We're Back! The much-loved West End Film Festival is staging a covid comeback after skipping 2020's event. An energetic festival catering to Brisbane's most eclectic and artistically driven audiences, WEFF offers local Australian filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their short films for Brisbane audiences.

Over three days we'll be screening your masterpiece to a packed out audience in collaboration with, for the first time, Metro Arts in West End. So, get ready to mingle with some of Australia's most exciting emerging film makers and the chance to win one of many prizes.

With a significantly shorter timeframe for production, we'll be accepting short films, music videos and animations 15 minutes and under from 1 June until 15 July 2021.

We are open to films made in Australia only.

While we may have a drastically reduced prize pool this year there's still plenty of incentive to enter with thousands of Brisbane locals keen to view your film.

Awards & Cash Prizes:
Best FILM ($1,000) - Sponsored by Griffith Uni Film School and QUT Creative Indusries
Best MUSIC Video ($500) - Sponsored by Hashtag Burgers and Waffles in West End
Best COMMUNITY Film $500 - Voted for by West End Community Association Volunteers
Best ANIMATION ($500) - Sponsored by Amy McMahon, Queensland Greens
Best AUDIENCE VOTE film ($500) - Sponsored by Clr Jonathon Sri

This year we're also giving Special Mention Awards and tho they may not have prize money attached (we're working on it!) these awards will help shine a light on your film project.

Special Mention Awards include:
Best First Nations filmmaker $200 - Sponsored by BIMA / 98.9fm
Best Director $200 - Sponsored by Screen Queensland
Best Cinematography $200 - Sponsored by Screen Queensland
Best film LOCALLY Made (this award will depend on submissions - entries must include at least one major role - Director / Producer / Writer / DOP) fulfilled by someone living in the 4101) $200 - Sponsored by local West End businesses Avid Reader, Bent Books and The End

Entry Requirements:

Films must be made in Australia/have an Australian crew.

Films MUST be under 15 minutes in length

Films from all genres will be accepted and we welcome first time film makers!

Film makers must have copyright over all footage and soundtrack used in their film.

All films must be submitted by midnight on 15 July 2021

Finalists are expected to...

- Fill out all sections of the FilmFreeway submission form.

- Provide contact details; email, phone number, and contact name.

- Provide a high quality version of their film for screening.

- Upload a minimum of 4 high resolution images for online promotion
(can be BTS photographs).

- And wherever possible, attend the festival and be available to accept awards in person!

- We are open to films made in Australia/have an Australian crew only.

Overall Rating
  • Alex Campbell

    Such a lovely bloody impressive festival! This crew are doing very good things. Cannot wait to attend next year.

    September 2019
  • Great friendly staff. I felt my film was welcomed there. Get your films over the the guys at WEFF.

    July 2019
  • Belinda Dean

    Such a brilliant festival in the heart of Brisbane that was lots of fun to be a part of. Great communication by the organisers and as we discovered, great prizes for the winners!! We look forward to seeing this festival grow and submitting more films in years to come.

    July 2019
  • Thomas José Field

    Wonderful festival that is extremely well supported and attended by the local community in West End, Brisbane. The people running the festival are welcoming and put on a great event that was highly enjoyable for audience and filmmakers. Great vibes all around and they offer cash prizes which is what you want, I highly recommend entering your short film into this festival!

    July 2019
  • Jemma Bayley

    Had such a great time. Participated in the first pitching session for WEFF. So lucky to make new network connections and get feedback on future projects.

    August 2018