GIFF International Film Festival is a short, long short and feature film competition festival between 9-11 July, 2021. Its aim is to provide quality films to our festival audience with attention to live-action and animated works which hold particular attention to the craft of performance, cinematography, sound and score, and editing.

Due to COVID-19, this years festival will be 100% online.

We are seeking shorts, long shorts and features in documentary, animation, live action and narrative films under 25 minutes each, long short between 25 - 59 mins and feature films between 60 -140 mins each but there are no restrictions on when or where the film was made as long as the film itself can be classified into a general audience rating.

Feature Film
- 60 - 140 mins
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Animation
- Experimental

Long Short Film
- between 25 - 59 mins
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Animation
- Experimental

Narrative Short Film
- 25mins or under
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Animation
- Experimental

Music Video Video

If you have an interesting live action or animated film, we warmly welcome you to submit to our film section of our festival. With many best wishes - the GIFF Committee.

Best Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Experimental

Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Editing
Best Sound and Score
Best Performer
Best Story


(1) Short live action and short animated films of up to 25 minutes, long short films between 25-59mins and feature films between 60-140 minutes in total duration including credits are welcome to submit into the festival before the closing date and no submissions will be considered after the closing date without exception.

(2) Short film screening copies for Official Selection will be provided by the film maker to the festival as 1920 x 1080 16:9 (or 2K 2:39.1 scope for feature films) as ProRes HQ mov files in stereo or 5.1 sound formats with no closed captions or watermark.

(3) There are no premiere requirements and you are welcome to submit films which have been screened at other festivals in previous years as long as you notify us with details of prior screenings for our festival marketing.

(4) All costs such as freight, travel, accommodation, and any other related fees are the responsibility of the rights holder.

(5) Notification - successful films will be invited into Official Selection by email and FilmFreeway's selection status and unsuccessful submissions will be notified through FilmFreeway's selection status only.

(6) There is no age limit to film makers who wish to enter a film into consideration.

(7) We do not consider material which can be understood as rough cuts, TVCs, corporate or trainings, pornographic or erotic, home video, and or a work in progress film.

(8) The decision of the selection committee is final with no exceptions.

(9) No feedback will be provided on your submission.

(10) We will not consider films which are outside the acceptance of the Australian film classification range of G, PG, M, M15+, and R however you do not have to hold an official classification rating.

(11) Nine Awards will be granted in the festival (see awards section for list).

(12) Submitting to the festival does not guarantee inclusion into Official Selection.

(13) By submitting to the festival, you agree to waiver all legal action against the festival, its organisers, venue, associates, stakeholders, families and or affiliates.

(14) All subtitles (if applicable) must be in English as 'burnt in'.

(15) All submissions must be made by the film's rights holder.

(16) All films must have all clearances made before submission.


(1)The festival is conceived and organised by Honey Arts International with the intention of providing an annual film festival which is based on the platform of screening unique films.

(2) Submission reviewers are looking for films which have engaging stories regardless of the film maker's track record or experience, which respect the craft of production and post-production and have a sense of polished sound and vision.

(3) All copies of successful and unsuccessful submissions will be deleted at the conclusion of the festival.

(4) All Official Selection films will be represented on the festival website with a high quality still, a short synopsis, and technical detail provided by the rights holder.

(5) If you are having difficulty in sending us your selected film, please get in touch with us in a reasonable timeframe so we can discuss your situation.

(6) All Official Selection films will receive emailed festival laurels.

(7) We have no issue if dialogue in your film is not in English. In fact, we encourage non-English language films to be submitted in the lineup but if this is the case, please submit the film with burnt in English subtitles using 90% white, Helvetica font and centre justified alignment where possible.

(8) We do not have the facilities to display VR cinema outside of a flat video screening format however we are open to the idea of working with film makers to develop future instalments of the festival to include VR as a second viewing platform.

(9) By submitting to the festival you agree to the rules and terms.

Overall Rating
  • It was great fun to be part of the fest! Thank you very much for the wonderful experience and the perfect organization in these strange times! Wish you a lot of successful events to come!

    August 2020
  • Mackenzie Curtis

    Loved being apart of the Geelong International Film Festival! They did an amazing job of screening the festival online and adapting to the current climate with COVID-19.

    August 2020
  • Tosca Davis

    I am most impressed by how organized and communicative they were. This is important when you are entrusting someone with your baby.

    August 2020
  • Patricia Kelly

    Thank you Geelong International Film Festival for including our short doc RONYA in your 2020 festival, we were delighted to be selected and screened amongst such an impressive lineup. Hopefully we will screen another film another year at the Geelong Intl FF, it's a wonderful festival. Best wishes, Patricia Kelly (Ireland)

    July 2020
  • Henrike Lendowski

    GIFF is such an amazing festival! From the very beginning all communication with Tammy and her team was super supportive and helpful! Much appreciation and thanks to the festival team for moving everything online and organizing such a wonderful and special event in these uncertain times! I was very honored to be a part of it. Thanks for everything!

    July 2020