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BIFF 2019 SHORT FILM Submissions

In 2019, BIFF invites short film submissions for consideration for screening in the Festival, with all selected films also considered for the BIFF 2019 short film competition.

Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway. Please review the terms and conditions below before submitting.


  • Best Festival Short Film Award – all submissions eligible – AU$2000
  • Screen Queensland Short Film Award – Funding to value of AU$7500, for either (1) Concept Development Funding or (2) Travel & Marketing for the winning team to attend a film market or festival of their choice, plus the offer of meeting with Screen Queensland to plan their next steps.
  • Best Australian Short Film Award – AU$1000
  • Special Jury Award – AU$1000 (awarded to a film showing notable potential or exceptional creativity in some regard).
  • Innovation in Form Award – AU$1000 (awarded to a film showing particular achievement and innovation in one or more technical aspects).


Submission deadlines and fees.

Submissions open 11 April, with an early bird submission fee of US$22 applicable until 30 April 2019, a regular submission fee of US$32 from 1–24 May, and US$42 for late submissions from 25 May – 15 June 2019.

Films submitted will be shortlisted by the Festival Selection Committee and submitted to the short film Competition Jury for final judging.


  • BIFF 2019 is accepting short films only. Films must be no longer than 40 minutes.
  • Films must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
  • Films must not have screened publicly in Brisbane, been broadcast on Australian TV, or widely distributed online, and will not be until after BIFF 2019 closes on 13 October 2019.
  • No rough cuts or works in progress.
  • Films should be subtitled in English if they feature substantial dialogue in a language other than English.
  • The Screen Queensland Short Film Award will be given in line with Screen Queensland Terms of Trade and Guidelines (pdf). To be eligible for this award, the director and at least one of either the writer or producer must be Queensland residents.
  • Films produced with funding from Screen Queensland are ineligible for the Screen Queensland Short Film Award, however remain eligible for screening and all other awards.
  • To be eligible for the Best Australian Short Film, key roles in the production should be filled by residents of Australia, and BIFF may request evidence of eligibility.
  • Staff employed by QAGOMA for the programming and delivery of BIFF 2019 are not eligible to enter.

Conditions of Entry

By submitting your film (‘the Film’) through FilmFreeway to the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) you agree:

  1. All information submitted through FilmFreeway or through other correspondence with BIFF is true and accurate.
  2. You own the rights or have permission from the rights holders to use all vision, sound, music and images in the Film, as necessary to submit the Film to BIFF, and for the Film to screen at BIFF if it is selected.
  3. You indemnify QAGOMA against any and all legal claims arising from the content of the Film, including but not limited to the infringement of copyright and intellectual property, libel, defamation, invasion of privacy and breach of contract.
  4. You will advise BIFF if, having submitted the film, you become aware of any potential claims against the Film.
  5. BIFF reserves the right to withdraw a film from the competition if it deems the above conditions have not been met.
  6. Winners will need to provide bank details to receive cash prizes. Winners without an Australian bank account will need to nominate which currency their bank accepts. The conversion from Australian dollars to any other currency will be undertaken by the bank on the day of the transfer, with the recipient responsible for incoming fees applied by their bank.
  7. Winners of the Screen Queensland Award will be put in contact with Screen Queensland to organise next steps regarding the award and its application and if required provide evidence of being a bone fide Queenslander for the key creatives as described in eligibility requirements for this Award.
  8. BIFF will not accept physical format screeners. Please submit online screener links only, through filmfreeway.com/BrisbaneInternationalFilmFestival
  9. Submission fees are paid in USD through FilmFreeway.
  10. It is the responsibility of the submitter to maintain the screener link and keep any passwords current. If a link cannot be accessed by the Festival programmers following reasonable attempts to contact the submitter, the film will not be considered and the submission fee will not be refunded.
  11. It is up to the entrant to read the Terms and Conditions and Eligibility requirements of entry and if at any point a film is no longer eligible, there will be no refund of fees.
  12. BIFF is unable to extend the deadline and cannot accept requests to waive submissions fees.
  13. Any costs associated with entering a film are to be paid by the submitter.

Selection and screening

  • All films will be viewed by Festival Selection Committee for screening within the festival and shortlisting for the competition, with shortlisted films judged by a panel of industry professionals. The process and shortlist will not be made public, and the Festival is unable to discuss the process.
  • Applicants will be notified of an outcome no later than 1 August 2019.
  • If the film is selected, the submitter must provide minimum two promotional images from the film (10 x 15cm, 300dpi) for use in the Festival brochure, website, social media and provision to third party media
  • Films selected for screening must be received in appropriate screening format by 12 September 2019. Materials will be held until the end of the Festival. Appropriate screening formats are 35mm film, 16mm film, DCI-compliant DCP, ProRes422 or ProRes422 HQ.
  • The selected films will be screened in the Festival, with category winners announced on the closing day, Sunday 13 October.

 Prizes and screening fees

  • BIFF will provide the cash prizes via bank transfer to winning entrant.
  • BIFF will not pay screening fees for submitted films.
  • BIFF will provide two complimentary tickets to screenings of the submitter’s film in the program, and two complimentary passes to the prize-giving event. Travel and any other costs are the responsibility of the attendees

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