2019 AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF) Brisbane Australia.

Known as the “festival where stars shine,” the Australia Independent Film Festival celebrates the importance of independent filmmaking by showcasing top independent films from across the globe and rewarding the very best. We encourage participation and actively promote top films and screenplays from all categories through social media channels. Not only will film makers be in invited to attend but also film distributors, agents, producers, industry insiders and film lovers making this one of the buzz events of the International festival circuit. AIFF aims to provide filmmakers with an invaluable launch platform among industry professionals and film-lovers. We would love to help take your career to the next level. The Australian Independent Film Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

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

5 REASONS TO SUBMIT TO THE AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF):

1. THE WILD CARD:

It’s an AIFF original. Once finalists are announced festival organizers select up to an additional twelve short format films to screen at the festival. Any genre, all genres, their favourites. These films aren't selected by points, budget, fancy equipment, big names, perfect sound, colour correction or past successes. These films will be selected because of the passion they display, their great stories, the surprises, and the emotions they draw. AIFF will give films that might not screen at any other festival a real chance of screening at our festival.

All wild card films will be awarded special laurels, a print quality digital certificate and a guaranteed screening. This is our way of truly supporting independent cinema unlike any other festival. We want different because we are different.

Wild Card selections are an audience favourite and the Wild Card session is not to be missed!

2. THE SELECTION PROCESS:

We understand the amount of work put into each film. Therefore, we are careful to ensure that each movie and screenplay is carefully reviewed under a standardized and fair judging system. Being an independent festival we encourage all film entries and a greater emphasis in the judging process is the overall appeal verses technical perfection. We understand a film shot on a shoestring budget may not have the sound quality of a film shot on a major budget and this will be taken into consideration.

3. REWARDING FILMMAKERS

SEMI-FINALISTS. The top twenty percent (submission dependant) of each category will be named as semi-finalists and will be awarded a semi-finalist laurel and a digital print quality certificate at festival close.
Please note: Semi-finalist films will not be screened at the festival unless selected as a Wild Card entry.

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.

Please note: Due to time constraints Feature Film trailers 'only' will be shown for official feature film selections. Feature Films will not be screened and will not lose premiere status by entering AIFF.

WINNER'S of each category will be awarded a special winner's laurel, an original certificate and a high quality crystal trophy. One trophy per winning entry only will be awarded. Films and screenplays are selected as winners and not individuals or groups. If a Winner and or representative is not able to attend the festival a digital copy of the certificate will be provided along with the award trophy being sent. Postage will be provided by the festival.

4. AIFF NETWORKING @ausindefest

We believe a festival is not a festival without the opportunity for filmmakers to network. All selected finalist films will receive 2 free passes to their films screening session and for feature film and screenplay finalists a screening session of their choice. . At the conclusion of screening sessions.festival goers will be encouraged to stay on and further network and socialize.

5. 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. AIFF will take place at the The Lumen Room which is a refurbished space with old school cinema seating in the Metro Arts building nestled within the exclusive world-class retail and dining Edward Street Precinct.

Metro Arts is a dynamic hub for Brisbane’s arts and arts-going community and the perfect home for AIFF.

Whilst we understand there are larger and more modern cinemas we feel a smaller space creates a far more intimate, unique and rewarding festival experience. At AIFF you will not simply be a face within the crowd!

Main Award Categories

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST ANIMATION
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST EXPERIMENTAL - Including music videos.
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY

Special Award Categories

BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER
JURY AWARD

2019 AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL RULES

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

The submitter has 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 you confirm you have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to enter the festival.

1. DATES:

The 2019 Australia Independent Film Festival will be held from November 01 to 03 in Brisbane City Australia.

2. ENTRY RESTRICTIONS:

Films that have been released online prior to entry and or the event are ineligible to enter and event organizers must be notified of this.

3. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

Projects submitted to the Festival for consideration may apply to just one category. 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.

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST ANIMATION
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST EXPERIMENTAL - Including music videos.
BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
Special Award Categories
BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER
JURY AWARD

Genres of accepted short films, feature films and documentaries include:
1 shot, 1 scene, 90 second short film, Abstract animation, Acid, Actuality film, Adventure film, Afterlife, After life, Amateur film, Animation, Anime, Animated documentary, Animated Film, Anthology film, Anthology series, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Art film, Artfilm nor, Arthouse, Arthouse film, Australian Film, Australia feature film, Australia screenplay, American movie, B movie, B-Grade movie, B film. Backstage musical, Bad girl movies, Beach party film, Biographical film, Biography, Blaxploitation, Black and White film, Black comedy, Body horror, Bromantic comedy, Brisbane backyard film, Brisbane short film, Buddy cop film, Buddy film, Camcorder or SmartPhone film, Cannibal film, Cartoon, Chicano film, Chick flick, Children's film, Chopsocky, Cinéma vérité, CGI, Clock punk, Colonial cinema, Comedy film, Comedy of remarriage, Comedy thriller, Comedy-drama, Comic fantasy, Comic science fiction, Coming-of-age story, Compilation film, Composite film, Conspiracy fiction, Court Show, Crime film, Dance film, Direct Cinema, Disaster film, Death, Docudrama, Docufiction, Documentary film, Drama film, Drone, Drone short film, Educational film, Epic film, Erotic thriller, Ethnofiction, Ethnographic film, Espionage, Euro War, European art cinema, Eurospy film, Extreme sports, Experimental film, Exploitation film, Fantasy film, Fairy-tale film, First-person shooter, Female buddy film, Fictional film, Film à clef, Film gris, Film noir, Florida Western, Found footage, French Film, Genre movie, Gentleman thief, German Film, German underground horror, Giallo, Girls with guns, Gods and demons fiction, Gross out, Gong a fiction, Guerrilla film making, Guy-cry film, Heist film, Heritage film, Hero Heist, Heroic Bloodshed, Highlight film, Hip hop film, Home movies, Hood film, Hong Kong, Horror comedy, Horror film, Hospital emergency, Independent film, Industrial video, Interstitial art, Japanese film, Japanese horror, Jukebox musical, Japanese anime, Korean horror, Korean melodrama, Legal drama, Legal thriller, Lifestyle drama film, LGBTQ Film, Low budget, Werewolf fiction, Mafia comedy, Magic realism, Making-of, Film manifesto, Martial arts film, Manga, Magic, Melodrama, Medical Drama, Message picture, Metacinema, Mexican sex comedy, Mexploitation, Microcinema, Micro-short film, Midnight movie, Mob film, Mockbuster, Mockumentary, Monster movie, Moon and outer space, Mumblecore, Music program, Musical film, Musical short, Musicarello, Mystery film, No budget, Naturalism, New Queer Cinema, Opera film, Operetta film, Outlaw biker film, Ozploitation, Paracinema, Parallel Cinema, Parody film, Historical period drama, Poetry film, Political thriller, Postmodernist film, Prison film, Propaganda film, Psychological horror, Psychological thriller, Pulp nor, Pulp fiction, Race film, Revenge film, Real time, Reality film Remodernist film, Reality drama, Retrospective, Retro Punk, Road movie, Romance film, Romantic comedy film, Romantic thriller, Samurai cinema, Satanic film, Satire, Science fiction film, Screwball comedy film, Semi-documentary, Silent film, Slapstick Slapstick film, Slasher film, Slow cinema, Space Western, Spy, Speculative fiction short film, Spy fiction, Sport film, Student short, Student Drama, Superhero, Superhero Fiction, Supernatural fiction film, Short film, Surfing film, Suspense, Skateboarding drama, Skateboard, Sand and Surf, Slasher, Slapstick comedy, Stop motion film, Slow motion film, Techno-thriller, Teen flic, Teen drama, Teen student, Teen high school drama film, Two minute short, Three minute short, Trapped film, super short, Teens in love, Thriller feature, Team USA, Urban film, Urban film nor, Zombie comedy, Zombie gore, Outer space, USA short.

3. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED EXCLUSIVELY VIA FILMFREEWAY.
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.
-English films do not require subtitles.
PLEASE NOTE – Due to time limitations at the event space feature films will not be screened.
**For Submission purposes your film may be in any language. However, if not in English the film must have either English subtitles.
All screenplays must be in English.
Screenplay REQUIREMENTS
Screenplays from across all genres however the following criteria must be adhered to:
1. The Screenplay has not yet been produced.
2. The Screenplay is under 120 pages.
3. No adaptations, must be writer's original work.
4. The Screenplay must be in English.
5. The Screenplay must be a completed draft.
6. The screenplay cannot be under option.

4. PROGRAMING:

Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project's acceptance status. The Festival disavows any responsibility and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.
The Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Festival or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

The Film Festival Management will establish the schedule of the films submitted. The Festival also reserves the right to designate appropriate category/section for each project.

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 segments of the film for event promotion online and or in print media.

5. SELECTION:

The Selecting Committee will be made up of individuals recognized in the cinema world. Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.
The decisions of the Jury will be FINAL.
Furthermore, Filmmakers are responsible to adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.

6. 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 screen feature films that are selected as finalists due to time constraints. Trailers only will be screened.
AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT provide feedback.

7. GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All information above shall supersede any other guidelines associated with the Festival.
The Festival is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. The Festival Management 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 this document. 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 has the right to add, alter, change event inclusions and or screening venue.

Submission is online and only through FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
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  • Greg Hall

    A brilliant platform for independent cinema, well organised with a great selection of films. I couldn't attend but was really happy to screen as part of the festival, it was really well promoted and communicated. Well worth entering.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Greg,
    thank you for your kind words. It was an honour to screen Smack Edd and we can certainly say it was enjoyed by all. We can't wait to see your next work and wish you the very best in the future.
    TEAM AIFF

  • Toby Morris

    Lovely supportive festival by a great group of passionate film lovers.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Tobby,
    thank you for taking the time to review our festival in such positive light. We will be working hard to grow the festival year by year and do hope to see more of your work in the future. Thank you for also putting your trust in us as an upcoming festival by submitting COOEE. We can say people loved the film and it was definitely worthy of being named our 2019 Best Australian Short Film. Once again Congratulations. TEAM AIFF

  • Amanda Kaye

    It was such a pleasure to have my film 'Norm' be part of AIFF, as it's a film festival that focuses on supporting and celebrating filmmakers. It was such a pleasure and I hope to be part of more in the future.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Amanda,
    thank you for taking the time to review our festival. We will certainly be working hard to grow in the future and do hope to see your films entered in coming years. Congratulations once again on winning the People's Choice Award. We believe you will find great use for the prize and you were certainly a worthy recipient.
    TEAM AIFF

  • Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the festival but what I can speak to is the level of communication and quality. This is a well-run organization and I feel they have a solid footing in the festival world. My only issue is I wanted to list my film "SOUND" being a finalist on IMDB and couldn't. Other than that I highly recommend AIFF!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Tawan,
    thank you for your review and kind words. We can certainly say it was an honour to screen SOUND and it was definitely very popular. Unfortunately just prior to the formation of AIFF IMDB changed the rules for listing a festival. Festivals now need to be established for five years before they can be considered. We are following all guidelines and are confident in securing a listing in 2021. We hope that you stay creative and do submit your future works for consideration.
    Thanks,
    TEAM AIFF

  • Joel stephen Fleming

    What an amazing festival, they made us feel welcome, had great communication, they marketed the event well and put on a great opening night and a very slick awards ceremony. We can't wait to come back next year.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Joel,
    it was great to have you and you team onboard and it was fantastic to have been able to screen NIGHT FILL. Once again Congratulations on winning a Jury Award. We'll be working hard on ways we can improve the festival and grow into the future. We do look forward to seeing your next entry!
    Best,
    TEAM AIFF