Sydney Indie Short Festival is an online seasonal film festival. The Festival is dedicated to international short films of all genres, especially low or no-budget ones, plus student films. From the pool of official selection, which has a very competitive acceptance rate, Sydney Short chose the nominees and award winners of the season. Each season, our jury selects the winners of each category through "private" screenings. Every submitted film has a chance to be a winner in the competition.  Suppose you're looking for an opportunity to showcase your film in the best possible way to spread the news about it and experience a joyful festival atmosphere. In that case, the Sydney indie short Festival is what you need.

Best Australian Short
Best International Short
Best Australian Documentary Short
Best International Documentary Short
Best Australian Animation Short
Best International Animation Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best First Time Filmmaker Short
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Producer
Best Female Director
Best Male Director
Best Female Student Director
Best Male Student Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best New Actress / Actor
Best Child Actor/Actress
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Make Up
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Composer
Best Screenwriting
Best Unproduced Script
Best Women Empowerment Film
Best LGBTQ Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Thriller Film
Best Horror
Best Sci/fi Film
Best Drama Film
Best Social Justice Film

Rules and Regulations:

– To submit a film or script, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.
– Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
– All fees are non-refundable.
– Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
– Sydney Indie short festival can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at our email address.
– Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges’ team and no selection is guaranteed.
-You can select the category for which you want to nominate your film, but the festival reserves the right to award a movie for other categories as well.
– Submitting your movie, you authorize Sydney Indie short festival to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.
– Films can be available online and still be entered in the competition for our festival.
– One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.
– Completion date of films should be in the past 5 years in order to enter the competition.
– Shorts must be less than 50 minutes.
-We do not require premiere status.
- Films can also be available online and in other platforms and still enter the competition.
- Our festival is run by a small group of volunteers. Every effort is made to provide great communication. If there is anything we can assist with, please send us an email and we will contact you back within 3 business days.

Overall Rating
  • Jonah Walker

    Another incredible festival and just a great experience overall.

    May 2023
  • I love to support people in all imaginable situations.
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    I am here only to be truly helpful.
    Thank you for the good experience

    May 2023
  • Cheryl e Grant

    Thank for Women of an Uncertain Age - episode 5 Wonder Woman? Not Feelin’ It for your wonderful festival! We were honored 💛 Cheers !!! From Director Cheryl E Grant & the entire WOAUA Ensemble ❤️

    May 2023
  • Thanks for selecting "Enter the Room" as Semi-finalist into your festival. The communication was clear and concise, and I received everything I needed. I had a good experience overall and will definitely consider submitting future projects to Sydney Indie Short Festival.

    May 2023
  • I was so thrilled to be recognized by an Aussie Festival. It ,made all the difference to my identity as a film-maker and I thank you so much for the honor. Elizabeth Bishop Ph.D. Caravan of Dreams

    May 2023