Salt House Creative International Film Festival, was founded by Salt House Creative Artistic Director and Australian of the Year finalist Dr. Daniel Widdowson. Screenings are held in Sydney in June every year, with monthly winners announced by the end of each month. This international film festival selects certain monthly winning films to be screened at the annual event in Sydney Australia, at Dendy Cinemas, Newtown. In the event that the Cinema is not open, e.g. COVID restrictions, then a smaller screening will be held for judges at the Salt House Creative theatre on the Central Coast.

The judging panel includes Australian industry professionals from the Australian Writer's Guild, Director's Guild, renowned reviewers, and a pool of professional actors.

We're extremely thankful for the high calibre of creatives who have chosen to enter this festival, having received both professional and Indie entries from 30+ countries.

Each month the following awards are distributed:

BEST SHORT - Under 40 minutes
BEST FEATURE - Over 40 minutes

Winners receive the official Salt House Creative laurel and the chance to be screened at our annual event.

Films entered by the end of each month will be considered for that month only. Films that win monthly awards are not guaranteed a screening. The winning films from each month go into a pool of films considered for screening at the annual event in Sydney. The films chosen for screening is at the judging panel's discretion.

Films can not be entered in multiple months.
Films of an explicit nature will not be considered.
The judges decision is final

By submitting, you represent and warrant that you have full legal right and authority to submit the film/video project for consideration, and that all necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto. You agree to hold Salt House Creative and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video project. You understand that your submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into the SHCIFF.

Overall Rating
  • Edgar García

    Thank you to all our friends at Salt House Creative International. Theater peers who also love film. For me, that is even more powerful. What an honor. Sean Austin, the other Best Actor nominee has been an inspiration for so many years and being mentioned next to him and his work, is just heart-lifting.

    This award comes in such a needed time for more hope here in Puerto Rico. Inspiring to say the least that even within the political climate we are living-in, on this side of the world, and being inconsistently passed for the reconstruction of our island...Well...this helps a whole group of artists to continue going. I find even more encouragement now, to search for resources, for projects and to push the desire to tell more of our stories. It is also important to remember those who are gone after hurricane María (our inspiration for The Gust), the earthquakes and now the COVID pandemic. This film is very much a tribute to those souls who couldn't get through the times we are living, and are now terribly missed. Especially those who were left on their own within our LGBTQ and elderly communities during these past years of incredible fragility.

    Edgar García
    La Ráfaga / The Gust

    July 2020
  • Jubilee Productions

    Daniel made our experience with the Salt House Creative Int'l Film Festival one we will never forget. This was Jubilee Productions first film and it was an honor to have our worked recognized by our fellow creatives in Australia. I highly recommend SHCIFF to any filmmaker looking for an all-around, top-notch festival that is well worth your time.

    June 2020
  • Muito bom o festival! Temos que ter mais festivais como esse pelo mundo valorizando o cinema. Abs a todos.

    June 2020
  • Shaun Lupton

    A great Festival. Thank you for the award. Would definitely recommend!

    June 2020
  • Nicole Ferre

    Thank you for the opportunity and for awarding our film, AFREEN the Best Feature. Even though we have been overwhelmed with over 50 Awards and Nominations... we feel totally humbled by this selection being the first for Australia. If it was not for the Covid situation, we would have loved to be there :) A BIG THANKS...
    We are obliged 🙏

    June 2020