Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Brindabellas and the Namadgi National Park, Canberra is not only Australia's Capital City, but home to a wonderful community of creative independent filmmakers.

The festival has been founded by some of those independent filmmakers with a desire to have a not for profit, fair and transparent event, a festival that is accessible to all, no matter where you sit on the film making spectrum.

We also wanted to have an actual festival with a genuine physical screening. A screening where filmmakers, families, friends and the community can attend and watch your film. After all, isn't this why you make films?

This is our first year and we are starting from a baseline of nothing. As a not for profit festival, we will put all the money raised right back into the festival. This means the festival will grow in years to come, and the prizes will become bigger and better.

All selections will receive our film festival laureate (of course) and a festival certificate. Yes, we'll mail them to you if you can't attend!

Our winners receive specially made glass trophies. Selected categories will receive prizes of film equipment. Our Best In Festival will receive $500.

Winners are selected from each category.

We have specially made glass trophies for the winners of our spaced out and schlock horror categories.

A special and unique glass trophy is awarded to the Best in Festival.

Our Award Categories are as follows:

Junior Stars (12 to 16 years) Best Film
Young Person (under 18 years) Best Film
Student Film (any age) Best Film

Emerging Film Maker Award - Judged from winners of the Junior, Young Person and Student Best Film.

Uniquely Canberra District - Best Film.

Open Shortest - Best Film
Open Short - Best Film
Open Longer - Best Film
Mobile Phone Only - Best Film

Open Female - Best Film
Female Under 18 Years - Best Film

Spaced Out - Best Film
Schlock Horror - Best Film

Audience Award

All films screened at the festival are eligible to be considered for the following awards:

Best Actor Open
Best Actress Open
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Emerging Filmmaker Award (youth categories only)
Best Horror
Best Lighting
Best story (script)

1. By submitting your film (Film) to What The Film Festival (Festival), you (Filmmaker) agree to the following:
2. All the information provided either through the online entry form or through email correspondence is true and accurate.
3. Filmmaker either owns the rights to, or has permission to use, the footage, sound, music, images and all other contributions that are part of the Film to the extent necessary to submit the Film to the Festival and, if accepted, screen the Film at the Festival. Please note: if the Filmmaker has any doubts about any of the rights in the Film, they must notify the Festival at the time of submission.
4. The film must meet the maximum run length according to the category entered. We welcome films from any country in the world. If the film is in any other language other than English, the submission requires embedded English subtitles.
5. All submission fees are non-refundable.
6. Filmmakers submitting must supply:
- Production credits/contact details
- Photos for promotional purposes, (min. resolution 1024 x 576 pixels)
- Press Kit for promotional use by Festival.
- Film Poster
- A trailer and/or scene clips from the film (ProRes 422 Full HD; 1920x1080).
7. Once a film is accepted by Festival and programmed, it cannot be withdrawn from the festival line-up, other than at the discretion of the Festival.
8. By submitting a film, Filmmaker grants Festival the right to screen the film at one or more events, copy and/or reproduce, modify, adapt and any part thereof, up to one (1) minute of the film submission. We may also use the Filmmakers submission and any other promotional material/photo’s and/or information submitted by the Filmmaker to communicate it to the public in all media (including social media), including via our website and publicity materials, or to advertise and promote Festivals event(s), its products and services, or all, and to showcase the Filmmakers film.
9. Filmmaker owns the copyright to the film as its author and represent and warrant that the Filmmaker have (and will continue to have during the duration of Festival and thereafter) all necessary licences, rights, consents, and permissions we need to use the film and the Filmmaker will provide evidence of such on reasonable request.
10. By submitting, the Filmmaker agrees that they have read and understood these terms & conditions of entry.
11. Festival reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these 'Terms and Conditions' at any time. Unless otherwise indicated, amendments will become effective immediately.
12. Films must have been completed after 1 April 2022.
13. Films submitted in the Youngest Stars category must have been made by a person who was 12 to 16 years of age at the time of submission.
14. Films submitted in the Young Person category must have been made by a person who was under the age of 18 years of age at the time of submission.
15. Films submitted in the Student Film category must have been made by a person who was a student at the time of submission. The festival reserves the right to ask for proof of student status when it deems necessary.
16. The region applicable to filmmakers submitting in the Uniquely Canberra District category is defined as follows:
Any part out to and including – Yass, Goulburn, Braidwood, Jindabyne, Tumbarumba and Tumut.
17. The Festival reserves the right of discretion to refuse any submission if it’s deemed to be inappropriate in content or films that don’t meet the intention and spirit of the festival.
If selected, films must be available for download via FilmFreeway, Vimeo Screener, MyAirBridge, or Dropbox.
Submitters are to provide a download link and agree for their film to screen at our live screening events.
All non-English language films must have English language subtitles.
Short excerpts or trailers can be displayed on the WTF website for publicity. Films will only be shown in part.
Digital press kits should include the following:
At least three publicity stills from the film.
At least three screenshots from the movie.
Stills must be submitted by email clearly labelled with the film's title.
Film Poster 1500px long side and 72dpi
Full production credits and director's biography.
Film synopsis – Up to 100 Words.
Film trailer – One minute (if available).
Films may be selected for screening at the main festival or at any other festival events. All selected films will receive a laurel confirming that they are an official selection of the WTF Festival.