The Altona Beach Film Festival is a short film competition, it showcases your short film.

The ABFF is a non-profit community run short film competition committed to encouraging a creative and vibrant community.

The ABFF enables film makers to showcase their talents, be judged by professional film makers and enjoyed by a live audience.

ABFF theme 2023 is "WATER".
Use your phone camera or tablet and share your relationship to "WATER" with us.
Entries from all ages and abilities accepted.
ABFF encourage variety of styles and content.
Use your imagination, what does "WATER" mean to you? How does "WATER" impact your life. Humans can not live without "WATER". More than half of your body is "WATER". Three quarters of the Earth is covered in "WATER".
Films can be shorter than but, no longer than 7.00 minutes long, including credits and titles.

Awards will be decided by a panel of expert film makers based on artistic quality, originality and film making production skills.

Altona Beach Film Festival Gala Award Presentation & Film Screening Event will be held August 20th 2022 at Altona Theatre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona.
Awards, AlPel Trophies and Participation Certificates will be presented at the event in the following categories;
Best in Show $1000.00
Special Recognition $700.00
Best Young Adult $400.00
Best Pre-Teen $200.00
Presidents Encouragement Award $100.00
People's Choice, (voted by the audience attending the event) $100.00

A short film competition.
Maximum length of film is Seven minutes, including credits and titles.
Films can be shorter but, no longer than 7 minutes.
All entries must be submitted in mp4 format via FilmFreeway.
Films require a minimum of 640 x 480 video .
Film makers will be ask to submit a brief description about your film and how it relates to the 2023 theme "WATER". We accept broad and varied interpretations of the ABFF annual theme.
You are responsible for adhering to copyright laws in your own production.
You are responsible for respecting the publicity rights of people in your film.
Your film will remain ABFF property.
Your film may be shown at ABFF Gala Award & Film Screening Event 2023
Your film may be shown at other ABFF related events in 2023.
We will reserve the right to use still images or short excerpts for ABFF promotional purposes.
Upon film submission a fee will be charged; Adults (over 21yo) $30.00, Teen (14 - 21yo) $20.00, Pre-Teen (13years old and under). $10.00
Entries will close June 30th 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Mark Bernard

    Fantastic festival! Was greeted with opened arms and is a great opportunity for new filmmakers young and old! Can't wait for next year!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mark,
    Great to meet you on the red carpet.
    Will see you above "WATER" next year.
    Kind regards Annette

  • I had the pleasure of having my short film 'Rise' being screened at the Altona Beach Film Festival. A festival that is very supportive of new and seasoned filmmakers. What an amazing event. Highly recommend it.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Great to meet you Rod,
    Hope to see on the red carpet, above "WATER" in 2023.
    Kind regards Annette

  • Awesome festival.

    Sad that it was only virtual this year.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tom. Fingers crossed, next year our "VISION" is we call all meet in person. ⭐🌟⭐🌟⭐

  • An outstanding local festival that goes the extra mile to make sure all filmmakers feel the love! Highly recommended.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Andrew Robb,
    Keep the "VISION" alive.
    Kind regards Annette

  • Radheya Jegatheva

    A wonderful festival with great communication and care for filmmakers, even this unable to travel physically to the location.

    Highly recommended!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Radheya.
    Congratulations on your winning entry 2019.
    Kind regards Altona Beach Film Festival