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* 2023 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN - PRICES RISE JANURARY 29 *

Located at one of Australia’s coolest venues within one of Australia’s coolest art precincts is Brisbane’s very own Australia Independent Film Festival.

Known passionately as “the filmmaker’s festival,” AIFF on track to become Australia's premiere short film and screenplay festival. Founded in 2017 AIFF has grown from strength to strength and is now a prominent event on the domestic and international film festival circuit.

FIVE STARS - "We wish this great festival all the success", Ali Mohammed Saeed director OF 2019 Oscar nominated MOSUL 980 - Iraq.

FIVE STARS - "Thank you for a well-organized festival", Dekel Berenson, director of 2020 academy nominated short film ANNA - Israel.

FIVE STARS - "I really can’t overstate how great an experience we had with the organizers and programmers at AIFF. They really foster a truly positive and supportive community for filmmakers to take part in with their fantastic festival”, Nathan Fagan & Luke Daly directors of 2021 Oscar longlist qualifying short film FLICKER – Ireland.

FIVE STARS - “Put this festival in your top 10 list to submit. You’ll be glad you did." Jhett Tolentino, Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer – America.

Whether you're a student filmmaker, a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned professional your entry will be treated with the utmost respect and professionalism it deserves. We are open, transparent, and actively keep entrants updated throughout the season.

The Australia Independent Film Festival is proudly sponsored and supported by The Brisbane City Council, Panavision, Audio-Technica Australia, IPitch, The Black List, Write Brothers, and Dragon Image Australia.

AWARD CATAGORIES

Best Short Film
Best International Short Film
Best Australian Short Film
Best Queensland Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Experimental including music
Best Student
People's Choice
Best Short Screenplay

AWARD PRIZES

| 2023 PRIZES UPDATING |

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
• AIFF23 - Crystal Award Trophy.
• AIFF23 - Digital print quality certificate.
•Ultra rare founders edition AIFF Winner's NFT.
• A$500 Cash.
• Audio-Technica Australia - ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones.
• IPitch - 12-month subscription.
• The Black List - Feature screenplay listing subscription (2 months) & 2 coverage reports.
• Write Brothers - Movie Magic Screenwriter full version digital download.

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM
• AIFF23 - Crystal Award Trophy.
• AIFF23 - Digital print quality certificate.
• Ultra rare founders edition AIFF Winner's NFT.
• Panavision - A$3,500 Equipment hire package.
• Audio-Technica Australia - Creator Pack Pro package.
• Blackmagic Design - DaVinci Resolve Studio
• IPitch - 12-month subscription.
• The Black List - Feature screenplay listing subscription (2 months) & 2 coverage reports.
• Write Brothers - Movie Magic Screenwriter full version digital download.

BEST QUEENSLAND SHORT FILM
• AIFF23 - Crystal Award Trophy.
• AIFF23 - Digital print quality certificate.
• IPitch - 12 month subscription.
• The Black List - Feature screenplay listing subscription (2 months) & 2 coverage reports.
• Write Brothers - Movie Magic Screenwriter full version digital download.
- Consideration for Best Australian short film -

BEST ANIMATION – BEST EXPEREMENTAL - BEST DOCUMENTARY
• AIFF23 - Crystal Award Trophy.
• AIFF23 - Digital print quality certificate.
• IPitch - 12 month subscription.
- Considered in the relevant Best Short Film category / categories.
IE: If your film is German it will automatically be considered for best International Film as well.

Special Award Categories

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
• AIFF23 - Crystal Award Trophy.
• AIFF23 - Digital print quality certificate.
• Dragon Image Australia - Studio hire - Full Day $895
• IPitch - 12 month subscription.

BEST STUDENT FILM
• AIFF23 - Crystal Award Trophy.
• AIFF23 - Digital print quality certificate.
• IPitch - 12 month subscription.
• The Black List - Feature screenplay listing subscription (2 months) & 2 coverage reports.
• Write Brothers - Movie Magic Screenwriter full version digital download.

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
•Crystal Award Trophy.
•Digital print quality certificate.
• A$300 Cash.
• IPitch - 12 month subscription.
• The Black List - Feature screenplay listing subscription (2 months) & 2 coverage reports.
• Write Brothers - Movie Magic Screenwriter full version digital download.

FINALIST (OFFICIAL SELECTION) PRIZE
• AIFF23 - Digital print quality certificate.
• Finalist laurel + Official Selection laurel.
1 x 3 - month iPITCH subscription - U$49.

OUR PROMISE TO YOU.

At AIFF we believe it is our core values which help set us apart from many other festivals. We are totally committed to being an ethical festival and make the following promise to all entrants. It is our filmmakers guarantee and what we believe is an industry first.

1. We will be transparent, honest and provide regular festival updates.

2. All entries will be played in their entirety and judged as per the listed judging and selection process. We do not promote favoritism.

3. At AIFF23 every finalist film 'will' screen in a real theater in attendance by paying public. We screen all finalist films and not just films from attending filmmakers.

Finalist = Official Selection = Live screening.

4. The awards ceremony is a live event following the final screening session.

5. If a film wins but a filmmaker is not in attendance their award will be delivered at no charge.

AIFF SELECTION PROCESS:

Being an independent festival, we encourage all genres and a greater emphasis in the judging process is the overall appeal verses technical perfection and or money spent. Each entry is judged internally using standardized criteria before the top scoring films are judged by an external jury of industry professionals.

REWARDING FILMMAKERS

SEMI-FINALISTS. The top twenty percent (submission dependent) of each category will be named as semi-finalists and will be awarded a high-quality semi-finalist laurel which can be proudly displayed on social media and on film posters.
Please note: Semi-finalist films will not be screened at the festival.

FINALISTS will be selected from the semi-finalist group and will be awarded a finalist laurel, official selection laurel and a digital certificate. Numbers will be dependent on category entries and programming requirements.

WINNERS of each category will be awarded a special winner's laurel, an original print quality digital certificate and an original high-quality award. Other prizes will be added once confirmed.

AIFF NETWORKING @ausindefest
We believe a festival is not a festival without the opportunity for filmmakers to network and socialize between fellow creatives'.

Before and after screening sessions festival goers will be encouraged to network and socialize at the theater.

For those that like to socialize and network into the early hours. Each night a nominated venue will be selected and announced during the screening sessions. There is a reason locals like to call Brisbane – BRISVEGAS.

THE CITY and THE VENUE:

Brisbane located an hour's drive from the World-famous beaches of the Gold Coast is a vibrant, art loving new world city that can be considered the Gateway to Australia. Brisbane, the capital of Queensland is rich with culture and renowned for its hospitality and safety. AIFF23 will take place at Metro Arts West Village, Brisbane City.

Need to know more?
We welcome all questions. Please email contact@ausindefest.com and we'll do our best to answer your questions.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF) RULES

AIFF does not provide entry fee waivers and does not reply to fee waiver requests.

Entry fees are set in U$ - The reason for this is that most communities are best able to calculate the price in their native currency from the US dollar.

By entering a submitter agrees that they have read and understood the rules and regulations and to the best of their knowledge accept all statements as being true. AIFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees. By entering a submitter confirms that they own the rights and or have permission from the owner of the content to enter the festival.

1. DATES:
The 2023 Australia Independent Film Festival will be held October 2023 Brisbane City Australia.

2. ENTRY RESTRICTIONS:
Nil.

3. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:
Please select the category that best fits your project.
The Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project for any Festival program or submission category. The Festival also reserves to change the entered category if the entry is better placed within a different category.

4. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED EXCLUSIVELY VIA FilmFreeway. AN ENTRY WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED INTO AIFF WITH PAYMENT OF THE APPROPRIATE ENTRY FEE.

5. SELECTION:
Each entry will be played in full and judged internally under a unified marking system to give a final averaged score out of ten. Where an entry is judged by multiple people the final score is the average of all scores.
Judging categories include:
Originality / Creativity
Direction
Writing
Cinematography
Performances
Production Value
Pacing
Structure
Sound / Music

The top rated films for each category will then be reviewed and scored by an external Jury to assist in final placements and outcomes of the festival.
The Jury will be made up of individuals recognized as Industry Professionals.
Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.
The decisions of AIFF will be FINAL.

6. PROGRAMING:
Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival will attempt to contact the Submitter using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Submitter of the Project's acceptance status.
AIFF will not be held responsible for any failure to contact the Submitter using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Submitter to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.
AIFF will establish the schedule of the films submitted.
Language (SUBTITLE POLICY)
IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED for screening at the festival:
-If the film is another language than English it must have English Subtitles.

7. OTHER CONDITIONS:
AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT provide discounts or fee waivers.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT pay any screening fees.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT cover any travel or accommodation expenses.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT cover any subtitling expenses.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT guarantee distribution.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT provide feedback and or judging insights.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT refund an entry fee if you change your mind.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
By entering you agree and accept that the Festival may use entered film titles, log lines, film frames, film photos, productions photos, film posters and short segments of the film for event promotion online and or in print media. Furthermore, Filmmakers are responsible for adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.

AIFF will promote the event and screening sessions to the best of their capabilities through multiple channels however AIFF will not and cannot be held responsible for actual attendee numbers.

AIFF is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. AIFF will review unforeseen cases. Whenever a controversy arises from the interpretation of any of the articles in these rules and regulations, the ruling document shall be the original document in English.

A submitted project implies full agreement with AIFF terms & conditions. Failing to comply with any of these articles may result in denying the participation of a project in the Festival.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL has the right to add, alter, change, or delete any portion of the guidelines at any time without notice.

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL reserves the right to add, alter, and change event inclusions and or screening venues at any time without notice. AIFF will not be held responsible for technical problems beyond our control that may affect the screening of a film and or films at the festival.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • I truly enjoyed being a part of this festival. Even though I was half a world away, AIFF kept a strong line of communication going even before my piece was selected. I highly suggest this festival for the online communication you will receive. I can only imagine how great the festival is for those who can attend. I'm looking very forward to entering again in the future.

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Alexandra,
    Thank you for you kind words. As filmmakers who enter festivals we really wanted to concentrate on communication as it seems to be less than satisfactory in many festivals we enter. We will keep this up and continue to work hard on delivering a great festival experience for all. We certainly look forward to seeing your future works.
    Team AIFF.

  • A very fine festival, run by people dedicated to independent film. I will submit again and recommend it to all indie filmmakers!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Aaram,
    Thank you for such kind words and the wonderful review. Without filmmakers like yourself we would not be a festival. We hope that you are staying creative and look forward to seeing your future works.
    Stay safe,
    TEAM AIFF.

  • Tamila Nesterenko

    Great festival! Special thanks for the pleasant communication!!!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Tamila,
    Thank you for the five star review. We work hard to make sure entrants are kept up to date at every stage of the festival. We know not every film will be selected but believe communication is a common courtesy that every entrant deserves. We hope you are staying creative and do hope you consider entering our festival again.
    Team AIFF.

  • David Merritt

    Very well done. I wish I could have attended. Great communication.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hi David, it was a true honour screening 5697 Pounds and in dealing with you in the lead up to the festival. It would have been wonderful if you had been at the festival as we know how many people would have wanted to talk to you after the screening. We hope that the festival run is bringing you the continued success you deserve. We look forward to seeing what you create next.
    Stay safe
    Team AIFF

  • Hi team, we appreciate the love you showed our short film. Great communication from the team regarding progress of our film through the rounds, semi-finalist, and also the wonderful support for the art of film making. All the best

    October 2022