The Noosa International Film Festival enters its third year from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 October 2020 over a festival weekend in the world-renowned destination of Noosa.

The Noosa International Film Festival is on its way to becoming one of Australia’s leading destination film festivals by screening new Australian and international feature length films, high quality short films, and staging inspirational Inside Cinema workshops and talks with industry special guests.

The festival encourages filmmakers from all countries to enter the NIFF Short Film Competition.

From the entertaining to the educational, inspirational to thought-provoking, comedic to ironic, NIFF will present cinematically amazing Australian and international short films.

The festival will consider any film in any genre.

So if you’re a filmmaker that creates short films - whether they’re drama, comedy, animated, documentary (e.g. observational, travel, humanitarian, environmental), or experimental (e.g. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone) - you're welcome to enter.

Although the festival prefers to screen newer films, all submissions will be considered. The Official Selections in the festival's short film competitions will be screened publicly, showcasing your films to the widest possible live audience.

Best drama
Best comedy sponsored by NOOSA4SALE
Best documentary sponsored by Noosa Film Society
Best animation
Best experimental
Best director sponsored by Noosa Film Society
Best cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design
Best editing
Best sound design sponsored by Blackmagic Design
Best young filmmaker (aged 18-25 years) sponsored by Blackmagic Design

Best Drama - AUD$500 prize, trophy & award certificate
Best Comedy - AUD$500 prize, trophy & award certificate
Best Documentary - AUD$500 prize, trophy & award certificate
Best Animation - AUD$500 prize, trophy & award certificate
Best Experimental - AUD$500 prize, trophy & award certificate
Best Director - AUD$500 prize, trophy & award certificate
Best Cinematography - DaVinci Resolve Studio Software & Micro Panel (value $1,804), trophy & award certificate
Best Editing - AUD$500 prize, trophy & award certificate
Best Sound Design - DaVinci Resolve Studio Software (value $500), trophy & award certificate
Best Young Filmmaker - DaVinci Resolve Studio Software & Micro Panel (value $1,804), trophy & award certificate

1. The Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) encourages filmmakers from all countries to enter its short film competition. Films submitted by persons of any race, gender and sexual orientation and of any belief will be considered.

2. The festival will consider any film in any genre. For example, drama, comedy, documentary (e.g. observational, travel, humanitarian, environmental), animated, or experimental (e.g. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone) films are all welcome.

3. Although the festival prefers to screen newer films, all submissions will be considered.

4. You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay the entry fee for each film.

5. All non-English films are required to have English sub-titles.

6. By entering a film into the festival’s competition you assert that you have the right and authority to accept these Rules and Terms and Conditions and to grant the rights described in these Rules and Terms and Conditions.

7. By entering a film into the festival’s competition you warrant that the film does not infringe any intellectual property rights. This includes the music and lyrics used in the soundtrack as well as dialogue and the text in captions and sub-titles.

8. You undertake that all of the performers in the film have consented to the use of their performances.

9. By entering a film into the festival’s competition you agree to grant the festival a non-exclusive right to exhibit the film as part of the festival. A film may be screened on more than one occasion.

10. You also agree that the festival may use all or part of the film for promotional use and any other commercial purpose. You agree to allow the festival to include the film in a compilation and to allow the festival to exhibit the film as part of a subsequent festival tour within Australia.

11. The filmmaker must grant the festival the right to publish the filmmaker’s bio, details of the cast and crew, poster art, frame stills and other details about the film.

12. You also warrant that no part of the film is defamatory, that it does not violate any person’s right of privacy, and that it does not incite racial hatred or vilification.

13. The festival does not pay screening fees for the films that are exhibited.

14. A film entered into the festival’s competition will not be considered unless the appropriate entry fee has been paid. Once a film has been entered, its entry fee will not be refunded.

15. You must be 18 years or older to enter the festival’s competition.

16. The duration of films must be 20 minutes or less. This includes the time for the opening titles and end credits.

17. Films must be submitted via the festival’s FilmFreeway listing.

18. The festival will notify filmmakers of the acceptance of their films as official selections by 11 June 2018.

19. All official selections will receive the festival’s Official Selection laurel.

20. Winning films will receive a prize, a NIFF trophy, the festival’s official Best in Category laurel and an award certificate.

21. An official selection may not be withdrawn after 25 June 2018.

22. Filmmakers who receive an official selection invitation must make a high bit-rate, high-resolution copy of their film available to the festival for public screening as well as a 16:9 frame still and a brief one-sentence tagline.

23. All decisions made by the Noosa International Film Festival Management Team and the competition jury are final.

24. The laws of the State of Queensland, Australia will prevail.

Overall Rating
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  • Tony Greengrass

    What a wonderful festival! OK, distance and work commitments stopped us from actually attending, but the communication leading up to the event and immediately after made our team feel very much part of it. Noosa will definitely be on our submissions list for future projects and we look forward to experiencing a Queensland Springtime.

    November 2018
  • I don't know where to start – the location was amazing, national parks, beaches, summer!, city, the ocean, everything was so beautiful. The team – Holly, Tasha, Bruce, Arnold, Casey and many others – you did such a fantastic job, thank you so much. Speakers from the industry, film premiers, locations - 10 out of 10! Thank for you work guys, it was such a great time in beautiful Noosa. See you next year and all the best with everything you are working on.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Anastasia, it was pleasure to meet you and I'm chuffed you enjoyed yourself and had such a great time at NIFF. Best of luck with all your future film projects and hope to see you again in Noosa. Best, Holly and the NIFF team

  • Amelia Morris

    We were thrilled to be part of this festival. I wasn't able to attend, but their communication was excellent in the lead up to our screening and it was great to follow along on social media on the days of the festival!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Amelia. Luchador was a great film, and I don't just say this cuz I'm Canadian! We really value all the support we get from the film making community. Best, Holly, Festival Curator

  • Amazing!
    Close to the beach so you can go for a swim in between the day session screenings.

    November 2017
  • I can only repeat all that Erin Enberg wrote in his review. The organization of this event is top notch and will become a destination for many filmmakers and Film lovers.

    May 2017