Colortape International Film Festival is a multicultural film festival promoting worldwide arts & culture through films, while bridging cultural differences, friendship, showcasing the creative vision of filmmakers from over the world. We are strong advocates and promoters of peace, love, friendship and mutual respect. One of very few festivals, if not the only one, to guaranteed acceptance, entry and certification for every filmmaker!
Over 2760 filmmakers were rewarded in the past 5 years!
Dedicated mainly for international entries who would like to showcase their work to the Australian audience. Offering a transparent and culturally un-biased selection. Opening the door to those who normally get rejected or are unfairly disqualified based on English language or difference in culture. Local Australian filmmakers, based within our shores or outside can also participate. We acknowledge that there are many more options available to local filmmakers, we noted in the past that many Australian films also do not get the right recognition and acceptance from local film festivals. Even if there are better quality films entered from overseas. We would still like to reward everyone for their hard work, and creative nature.
Colortape is a film competition and film festival offering an Indoor/Outdoor screening opportunity , to showcase filmmakers work, and reward everyone towards the end of the competitive season.
Worth mentioning: From every fee paid we donate at least 10% of your fees and carry out a charitable cause, helping micro-fund people with entrepreneurial ideas and programs in poorer countries, to alleviate poverty. Hence we fund entrepreneurs, programs and groups that involves disadvantaged people, who want to get out of poverty, and take their lives and future into their own hands, while connecting them through lending, . More info can be found at
Colortape festival was nominated as one of the most prestigious and recognized film festivals in the Southern hemisphere & possibly being one of Asia-Pacific's largest " multicultural film competition by the number of annual admissions and soon to become one of the largest film screening event for the community for FREE in Australia. In 2016, and 2017, 2018 nominated again 3rd year in a row for the "Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award" by state government of Queensland, Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Our festival endeavours to connect & bridge diverse cultural backgrounds from every corner of the world, whilst providing a sound platform for filmmakers to compete, showcase their work and be rewarded (recognition certified) at the same time, and offered an intimate festival where filmmakers and the audience can share & promote friendship and peace, engage the art of film and cinema, being a unique and only festival to accept submissions in every part of the world while running simultaneously on every continent! Colortape International Film Festival is a platform for international, local professionals and amateur/novice film enthusiasts or upcoming and developing animators/filmmakers/script writers/digital content creators/musicians in need to showcase their creative skills to the world,
The aim of the competition is to bring exposure to as many possible animators, short & feature filmmakers, documentary makers, script writers, subjects & topics, creative minds and digital content creators that might otherwise not break in the film and entertainment industry or through a more traditional way.
We believe that EVERYONE who made a film, wrote a script, or made an animation, or has submitted their work in our festival/competition deserves to be rewarded. Everyone.
Important note: we are receiving a large number of VISA sponsorship requests from various parts of the world!. Please be aware that we are not a Travel Agency nor facilitators of VISA invitations or requirements. Hence, we dont provide any assistance for any VISA entries for attending our events. We are in no legal, nor financial position to assist in anyway. Due to our laws governing the land, the border control and security laws do not allow us to do this. Best for filmmakers interested to attend our film festival to engage a qualified Travel Agency or Migration Lawyer who have the experience, knowledge and skills to help you with this. Many are asking us for letters of invitation. We can only provide you with a letter, stating that your film was accepted in our festival. That is ALL we can provide you with. No liability nor responsability is offered or undertaken by us. Thank you for your understanding. Wishing you good luck.
We proudly announce the 2017-2018 Winner, "The Inner Side"directed by D Reich (USA)
Jul-Dec 2018 Winner & Runner Up List- can be found at
Jul 2017-Jun 2018 Winners & Runner Up can be found at
Will vary from one year to another and from one category to another, and usually takes place close to the end of the competitive season (December) each year. Email notification are sent out. Thank you. As a reward we guaranteed certification to MOST submissions! PLEASE help us with our with your reviews and crowdfunding initiatives from time-to-time which in turn helps all filmmakers, animators, script writers, musicians, content creators like yourselves get world recognition.
Filmmaker must send us a screener version download link to their full/complete film in MP4 format (preferable), foreign films MUST include English subtitles (srt file is ok too), also a 300 word synopsis in winword or RTF/PDf format, + 300DPI poster size A4 + either a link of your work (to be able to download mp4 format screener.) Alternatively, send us 2x copies of your work on DVD/BluRay disc, or file on USB flash card / Micro SD card (we will return it if requested) if have any queries please contact us for the surface mail (postage).
Once received you will automatically proceed past our 1st phase of acceptance or pre-selection process and you will receive an extra 5-10 points for poster submission & screener link. We need to share the film link or disc/raw file with judges or panel selection in other geographical areas where our festival runs simultaneously, and because we had problems during playback during public screening while running online (as frames dropped out and connections were severed), people just walking out of the screening sessions, making our presentation look very unprofessional while filmmakers missed out on crucial points. Hence we have decided to have both softcopies (mp4 / mov / mpeg format file) and hard copies of your screener on hand available to play any time anywhere, unrestricted and flawlessly. Depending on the material and works submitted. The USB sticks (flash card)/Micro SD can be returned, but DVD's or BluRay's are non-returnable. Do NOT send via DHL please, as we can not chase so many parcels at the distribution centre, as it is required in Australia. DHL parcels are not delivered to our address we must pick them up ourselves. Just in the past few years we have received over 50 entries via DHL and spent a lot of time and resources chasing them instead of using our dedicated volunteering time wisely elsewhere. Please send them normal air mail, or UPS. Thank you.
The submitted work should be filmed in either Standard Definition (SD) but most preferable in High Definition (HD) if possible, The last one will attract extra points. Some categories are exempt (for example: Mobile Phone category). Please include a 300DPI CYMK rezolution A4 poster (5 points extra will be awarded for graphics design & creativity) and line of credits + a short synopsis (5 points each added). DVD cover and art works will also receive extra pints for presentation (5points). Must submit your own work not somebody else's. Penalties will apply for plagiarism and copyright theft.
Since you have shot and made your film/documentary/commercial/musical or promo, and after spending endless hours of pre & post production work, from filming to editing, designing and rendering, once you have finalized your master then now it’s time to send us a link to your version of your film (web uploaded) or send us DVD copies. Make your film stand out by delivering the highest possible quality, and playable at a good speed (without frames being dropped). Hence, is to be rendered in a popular industry standard format. Always keep a copy of your master safe and on file for future use. It is the responsibility of the registered member or entrant to upload the correct file format or working link and must be as small as possible, and playable as fast as possible. Any submitted foreign language films made in your native language MUST have English subtitles or dubbing! Don't take the risk to loose crucial points by not providing translation, get the much needed extra points to boost your chances to win!
Remember: Please submit posters, A4 via email in digital format, pdf/psd/jpeg/gif 300DPI CYMK minimum printing resolution (extra 5 points to be awarded for a poster submission, photo and info about the film or filmmaker & your subject(s), cast and crew. Any will do it! PLEASE Include title, director's name, full surface mail address and email address when you sign-up!
Yes, some filmmakers do not fill out the complete address (eg: country) to where we can send you our correspondence with certificates or awards! Every detail will be awarded or deducted anywhere between 5-15 points. Points do add up and is crucial that you accumulate as many points as possible.
Those entering the Promotions (advertisement) category please note: adherence to the theme and creativity are two of the most important criteria requirements in your submission. Tip! If the film (vidlet) made is the right theme then this will attract the highest points.
Colortape International promotes the work submitted by filmmakers which are made in their own native language – as long as there is a Multi-language selection subtitle in SRT format or embedded in your submitted material, most importantly in English (if you are not a native English-speaker). We will not assess or award points on the correctness or gramma of the English language used. We just need to understand your film. However, if your submitted material will be a winner or runner-up in one of the regions and will enter the world competition at international level, we would suggest to you to improve the language issue to suit most audiences world wide. Tip! You will have a better chance to progress in the competition at higher levels. Participants, directors or filmmakers submitting either: films, documentaries, montage and musicals, “0-60 Seconds” commercials/promos and/or short films into this competition then should tell us how much budget did you have, and should upload a clear pre & post production snap shot (jpeg pref.) of cast & crew, and a short biography of the director OR a synopsis. Must be sent to us via email during the registration process, and must be attached to their profile and be readily available to provide us with more information about themselves, cast & crew and their subject if they are selected to progress into the finals.
Advertisements & Film Classification
Colortape International film festival will be given special customs and censorship clearances under which it is forbidden to allow persons under the age of 18 years to attend – this includes babies. However, some films included in the Commercials & Short Film Festival and post 2014 will be classified and in some cases children under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend certain screenings depending upon the classification received. Also if you will use children under the age of 18 in your own productions you MUST download a Parent Consent Form and have it signed with the legal guardian of the child prior to shoot your advertisement. A form must be completed for every child featured in the commercial or promo. A commercial or film's classification will be identified in the Colortape International Film Festival Guide section of the website.
For further information on Film Classification visit: http://www.classification.gov.au/special.html
Response from festival:
Happy New Year 2018! Thank you all for the reviews!
Apparently it is very important for us organizers and managers of events to get good reviews and attract more filmmakers.
Our ways of life and freedom is affected and has changed dramatically in the last few months due to events that occurred around the world.
Due to the changes made by the Australian government on terrorism & public safety, outdoor events require new safety plans for event organizers like ourselves.
It is required that safety plans be drafted, bollards be erected in public places, security personnel employed etc. Kind of upgrades and changes we just simply dont have the budget for it.
We could not cope with the number of inquiries we have received via email due to the changes, as we have limited number of volunteer staff to handle them. We appologise for those who feel that they were neglected or missed a reply from us!
Worth mentioning: From every fee paid we donated at least 10% of your fees towards a charitable cause, helping micro-fund people with entrepreneurial ideas and programs in poorer countries, to alleviate poverty.
Hence we fund entrepreneurs, programs and groups that involves disadvantaged people, who want to get out of poverty, and take their lives and future into their own hands, while connecting them through lending.
More info can be found at https://www.kiva.org/team/colortape_film_diversity_foundation
So PLEASE help us grow this competition and our film festival event (FREE for the community)!
Thank you and good luck with your films in 2018!
Dont forget in the years to come to send us an invite to the premier when your films or scripts are made a blockbuster
or will get an Oscars nomination! :-) Thanks! on behalf of Colortape, Alex Schiller - CEO & Founder