It's the start of an Amazing time of the year when we are open for submissions. We're super excited for our 1st Annual AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL FILMWORKZ Film Festival and we want you to be too.

Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival awaits you for an evening of independent short films! Our “super-friendly”, family, outdoor venue, in Mount Tambourine at the Bearded Dragon Hotel and Bar. Mount Tambourine, Australia is a popular growing hub of cultural events and festivals, with a dedicated art-loving audience.

This festival was founded to promote independent films makers from all over the world. We recognize how difficult it can be to get your film out there, and find a platform where you can reach the right audience. We aim to support you and provide exposure and organize a fun and diverse night of Independent FILM industry cinematic entertainment for filmmakers and viewers alike.

Australian International FilmWorkz program will reflect the diversity and opportunities within each film genre, and our goal is to show films that the audience would otherwise have not seen, and leave a lasting impact.

We look forward to seeing your submissions and welcoming you to our Film Festival Event!

The official selection will be carefully picked by our panel of industry expert judges, and will consist of the films and music Videos nominated for an award. Winners who are not present will be given the option for their awards to be sent. The films screened at the event will be selected from the official selection and may be promoted on our social media platforms and website, and the best ones will receive awards at the film festival in a wide range of categories. Both the nominees and the winners will get our official laurels and may be featured on our Facebook page and websites or other social media.

We hope you feel confident to submit and trust us with your fine work.

Best Film of Festival
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Animation
Best Short Comedy
Best Short Drama
Best Short Thriller
Best Short Action/Adventure
Best Music Video
Best Experimental
Best Director
Best Writer
Best Producer
Best Cinematographer
Best Soundtrack
Best Editor
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Audience Choice
Best World Cinema Film
Best Australian Film
Best Trailer

Accepted films may be considered for the Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival’s Honours Award. By submitting you agree that:
1. Should this film win an Honours Award (“Award”) at the FilmWorkz Film Festival, you are authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to name the individual(s) listed (to be received upon notice of selection to Festival) to receive any and all award(s).
2. In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, you understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film can accept any and all awards in their stead.
3. In the event that filmmakers are not able to receive award in person, the Festival can be contacted to arrange trophies / costs and shipping may apply.

The Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund, even after a film has been invited or final programming has been announced, at the sole discretion of FilmWorkz Festival staff.
Once a project is “In Consideration” on FilmFreeway, we are unable to offer refunds for any reason, including (but not limited to):
1. Submission to the wrong category
2. Duplicate submissions
3. Failure to pay the full submission fee by the final deadline
4. Failure to provide a working screener by the final deadline
5. Project’s failure to comply with submission Rules & Terms
6. Improper use of a discount code or waiver
7. Withdrawing your submission for any reason (including changes of heart)

1. You have read and agree to the rules and regulations above.
2. This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
3. You are duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen the film for Festival screening and promotional purposes to extract clips for promotional purposes. You understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.
4. You understand that the Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival ("Festival") and its’ owners (“Owners”) are not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the print during screenings, at any other time during the course of the Festival, while the film is in the Festival’s possession or en route to or from the Festival, and you release the Festival and its’ Owners from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the print while it is in their possession.
5. This film will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2021 Festival.
If you have any questions that are not answered here, please email us at .

By submitting, you indicate that you have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements of our Festival and of the categories for which you would like this film to be considered.

We DO NOT ACCEPT; Extremist or pornographic film content.

1. You submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in good correct format to be considered. Festival staff will do their best to follow up with filmmakers who are missing required submission elements, however, the responsibility for a fully completed submission falls to the submitter.
2. Any submissions that are incomplete by our final deadline will be disqualified without refund of submission fees. Reasons a submission will be considered incomplete include (but are not limited to) the following:
a. Missing Screener
b. Missing/incorrect screener password
c. Screener is missing subtitles (if in a foreign language)
3. To Participate in our independent Film Festival, submitted films must comply with current legislation regarding copyright and the right to privacy of individuals. Therefore, participant guarantees the films submitted do not violate current legislation regarding exploitation rights, rights to honour, privacy or image or intellectual property rights and / or industrial rights or third party.
4. In Case of unforeseen circumstances, changes to dates of the festival will be provided.
5. Our film festival reserves the right to change our programming and event parties without notice.
6. The submitter confirms they have the right to publicly display the film, including images, music, texts. Art and all that is in the copyright law.
7. All filmmakers accept that if their film is selected for competition, they grant permission for our Independent film festival to screen the film as well as part of the film (a few seconds) for festival promotional trailers.
8. The films selected for the competition must be sent in Full HD Format (.MP4, .MOV or .MKV) later instructions may be provided to you by email if we have any issues to help you through.
9. Entering this competition or attending implies acceptance of its rules and it’s decisions, which is final, and the waiver of any claims.
10. Submissions are accepted on FilmFreeway Only.
11. Our Film Fest and its owners accept no legal responsibility for the films in competition or their contents.
12. Submitting your film does not guarantee festival acceptance or screening. Acceptance into the competition does not guarantee award or prize.
13. By submitting you agree to our terms and conditions. We will send our marketing information to your email address. Your information will never be shared with third parties.
14. Premiere status is not required.
15. Submission of several films is permitted.
16. All films must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
17. Film entries must not exceed 40 minutes.

1. Films outside of Australia are considered “World Cinema Films”. This includes films from Canada, America, England, India, Russia, Asia, Europe, etc...
2. World Cinema Films can be in any language.
3. All foreign-language films in any category must be submitted with English subtitles if they are not in English. If a film is in a foreign language and does not have subtitles, the Festival will do its best to contact the filmmaker for a subtitled version. However, if the submission does not have working subtitles by the final submission deadline, of April 15, 2021, the project will be disqualified without refund of submission fees.

The Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival accepts works in progress, however the fact that it is a work in progress must be noted in the submission. Any missing elements (colour correction, shots, music, effects) should be clearly indicated (ex: no colour-correction, shot missing at 47:02, temporary score, missing VFX,) both in your cover letter and the film cut itself (ideally as a title card at the start of the film).
1. Any updated cuts must be uploaded to your original FilmFreeway submission with same submission link and password.
2. The Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival is only responsible for considering the project as it exists at the time of review. While we will try, we are under no obligation to revisit updated cuts once a screener has been completely judged. Therefore, you should not submit your project if it is not complete enough to adequately represent the final product.
3. No updated cuts will be accepted after the final submission deadline: August 15, 2021.
4. The final version of the film must be available by August 15, 2021.

1. The Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES for submitted films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that the Festival will not pay to present your work.
2. Films must be delivered in format requested by deadline set at time of acceptance.
3. All Festival scheduling is purely at the discretion of the Australian International FilmWorkz Film Festival staff.

We look forward to seeing your magnificent work.

Overall Rating
  • Great film festival, situated on top of picturesque Mount Tamborine. Unfortunately due to COVID lockdowns in the south, I couldn't be there for the actual festival. Would have loved to attend and be part of the crowd. Will definitely be submitting again. Thanks for the awards, Best Trailer and Honourable Mention for the film, Letter from Bobeyan.

    September 2021
  • Great festival, put on a lovely outdoor event with music and awards. Wow, great effort in these times!

    August 2021
  • Anthony Miller

    Fantastic Night. Professionally well set up. Definitely worth going to. And a great selection of film winning entries to watch. Very enjoyable night under the stars.

    August 2021