Following the remarkable triumph of this year's festival, attributed to the exceptional quality of the submitted films, the Australian Oz Indie Film Festival is poised to once again honor the pinnacle of International and Australian independent filmmaking. In an era where movies are increasingly dictated by market research, demographics, and commercial trends like comic books and computer games, the imperative to unearth and nurture bold, independent, and visionary filmmakers has never been more pronounced.

Your film will be evaluated based on a single criterion: the excellence of your craft. Feel empowered to express your perspectives and ideologies, as long as they are integral to the submitted work. Within the bounds of legal decency, we will not censor your artistic expression.

All victors are recognized, praised, and commemorated on our website, receiving certificates along with exclusive laurels and tailored promotion. Additionally, each submission can opt for additional categories, enhancing the opportunity to achieve multiple awards.

Our categories include Australian Independent Feature Films, Australian Short Films, International independent Films, Documentaries, Indigenous Work, Animated Features, Animated Shorts, Smart Phone Work, Student Work, TV Pilot and Music Videos.

It's All About Exposure!
The massive exposure your Film, Documentary or Music Video can receive for your, Cast and Crew can get from entering Oziff.

Whether you are chosen for screening or not you entry may be selected for U.S. TV broadcast on The Mini Movie Hour (MMH) and PrimeTime Music.

The purpose of the shows are to provide filmmakers, singers and musicians, exposure on U.S. broadcast television. These shows reach approximately 50 million households throughout the U.S. and can also be viewed on OTT platforms, Roku & Amazon FireTV!

We would like to let you know in advance that we do not charge to be featured on the Mini Movie Hour or Prime Time Music, and they do not pay a licensing fee. Also, their licenses is non-exclusive.

We proudly impose no further constraints on your work. This encompasses its premiere status, age, and whether it has been previously available online.

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

Best Short Film
Best Long Short
Best Feature Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Documentary
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Male and Female Actor
Best Indigenous/First Nations Work
Best LGBTIQ+ Project
Best Music Video
Best Dance Film
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Sports Related Film
Best Student Project
Best Experimental Film
Best Web Series
Best TV Pilot
Best Feature and 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 non English films must include English subtitles. (Music Videos don't require subtitles)

2. All films are nominated and voted upon by a global jury, including Hollywood film and TV professionals, from an independent point of view.

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 need not undergo public screenings to qualify for our festival, prizes, or awards. Due to time limitations, not all selected films can be publicly screened during our festival, yet they remain eligible for award nominations.

6. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection, or withdrawn after 10 September 2024. By submitting your project to the Oz Indie Film Festival for consideration, you acknowledge this condition of entry and waive your right to withdraw your film from the Festival after this date or selection for screening.

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

8. Scheduling - for selected films ONLY
Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of Oziff. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Oziff reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Oziff will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

9. All fees are non-refundable.

10. Promotion - for selected films ONLY
Selected films must acknowledge that Oziff reserves the right to promote the films on Oziff website and social media using both images and video that you provide.

11. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values.
- Independent nature of the production.

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 Indie Film Festival will not return preview or screening tapes.

The Oz Indie Film Festival will screen films only from Digital download, QuickTime Video Codecs: Apple Pro Res 422/4444 or H.264. (.mov or .mp4).

No other formats are accepted.

We've 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.


By submitting your film, you confirm that you have granted The Oz Indie Film Festival the right to publicly exhibit your film and that The Oz Indie 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 Indie 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. This includes use of music and literary material.

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

All winners will receive “WINNER” laurel with a hard copy certificate. Winners and selected nominees that cannot attend the event will be contacted by OzIFF team to send the awards to the provided address.

Overall Rating
  • Ysabelle Taylor

    Thank you very much for awarding my film Best Dance Film. The laurel and certificate are impressive. I had to scour the website to discover, to my pleasant surprise, that my film had been screened to a private audience in St Kilda, Melbourne. It would have been nice to have had some more information on the screening. Although laurels and certificates are much appreciated, the really meaningful reward is knowing that your film was actually screened.

    May 2024
  • Thank you for selecting our short film Car Sick to screen at your festival in Australia.

    May 2024
  • Rich Dow

    Countably Uncommon was my debut film/documentary and I am very grateful to the OZiFF for seeing past the obvious shortcomings of a debut film makers work, to the underlying important documentary and message. I think if you are an indie with limited budget the OZiFF is a great place to be judged on merits other than 'polished Hollywood'. My next doc will be better, but I am forever grateful at an honorable mention. A great positive experience for me.

    May 2024
  • An amazing festival. And honored to win Best Horror Feature for my film Lachrymose Primrose. OZ was one of the few festivals I was really hoping to get accepted to. And to win, was a huge honor. Thank you OZ IFF and staff, Sending love from America .

    May 2024
  • Claudia Parker

    I am grateful to have been given Honorable Mention for my web series, Five Minutes of Faith.
    Every acknowledgement, from big to small provides validation for which I am thankful to receive.
    Having my very first International festival from Australia give me a nod of approval is wonderful.
    I hope to merit the opportunity to screen a future film at the Oz Indie Film Festival!
    Thank you so much 😊

    May 2024