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, and admired and help to inspire others.

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


• All Winner's receive a Certificate and Laurel
• All Finalists receive a Laurel
• The overall winner of the 'NEXT LEVEL AWARD' will win:
- A Trophy
- $200USD 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.


• THE NEXT LEVEL AWARD (A truly stand-out award to help take your filmmaking to the
next level)
• Best Feature Film
• Best Feature Animation
• Best Documentary
• Best TV Pilot
• Best Short Film
• Best Short Comedy
• Best Short Horror
• Best Short Documentary
• Best Short Animation
• Best Short Adult
• Best Web-Series
• Best Trailer
• Best Music Video
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Supporting Actor
• Best Supporting Actress
• Best Poster Design
• Rising Star Award

***NOTE: Awards and categories are subject to change at the judges' discretion.

• We accept Feature Films, Short Films, Trailers, TV Pilots, 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
festival. If you do not want this to occur, please notify us upon submission.
• 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 2020
• 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 against (or favored) 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
  • William Vandry

    Awesome Festival for filmmakers! See you when we are finished with our next film

    February 2021
  • We would like to whole heartedly thank The Next Level International Film Festival, We consider it a great honour being recognized by an esteemed organization such as yours. Special thanks to juries.

    January 2021
  • Viraf Kekobad

    We are delighted that our multi award winning documentary Mission Safeer, 37 Days To Freedom was selected as quarter finalist at your esteemed festival. We take this opportunity to thank your team including the judges for running this event during very challenging times. Wishing you grand success for the future.

    January 2021
  • We are beyond excited to have been selected as a Semi-Finalist for, “Was I Next? The Sean Cribbin Story” 🏅at The Next Level International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia 🎉 for Feature Documentary 🎬🎬🎬. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 🎉🏆🎉

    CHOOKAS to the iCogitate Productions team!! This is our first Australian festival and to be selected as a Semi-Finalist is ‘Next Level’ for us. ☮️🎉✨
    We were kept informed through the judging rounds and that good ol’ down under hospitality was evident, even this far away!! I can’t say enough about this festival, the quality, value and networking were huge for our team, especially as a first time producer - priceless!! Thank you for a great online festival experience - it truly was NEXT LEVEL! 🎞⚖️💎
    Billy Greer, Producer, iCogitate Prod. Inc.,
    “Was I Next? The Sean Cribbin Story”

    January 2021
  • Ken Sagoes

    We are deeply honored that our short film “The McHenry Trial - Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie" was included in your festival. The event is well-organized with great communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers a platform that fosters creativity and self expression.

    January 2021