The Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) is set to kick off again from 26-29 October 2017. Building on the success of last year's inaugural festival, NIFF aims to become one of Australia’s leading international film festivals by featuring high-quality short films and by encouraging education and excellence in filmmaking.

NIFF will become synonymous for showcasing pure cinema.

From the entertaining to the educational, inspirational to thought-provoking, comedic to ironic, the beautiful to the bizarre, NIFF will present cinematically amazing Australian and international short films.

The festival encourages filmmakers from all countries to enter the NIFF short film competition.

The festival will consider any film in any genre.

So if you’re a filmmaker that creates short films - whether they’re drama, comedy, animated, documentary (e.g. observational, travel, humanitarian, environmental), or experimental (e.g. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone) - you're welcome to enter.

Although the festival prefers to screen newer films, all submissions will be considered. The Official Selections in the festival's short film competitions will be screened publicly, showcasing your films to the widest possible live audience.

As well as fabulous short subjects, NIFF will also screen new feature-length world-cinema titles over the festival long weekend. The festival will also conduct workshops for filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

Best drama
Best comedy
Best documentary
Best environmental or humanitarian film
Best animation
Best experimental
Best female performance
Best male performance
Best director
Best cinematography
Best sound design
Best young filmmaker (aged 18-25 years)
Change maker award for the film making the biggest difference in a community

Best Drama - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Comedy - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Documentary - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Environmental or Humanitarian film - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Animation - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Experimental - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Female Performance - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Male Performance - AUD$500 cash, trophy, & award certificate
Best Director - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Cinematography - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Sound Design - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Best Young Filmmaker - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate
Change maker award - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate

Rules & Terms

1. The Noosa International Film Festival (NIFF) encourages filmmakers from all countries to enter its short film competition. Films submitted by persons of any race, gender and sexual orientation and of any belief will be considered.

2. The festival will consider any film in any genre. For example, drama, comedy, documentary (e.g. observational, travel, humanitarian, environmental), animated, or experimental (e.g. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone) films are all welcome.

3. Although the festival prefers to screen newer films, all submissions will be considered.

4. You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay the entry fee for each film.

5. All non-English films are required to have English sub-titles.

6. By entering a film into the festival’s competition you assert that you have the right and authority to accept these Rules and Terms and Conditions and to grant the rights described in these Rules and Terms and Conditions.

7. By entering a film into the festival’s competition you warrant that the film does not infringe any intellectual property rights. This includes the music and lyrics used in the soundtrack as well as dialogue and the text in captions and sub-titles.

8. You undertake that all of the performers in the film have consented to the use of their performances.

9. By entering a film into the festival’s competition you agree to grant the festival a non-exclusive right to exhibit the film as part of the festival. A film may be screened on more than one occasion.

10. You also agree that the festival may use all or part of the film for promotional use and any other commercial purpose. You agree to allow the festival to include the film in a compilation and to allow the festival to exhibit the film as part of a subsequent festival tour within Australia.

11. The filmmaker must grant the festival the right to publish the filmmaker’s bio, details of the cast and crew, poster art, frame stills and other details about the film.

12. You also warrant that no part of the film is defamatory, that it does not violate any person’s right of privacy, and that it does not incite racial hatred or vilification.

13. The festival does not pay screening fees for the films that are exhibited.

14. A film entered into the festival’s competition will not be considered unless the appropriate entry fee has been paid. Once a film has been entered, its entry fee will not be refunded.

15. You must be 18 years or older to enter the festival’s competition.

16. The duration of films must be 30 minutes or less. This includes the time for the opening titles and end credits.

17. Films must be submitted via the festival’s FilmFreeway listing.

18. The festival will notify filmmakers of the acceptance of their films as official selections by 7 July 2017.

19. All official selections will receive the festival’s Official Selection laurel.

20. Winning films will receive a cash prize, a NIFF trophy, the festival’s official Best in Category laurel and an award certificate.

21. An official selection may not be withdrawn after 21 July 2017.

22. Filmmakers who receive an official selection invitation must make a high bit-rate, high-resolution copy of their film available to the festival for public screening as well as a 16:9 frame still and a brief one-sentence tagline.

23. All decisions made by the Noosa International Film Festival Management Team and the competition jury are final.

24. The laws of the State of Queensland, Australia will prevail.

8 Reviews

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    Nobilis Bellator

    I can only repeat all that Erin Enberg wrote in his review. The organization of this event is top notch and will become a destination for many filmmakers and Film lovers.

    May 2017
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    Erin Enberg

    This festival had fantastic communication. They consistently emailed me and responded to my emails. I wasn't able to travel to Australia so I can't rate the networking, but even though I wasn't there, I felt like they included me through social media, email and even mailed me our award and certificate. I highly recommend this festival and hope I can attend someday.

    April 2017
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    Camille Wainer

    Very honored to be selected for the inaugural year of this fantastic event. Festival organizers were very friendly and professional with excellent communication throughout the entire process. In addition, greatly appreciated their focus on environmentally themed projects.

    March 2017
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    Mark Jeffreys

    Noosa did a fab job for their first film festival and I am sure it will only get better and stronger. Organisers were very good and helpful and the venues were great, too.

    December 2016
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    Tristan Barr

    Great festival in a beautiful location!

    November 2016