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

NEW VENUE for the live screening - The Alex Theater!

season 5 update.

***Due to the overwhelming films this season, we will only be screening winning films and any finalists we can fit in around those films. Sorry for the inconvenience regarding screenings. As this film festival is grass roots and is paid for out of my own pocket, I don't currently have the resources for a second session. However if when ticket sales go on sale there is enough response to cover the venue booking I will en devour to add another session to be able to screen more films.

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.

All successful films will need to be submitted as either HD on a stick or DVD disk.

Best First Nations film
Best Spirit of Australiana Short
Best Bechdel short
Best Comedy Feature Film
Best Psychological/thriller Film
Best Short Comedy Film
Best Short Animated Film
Best LGBTIAQ+ film
Best Fantasy short
Best Documentry
Best Mature Age film

Audience choice award

One film out of all official selections (Melbourne entries only) will win a Best Sound award Sponsored by Cacophony valued at $TBA

*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
*Feature films must be under 60 minutes
* 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
  • Cory Reeder

    Great communication with the fest organizers. Grateful to have had our film Best Friend be a part of the fest this year! Will be continuing to enter the new projects I direct. Thanks!

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cory for your feedback and continued support.

  • Elliot Spencer

    Wonderful Film Festival ~ Supportive of Independent Filmmakers.

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Elliot for your review.
    I appreciate the support and am hoping to announce soon an alliance with a platform that will generate revenue for short films.

  • Diana Galimzyanova

    This festival supports women in film. And they also allowed me to send a dcp via Dropbox instead of a regular mail because sending a dcp from Russia costs a fortune. And they waited when I had troubles with sending the huge dcp via the Dropbox instead of excluding my short out of the program. That was really sweet of them.

    May 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Diana, we take pride in making sure women get a voice in our festival and that the standard of the films we show is very high.

    Pleasure to work with you.

  • Kevin Machate

    Did not attend, but was not impressed.

    May 2016
    Response from festival:

    Why would you badly review an event you didn't go to, that supported your film by playing it?

    Disappointed in this reaction from you.