Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) Brisbane Australia.

- ENTIRES OPEN JANURARY 2021 -

Known as “the festival where stars shine,” the Australia Independent Film Festival is on track to become Australia's premiere short film festival. AIFF is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland. 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 AIFF20 every very 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.

4. The awards ceremony is and will always be free to attend.

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

COVID19 STATEMENT
With the current easing of restrictions we are confident AIFF20 will proceed as planned however for peace for mind for our entrants we have released a full statement available @ https://www.ausindefest.com/covid19

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 a high quality crystal trophy. 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.

Attending finalist filmmakers will be invited to participate in a special group Q and A session. We want to give you a voice within the festival and beyond.

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. AIFF20 will take place at the Elizabeth Theater in the heat of Brisbane city.

The Team at AIFF feel the Elizabeth Theater is without a doubt one of the best screening venues in Australia.

Need to know more? We welcome all questions.

Main Award Categories

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST QUEENSLAND SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST ANIMATION ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL - Including music videos. ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

Special Award Categories

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST STUDENT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

JURY AWARD ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

The trophy is an approximate value. If an award winner foes not attend the trophy will be delivered at no cost to the winner.)

Additional prizes will be announced via social media.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF) RULES

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 2020 Australia Independent Film Festival will be held from September 17 to 20 in Brisbane City Australia.

2. ENTRY RESTRICTIONS:
Films that have been released online prior to entry and or the event are ineligible to enter and event organizers must be notified of this.

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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Such a blast that our short film "Go Back Forward" was among the finalists at AIFF, one of the few festivals across the world to live screen films this year. An extraordinary effort accomplished in a remarkable way. They were very nice and communicative, you can tell they put a lot of love into this. What a joy that our short film has been screened before an Australian audience! Thank you.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Marialejandra, it was an exceptionally well made film and one everyone talked about. Thank you for letting us screen your work and thank you for such a great review. We hope that you stay creative. We can't wait to see your next film.
    Team AIFF

  • Duncan Putney

    we were not able to travel to Australia to attend and so can't comment on hospitality and networking.

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    Response from festival:

    Hi Duncan,
    Thankyou for your kind review and for entering Macy's Goes To War in AIFF20. It was definitely a story with refreshing twist. It was a film that we liked a lot and you deserve praise for this. We once again congratulate you on being a semifinalist and do hope you keep entering festivals.
    Stay safe and stay creative,
    Team AIFF.

  • Paul Johnson

    Excellent communication and adjustment to Covid this year! Thanks for including Dance Dog Dance, continued success in future years.

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    Response from festival:

    Hi Paul,
    Once again congratulations and thank you for your kind words. As filmmakers too we understand the importance of communication and wanted to make sure we keep entrants updated throughout the season. It's great to hear we're doing a good job. We wish you continued success wirh Dance Dog Dance and your future works.
    Team AIFF.

  • colin gregory

    I attended both nights of the 2020 festival and found the professionalism, organisation and scope of the festival to be exemplary. The quality and diversity of the films screen was excellent with some real tear jerkers and other total hoots. The organising committee did a wonderful job of facilitating networking and ensuring everyones safety and comfort. Congratulations Jeremy and Richard on an amazing event!

    September 2020
  • Thank you so much for selecting My Dinner With Schwartzey as semi-finalist. Great communication from your team and we love the certificate sent!

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    Response from festival:

    Hi Melissa,
    Thank you for submitting My Dinner With Schwartzey to AIFF20. We loved your film and encourage you to keep creating and keep submitting. We'd also like to thank you for taking the time to review our festival. It does mean the World to us.
    Team AIFF.