Join us in Australia’s Sunshine State and celebrate your short films at NEAR FAR FILM FESTIVAL!

Not to near, not to far… Just beyond the Brisbane city limits lies the scenic country town of Dayboro — a town little known for it’s cinematic history. This festival may be in it’s first year, but the town has been screening the latest releases in its town hall for many decades; pridefully being one of the last spaces in Australia to project Hollywood releases in 35mm Print in 2009. In commemoration of the town’s creative resilience, Near Far Film Festival celebrates you (cinema’s future) and your short film in the very same town hall.

Just like you we aim to share the beauty of human spirit, worldly curiosity and cinema magic with passionate, excited audiences. There is plenty on offer here for filmmakers and creatives: with panels and workshops conducted by industry professionals, networking opportunities and creative exhibitions of our local talent.

All films submitted will screened by a professional and community centric panel giving films with a unique personable quality a place to shine over mere technical proficiency. Selected films will be considered in open competition with a chance to win the Jury Award for Documentary or Narrative, and People's Choice Award. Special Considerations will be given for Best Australian Short Film - Regional Focus (Hard Yakka Award); and Best Student Film (Lil’ Lamb Award).

So come relive the humble grandeur of roadshow exhibition, all the while pioneering your unique creative voice, over 3 jam-packed days at the NEAR FAR FILM FESTIVAL. We’ll see you soon!

psssssssssst... Don't tell the townsfolk… following the Awards Night we will be screening the weird and wonderful in music videos, experimental and art films (with their very own awards & prizes ) — followed by a light soiree with like-minded creatives and cinema thinkers.


Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary (as voted by the Professional Panel)
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Narrative (as voted by the Professional Panel)

People’s Choice Award (as voted by the audience)

Hard Yakka (Best Australian Short Film: Regional Focus)

Lil’ Lamb (Best Student Short Film)

Outsider Award (Best Art Film, including Music Video)


All National and International completed short films of any genre are welcome and encouraged to submit. All Non-English Dialogue Films must provide English subtitles.

Experimental/Art Films & Music Videos must be submitted into Art Film Category.

Narrative, Documentary and Animation Short Films are all considered across the main award categories.

Student Films must have been produced within your learning institution parameters.

Best Australian Film entrants must be produced in Australia or at least 2 of 3 ATL Roles or Lead Performers must be Australian.

We are looking for a laugh! Discounted submissions for comedy short films. Films in this category can be considered in open competition, best student and best Australian film if they fit the criteria.

If your submitted film does not fit the criteria or misrepresents the category your film will not be reviewed for selection or refunded.

All short films must have been completed in the last 2 years (Beginning June 2021)
Films must fit within a 4-25mins runtime (excluding experimental/art films and Music videos).

Upon Notification of Selection. Selected Productions must provided a High Quality ProRes or H.264 file, Poster & BTS/Stills for promotion purposes. In return, you will receive a high-quality laurel graphic, free admission tickets for two production members to your screening & awards night and discounted tickets for additional screenings and production members.

If you are unable to attend the Awards Night and Receive an Award, your Award Trophy will be delivered to your nominated postal address free of charge.

We are an open and friendly team. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us over email.