Fist Full of Films is the Northern Territory’s original homegrown short film festival. Founded in 1999 to celebrate NT short films in all genres, Fist Full of Films Festival aims to bridge between the emerging filmmakers and the professional screen industry by providing a platform for NT made screen stories to enhance awareness, accessibility and appreciation of film among a broad and diverse audience.

After a 5 year hiatus, Darwin Community Arts has decided to support the re-establishment of Fist Full of Films in 2021. While the NT film industry grows and evolves it is important to remember that short films are an important stepping-stone for young and emerging filmmakers.

Fist Full of Films Festival award winners will receive a GOLDEN GALAH statuette as well as cash and industry prizes.

All award-winning films and runners up will be screened our "Galah" festival screening at the Deckchair Cinema.

Fist Full of Films Festival Terms and Conditions

1. Fist Full of Films Festival short film competition only accepts Northern Territory-made short film entries.

The Festival also accepts co-productions where:
- a significant proportion of key crew are from the Northern Territory, OR

Northern Territory co-production eligibility details must be detailed at the time of submission and the Festival has final decisions on eligibility. If you are unsure of eligibility, please contact the Festival office at

2. Fist Full of Films Festival accepts all fiction and non-fiction film genres, music videos and experimental films.

3. The film must be no longer than 8 minutes, inclusive of credits to be eligible for our short film categories. There is one 'long format' category that accepts films up to 20 minutes.

4. The Producer grants Fist Full of Films Festival the rights to:

(a) Screen to a physical audience in a programmed session (dependent on COVID conditions).

(b) Utilise a portion of the entered film for promotional purposes such as the trailer.

5. The Producer warrants to the Fist Full of Films Festival that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes use of music and literary material.

6. All productions screened at 2021 Fist Full of Films Festival must have been completed within 2 years of the entry closing date.

7. Entries cannot be withdrawn after Thursday 30th September, 2021. By submitting your film to the Fist Full of Films Festival for consideration, you acknowledge this condition of entry and waive your right to withdraw your film from the Festival after this date.

8. If your film is selected for the Festival, you will be sent an email confirmation by October 31st, 2021

9. As part of the online presentation of the event, the Fist Full of Films Festival will be expanding its reach to a national audience. Filmmakers will have the choice as to whether they participate in any online or other screenings beyond the core festival.

10. The Fist Full of Films Festival has a commitment to ensuring equitable participation and inclusion. The Festival offers film submission waivers for films where the Director and/or Producer identify as being:
• First Nations
• A person with disability

If this applies to your submission please email to receive your waiver code prior to completing your submission.

Overall Rating
  • It was great to be a part of this festival.

    April 2022
  • Dee-Ann Vahlberg

    I was initially disappointed that not more of the films we entered got accepted as finalists, but after seeing the amazing films that were presented, I see why and am now inspired to do differently and better. We did get a glance of my sons film which was a finalist and look forward to seeing it on the big screen tomorrow night. It was amazing to see the scope of the local talent and look forward to see how they also further develop their skills and ideas.

    November 2021