The Real Film Festival (RFF) is a three-day film event held in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
The RFF was created to foster and develop the art of storytelling real events through film. The festival’s niche and core differentiator are films based on true stories.
The weekend unfolds with a variety of feature length and short film screenings offering films that make you think, cry and laugh but ultimately inspire change. We will select a range of films that celebrate real people, real places and real stories.
The festival comprises of documentary and independent feature film screenings, 12 industry development workshops, two masterclasses, Q&A's and three short film competitions. The festival was also designed to educate and inspire film-making and its associated disciplines amongst the local industry and wider community to help stimulate and promote activity in the film, digital & arts sectors.

This will be updated as more prizes are announced.

Competition requirements.

In order to tell their/others 'real' life story, each short film competition category must take inspiration from one of the following criteria:

1. Living with a disability
2. Multiculturalism
3. Indigenous voices
4. Women living in a region
5. 'Why Newcastle?' (3 mins only)

CLOSING DATE for non-competition entries is Friday, August 31, 2018. Entries for screening only (not competition) can run up to 90 minutes. No late entries will be accepted for non-competition entries.

CLOSING DATE for competition entries is Friday, September 28, 2018. Late entries will be accepted until Monday, October 12, 2018 and will incur an additional fee. Entries for competitions can run up to 12 minutes including titles & credits, with the exception of 'Why Newcastle?'. Entries for 'Why Newcastle?' must run no longer than three minutes.

You are required to state if you are entering your film for public screening or for the competition.

The following conditions apply to all submissions.
Your film must be based on a true story to comply!
All entries must be submitted for judging & screening without a menu.
Mark what category you are entering (categories outlined below).
All films entering the non-competitive screening must not be available for download online.
Each submission has a fee of $35.00.
A late entry in the competition categories has a fee of $50.00
All entries must be accompanied with a completed registration form.
All footage and special effects MUST be original.
Any music accompanying a film must be copyright free or original. Any other music MUST be covered by a currently licensed agreement.
Please include:
• Title of production.
• Creative team listing
• Runtime
• Music statement (royalty free, original or under the licensing agreement).
• The production shall have a 2-second black leader.
The productions together with their copyright will remain the property of the owners, however, the competition committee reserves the right to screen any entry more than once and to make a copy in part or full for publicity of the festival only.
All entries will be handled with extreme care, but no responsibility for loss or damage will be accepted.
All entries received will be acknowledged by email.
Entrant productions will be retained with the exception by the competition committee until after the public screening.
Entries will NOT be returned unless mail cost is included.
Awards will be made to the best entry in each of the categories as listed on the entry form.
A copy of the judges’ comment sheet will be provided by email to the nominated team/ individual contact after the completion of the 2018 Real Film Festival.
All decisions of the judging panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
No entrant shall be present during the judging of his/ her production.
We look forward to receiving your submission!
Have fun!!

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  • Michelle Crocker

    It was a pleasure to be selected and screened at the Real Film Festival. While I was unable to attend due to distance the festival organisers communication via telephone reassured me that they valued our film and would treat it with due care. As this organiser utilised the information already uploaded to Filmfreeway it was a breeze to meet the requirements for the festival. Thank you very much for your care and support.

    November 2016