We welcome work of any age from active filmmakers-- the best and shortest work to serve as an "introduction" and glimpse of their film voice for whatever features, television or other media they may also work on. Revitalize your best work of all time, not just your best of the past 5 minutes. Connect with other filmmakers through your best work.
In addition to the annual festival we will hold a screening series in Los Angeles, Austin Texas and other locations (www.filmfreeway.com/festival/connectscreenings). Films accepted to the annual festival are automatically considered for the screening series and eligible to screen in multiple locations.
A narrative short film festival, networking celebration, and awards ceremony, Connect is a *filmmaker's festival* that focuses on engaging every member of cast and crew. Awards include a rare focus on technical and theatrical achievement (in addition to Best Picture categories), with several Best Actor awards and crew awards such as Cinematography, Post-Production, and Sound. Special awards also additionally highlight female achievement in film.
CFF focuses on "connecting" creatives and celebrating achievement, with a judging panel of active filmmakers and events conducive to filmmaker collaboration.
Connect focuses on direct community building with multiple locations and events: A large annual festival for LA-based filmmakers with ongoing screenings in Melbourne, Australia and a new series starting in Austin, Texas in 2016. International filmmakers and those unable to attend are integrated into the community with video intros, encouraging inter-connectivity.
IMPORTANT FOR NON- LA, Melbourne, or Texas based applicants:
If selected to screen, either an in person or video introduction is required for one member of the filmmaking team.
At least one of the award-eligible filmmakers (director, producer, two lead actors, cinematographer, sound, post-production) must be currently residing within driving distance of either Los Angeles, Austin, or Melbourne, Australia, *or* available for an interview or recorded introduction to share with the community.
Narrative films 2 - 20 minutes made by Los Angeles filmmakers, Texan filmmakers, and Australian filmmakers; filmmakers from other regions are also welcome to apply, however please review guidelines to make sure the festival suits your focus-- as a community-building event, involvement via Skype interview or Los Angeles "filmmaker representative" who was involved in shooting or post-production on the film is mandatory. This is a filmmaker's festival as well as a film festival.
2014 and 2015 Connect films screened at Cannes and won awards in festivals in Toronto, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Houston, and Berlin. Connect is an IMDB-listed event and awards are IMDB listed.
An idea born in a pub and raised in an art space, Connect celebrates superb short films and encourages a vibrant filmmaker community.
Revitalising what can be an exhausting “festival circuit,” Connect strives to inspire filmmakers to “connect with other creatives, and find future collaborators.”
Connect a great audience, great filmmakers, and great energy!
• Watch the best short films, not the best of the last 5 minutes:
Connect shows older work as well as current festival hits.
• Connect with superb filmmakers:
Focused on local filmmakers (Los Angeles, Melbourne, Austin), Connect also includes international submissions. Wherever they originate, every film must have a filmmaker representative either in Los Angeles or available for a Skype interview/video intro. "Filmmaker representative" can be any member of cast or crew who worked on the actual production of the film.
• Value crew as well as director and cast:
Awards at Connect honour achievement from both sides of the lens. Current spotlights include Acting, Cinematography, Film Editing, and Sound.
Connect celebrates socialising as integral to creative process. Non-filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers are welcome to come celebrate. Cheers! ☺
For a sample of the creative community Connect Film Festival encourages, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6o9eywXPbQ
Awards & Prizes
Many IMDb listed awards! Straight up cash prize for Best Picture, no "valued at" promotional stuff; trophies for all other categories, official selection awards, laurels.
Connect is run by filmmakers. We respect your films and it is an honor to share the celebration and awards, we love helping to promote the careers and visibility of our filmmakers.
13 IMDB listed awards including two Best Actor awards, technical/crew categories, and special recognition for women in film and Australian films. Cash award for Best Picture. Official selection laurels granted for all films to screen. Short list notification.
IMDB-approved awards currently include the following categories:
• Best Cinematographer
• Best Actor/Actress (2 awards)
• Best Picture/Director/Producer (Shared award),
• Best Drama
• Best Comedy "Golden Horse"
• Best Sound & Music
• Best Post-Production
Additional awards recognizing women in film include:
• Writing: Bechdel award for storytelling (open to men as well, 2015 winner was male)
• Directing: Best Female Director, an award endorsed by The Director List
• Cinematography: "Golden Lens" a special recognition of superb camera ability and a connection to supporting women in crew (nomination required)
Two Australian-Focused awards:
• "Straight to the Poolroom!" Best Aussie comedy
• Best Australian Drama
Please note: All films selected to screen are "official selections" and receive laurels from Connect Film Festival. Our awards ceremony is a boisterous and surprisingly supportive affair-- as much about pushing each other to achieve as recognizing excellence. IMDB-listed awards directly link to filmmaker's IMDB profiles and are managed by IMDB.
Rules & Terms
There are no refunds, and films will only be considered for the categories in which they are entered. While we endeavour to communicate with filmmakers, fraud will not be tolerated and films submitted into an inaccurate cheaper category will be automatically disqualified. Please read carefully and do not submit to the wrong category. *Films over 25 minutes will not be viewed.* No documentaries considered. Animation, Webisodes and Music videos have been screened, but narrative shorts are preferred. Animation is awards eligible (and has won awards), as are webisodes. Music videos are not.
While discounts are available, waivers are only granted in exceptional circumstances with formal application.
• SHORT narrative films only:
We love micro shorts and shorts under 10 minutes! We welcome fiction shorts up to 15 mins. We consider films up to 25 mins with dwindling enthusiasm.
• Your best films, not necessarily your newest films:
Current festival circuit films are welcome, as are masterpieces of any age.
• Films from Los Angeles, Austin or Melbourne preferred, not required:
International films must have an LA representative, or one available for a recorded Skype interview-- a "filmmaker representative" may be any member of production team, cast, crew, on the film, but must have contributed in some way to the final creative product.
• Filmmaker representative mandatory:
A "filmmaker representative" must interact either in person or through online correspondence and recorded Skype interview. Managers, agents, friends or family members who live in Los Angeles are welcome to attend and may qualify for discounted tickets, but only someone who was involved either on set or in the pre/post production process is allowed to function as a filmmaker representative.
• We impose no "premiere only" limitations. Revitalize projects a few years old, reconnect your cast and crew. Share your work! Connect!