Veterans Film Festival is dedicated to sharing stories that explore real or imagined perspectives on warfare and its influence on society..

The Veterans Film Festival (VFF) showcases the human experience of our serving and ex serving personnel and their families. We also include stories about the influences, impact and the complex situations before, during and after war.

The festival presents a unique annual festival program: feature films and short films, film competitions, spotlights and retrospectives, film and TV previews, special screenings, industry events, networking sessions, discussion panels and other events.

The festival embraces all genres, including:
Action, Adventure, Alternative, Animation, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Classics, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark Comedy, Documentary, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film Noir, Flash, Health, History, Horror, Human Rights, Independent, Kids, LGBTI, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Music Video’s, Mystery, Nature, News, Parody, Postmodern, Realism, Reality, Religion, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Satire, Science Fiction, Silent movie, Social Issues, Spiritual, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western… and more.

The Veterans Film Festival is curated by a not for profit creative enterprise that engages, entertains and educates audiences by showcasing films made by creatives of all ages, cultures and abilities around the world.

Red Poppy Award is presented to the Best Feature Film and Best Short Film Award. All films submitted to the official competition will be eligible to compete for the coveted Red Poppy Awards, inspired by ‘In Flanders Field’ a war poem, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

Best Female Actor
Best Male Actor

The Harry Julius Animation Award is presented in memory of his pioneering work in Australia. His animated series, Cartoons of the Moment is regarded as the birth of Australian animation. Up to 6 films of any length will be eligible for judging.

The Sergeant Joseph Cecil Thompson Award for Best Music/Sound is named in memory of Bandsmen who were trained soldiers expected to support their battalions in battle. Joseph, was a cornet player with the 9th Battalion Band that landed at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.

Varsity Film Award is presented to the Best Student Short Film and their Best Film School, college or university. Up to 6 student works (40 minutes or less) short films, animation, music videos or documentaries will be selected for the jury to award the prizes.

The Beyond Blue Award is awarded to the film that best promotes Hope, Recovery and Resilience on veterans’ themes, offering vital ideas and inspirational perspectives. Up to 6 films of any length will be presented to the jury panel.

The GoE Bridging the Borders Award is offered by Cinema Without Borders, to the films that are most successful in bridging and connecting the people of our world closer together. Up to 8 films of any length will be presented to an international jury panel and award winning filmmakers.

Terms and Conditions

1. Veterans Film Festival (hereafter known as ‘VFF’) - ABN 17 618 350 791, is organised by the Board and Staff of the Veterans Film Festival. The VFF is a non-commercial organisation, incorporated in New South Wales (NSW) as a non-profit-making company under the Corporations Act 2001.

2. All filmmakers submitting a film to the VFF, accept and agree to comply with the following ‘Terms and Conditions’

3. The VFF is open to all filmmakers and serving or ex-serving defence personnel of all ages and abilities from across the globe.

4. VFF only accepts online registrations and submissions to be assessed.

5. VFF accept films in any language… However, films not made in English must have English subtitles.

6. The person submitting a film to VFF is ‘You’ or ‘Your’ and You agree that Your film may be screened at VFF if it is selected.

7. All submission fees are non-refundable.

8. Student filmmaker category entrants must be registered in a recognised university, college, high school, middle school or elementary school with proof of ID from the institution to qualify for the relevant fees:

These entrants must supply the following:
- Your Student ID
- Name of school, college or university
- Name of Your Course
- Name of you Lecture or teacher
- Email of lecturer or teacher

How to Submit
- Complete and submit Your online submission form
- Pay relevant Submission fee
- Films must be submitted via an online platform

9. You must also supply:
- Production credits and contact details
- 5 Photos for promotional purposes, no smaller than 1024 x 576 pixels
- a one paragraph synopsis (English)
- director's statement about the film
- the director's photo, biography and filmography
- an online copy of the film; as well as any other documentation that might contribute to the promotion of the work.
- Electronic Press Kit for promotional use (Optional)
- Film Poster (Optional)
- A short trailer of the film (Optional)

10. All films will be accepted and assessed with the view to screening them at a VFF event. All films included in the Official Selection will be screened at a venue or event.

11. Screening events are scheduled during the VFF at the discretion of VFF. We undertake to make every effort to adhere to the published schedule program, however, VFF reserves the right to alter this schedule and screening event at any time for any reason. VFF does not accept any liability for any costs claimed to arise as a result of a change in the scheduling.

12. Awards may be presented during the festival at the discretion of the organisers and the Jury Panel. All awards will be listed on our website.

13. By submitting a film, You grant us the right to screen Your film, copy and/or reproduce, modify, adapt and any part thereof, up to one (1) minute of the film submission. We may also use Your submission and any other promotional material/photo’s and/or information submitted by You to communicate it to the public in all media, including via our website and publicity materials, or to advertise and promote VFF, events, its products and services, or all, and to showcase Your film.

14. You own the copyright to Your film as its author and represent and warrant that You have (and will continue to have during the duration of VFF and thereafter) all necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions we need to use Your film and You will provide evidence of such on our reasonable request.

15. We accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by any person as a result of submitting a film to VFF and its curation and all related events. We take no responsibility for the information supplied by filmmakers to the VFF.

16. You indemnify and hold harmless VFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered.

For further information contact Veterans Film Festival:

Overall Rating
  • Thanks! Veterans Film Festival is the wonderful and necessary festival!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind comments. We will be opening submissions soon for 2021

  • Penny Moore

    An important festival that gives a voice to our veterans, an honour to have our Australian Premiere of Trust Frank at the Veterans Film Festival. Even bigger honour to receive 4 awards. Big thank you for the opportunity to get our short film seen & appreciated by an audience.

    January 2021
  • Hermann Weiskopf

    Due to Covid 19 no way to visit the film festival personally... but from what I saw in the internet the films chosen by the film festival seem all really very well done with strong stories... Congratulations to the award winners! Well done all together and I will try to come back with some future work again at least I hope so and certainly we will try 😉👏

    January 2021