Now entering its twenty-seventh year, Revelation is one of Australia’s most unique screen and moving image events. With its focus on independent cinema, international film, cutting edge documentary, emergent talent - both international and Australian, and experimental film, Revelation maintains its clarity of vision while always seeking to explore the potentials of visual cultures.

Alongside its film program Revelation has also incorporated retrospective screenings, live scores, expanded cinema performances, VR, installation works, exhibitions, industry workshops, talks, presentations, and an open-access academic sidebar. Guests to the festival have included Crispin Glover, Alice Krige, George Lazenby, Steve Bisley, Craig Baldwin, Cory McAbee, Amy Hobby, Terry McMahon, Stuart Swezey, Amanda Duffy, Courtney Gibson, Megan Simpson Huberman, Irving Gregory, Mike McCarthy, Cori Dials, Jim Morton, Greg Ferris, Stefan Popescu, and Katherine Berger, among others.

Tightly curated by program director Jack Sargeant and festival director Richard Sowada, Revelation has also included dedicated sidebar programs from Anne Demy-Geroe (Iranian Film), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival), Bryan Wendorf (Chicago Underground Film Festival), Erin Coates (science fiction film), Amy Marjoram (Warp – video art), and the Black Maria Film Collective among others.

Revelation also includes dedicated programs for West Australian filmmakers and nurtures new and emergent talent through collaborations with local communities.

Live soundtrack performances have included Goblin (Suspiria), In the Nursery (A Page of Madness), Stephen Severin (The Seashell and the Clergyman), New Pollutants (Metropolis), Lawrence English (Harry Smith’s Early Abstractions), and Viola Diana (The General). Expanded cinema performances have included Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer, Alexander Hacke and Danielle De Picciotto, Decibel, and Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. Special musical events have included gigs by Amyl and the Sniffers, Holiday, and Racket.

Revelation has also worked with the Fremantle Arts Centre, PICA, SymbioticA, and WA Museum Boola Bardip Perth Cultural Centre, on exhibitions and dedicated screenings.

Revelation is an official AACTA Awards Qualifying Film Festival.

Please read all rules and regulations below carefully before submitting your project. This agreement pertains to all work/s submitted to REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

1 The submitter guarantees that all rights and releases have been legally secured, including music rights, songs, etc and the submitter releases the Event and all its members, affiliates, and partners from any legal action whatsoever.
2 All projects to have been completed since 1 January 2023.
3 Each submission must pay the required fee per category.
4 All submission fees are non-refundable.
5 Submission of an entry gives the Event permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for educational or publicity purposes. You can request in writing that your material not be used for such purposes.
6 The Event Director may deny participation to any film unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
7 The Event reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
8 Western Australian premieres are required for all feature length projects

Overall Rating
  • Tim Carlier

    I had a really great time at REV! We were really well looked after and made a lot of great connections.

    July 2023
  • Richard Wiebe

    An amazing festival with thoughtful and radical programming!

    July 2023
  • Sioux Tempestt

    I've been attending Revelation for a number of years. It was fantastic to participate and have my music video screened at Luna Leederville! I was fortunate to attend many screenings, enjoying the diverse program on offer. Congrats to the whole Rev team for a well organised, communicated and executed program! Bring on next year.

    August 2022
  • Dean Kavanagh

    A truly brilliant festival run by people who really understand and have a refined taste for independent cinema. Top-notch! Unfortunately, I couldn't attend this year's edition but the sense of community and a real open-culture festival vibe was very evident, even from the social media sidelines. Suzanne, Jack and the team are true professionals and lovely people to deal with. The social media and marketing presence is one of the best I've seen at any festival. Most importantly, the Luna Palace cinema in Leederville is not only technically state-of-the-art but historic too- it looks like a stunning place to share films. I cannot recommend the festival enough. Submit your films!

    August 2022
  • Justin Reid

    This was my first time submitting to a film festival - and I could not have had a better experience. Not only were Jack and Richard and the team super helpful and communicative, I also got a chance to be introduced along with my film screening.

    Thank you to the Revelation team for an incredible festival and incredible experience - I can't wait for the next one!

    July 2022