Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia is an international dance on film festival providing platforms & pathways that educate, celebrate & reward dance film makers globally. Our inaugural festival gala screening at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter Sydney, presented an impressive display of finalists from 90 films submitted by 16 different countries. We look forward to building on the success of 2020 with an expansion of the festival to a 3-day event including in-person workshops, masterclasses with industry professionals, a dance photography competition, education programs, and community outreach programs.

Category Awards

Best Student Dance Film Award (18 yrs +)

Best Avant-garde Dance Film Award

Best Australian Dance Film Award

Best International Dance Film Award

Best Mobile Device Film Award

Best Live Capture Dance Film Award

Overall Awards

Best of the Fest Dance Film Award

BWP Studios Best Film Production Award

Peoples Choice Award

*All award winners receive a trophy and award laurel.

1. Films for IDFFA Official Selection must be no longer than 20 minutes, including titles and credits. There is no minimum time limit.

2. IDFFA accepts any and all genres.

3. You can use any software to edit video and audio.

4. You can use any software for colour correction or special effects.

5. You cannot use copyright material unless you have documentation to prove you have legal authorization from the musician, artist, writer, or record label. We may ask for this documentation at any time.

6. You may also be required to provide Dancer Release Forms to be signed by the people appearing in your film.

7. The festival is open to filmmakers of 18 years and above.

8. The extended submission deadline is 11:59 pm (AEST), September 18th, 2021.

9. Entrants must agree to their film being uploaded to the IDFFA website and shown online and on the IDFFA Vimeo channel at the festival organiser’s discretion unless stated otherwise and/or discussed with IDFFA. Please email us at if you have any concerns about this.

10. All content submitted must be in accordance with the law and any perceived illegal activity will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

11. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. If your film is selected as a finalist for our IDFFA Gala it must be submitted in 16:9 ratio and in a non-compressed format. We recommend an MP4 or .mov, files in the largest size possible, with a constant frame rate and Stereo 48kHz sound so it will look good on the big cinema screen.

13. Your film can have screened in other film festivals, just as long as you have never entered it into IDFFA (unless approved by festival directors at their discretion).

14. Submissions are exclusively through FilmFreeway.

15. You can enter as many films as you like.

16. If anyone is found to have broken any of the rules then you may be disqualified from the festival at the discretion of the panel.

17. By entering IDFFA, you agree to allow your film to be screened as part of our festival if selected as well as any subsequent tours of our program.

18. By entering, you agree to allow IDFFA to distribute your film to a third party. Your film’s producer will be consulted on any deals and we will never distribute your film without complete permission and agreeance to do so. If no suitable agreement can be found, then we will not include your film in the distribution. This in no way impacts your entry into IDFFA itself.

Overall Rating
  • Agustina Videla

    Amazing festival! I wish I will be able to attend it in person next time!

    November 2020