The 2023 Far South Film Festival showcases films made by filmmakers living in regional and remote areas of Australia.

The festival is run by Far South Film Inc, an association of professional and emerging filmmakers and digital creatives located in the South East region of NSW Australia.

We invite our fellow filmmakers from regional and remote areas of Australia to submit to our festival short films (up to 40 minutes) and features (under 2 hours) that reflect the people, environment and issues that are important to them.

We look forward to seeing the unique, the beautiful, the scary, the moving stories from people living in some of the lesser known areas of our island continent, outside the major metropolitan areas.

Photo credits:
Bagan, Barra Barra, Mirriwarr: Andrew Robinson (Best Film 2021)
Yuwinj Dhari-Bulwal: Hiromi Matsuoka (Best Use of Regional Location 2021)

Best Film Prize AUD$1000. Total Prize Pool approx AUD$4000 (cash and/or equipment or in-kind prizes). Other categories will be announced closer to the Festival but generally include Best Performance, Best Director, Best Use of a Regional Location, Best Youth Film, Diversity Award.

Submissions are open to filmmakers resident in regional and remote Australia as defined at:

At least two of the key creatives (Writer/Director/Producer/Cinematographer) must reside in one of the regional/remote areas of Australia defined above.

Films must not be freely publicly accessible online via another platform in the 2 weeks leading to and including the festival period.

Films must be under 40 minutes (short) or under 150 minutes (feature) in length.

By submitting your film, you also agree to adhere to all of the Festival rules published on our Festival website at:

Far South Film Members receive a discount on entry fees - if you have not received your promo code by email please email

Overall Rating
  • Angus GoozĂ©e

    Such a well organised festival. Unfortunately, I was away so I couldn't attend in person but the communication with event organisers was great and they were so nice to deal with. Stoked to take home a few awards and looking forward to getting along next year.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Angus - it was lovely to be able to interview you in between your travels and your awards were well deserved, as audience response also showed. Can't wait to see your next project!

  • Will Scott

    I had an absolutely fantastic time at the Far South Film Festival 2022. It was such an incredible opportunity to not only have my film selected, but to be interviewed by local journalists and be invited to speak on a panel as well. The event was overall very well-organised. Thank you for shining a spotlight on the region, and I can't wait to visit again next year!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Will, so glad you were able to make it to our festival in person and to be on our panel telling the audience what it's like to be a film maker in a regional area. Looking forward to seeing you and your film next year!

  • ursula woods

    I really enjoyed being part of this small, regional festival. I imagine it will grow and expand in the future. FSFF made sure to communicate clearly and give filmmakers interview opportunities. There were real prizes to be won too! Thanks for having us on board.

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ursula - it was lovely to have you on board for this year's festival - can't wait to see what you come up with next!