RunNation is a touring short film festival that features films including all forms of running including trail running, road running, park running, track, marathons, ultra distance and more. The tour will feature approximately 100 minutes of short films curated into a 2 hour event. The tour begins in Sydney, Australia, each year before touring to countries around the world including New Zealand, North America, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and more.

Watch the 2023 Trailer here:


RunNation Film Festival was created to bring human interest stories to the wider community, using running as the medium of storytelling. RunNation aims to celebrate the power of running and inspire people through the creative expression of film.

The inaugural festival was back in 2015 held in just Sydney, Australia. It was a compilation of a series of short films of various length. One of the pieces was the story of Kirrily Dear who ran 860km through the countryside of New South Wales, to raise awareness of Domestic Violence. The piece told of the physical and emotional toll it had on her, through the running and, at the same time, the many disclosures from women while she was out running. Another story was of the 2012 Boston Marathon Champion and former University of Louisville runner, Wesley Korir, who not only won Boston, but then ran for parliament in Kenya as an independent candidate, and won. That having been said, for fans of the sport. the film also is about why they run, why they race, what motivates them, and shows the Kenyan running phenomena up close and personal like never before. Both pieces truly epitomised what Run Nation Running Nation is all about, the human spirit.

In 2016 with a new set of inspirational stories, Run Nation Running Film Festival was screened in seven different venues to over 3500 audiences. It became a melting pot for runners and non-runners alike to truly come together and be completely immersed and inspired by the power of film.

A festival committee was formed in preparation for 2017 and beyond. It is made up of professional filmmakers and photographers, professional runners and weekend warriors, head of a National sporting body and a small group of passionate runners. RunNation aims to provide a platform for screening feature-length, documentary, short and student works with running as the means of storytelling.

The subject or theme must relate to sports, human interest focus, though running must be a central component, speaking to stories about athletes, sports organisations, coaches, heroism, record-breaking achievements, inspirational stories, impact of sports on family life, social role of sports internationally, mainstream and non-mainstream running from all over the world, women in running, LBGTI athletes and prejudice, health concerns, animals in running, etc.

In 2022, RunNation Film Festival will start in August. The festival will then travel around Australia and the world.

There is no particular focal point on the type of 'running'. The festival aims to be as inclusive from trail runs, park runs, road marathons, athletics track running/racing or the ultra-endurance epic mountain runs.

Our focus is on short films, however, you are welcome to submit feature documentaries that we may be able to work with you to edit or include excerpts from in the tour.

Laurels will be awarded to all directors whose films are selected for the festival and the overall winner.

By submitting a film (“Film”), participants (“Participants”) accept the terms set out below. If you have concerns about the terms and still wish to have your film considered please send us an email at the address below.


Your Film must meet the following criteria:
• be a documentary film; and
• incorporate running.


For use in the RUNNATION FILM FESTIVAL, including public screenings, streaming and other digital versions of the tour worldwide.


Adventure Entertainment Pty Ltd (ABN 79 612 294 569) (“Adventure Entertainment”, “we”, “us” or “our”) accept film submissions for the Purpose. Any information provided about the Submission Criteria also form part of these Film Submission Terms and Conditions (“Terms”). By submitting a film to Adventure Entertainment (“Film”), participants (“Participants”) accept these Terms.

Warranties: The Participant represents and warrants to Adventure Entertainment that: it has all necessary rights to license the Film (including any intellectual property rights) to Adventure Entertainment, including for the Purpose; prior to submission of the Film, the Participant has obtained all appropriate consents and/or permission in relation any person who appears in, or whose property appears in, the Film; the Film is its original work, that they own the copyright for it, and it and its use do not, and will not, infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party; and Adventure Entertainment’s use of the Film, will not cause Adventure Entertainment to be in breach of any obligations to any third party or cause Adventure Entertainment to be in breach of any laws.

Film submission: The Film must not contain anything that is obscene, inappropriate, defamatory, disparaging, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, threatening, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence or in breach of privacy; and must not contain any music, brand, trade mark or anything that infringes on a third party’s intellectual property rights.

Licence: The Participant grants Adventure Entertainment, its related bodies corporate, successors, representatives, licensees and assigns (“Associated Parties”), an irrevocable, perpetual, world-wide, royalty free, non-exclusive, sublicensable and transferable right and licence to use the Film (including photos or extracts), including any and all intellectual property rights in the Film, for any purpose (including any commercial purpose) related to the RUNNATION FILM FESTIVAL. For the avoidance of doubt, this licence allows Adventure Entertainment to, without further consent from, or compensation to, the Participant: use the Film for the Purpose; use the Film in any programming in any digital format, including cinema projection, video on demand, DVD/Blu-Ray, television and streaming compilations; screen the Film at multiple locations; use the Film (including any photos or extracts) to form part of any trailers and/or marketing or promotional materials; use the Film (including any photos or extracts) in social media; use the Film, including to reproduce, and authorise reproductions, of the Film for any purpose Adventure Entertainment deems relevant, including for the purposes of publishing on its website, in social media, third party websites and for print and digital media; and use the Film online, and when used online, the Participant agrees that the Film may remain online indefinitely.

No obligation to use: Adventure Entertainment reserves the right in its sole discretion to not use any Film (without affecting any rights to the Film provided by the Participant under these Terms), including if Adventure Entertainment has any reason to believe that the Participant has breached these Terms or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct conduct relating to the Film. For the avoidance of doubt, Adventure Entertainment may, at any time, remove or decline to publish any Film.

Privacy: By submitting a Film, Participants are sending their personal information to Adventure Entertainment. All personal information collected by Adventure Entertainment will be treated in accordance with our privacy policy, available at The privacy policy sets out how individuals can access and make a request to correct their personal information, or to make a privacy complaint, and how Adventure Entertainment will deal with the complaints. Adventure Entertainment will collect personal information such as name and email address. Adventure Entertainment collects personal information to organise and administer the Purpose. If the Participant does not provide the required personal information, Adventure Entertainment may not be able to process the Participant’s Film. Adventure Entertainment may share personal information with service providers who assist Adventure Entertainment to organise and administer the Purpose. This means individuals and organisations such as IT service providers, website hosts and back-up service providers, will sometimes have access to personal information held by Adventure Entertainment and may use it on behalf of Adventure Entertainment. Adventure Entertainment may disclose information about Participants where it is required or authorised by law. Adventure Entertainment may also disclose personal information overseas to Adventure Entertainment’s companies, affiliates and/or service providers.
Jurisdiction: These terms are governed by the laws of New South Wales and the Commonwealth of Australia. Participants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts operating in New South Wales, Australia.

For questions or notices, please contact us at:
Adventure Entertainment Pty Ltd (ABN 79 612 294 569)

Last update: 10 February 2022

Overall Rating
  • Ben Wallbank

    Such an amazing enthusiastic group of humans behind this festival! They share the stoke all the way!

    January 2022