The POP International film festival is an IMDB AWARDS listing Qualifier!

NEW VENUE for the live screening - Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn!

This is a diversity film festival that aims to expand the film making community to use different actors to traditional films.

The focus for the judging will be based on how the film fits the category, the quality of the script, acting, filming and general quality of the film. All films submitted are watched from start to finish by the judges.

Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.
Submissions will only be accepted via FilmFreeway.

***We DO NOT provide fee waivers, emails of this nature will be ignored.

***Returning film makers please remember to use your discount fee code as a thank you from us.

All successful films will need to be submitted as a DCP.

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Best First Nations film
Best Bechdel short
Best Short Comedy Film
Best Short Animated Film
Best LGBTIAQ+ film
Best Fantasy short
Best Horror
Best Scifi short
Best Mature age cast short film

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*There are no refunds, and films will only be considered for the categories in which they are entered. Please read carefully and do not submit to the wrong category.

*Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.
*All films must fit the criteria that they are entering into.
*Films must be of a high standard and not just be using high quality equipment.
*Films must be actively engaged in their diversity.
*Short films must be under 15 minutes or as instructed.
* Official selections will need to be submitted physically on a stick or DVD in the highest format possible for the Australian region
* Your best films, not necessarily your newest films:
*Current festival circuit films are welcome, as are masterpieces of any age.
*We do not waive entry fees to those who ask for them, so please don't ask.

*Please note :- If films are not of a high enough standard or if none fit the criteria then that category will not have a winner. We won't allowing people to win just because they entered and no one else did.

Overall Rating
  • It was so rewarding to be a part the POP international film festival. They really help you get connected in the industry and the support and appreciation of what you create was shown with a certificate and audience applause.
    Thank you.

    June 2023
  • Tina Wake

    Great! Thanks so much for having us x**

    May 2022
  • alan claridge

    very proud to be a part of this festival, a great festival in such difficult times, and such dedication to the organizers to get it shown.

    August 2021
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" was semifinalist which is a great encouragement for us.

    February 2021
  • Paul Mahoney

    My comedy short - The Australian Patient was chosen as a finalist to play at the festival. Unfortunately I couldn't attend, but the team behind the festival are great with communications. I always felt in the loop.

    October 2020