The Peninsula Film Festival (PFF) is held annually in Victoria.

Each year (March 12, 2022), up to 20 short listed films are screened and are judged live by a panel of celebrity judges and industry professionals - all competing for prizes. The Festival has garnered the support of some of the most respected and well known celebrities in the world including Sam Worthington and Russell Crowe to name a few. The Festival judging panel has also included top industry professionals such as Andrew Mason (Hopscotch and producer of the Matrix Dark City), Robert Connolly (Board Member Screen Australia and Australian Film Director Paper Planes, Balibo), John Molloy (Mushroom Pictures) and renowned Director Fred Schepisi. Filmmakers get an amazing opportunity to network with top industry professionals.

PFF attracts film-makers and filmgoers from all over the country and is supported by Industry bodies including Film Victoria.

Filmmakers of any level are encouraged to submit a short film up to eight minutes in length by the cut off date. Films MUST be no older than two years from date of the Festival.

If successful, your film may also be screened at a later stage at PFF activations and packages (please see FULL T&Cs on website).

There is a mountain of great prizes for PFF winners.
WOODLEIGH EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD (Open to any Australian student 18 years and under) $500 CASH, entrants MUST include their date of birth to be considered in this category).
Best International Award $200AUD
RUOK Award $500AUD

Prizes are also awarded for Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Documentary and Best Animation

Films MUST be eight minutes in length or less (including credits)

Terms & Conditions
1. Entry
To enter your short film into Peninsula Film Festival 2022 (‘Festival’), which is run by PFF, you (‘Producer’) must:
- Enter via FilmFreeway;
- Submit your short film by Friday January 29, 2021. ($25 USD fee via FilmFreeway for general entry, $15USD for student category);
- Films entered MUST have been made within the two years preceding the date of Festival.
By entering your short film on FilmFreeway, the Producer has consented to enter the Film in the Festival and accepts the conditions, entry guidelines and terms and conditions set out in this agreement.
Films that have previously been short listed at Film Festival Australia events (Peninsula Film Festival, Peninsula Short Film Festival and Perfect Light Film Festival) will not be considered for the Festival.
In the event that the Festival is delivered in an alternative format (e.g. Online) due to COVID19 or other circumstances beyond the control of the PFF , you consent to your film (if selected) being part of this alternative format program.

2. Judging of Films
Between twelve (12) and twenty (20) films will be chosen as finalists for viewing and judging at the Festival on the night of Saturday March 12, 2022 (or any other date PFF may nominate).

A final twelve (12) short listed films will be screened along with a selection of additional films chosen in the following category – Emerging Filmmaker Awards (open to Australian students attending any school aged 18 years and under). All films will be considered for the final 12 short list prior to being considered for selection in the additional categories.

PFF will select the judging panel to judge the short list finalists. The short listed films will be judged on the night of the Festival, again by a panel chosen by PFF and made up of industry professionals (including actors, directors, writers, producers and others). The judges will watch the finalist films live on the night of the Festival and score them. PFF will tally these results and calculate an average score for each film. The highest score will win. The judges are asked to use their own judgement and will be evaluating the films on creativity, talent, sound directing, writing and producing.

All prizes awarded are not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash.

3. Important Dates

29 January 2022 - Submissions MUST be received by 6pm on this date
24 February 2022 – Shortlisted Films Announced
March 11-13 2022 – Peninsula Film Festival (COVID dependant, check website for updates)

4. Peninsula Film Festival with Rye, Rosebud and Dromana Community Bank® branches of Bendigo Bank present the My Local Hero Award
Enter your short film to the Peninsula Film Festival My Local Hero for a chance to $500 CASH. Short films are to be 2 minutes or less in length.
Short films are to feature a local from the Mornington Peninsula area (past and/or present) who has had an impact on the region. This category will be judged independently with the winner chosen and contacted by February 5, 2022. Entry Fee is $5 USD via FilmFreeway.

5. RUOK Category
Films entered into this category have a submission waiver fee. These films will be judged independently with the winner chosen and contacted by Feb 5, 2022. The winning film will be screened at the Saturday March 12, 2022 event and may be included in PFF pop up activations/packages in the future. Entry Fee is $5 USD via FilmFreeway.

6. Producer’s Representations and Warranties
The Producer hereby represents and warrants to PFF that:
- The Producer has the sole and full right and authority to accept these Terms and Conditions and enter into this agreement and grant the rights to PFF pursuant to this the agreement;
- The film complies with the terms and conditions;
- The Producer has permission (or acquired all necessary rights) to reproduce and exploit all third party materials (and / or the results and proceeds of all third party services) contained in the film or upon which the film is based;
- The Producer has permission to use or acquired all necessary rights (including copyright) in the sound recordings comprising the soundtrack of the film and any other the music or lyrics reproduced in the film;
- All the performers in the film have consented in writing to the use of their performances in the film;
- The Producer has obtained from each contributor to the Film, a written release to use the results and proceeds of the contributor’s services and waive any moral rights, including without limitation -, the right to edit, alter and/or reproduce the results and proceeds of the contributor by the Producer or PFF or its assignees or licensees;
- The Producer will pay all fees and other charges related to entry of the film in PFF;
- All details submitted in the entry form by the Producer are true and correct;
- All payments to contributors in connection with the film have been paid;
- No part of the film is, or will be, actionable for defamation or violate any right of privacy or publicity of any person.

7. General License *
The Producer grants PFF a non-exclusive royalty free, worldwide license, in perpetuity , to distribute, sub-license and otherwise exploit the film, or any part of the film, in any and all media, whether known or hereafter devised, including, without limitation, theatrical; non-theatrical; television (all forms including free, pay, terrestrial, cable and satellite), subscription-video-on-demand, electronic rental, download to own and other forms of electronic delivery including internet, online and mobile transmission by any and all means, method, process, device now known or hereafter devised, and all advertising, publicity and promotional rights.

8. Dubbing/Subtitling/Editing *
The Producer acknowledges and agrees that PFF, its assignees and sub-licensees, shall have the right to dub and/or subtitle and to cut and/or edit the film in any fashion that PFF deems necessary, including, without limitation, for the purpose of television broadcast or line distribution, packaging the Film with other PFF films, to comply with broadcasting statutory censorship practices, standards or regulations or as otherwise may be required by law in any applicable country where the Film may be exhibited. The Producer hereby waives all of its moral rights in the film.

9. Disqualification
PFF may, in its sole discretion, disqualify a film from the Festival if PFF has reason to believe that a film does not, for any reason, comply with these terms and conditions.

10. Indemnification
The Producer agrees to indemnify PFF and hold them harmless from any damages, liabilities, losses, costs, expenses, obligations or claims arising out of the breach of the terms and conditions under this Agreement.

11. Additional Documents
Producer hereby agrees to supply any additional documents (eg copyright for music, actors release etc...) in a timely manner upon PFF’s request.

*If your film is selected to be part of a package, PFF will enter into an agreement with the filmmaker and an agreed percentage of sales will be payable to the filmmaker. This percentage will be based on net profit. (e.g. after production and marketing costs are recouped).

Logo onto: for full doco of T&Cs. and Guidelines

Overall Rating
  • I loved attending the festival this year! It was so fun to go through the drive-in and see our film on the big big screen. The honking was so fun and there were some truly brilliant films to watch. Also the live music was so good! Such bops! A great night all round!

    March 2022
  • Tracee Hutchison

    Loved every moment of the 2022 Peninsula Film Festival, my local film festival in my local community. Love the opportunity for filmmakers and locals to talk film and creativity. And love that this year my first film - 'Healing Country - secured third place! Congrats Festival director Steve Bastoni and producer Meg Pascoe. Another picture perfect night for screening films on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. You know we'll be back!

    March 2022
  • Ryan Cauchi

    Great lineup! Great communication - they're a team that care about the filmmakers. Their efforts to host an event - both live and virtual - in the midst of a global pandemic are to be applauded. I can not recommend them enough.

    October 2021
  • Adam Bigum

    Peninsula Film Festival is one of the best! Highly recommend entering your film here. It's professionally run, legit, and lots of fun. Definitely going to enter again in the future!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Adam!
    We love your work too, please keep sharing it with us.
    5 stars to you mate!

  • Ren Thackham

    The festival is well run with a good crowd and a great line up. Honored to be a part of it.

    April 2018