The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) is Australia's premier cultural event devoted exclusively to the exploration of human rights issues through art and film. HRAFF aims to:

• Advance and encourage debate and awareness of human rights issues amongst the broader community through creative media.

• Showcase and support Australian and international artists who are concerned with human rights issues.

• Promote works by or about Australia’s Indigenous communities.

• Create a robust, diverse and more cohesive human rights community within Australia.




Festival The festival conducted by HRAFF in all states of Australia.

Film Cinematograph film of any length.

Film (Short) Cinematograph film of 30 minutes or under in length.

Filmmaker The person submitting the entry.

HRAFF Human Rights Arts & Film Festival Inc.
(ABN 41 028 224 880, Reg. No. A0049847N, ARBN 130 481 284)
Ground Floor, 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne Vic 3000.

This includes HRAFF’s agents, successors, assigns and licensees as well as volunteers and independent contractors.

Human Rights Film A Film of any genre premised on the concept that all people share a universal humanity that is inherently worthy of dignity and respect.

Moral Rights Has the meaning given to it in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

Owner The person legally and beneficially entitled to the rights and copyright of the Film.

Rights The rights granted to HRAFF in clauses 1 and 2 of these Terms and Conditions.

T & C These Terms and Conditions of Entry.

Works Has the meaning given to it in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and includes literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works (eg. script, characters, sound recordings, sets in the Film).


1. The Filmmaker grants to the HRAFF a non-exclusive limited licence which permits HRAFF to communicate the Film on screen to the public for the following purposes:

a. As part of the 2021 Festival.

b. At any other activity conducted or sponsored by the HRAFF for a period of 24 months after the conclusion of the 2021


These activities may include, but are not limited to:

i. Schools program events
ii. Educational seminars
iii. Fundraisers
iv. Community Outreach events
v. Touring Festivals

The Filmmaker remains the Owner of the Film.


2. The Filmmaker grants a continuing licence not limited by time to HRAFF:

a. to use any extract, excerpt, part, clip, still image and/or sound recording from the Film not exceeding three (3) minutes in length and/or to use the Filmmaker’s name, biography and likeness in any media for the purpose of promoting and marketing the Festival.

b. “Promotion and Marketing” may include, but is not limited to:

i. The production of trailers for the Festival.
ii. Festival programming and advertising.
iii. Radio and television interviews.
iv. Uploading and screening extracts of the film on the HRAFF website.
v. Copying and distributing the film to Festival speakers, judges and the media for the purposes of preview and review.

c. HRAFF may not do any of the following acts under the continuing licence:

i. Submit or provide the Film to third parties for broadcast purposes.
ii. Generate revenue from the Film other than revenue from conducting the Festival and other activities as set out in clause 1 above.


3. The Filmmaker gives the following warranties:

a. The Filmmaker is 18 years of age or if not 18 years of age has provided signed parental consent to these T & C.

b. The Filmmaker has legal authority to enter into this agreement and grant the Rights.

c. There are no legal actions, claims, demands or proceedings against the Film or the Filmmaker in respect of the Film.

d. The Filmmaker will not make any claim against HRAFF in respect of the exercise of the Rights.

e. The Filmmaker is the sole Owner of the underlying Works or has consent in writing from all the respective owners of the Works in the Film for the Filmmaker, the Filmmaker’s licensees, and any person authorised by the Filmmaker, (including HRAFF), to do any or all of the following to their Work/s: reproduce, exploit, convert between formats, edit, alter and/or reproduce the Work/s in any manner or context.

f. Without limiting clause 3.e. above, the Filmmaker is the sole Owner of the copyright or has the relevant permission from the Owner of the copyright, in any sound recordings used in the Film and music and lyrics reproduced in those sound recordings.

g. All performers in the Film have unconditionally consented in writing to the use of their performances in the Film.

h. Exercise of the Rights will not infringe any rights of any third party (including copyright); and to the extent that it does, the Filmmaker has obtained written consent from each of such third parties.

i. The Filmmaker will provide copies of any or all of the Consents listed in this clause at any time if requested to do so by HRAFF.


4. The Filmmaker warrants that:

a. The Filmmaker is the sole Owner of the Moral Rights in the Film for the purposes of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) or that the Filmmaker has obtained from each person who contributed any copyright material in or any performance to the Film, a written consent for the Filmmaker, the Filmmaker’s licensees, and any person authorised by the Filmmaker, (including HRAFF), to do any or all of the following to their contribution or performance: reproduce, exploit, convert between formats, edit, alter and/or reproduce the contribution or performance in any manner or context (Moral Rights Consents).

b. The Filmmaker will provide copies of any or all of the Moral Rights Consents listed in this clause at any time if requested to do so by HRAFF.

a. The Filmmaker will submit the Film to HRAFF on DVD or online screener and will ensure it has undergone all appropriate technical and quality checking prior to submission.

b. HRAFF will retain the copy of the Film that the Filmmaker submits.

c. Any Film submitted to HRAFF is done so at the Filmmaker’s own risk.

d. The Filmmaker is solely responsible for the content of the Film and agrees that the Film does not contain any content that may be construed as: libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, sexually, racially or ethically offensive, intimidating, threatening, hateful, discriminatory or abusive.

e. The HRAFF reserves its rights to reject the Film for consideration as part of the Festival on any of the above grounds.

f. Films are more likely to be selected as part of the Festival if:

vi. They have not previously had significant exposure in Australia by any means.
vii. They have been made within 2 years of submission to the Festival.


6. The Filmmaker indemnifies and will keep indemnified HRAFF against any claims made against HRAFF in connection with the Film and associated rights.


7. The Filmmaker and HRAFF agree that these T & C form the entire agreement in relation to the Film submitted by the Filmmaker to HRAFF.

8. This agreement will be governed by the laws of Victoria.

A few tips & FAQs for Filmmakers thinking of submitting to HRAFF.

What is a human rights film?

A Human Rights film is premised on the concept that we all share a universal humanity that is inherently worthy of dignity and respect. It does not necessarily need to address a particular right or convention nor does it necessarily need to be legalistic

Some examples of what we consider “human rights films” are those that:

• Celebrate what it is to be human;
• Tell those stories that relate to the basic rights of all people;
• Uncover and explore human rights violations;
• Explore and challenge concepts of discrimination or persecution;
• Portray marginalized individuals or communities;
• Invite audiences to engage with previously unfamiliar social justice issues, or provide fresh perspectives on social justice issues; and
• Challenge pre-conceptions of what human rights are or should be.

What exactly is HRAFF looking for?

HRAFF is looking for diverse, innovative and creative responses to human rights. We want films that inspire and engage audiences. In particular, HRAFF is seeking films that creatively and artistically engage with the field of human rights and explore the complexities of human existence in the context of political and social structures. It is also important that the films are accessible to a festival going audience and have a high degree of technical excellence.

This year we have 4 primary programming streams, and films that fall within these categories have a better chance of being selected. These categories are:

Indigenous Rights
Conflict & The Global Movement of People
Gender Equality
The Rights of People with Disabilities

However we also will consider any human rights films that fall outside these streams.

Is there a particular genre that we won’t accept?

No! Films of any genre may be accepted, from documentary, narrative, animation, music video, essay film, comedy, horror, sci-fi, adventure and experimental. We love to watch films that take a fresh and creative approach to human rights.

Are there particular kinds of content that you won’t screen or that you’re less likely to screen?

Our audience is intelligent and film-literate. We are less likely to screen films that are didactic and simplistic.

Films that feature content including racist, pornographic, defamatory, obscene, hateful, discriminatory behaviour or other acts or thematic material considered to be both extreme and gratuitous will not be programmed.

We screen films on the big screen, not the small screen. Films that are made for, or are considered more suitable for news and current affairs television programming, online content or similar are generally not included.

Similarly, films that are not cinematic or have very low production values may not be included. Films that exist primarily to promote or market a particular NGO or organisation will not be screened. The presence of a particular organisation within the context of the content is, however, acceptable.

Films that have had significant exposure in Australia (through film festivals, television, cinema, DVD release or online availability) are less likely to be selected.

What about duration? Can I submit long format or feature material, or are we only talking shorts here?

Films of any duration may be submitted. However, we do not accept series. Films received that are 30 minutes or under in length are considered for short film session programming. Films with a duration extending over 30 minutes will be considered for the features program.

What should I know before submitting a film to HRAFF?

Before submitting your film to our Festival, you should make sure you read and understand HRAFF’s Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions outline all of HRAFF’s conditions of entry and legal issues relating to you submitting the film. These are available on the website. When you submit your online submission application, we will ask you to confirm that you agree to these terms and conditions.

By submitting a film to HRAFF, am I assigning ownership to the Festival? Or does it mean that I can’t submit my work for screening anywhere else?

When you submit your film to the HRAFF, you are granting HRAFF a non-exclusive licence to screen your film to the public at our Festival as well as at other events we organise, such as schools screenings, conferences and fundraisers.

A non-exclusive licence basically means that you are giving us permission to screen your film at our Festival and these events. There are no restrictions on your ability to submit your work to any other festival or to do anything else with the film. You retain absolute ownership of your film.

Our right to screen your film at other HRAFF events ends 24 months after the Festival at which your film is screened. However, as a courtesy, we will notify you beforehand of any additional screenings during that time.

Does HRAFF have any other rights to use our film?

By submitting a film to HRAFF, you also grant HRAFF a licence to screen any part of your film for promotional and marketing purposes. This may include taking excerpts of the film to make a trailer, using still images for our program and making a copy of the film for judges or speakers.

Here’s a few things we can’t do: HRAFF can’t pass on, or give rights to other organisations to screen your film without your permission. HRAFF can’t use more than 3 minutes of your film for promotional purposes and HRAFF can’t directly make money from screening your film in a context outside the festival.

What else do I have to do before submitting a film?

When you submit a film, you’re saying that you have the authority to give us a licence to screen the film and that you have obtained all the necessary permissions and consents from the people who may have rights in elements of the film. Before submitting your film, you will need to make sure that you have written permission to, for example, use all the music that features in your film.

I am under 18. Can I still submit my film to HRAFF?

In order to submit a film to HRAFF, you will need to be over 18. If you are under 18, you will need to get your parent or guardian’s consent to submit the film on your behalf. Consent forms are available for download from the HRAFF website and should be emailed to Please contact us if you have any questions.

So, what exactly do you need from me, film-wise?

HRAFF prefers submitted films to be a secure online screener or DVD. You need to be responsible for making sure your film has undergone the relevant technical and quality checking before submitting. This should include – checking for digital glitching, artefacting, audio peaking, loss of vision or sound, sound syncing issues or any issues around the way the disc you’re giving us actually works. The video in the disc should be of a high quality in encoding – this means that it does not appear compressed, blocky or difficult to view on the final submission disc that you’re giving us. Please also ensure what you’re giving us is free of scratches fingerprints, and please ensure that your disc is labelled with the title of the film, the duration, and your name and contact details.

We also prefer for all submissions to have prepared an official synopsis, a director bio and photo. If your film is selected we will ask for a press release. We like to run publicity on the festival with minimum 3 months notice and this expedites the process.

When you’re submitting your work to HRAFF, you’re doing so at your own risk – we can’t be responsible for loss, delay of delivery or any damage to the material that is received. Where we find that there are technical issues with your film, and it’s something we need to address in final consideration of the film for the festival, we’ll get in touch with you to provide the opportunity to resubmit, pending available time and circumstance.

I still have questions! Who can I contact?

If you have any questions, whether it be about our terms and conditions or submission process or selection criteria, please email us at: