Outdoor and indoor International Feature and short film festival with a week of screenings, classes, workshops, events and performances.
2018 Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Over 15k in Prizes from DECEMBER 1ST. Entries now open.
We are looking at broadcasting part of our outdoor Short film festival on Facebook live this year. If you are happy to be involved in this part of the festival please let us know.

A local filmmaking paradise with major international films Unbroken, Pirates of the Caribbean, Kong, Thor: Rangarok and Aquaman.

Hawiian Airlines Holidays
QT Resorts Accommodation
Goldman Wines
Events Cinemas Tickets
Sunday Somewhere Sunglasses
2 Weeks Edit Time at Unbreakable Films
Telecine package from Cutting Edge Post
more to be announced

For our fourth year 2018 contestants please contact us directly if your film is made in QUEENSLAND with a list of shot locations actors and crew. We do not want to miss any Queensland films.

Films must have been made in the last 3 years and not yet released to an Australian cinema, television, DVD or streaming audience.

Feature films must be over 70 minutes in length and short films must be under 10.

All films must pay a submission fee so as to keep the integrity of the competition. In rare cases a special exemption can be made by the committee for under developed nations or cases of extreme hardship.

Films must be available for screening during the festival from November 7 till 15 2015.

Narrative and Documentary films with Australian distribution are ineligible for competition but could be eligible for an exclusive VIP LAUNCH screening.

Films aired on free to air television, released on DVD, streamed on line publicly before the festival are not eligible for competition.

We prefer your film to be Australian, Australasian, Queensland state or even East coast premieres.
This is taken into consideration when including films.

We do not accept works in progress apart from sound or grading still being worked on.
There are strictly no refunds to any festival entries.
Please post us a screening copy of the film on DVD. NTSC or PAL is preferred. Please send a cover letter describing your film. There is a no return policy on DVDs. You will be notified upon receiving your film.

We do NOT under any circumstances invite films to the competition. Only films paid for will be viewed by our committee. If your film is amazing and in the running for a major prize you could be told of its inclusion in the festival at an earlier date so there is a chance of your launch party, closing party and premiere attendance.

Thankyou and good luck!!

Oh and why not come and visit us for the festival if your film gets in you instantly get free tickets for entering.

Overall Rating
  • Leticia Caceres

    A lovely festival to communicate with. Very well organised and professional.

    December 2017
  • Joel stephen Fleming

    The best film festival in Queensland and at a sunning location.

    August 2017
  • Jon Bling

    Fantastic film festival!!! My cast and crew who attended were very happy with the hospitality and Mike, Bianca and the team were very welcoming. One of Australia's awesome film festivals where we could help each other and appreciate good quality shorts and features. Will be back next year for more...

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Nice one Jon! Everyone should go and see his amazing film, "Never Forget". Can't wait to see and hopefully play his next film.