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.


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. Together with a fearless and passionate founder, RNRFF hopes 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 2020, 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.

Submission criteria:

1- we are accepting submissions for SHORT FILMS ONLY at this time (feature length films may be submitted and considered for editing).
2- your film should incorporate as many of these attributes as possible: running, inspiration, human interest, conservation, engaging story, unique characters, gender, race, ethnic and running diversity.
3- films should be REASONABLY family-friendly.
4- we believe strongly in looking beyond the traditional definition of running.
5- we see a LOT of content. Therefore, the fresher/newer your film is, the better.

Please include the following in your submission: synopsis of the film and a copy of the film.


RUNNATION is seeking film submissions that embody the spirit of running. Length of selected films will usually vary from 5 minutes to 40 minutes in length.

There are no time constraints for when the film was produced, nor are there location constraints for where the film takes place, however, priority will be given to films produced in the last 3-6 months and that have little or no online availability.

Online screeners and digital submissions required. If your film is in a language other than English it must have English subtitles or dubbing to be considered. Submission by mail will gladly be accepted, but please consider the environment in choosing your packaging material. For formats, please contact the organiser prior to submission of the preferred format (DVD, NTSC, blue ray etc).

Please include the following in your submission: synopsis of the film, detail of the prior screening criteria listed above, your personal availability for the festival dates (or others associated with the film) and a link to the film. If your film is selected for inclusion in RUNNATION you must also provide a trailer extract and still imagery for use in promotion.


By submitting your film, you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to the following terms:

1. You have all intellectual property rights to all content in the submission and you have the performing rights for any music contained in the film.
2. If requested you will provide evidence of intellectual property ownership should it be required.
3. You agree to allow Adventure Entertainment Pty Ltd and its related bodies corporate, successors, licensees and assignees to use your film and any associated photos or extracts in the RUNNATION FILM FESTIVAL or any associated running or adventure programming in any digital format including cinema projection, video on demand, DVD/Blu-Ray and streaming compilations, anywhere in the world in perpetuity. Films may be shown at multiple screenings. Segments of the films may be used in trailers and marketing. Photographs, screen grabs or filmmaker submitted images may be used in promotional material and social media. Adventure Entertainment may sub-licence this right without further consent.
4. To the best of your knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
5. The film submitted is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
6. You are duly authorised to submit this film to the festival and its competition.
7. You understand that Adventure Entertainment is not responsible for any type of loss or damage to you pertaining to the film or its use by Adventure Entertainment.
8. Final decision of films included in RUNNATION will be at the absolute discretion of the Event Organisers.