been a tough year, we hope you are staying both safe and creative.
    Team AIFF.