Expresso 90 is a film festival that calls upon both new and experienced film-makers to create compelling and engaging super short films. The panel will be looking for films that arrest, entertain, provoke thought and showcase the sophisticated abilities needed to produce fully rounded productions in such a limited time frame.
With just 90 seconds to make your mark, what will you create?

Between 10-20 shortlisted films will be screened at The Mockingbird Cinema to a packed-out audience of film fans and receive a selection laurel.

Our panel of judges will anonymously select which film they believe to be the best. The winner will receive the coveted Expresso 90 trophy, certificate, an IMA tote bag and pin as well as a voucher for The Mockingbird Cinema.

All submitted films will be judged by our panel and shortlisted ahead of the Festival. Only shortlisted films will be screened at the festival event. If your film is not screened, your submission fee is non-refundable.

All films submitted under the category of ‘Best Young Filmmaker’ must be from filmmakers aged 18 or under. Submissions from filmmakers over this age restriction will not be considered for the festival.

Films must be no longer than 90 seconds (excluding credits). You may submit multiple films for consideration.

In order to be considered for the festival, you must enable 'festival downloads' in your film’s privacy settings.

There is no premiere status requirement.

All films submitted must be free of charge for audiences to view.

We require all films submitted to have all necessary rights and releases secured before submission, including all music used. We, the festival promoters, are not liable for any copyright infringements or unauthorized usage and any conflict should be settled by the parties involved thereof. You, the filmmaker, are solely responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and publicity.

We cannot issue fee waivers for any entries. This is to keep entries fair and to allow us to keep the festival running.

We are unable to refund submission fees once your film has been submitted. Please ensure that your film is ready to submit before doing so.

If your film is shortlisted, we require a poster and a brief synopsis to include in the festival marketing. All films submitted agree that the festival organisers may use their film for the promotion of future events with full credit given.

All decisions made by the judges are final, and cannot be contested.

Overall Rating
  • Matt Prentice

    Expresso is fun, well organised and has a great selection of films. Really recommend.

    March 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words and support. It really means a lot. We plan to continue running a varied and accessible festival year upon year.

  • Lori Hopkins

    This is a fanatstic festival - really accessible and a brilliant way to enter into the film industry. I'm so thrilled go have been part of it and will definitely be submitting again.

    March 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for supporting the festival! We loved your film and we're glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • Absolutely incredible! 10/10 would submit a film again!

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your kind words Ishmael, glad you enjoyed the event!