Established in 1992, BIFF is one of the largest film festivals on the Australian screen calendar. A bold new approach to the 27th festival sees excellence in programming combined with unforgettable events and a renewed focus on industry and education.

By bringing conversation to the fore, BIFF 2021 will highlight the greatest new strokes in international cinema alongside a celebration of the movie experience and our local creatives. For 11 days in October, Brisbane will welcome filmmakers and audiences from all over Australia for a festival that invokes all the best parts of our subtropical city for the state of Queensland's biggest and most fantastic film event.

BIFF will be a must-attend for new filmmakers in particular, with a comprehensive program of events geared towards connecting emerging talent with the broader Australian industry.

BIFF strongly encourages submissions from filmmakers who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, female, LGBTQIA+, living with a disability, regionally based and culturally and linguistically diverse.

BIFF accepts feature films (70+ minutes) and short films (up to 30 minutes) from Australia and internationally.

Filmmakers are invited to attend the Festival and take part in Q&As and screen industry events.

Films selected for the 2021 program will also be eligible for a number of new awards to be announced in the lead up to the festival. 

• BIFF accepts Australian and International feature films over 70 minutes in length, including credits.
• Feature films must have been completed within the last 2 years (after 1 June 2019)
• All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. If selected, the screening version must also be subtitled.

• We accept Australian and International short films up to a maximum 30 minutes in length, including credits.
• Short films must have been completed within the last 2 years (after 1 June 2019)
• All non-English language short films must be subtitled in English. If selected, the screening version must also be subtitled.


Brisbane International Film Festival will take place from 21-31 October 2021. By submitting your film (Film) to Brisbane International Film Festival (Festival), which is organised by Gold Coast Film Fantastic Ltd trading as Film Fantastic (A.C.N. 098 091 260) (BIFF), you (Filmmaker) agree to the following:

1. All the information provided either through the online entry form or through email correspondence with BIFF is true and accurate.
2. You either own the rights to, or have permission to use, the footage, sound, music, images and all other contributions that are part of the Film to the extent necessary to submit the Film to the Festival and, if accepted, screen the Film at the Festival. Please note: if you have any doubts about any of the rights in the Film, you must notify the Festival at the time of submission.
3. The film must be completed in the past two years with completion date after 1 June 2019.

If your film is selected to screen as part of Brisbane International Film Festival:
1. You grant BIFF a royalty-free, non-exclusive, Australian license to screen the Film between 21-31 October 2021.
2. You agree to provide BIFF with a downloadable version of the short Film or DCP of the feature Film by no later than 10 September 2021.
3. BIFF will prepare professional session compiles at its own cost for screening at all its venues. You grant BIFF all necessary rights to copy and otherwise reproduce the Film for the purpose of making such compiles and otherwise screening the Film and promoting the screening and BIFF.
4. You must notify BIFF immediately if any of the rights in the Film become disputed or a claim is made against you in relation to the Film.
5. You must indemnify BIFF and the Festival from all claims made against BIFF or the Festival arising from or in connection with the submission of the Film, or any infringement of any intellectual property in connection with the screening of the Film as part of the Festival.
6. You grant BIFF and the Festival a royalty-free, non-exclusive Australian license to use film excerpts, film stills, press kits and other promotional materials from the Film for publicity and promotional purposes in relation to the Festival, including on its website.

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  • Claire Marshall

    Thanks for including my dance film SHIFT in the 2021 programme.
    Brilliant communication, organisation, and a wonderful event. Thanks again :)

    November 2021