The Canberra Short Film Festival showcases the best films from around Australia and around the world. It is a competition based festival with awards and prizes in a variety of categories.

We are interested in any genre, style and length up to 20 minutes (Some categories have shorter length requirements) so long as it includes at least one of the following; high production values, innovation, thought provoking themes, great use of the medium and high entertainment value.

The judges want to see something beautiful, or strange, or scary, or happy. We want our audiences to be taken on a ride to be affected by your films in any BIG way possible.

CSFF includes a film maker networking event to help bring producers, directors, actors and other craft specialists together.

The event also hosts several social events both pre and post screening at several of our venues including; Opening Night Gala, Saturday night Party and Awards and Closing Night party.

Trophies and laurels are awarded to Best Film in each category. We also present Runner Up certificate and/or specific craft awards such as; writing, editing, cinematography, sound, directing and acting - depending on category.

Prizes for Best Film will be awarded in these categories;
International - AU$750
National - AU$500
Documentary - Packaged prize worth AU$500
Canberra Local - Packaged prize worth AU$1000
Animation - Packaged prize worth AU$500
Music Video - AU$300
U/18 - packaged prize worth AU$200
2 Minute Film - packaged prize worth AU$200
First Nation Stories - Prizes to the value of $500 for Best Film, $300 for second Runner Up and $200 for third Runner Up.

GENERAL RULES
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING FESTIVAL RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING THE 2019 CANBERRA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.

- CSFF stands for Canberra Short Film Festival.

- SUBMISSIONS: All submissions in to the festival must be made online through the FilmFreeway website by 11:59pm Pacific Time on 30/6/19.

- ENTERING THE RIGHT CATEGORY: Entrants to the festival must enter their film in the category or categories that they rightfully fit in to. Entrants must provide supporting evidence of age and residency if requested by CSFF to support their category entry. Please refer to the category details above for more information.

- OFFICIAL SELECTION: Once the official selection has been announced, successful applicants will be notified via email. Once official selection has been announced the decision is final and no discussions will be entered in to thereafter.

- SCREENING COPY: Required 15 days after official selection notification, if this is not received within 15 days of official selection notification CSFF has the right to cancel your screening and official selection.

- AWARDS: 'Best Film' will be announced and made out to the producer.

- EXCERPTS: By entering this festival, entrants reserve the right for CSFF to screen excerpts from their film/s for promotion of the festival of the current year.

- RIGHTS: The producer and/or director must have the rights to the material (e.g music) used in the film and can provide written evidence of this if requested by CSFF.

- FILM REQUIREMENTS: Films entered in to the festival must be made from January 2017 or later and run for no longer than 20 minutes including opening titles and credits (this varies for some categories). Entrants must be able to provide proof of the date of creation of the film to CSFF if requested.

- SUBTITLES: All foreign language films must be subtitled/dubbed in English to be eligible for judging.

- ENTRY FEES: Upon submitting a film, entrants will be required to pay a fee for EACH category entered before uploading their film. Entry fees cannot be refunded.

- TOURING OF FILMS: By entering the CSFF, entrants reserve the right for CSFF to screen their film without re-numeration for 12 months after the festival.

- JUDGING: All films will be viewed by a judging panel appointed by CSFF. All judging decisions are final and no discussions will be entered in to thereafter. Once the winner of this award has been announced, the decision is final and no discussions will be entered in to thereafter.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1/ THE PRODUCER and any AUTHORISED PERSON entering this film has obtained from each contributor the authorisations to use of image, sound, performance and the reproduction of said image, sound, performance.

2/ THE PRODUCER/S and any AUTHORISED PERSON is the owner, has authorisation or license from the owner of the copyright in the sound recordings comprising the soundtrack to the film.

3/ COMPLETION DATE: On or after January 1st 2017.

4/ LENGTH: Films for the Canberra Short Film Festival for each category must be 20 minutes or less. Time must include all titles and credits.

5/ DEADLINE: Any films submitted after the 15/07/2019 deadline will not be considered for the festival.

6/ SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled/dubbed in English.

7/ ENTRY FEES: Are not refundable.

8/ TOURING: All films entered MUST be available to tour for 12 months after the festival without renumeration.

9/ PLEASE NOTE: While we will make EVERY EFFORT to stick to screening times once printed, CSFF cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after schedule is announced.

10/ EXCERPTS/COPIES: By entering the Canberra Short Film Festival you agree that the festival may use your film/s for promotional and publicity purposes pertaining to the current years festival. CSFF may also make a copy of films that are selected to screen for exhibition, and may also be used for media review purposes.

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  • Nick Cain

    We were thrilled to be part of CSFF. The festival was beautifully curated, well organised and very supportive. Thank you for having us!

    October 2019
  • Two Balloons

    Great festival, thank you CSFF!

    October 2019
  • Javid Farahani

    Thank you
    Very Good festival
    Javid

    October 2019
  • Bayan Zarabi

    Thanks for all the help & supports...

    September 2019
  • Nicolette Axiak

    CSFF featured an excellent curation and was well organised with outstanding communication.

    September 2019