The Australian, Oz International Film Festival will, one again, after the resounding success of it's inaugural season, celebrate the very best of International and Australian independent film making. At a time when movies are becoming more and more programmed by market research, demographics and comic books and computer game sales, it's has never been more important to discover and foster new brave independent filmmakers.

Your film will be judged on one criteria only – the quality of your work. So feel free to let the world know your opinions and politics, provided these are dramatically crucial to the work you submit. Within the realms of what's legally decent we won't censure your work.

Our categories include Australian Independent Feature Film, Australian Short Film, International independent Feature, International Short, Documentary, Australian Indigenous Work, Animated Feature, Animated Short, Student Work, Screenwriting and Music Video.

There will also be a Retrospective of Important Australian Seminal Movies which will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and several workshops, and we will be presenting a series of screenings of movies made by or about Australian indigenous people.

Proudly, we have no other restrictions on your work. This includes your works premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

We look forward to your participation as either filmmakers, actors, musicians, industry judges, sponsors and theatre venues.

Best Australian Feature Film
Best International Feature Film
Best Australian Short Film
Best International Short
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Production
Best Actor & Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Indigenous Work
Best Incidental Music Score for a Feature or Short
Best Music Video
Best Original Song (Feature, Short or Music Video)
Best Student Project
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

1. Any foreign films must include English subtitles.

2. All fees are non-refundable.

3. Student filmmakers are encouraged to apply but must present their valid Student ID in order to benefit from our student discount.

4. OzIFF is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films.

5. Films do not have to be screened publicly to be eligible for our festival, prizes, or awards.

6. All films are nominated and voted upon by a jury of film professionals, from an independent point of view.

7. All genres and formats are considered eligible for nomination into one or more competitive categories.

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we can update the submission with a more recent cut so long as it is uploaded to our dropbox 4 weeks before screening. That said, because OzIFF’s focus is on story, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version.

Please do not send original material or masters for preview or screening.

The Oz International Film Festival will not return preview or screening tapes.

The Oz International Film Festival will screen films off DVD, Blu Ray or Digital upload (.mov or .avi).

No other formats are accepted.

We set up a student category so that the playing field was leveled. Students don't need to enter the other areas. If the judges feel that the project has the quality expected of seasoned film makers it will automatically be entered in that category too.

However students who feel confident can enter any category they wish.

If the project is accepted as a student entry they will have to provide evidence of student enrollment at time of film completion.


We confirm that you have granted The Oz International Film Festival the right to publicly exhibit your film and that The Oz International Film Festival will take all care but no responsibility for your film whilst in the possession of the Festival. We also confirm that if accepted into the festival you grant The Oz International Film Festival the right to publicly promote your film in all festival promotional materials, as appropriate. You also confirm that all necessary permissions have been obtained to enter this film in the Festival and that the film does not infringe the rights including copyright of any third party.

All selected nominees will be invited to our live screenings for the opportunity to meet people from the same industry.

All winners will receive “winner” laurel with a hard copy certificate and special hand crafted, Oz International Film Fest trophy ("The Roo") presented at an award winning ceremony. Winners and selected nominees that cannot attend the event will be contacted by OzIFF team to send the awards to the provided address.