Welcome to the Fleurieu Film Festival - an annual competitive short film festival, set under the stars in the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.
Our goal is to encourage the creation and celebrate South Australian Filmmaking.

After a successful event in February 2024 the festival is delighted to accept entries for the 9th annual Fleurieu Film Festival.

Priding itself on facilitating filmmaking experiences that nurture Australia’s emerging and established filmmakers, the Fleurieu Film Festival is calling for short films 8 minutes and under (excluding credits) of any genre.

The 2025 Fleurieu Film Festival screening and awards night will take place in McLaren Vale, South Australia in February 2025. There will be fantastic prizes, sponsors and opportunities for filmmakers as well as great food, wine and live entertainment.

The festival offers a large prize pool to be won from our wonderful industry and regional sponsors.

The prizes we plan to award this year are...

Best Overall Short Film
Best Director
Best Documentary
Best Actor
Best Script
Best Score
Best Edit
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Production Design
Best Fleurieu Short Film (Focus on the Fleurieu)
Best Young Filmmaker Under 24
Best High School Short Film
Best International Short Film
People’s Choice Award

Prize winners and categories are the sole decision of the Fleurieu Film Festival, no disputes will be entered into.

There is no theme that short films need to follow.

Submitted films (“Submissions”) must be 8 minutes or under (excluding credits)

Submissions must have been completed within the two years prior to the date of entry

Submissions may be of any genre

Entry fees before August 28th are $30 (AUD) or $26 (AUD) for Gold members and before December 4th are $35 (AUD) or $30 (AUD) for Gold members

Submissions to be received no later than 5.00 pm ACST 02/12/2024

For a submission to be eligible for the “Focus on Fleurieu” Award the film must have either: been filmed or produced in the Fleurieu Peninsula (including Kangaroo Island); or had at least two key creatives (writer, director, producer, cinematographer) who were residents of the Fleurieu Peninsula (including Kangaroo Island) during the full production period. Eligibility must be indicated in the submission form.

International entries are only eligible for the Best International Prize.

Australian High School entries are be eligible for all categories, but will also be considered for a special high school prize.

By making a Submission, you take full responsibility for the film content and all permissions

You warrant and represent that nothing in the Submission breaches any third party intellectual property rights, including but not limited to: copyright in music, sound recordings, still and moving images, scripts, any other visual or written material

By making a Submission, you agree that you indemnify against and will keep harmless Fleurieu Films Incorporated (“FFI”) from, any and all claims arising out of or in relation to any breach of these terms and conditions

You grant FFI the non-exclusive right to screen your Submission (in its absolute discretion) at any live film festival under the banner “Fleurieu Film Festival”.

If a virtual film festival becomes necessary for any reason and FFI wishes to stream your Submission, FFI will notify you in advance so that you may confirm your permission

Unless you indicate otherwise (by indicating in the relevant fields in the submission form), you grant FFI the non-exclusive right to: use material related to your Submission in advertising related to the Fleurieu Film Festival; to broadcast your Submission on community TV (for example Channel 44, South Australia); screen your Submission at other live Fleurieu Film Festival related events (for example “pop-up” events, regional roadshows)

Any and all selections of Submissions for screening and the allocation and awarding of prizes are determined in the absolute discretion of FFI

Although updated versions of Submission are allowable through the FilmFreeway platform, making updates may impact the selection and prize determination processes related to your Submission

Overall Rating
  • Jodie Kirkbride

    brilliant perfect night - great selection of films!
    will be back every year!

    February 2024
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    amazing festival!

    we have been part fest a number of times, and its so well supported by the community as well

    February 2024
  • Adam Szudrich

    The Fleurieu Film Festival is a wonderful experience. Run by a fabulous, professional team, they care deeply about filmmakers. The event is held under the stars and features a fantastic, diverse lineup. Thank you for including Slow Dating in the festival. The award was a bonus. Can not recommend this festival enough. Five stars!!

    February 2024
  • Brendan Godfrey

    Great film festival at a great venue.

    August 2022
  • Manuel Ashman

    Great format in a great location. Great time of year. Very connected in community. Something you can bring your friends and family too and just have a good time.

    February 2022