As most filmmakers will tell you, being involved with making a film means; countless hours of hard work, stress, dedication, discipline, lack of sleep, lots of smiles, lots of tears, ridiculous amounts of coffee consumed, new bonds forged, and not to mention all those hours spent away from family and friends. So what’s the point of going through it all if no-one ever gets to see your work of art? Could you imagine if Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, and just hung it in his bedroom? Your work of art NEEDS to be seen, admired and help to inspire.

'The Next Level International Film Festival’ (TNLIFF) was inspired by filmmakers for filmmakers to encourage and help push filmmakers to their full potential. 'The Next Level’ is a platform for emerging artists to show the world what they are capable of, not just locally or nationally, but INTERNATIONALLY!

This is a free event to all those who wish to attend. That’s right it’s a FREE festival. So the money you save on a ticket can be spent on the amazing food and drinks that are on offer. Other ticket options will become available closer to the screening night, including special food and beverage packages.

The festival is held amongst the vineyards with a beautiful mountain backdrop, at the prestigious ‘Mudgee Wines’ located on Henry Lawson Drive in Mudgee NSW.


• The overall winner of the 'NEXT LEVEL AWARD' will win:
- A Trophy (Here's last year's trophy:
- $200AUD cash
- An InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

• 2 x Runners up will also receive:
- An InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

• All Winner's receive a Certificate

• All Finalists receive a Laurel

• We are also aiming to secure more prizes prior to the event. So stay tuned.


• THE NEXT LEVEL AWARD (A truly stand out award to help take your filmmaking to the
next level)
• Best Feature Film
• Best Short Drama
• Best Short Comedy
• Best Short Horror
• Best Short Adult
• Best Short Documentary
• Best Short Animation
• Best Student Film
• Best Web-Series
• Best Trailer
• Best Music Video
• Audience Choice
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Supporting Actor
• Best Supporting Actress
• Rising Star Award (A special award in recognition of all the hard work that has been
put into the project, this is awarded at the judges' discretion)

• InkTip: "Where producers go for scripts and writers". Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

• We accept Feature Films, Short Films, Trailer's, and Music Videos.
• When you submit your film to TNLIFF, you are automatically giving us the non-
exclusive rights to showcase your film, if selected as a finalist, and to use your
material (including trailers/teasers/posters etc) to help market your film and our
• There is no rating specification applied to the entries.
• Films may have been previously screened at other festivals
• Short categories must not exceed 30 mins (including credits)
• Feature category must be over 45 mins (including credits)
• Trailer category must not exceed 5 mins.
• Music Video category must not exceed 5 mins.
• The film must be completed after 1st January 2010
• Films must be either in English or have English subtitles available.
• You can submit more than one film, however, you must complete a separate entry
form for each film.
• Entry fees are per film entered.
• One Entry fee covers all relevant categories (i.e. Best Actress, Best Director etc).
• Entry fees are non-refundable
• Submissions must be available via the secure online screener function of
FilmFreeway (Passwords must be supplied if applicable)
• Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release
forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work.
• ONLY completed films are accepted no rough cuts.
• All decisions made by TNLIFF judges are final.
• If your submission is accepted by our jury, you will be asked to provide a
downloadable version of your submission for inclusion in the Film Festival.
• Whilst all films submitted will be considered, unfortunately, not all submissions will
be selected for screening.
• All submitters will be notified of the status of their submission(s) prior to the event
• If a film is selected for screening, the Film Director (Submitter) will state that
he/she/they is/are the sole and rightful owner(a) of the submission and does not
violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic,
musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.
• No filmmaker will be discriminated (or favoured) by their country of origin,
language, age, race, education, ideology, economic resources, or otherwise.
• All participants acknowledge that TNLIFF is a public event that is open to the media.
As such, all participants are subject to media coverage and scrutiny and may have
their likenesses published in print, electronically, or via digital broadcast. TNLIFF is
not, now nor will not be in the future, responsible nor liable for such media
coverage or actions of the press or other publicity agents during any events or
functions associated with TNLIFF.

Overall Rating
  • An excellent film festival in Australia which does a nice job of promoting filmmaker's work. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

    November 2018
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    really wonderful and a great experience to be part of this! Thank you so much

    October 2018
  • It was a huge honor to be a part of this exciting festival and we're thrilled you enjoyed our horror drama series The Grimoire Chapters. Good communication from staff and hope to submit again in the future.

    September 2018
  • Wonderful festival, great communication and a very interesting film selection. Good support for new and established filmmakers, highly recommended. Thank you to the festival team.

    September 2018
  • A great festival to be part of - supportive and interested in all aspects of what it takes to go from script to screen!

    September 2018