The Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival (CLIFF), now in its fifth year, will be held at the iconic Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia from 17th-19th November 2017.

CLIFF is a volunteer-run community organisation dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences in film.

A feature of the festival is the local film competition – open to people living or filming within a 100km radius of Castlemaine. The competition is judged by a panel of industry professionals.

Primary and secondary school students are invited to grab a smartphone, an iPod or some other filming device, and make a short film up to 4 minutes’ duration to enter into the Kids category. Adults are invited to submit a film of up to 10 minutes duration.

Finalists will have their film shown on the big screen at the film festival on Sunday 19th of November.

(As a broad guideline to entrants, the films will be screened to a general public audience in a country town of Australia on a Sunday afternoon. There are kids at the screening, however we do usher children out of the cinema for a more adult portion of the program. Judges will have the screening conditions in mind when judging along with excellence in film making.)

Great prizes for winners in each category. Winners will receive laurels.

Entrants are responsible for completing the submission process within the FilmFreeway system, CLIFF cannot be responsible for not receiving films that were not properly submitted nor do we have the resources to help you with the submission process.
Judges decisions are final.
Films to be screened will be at organisers discretion and may be subject to change.
Entry to the competition does not guarantee your film will be screened.

Films must be made locally, or by filmmakers who reside within 100km of Castlemaine Post Office.
Up to four minutes’ duration for the Kids category.
Up to ten minutes’ duration for the Adult category.

Overall Rating
  • Aaron Ellis

    A professional and well run festival, delighted to have Spill be a part of it! :)

    October 2016
  • Great festival which needs more exposure!

    October 2016