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

Each year in February, 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, Visit Victoria, Screen Australia and Open Channel.

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 Melbourne’s Federation Square and other ‘pop up’ cinemas and additional PFF activations.

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).

Peninsula Film Festival Emerging Animator.
Enter your short film animation to Peninsula Film Festival for a chance to win a ‘money can’t buy’ experience brought to you by Disney/Pixar. Open to Australian citizens only, the winner receives a return trip to San Francisco, three nights’ accommodation and a one day Behind the Scenes Tour of the Pixar Studios. See for T&Cs.

Plus prizes including Blackmagic design cameras and lots of other cool stuff! Prizes are also awarded for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Documentary, Best International and Best Animation

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

Peninsula Film Festival

Films MUST be no older than two years from date of Festival.

Films that have previously been short listed as a finalist (final 12) at Film Festival Australia events (Peninsula Film Festival, Peninsula Short Film Festival) will not be considered for the Festival ).

Terms & Conditions

1. Entry
To enter your short film into Peninsula Short Film Fest 2018 (festival), which is run by PFF, you (Producer) must:
- Enter via FilmFreeway
- Submit your short film by Friday January 5, 2018. ($25 USD fee via FilmFreeway)
By entering your short film on FilmFreeway, the Producer has entered the Film in the Festival and accepts the conditions, entry guidelines and terms and conditions set out below.
2. Judging of Films
Twenty (20) films will be chosen as finalist for viewing and judging at the Festival (s) on the night of Saturday February 10, 2018 (or any other date PFF may nominate).

A final 12 short listed films will be screened along with additional films chosen in the following categories – Best Animation, Best International, Best Documentary and Emerging Filmmaker (open to Australian students attending any school). All films (apart from Best International ) will be considered for the final 12 prior to being considered in the additional categories.

PFF selects the judging panel to short list finalists. The short listed films are judged on the night, again by a panel chosen by PFF and made up of industry professionals, including actors, directors, writers, producers and others. The judges watch the finalist films live on the night and score them. PFF tallies these results and an average score for each film. The highest score wins. The judges are asked to use their own judgement and are seeking creativity, talent, sound directing, writing and producing.

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

3. Important Dates

5 January 2018 - Submissions MUST be received by 6pm
15 January 2018 – Shortlisted Films Announced
22 January 2018 – Shortlisted Film Entrants to advise of attendance at Festival
9-18 February 2018 – Peninsula Film Festival

4. 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 the Terms and Conditions and enter into this agreement and grant the rights granted in the agreement;
- The film complies with the terms and conditions
- The rights (including the intellectual property rights)of the Film are assigned to PFF to utilise for broadcasting, promotional use and any other commercial purpose
- The Producer has permission 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 or copyright in the sound recordings comprising the soundtrack of the Film and the music, lyrics reproduced
- All the performers in the Film have consented in writing to the use of their performances in the Film
- The Producer has from each contributor for the Film, a written release to use the results and proceeds of the contributors services, without limiting the right to edit, alter and/or reproduce the results and proceeds of the contributor by the Producer or PFF assignees and 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

5. General License *
The Producer grants PFF a non-exclusive license throughout the universe, in perpetuity , to distribute, 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.

6. Finalist Films
If the film is selected as a finalist, the non exclusive license applies (above clause 5) and will continue in perpetuity.

7. Dubbing/Subtitling/Editing *
The Producer acknowledges that PFF, its assignees and 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.

8. 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 the Terms and Conditions.

9. Indemnification
Producer agrees to indemnify PSFF and hold them harmless from any damages, liabilities, losses, costs, expenses, obligations or claims arising out of the breach of the Producer’s agreements, obligations, presentations and warranties under this Agreement.

10. Additional Documents
Producer hereby agrees to supply any additional documents (eg copyright for music, actors release etc...) if PFF requests.

*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).

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Overall Rating
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    Carl Sorheim

    Love this festival to bits. Some of the bigger ones could learn a lot from them!

    May 2017
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    mark hellinger

    Amazing experience, an unforgettable night.

    March 2017
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    Claudia Pickering

    Fantastic event - it is quite humbling having your work screened in front of a massive field of people on picnic blankets! Well worth entering.

    June 2016
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    Great festival!
    Beautiful staff!

    May 2016