A celebration of the human spirit and our amazing planet. The festival brings awe-inspiring and thought provoking outdoor, adventure and conservation films to urban audiences. Encouraging conservation movements, and environmental awareness through adventure sports and travel. In 2019 we held our first event in Brisbane, Australia. In 2020 we will be returning the event to Brisbane in addition to several additional screenings around the world.

We are inviting you to a conversation. What drives us, what are our responsibilities to ourselves, each other and our home? Are you a warrior on the front line in the fight to save our planet. Or maybe you're a soul surfer chasing the perfect wave. Whether it’s a short film, feature film (narrative or documentary) , montage, or any other format you believe explores the spirit of enjoying and caring for our planet. We want your story.

A wide range of possibilities are accepted for submission. Does your work explore; extreme sports, wildlife & nature, a conservation issue, outdoor adventures, or low impact living? Does it inspire; personal growth and fulfilment, care for our planet, strengthening of our communities and reaching the human potential? Basically anything and everything to do with the outdoors is accepted. If you aren’t sure after reading this, send an email to check if this is the festival for you.

The Destination Unknown Film Festival is the latest creation from Festival Director Morgan Mackay, a Queensland Filmmaker, traveller, skydiving instructor, paraglider pilot and outdoor enthusiast. Morgan is the co-founder of The Brisbane Backyard Film Festival wich has been bringing independent QLD films to Brisbane Backyards for the last 8 years.

NB: Due to Corvid-19 measures now in place around the world Destination Unknown is postponed until 2021. We had hoped to run the event in fall of 2020 and were making plans to do so however the second wave of Covid ruined those plans. We are now looking much further ahead to mid 2021 for a successful summer festival season. We apologise for any inconvenience. Entry deadlines have been extended and event dates will be announced once we have an accurate estimate of when things can resume. All current submissions are still under assessment.

Exact prize pool TBA.

We welcome all films short and long. Do you have a story from the wild side of our planet, or from characters who explore the far corners of the earth and their own limits? Take a look at our core values, does your film discuss or further these? Then we want to see it!

By entering your film you agree to the following terms.
- You have permission to use all third party content that is in your film.
- You have releases from all people, locations and contributors.
- You accept responsibility for any copy-write infringements made.
- You accept responsibility for any laws broken whilst producing your film.
- You must provide a high resolution download of your film within 7 days of being notified of selection.
- The festival is not responsible for any materials lost in transit or files that don’t work.

Please note: The event is competitive. films will be judged on their individual merit. Only the best films will be selected for screening.

Overall Rating
  • Spectacular film festival! Thank you Destination Unknown Film Festival for showcasing our work and connecting us with many incredible filmmakers from around the world. We hope to be a part of this important film festival in the near future.

    April 2019
  • Huxley Studios

    Unfortunately we were unable to attend the festival, but we were overjoyed to be part of it.
    Organisation and communication was superb throughout the process and we will definitely be applying and hopefully attending in the future!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

    Your film was so beautiful and simple, the audience absolutely loved it. It was our pleasure to screen your amazing work :).

  • Timothy Parrant

    Brilliant idea to combine awareness for planet earth and promote adventure sports. Superb film festival highly recommend attending and submitting

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tim!

    The work you do to raise awareness about environmental issues through outdoor sports is fantastic and epitomises everything we are trying to do with this event!

  • Matt Wagoner

    Nice work on your first year DUFF! If you want to have fun, be inspired by the beauty of this world and some of the passionate people living out the most exciting adventures, apply to this film fest. Cheers!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thankyou Matt! Your film was both beautiful and important.

    It was a pleasure to share it with our audience.

  • While I was unable to attend the festival. The trailers of the selected films shown leading up the festival looked amazing. As noted the Festival did a wonderful job promoting the selected films on their Facebook page. And Morgan was incredibly helpful, patient and responsive to any question. I will definitely enter again. In addition, they were quick to update Freeway and send laurels to selected films and award winners.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rob!!. We appreciate your detailed and positive feedback.

    It is very important for us to provide a positive experience to both our audience and to the filmmakers. Without amazing filmmakers such as you, we would have no festival!

    As the event grows we are striving to maintain a positive and meaningful experience for all involved :).