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BIFF 2020 SHORT FILM awards

Filmmakers from Australia and around the world are invited to submit to the BIFF 2020 Short Film Awards.

All entries will be considered for screening during BIFF 2020 from 1-11 October, with prizes awarded in several categories.



We understand everyone is facing challenges at the moment. To help out filmmakers who might need a little extra time, we’ve extended our Regular Deadline until to 31 May, and reduced our entry fee during this period from US$32 to US$28. 

We’ve also extended our Late Deadline to 14 June, but get your submission in by 31  of May to benefit from the discount.

Final deadline for submissions is 31 May 2020. Entry fees apply.


2020 Award categories

  • Screen Queensland Short Film Award. Open to Queensland residents. (Value AU$7500). Courtesy of Screen Queensland. See conditions of entry for full details.
  • Best Festival Short Film. All submissions eligible (AU$2000)
  • Best Australian Short Film. Open to Australian filmmakers. (AU$1000)
  • Special Jury Award. All submissions eligible (AU$1000)
  • Creative Achievement Award. All submissions eligible (AU$1000)

For details regarding eligibility, conditions of entry and how to submit your short film, visit FilmFreeway.

READ MORE about the 2019 winners.

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