Colortape is a film competition entity and platform offering an Indoor/Outdoor screening opportunity towards the end of the competitional season, each year, to showcase your work. Being a multicultural film festival promoting worldwide arts & culture through films, while bridging cultural differences, friendship, showcasing the creative vision of filmmakers from over the world. We are strong advocates and promoters of peace, love, friendship and mutual respect. One of very few festivals, if not the only one, to guaranteed acceptance, entry and certification for every filmmaker!
Our competition runs from middle of the year from 1st July to 30th June the following year, just like the official Australian financial and taxation year.
Worth mentioning: From every fee paid we donate at least 10% of your fees and carry out a charitable cause, helping micro-fund people with entrepreneurial ideas and programs in poorer countries, to alleviate poverty. Hence we fund entrepreneurs, programs and groups that involves disadvantaged people, who want to get out of poverty, and take their lives and future into their own hands, while connecting them through lending, . More info can be found at
Colortape festival was nominated as one of the most prestigious and recognized film festivals in the Southern hemisphere & possibly being one of Asia-Pacific's largest " multicultural film competition by the number of annual admissions and becomes a large film screening event for the community for FREE in Australia. This year 2016, we were nominated for the "Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award" which forms part of the 2016 state of Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Over 1230 filmmakers were rewarded in the past 5 years! Our festival endeavours to connect & bridge diverse cultural backgrounds from every corner of the world, whilst providing a sound platform for filmmakers to compete, showcase their work and be rewarded (recognition certified) at the same time, and offered an intimate festival where filmmakers and the audience can share & promote friendship and peace, engage the art of film and cinema, being a unique and only festival to accept submissions in every part of the world while running simultaneously on every continent! Colortape International Film Festival is a platform for international, local professionals and amateur/novice film enthusiasts or upcoming and developing animators/filmmakers/script writers/digital content creators/musicians in need to showcase their creative skills to the world,
At the same time offering a chance to filmmakers to get exposure of their work, helping them to expand their careers or network or make new friends.
Colortape International Film Festival is predominantly a competitive film platform, and film festival screening event created by industry professionals to support filmmakers world wide, who recognises the need to reward every filmmaker one way or another. In the coming years, we are planning to run it in most capital cities throughout every state of Australia, several countries in Asia, Africa, South & North America, Europe, Middle East. We pride ourselves because our global festival which accepts submissions in many countries, offers the wider local and international audiences the opportunity to experience this unique source of entertainment on a global scale, involving creative filmmakers and people from many countries with various cultural backgrounds, while we are striving to advocate & promote multi-culture, friendship & peace in such ever changing social fabric and turbulent times.
We are Unique in the world! Our content creators, script writers, animators, filmmakers are unique in the world!
From the opening stages for submissions this is an online competition & will become a screening event towards the end of the competition stage, the screening of your films depends on our affordability and how frequently we could secure locations (indoor and outdoor locations), depending on permits requirements etc we are hopeful that we can grow our festival to premier in various capital cities in Australia, and world wide locations. As circumstances will permit, we will attempt various screening options from outdoor parks & beaches, drive ins, car parks and roof tops screenings, cinemas, theatres, as an option to showcase the submitted films.
The aim of the competition is to bring exposure to as many possible animators, short & feature filmmakers, documentary makers, script writers, subjects & topics, creative minds and digital content creators that might otherwise not break in the film and entertainment industry or through a more traditional way.
Colortape wants to merge the world of amateur and professional filmmakers, producers & directors, creators of TV commercial & promo makers, student filmmakers, the media sector, and those involved in a wide range of industries ranging from marketing, graphics design, animation, IT and other related fields while offering everyone the opportunity to enter, showcase and possibly forge a partnership or relation with others in similar or related industries with the help of Colortape International Film Festival. At the same time hoping to impress the world audience, local audience and communities, fellow competitors, investors, sponsors and possibly future employers with your work.
How will this work in your favour? As we previously mentioned the submitted works will be viewed and judged by a multicultural local and international audience, industry professionals, in some instances from various industries, and from a large number of different cultural backgrounds, representing many countries, many who are/were partners or affiliates through association within the film industry, advertising & marketing industries, former or current sponsors, joint-venture partners in other projects with the founders of the film festival.
The feedback and recommendations from the panel of judges and viewers will help us all to make a fair, transparent, best choice, in the selection of winners, runner ups and anyone else who deserves recognition. From directors, cast & crew, and even production houses or agents.
We believe that EVERYONE submitting or making something deserves to be rewarded. Everyone.
Bearing in mind that due to the economical downturn in recent years, the floods of 2011 that damaged most of our un-insured projecting equipment, cancellation of outdoor screening event on the 4th June 2016, and due to our ongoing costs, including the expansion and branching out & related setup cost in many countries, the purchase of screening equipment (for outdoor events), the larger than ever participation, we will have limited resources this coming season, and we might be unable to reward EVERY single submission. Although we would like to. We need your help to find more sponsors. Most assured that we can still guarantee that everyone who submits works in our festival will get an internationally recognized certificate and we will endeavour to recommend you for IMDb credits or other awards.
Important note: we are receiving a large number of VISA sponsorship requests from various parts of the world!. Please be aware that we are not a Travel Agency nor facilitators of VISA invitations or requirements. Hence, we dont provide any assistance for any VISA entries for attending our events. We are in no legal, nor financial position to assist in anyway. Due to our laws governing the land, the border control and security laws do not allow us to do this. Best for filmmakers interested to attend our film festival to engage a qualified Travel Agency or Migration Lawyer who have the experience, knowledge and skills to help you with this. Many are asking us for letters of invitation. We can only provide you with a letter, stating that your film was accepted in our festival. That is ALL we can provide you with. No liability nor responsability is offered or undertaken by us. Thank you for your understanding. Wishing you good luck.
Awards & Prizes
Will vary from one year to another and from one category to another. Please check our web site in the awards section. Thank you. As a reward we guaranteed certification to ALL submissions! PLEASE help us with our crowdfunding initiative to help all filmmakers and animators, script writers, musicians, content creators like yourselves.
Rules & Terms
Filmmaker must send us a 300 word synopsis + 300DPI poster szie A4 + either a link of your work (to be able to download mp4 or mov format) or 2x copies of your work (except scripts) on DVD or BluRay to the following address:
Colortape International Film Festival, PO BOX 328 Mansfield, Brisbane, Qld 4122, Australia".
Once received you will automatically proceed past our 1st phase of acceptance or pre-selection process and you will receive an extra 5-10 points. We need to share the film link or preferably on disc or raw file with judges or panel selection in other geographical areas where our festival runs simultaneously, and because we had problems during playback during public screening while running online (as frames dropped out and connections were severed), people just walking out of the screening sessions, making our presentation look very unprofessional. Hence we have decided to have both softcopies (mp4 / mov format file) and hard copies on hand available to play any time anywhere, unrestricted and flawlessly. Depending on the material and works submitted. The USB sticks, DVD's or BluRay's are non-returnable. Do NOT send via DHL please, as we can not chase so many parcels at the distribution centre, as it is required in Australia. DHL parcels are not delivered to our address we must pick them up ourselves. Just last year alone we have received over 50 entries via DHL and spent a lot of time and resources chasing them instead of using our dedicated volunteering time wisely elsewhere. Please send them normal air mail, or UPS. Thank you.
The submitted work should be filmed in either Standard Definition (SD) but most preferable in High Definition (HD) if possible, The last one will attract extra points. Some categories are exempt (for example: Mobile Phone category). Please include a 300DPI rezolution A4 poster (5 points extra will be awarded for graphics design & creativity) and line of credits + a short synopsis (5 points each added). DVD cover and art works will also receive extra pints for presentation (5points). Must submit your own work not somebody else's. Penalties will apply for plagiarism and copyright theft.
Since you have shot and made your film/documentary/commercial/musical or promo, and after spending endless hours of pre & post production work, from filming to editing, designing and rendering, once you have finalized your master then now it’s time to send us a link to your version of your film (web uploaded) or send us DVD copies. Make your film stand out by delivering the highest possible quality, and playable at a good speed (without frames being dropped). Hence, is to be rendered in a popular industry standard format. Always keep a copy of your master safe and on file for future use. It is the responsibility of the registered member or entrant to upload the correct file format or working link and must be as small as possible, and playable as fast as possible. Any submitted foreign language films made in your native language MUST have English subtitles or dubbing! Don't take the risk to loose crucial points by not providing translation, get the much needed extra points to boost your chances to win!
Remember: Please submit posters, A4 via email in digital format, pdf/psd/jpeg/gif 300DPI minimum printing resolution (extra 5 points to be awarded for a poster submission, photo and info about the film, filmmaker & your subject(s), cast and crew. Include title, director's name, full surface mail address! Yes, some filmmakers do not fill out the complete address (eg: country) to where we can send you our correspondence with certificates or awards! Every detail will be awarded or deducted anywhere between 5-15 points. Points do add up and is crucial that you accumulate as many points as possible.
Those entering the Promotions (advertisement) category please note: adherence to the theme and creativity are two of the most important criteria requirements in your submission. Tip! If the film (vidlet) made is the right theme then this will attract the highest points.
Colortape International promotes the work submitted by filmmakers which are made in their own native language – as long as there is a Multi-language selection subtitle embedded in your submitted material, most importantly in English (if you are not a native English-speaker). We will not assess or award points on the correctness or gramma of the English language used. We just need to understand your film. However, if your submitted material will be a winner or runner-up in one of the regions and will enter the world competition at international level, we would suggest to you to improve the language issue to suit most audiences world wide. Tip! You will have a better chance to progress in the competition at higher levels. Participants, directors or filmmakers submitting either: films, documentaries, montage and musicals, “0-60 Seconds” commercials/promos and/or short films into this competition then should tell us how much budget did you have, and should upload a clear pre & post production snap shot (jpeg pref.) of cast & crew, and a short biography of the director and a synopsis. Must be sent to us via email during the registration process, and must be attached to their profile and be readily available to provide us with more information about themselves, cast & crew and their subject if they are selected to progress into the finals.
Advertisements & Film Classification
Colortape International film festival will be given special customs and censorship clearances under which it is forbidden to allow persons under the age of 18 years to attend – this includes babies. However, some films included in the Commercials & Short Film Festival and post 2014 will be classified and in some cases children under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend certain screenings depending upon the classification awarded. Also if you will use children under the age of 18 in your own productions you MUST download a Parent Consent Form and have it signed with the legal guardian of the child prior to shoot your advertisement. A form must be completed for every child featured in the commercial or promo. A commercial or film's classification will be identified in the Colortape International Film Festival Guide section of the website.
For further information on Film Classification visit: http://www.classification.gov.au/special.html