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Australia Independnet Film Festival

Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) Brisbane Australia.

Known as “the festival where stars shine,” the Australia Independent Film Festival is on track to become Australia's premiere short film festival. AIFF is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

“Put this festival in your top 10 list to submit. You’ll be glad you did.” Jhett Tolentino - Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer.

Whether you're a student filmmaker, a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned professional your entry will be treated with the utmost respect and professionalism it deserves. We encourage participation and actively promote through social media channels, news outlets and our contact database.

"We wish this great festival all the success", 2020 Oscar nominated Mosul 980 and winner of AIFF19 Best International Short Film.

At AIFF we believe it is our core values which help set us apart from many other festivals. We are totally committed to being an ethical festival and make the following promise to all entrants. It is our filmmakers guarantee and what we believe is an industry first.

1. We will be transparent, honest and provide regular festival updates.

2. All entries will be played in their entirety and judged as per the listed judging and selection process. We do not promote favoritism.

3. At AIFF20 every very finalist film 'will' screen in a real theater in attendance by paying public. We screen all finalist films and not just films from attending filmmakers. Finalist = Official Selection.

4. The awards ceremony is and will always be free to attend.

5. If a film wins but a filmmaker is not in attendance their trophy will be delivered at no charge.


Being an independent festival we encourage all genres and a greater emphasis in the judging process is the overall appeal verses technical perfection and or money spent. Each entry is judged internally using standardized criteria before the top scoring films are judged by an external jury of industry professionals.


SEMI-FINALISTS. The top twenty percent (submission dependent) of each category will be named as semi-finalists and will be awarded a semi-finalist laurel and a digital print quality certificate at festival close.

Please note: Semi-finalist films will not be screened at the festival.

FINALISTS will be selected from the semi-finalist group and will be awarded a finalist laurel, official selection laurel and a digital certificate. Numbers will be dependent on category entries and programming requirements.

WINNER'S of each category will be awarded a special winner's laurel, an original print quality digital certificate and a high quality crystal trophy. Other prizes will be added once confirmed.

AIFF NETWORKING @ausindefest

We believe a festival is not a festival without the opportunity for filmmakers to network and socialize between fellow creative's.

Before and after screening sessions festival goers will be encouraged to network and socialize at the theater.

Attending finalist filmmakers will be invited to participate in a special group Q and A session. We want to give you a voice within the festival and beyond.

For those that like to socialize and network into the early hours. Each night a nominated venue will be selected and announced during the screening sessions. There is a reason locals like to call Brisbane – BRISVEGAS.


Brisbane, located an hour's drive from the World famous beaches of the Gold Coast is a vibrant, art loving new world city that can be considered the Gateway to Australia. Brisbane, the capital of Queensland is rich with culture and renowned for its hospitality and safety. AIFF20 will take place at the Elizabeth Theater in the heat of Brisbane city.

The Team at AIFF feel the Elizabeth Theater is without a doubt one of the best screening venues in Australia.

Need to know more? We welcome all questions.

Main Award Categories

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST QUEENSLAND SHORT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST ANIMATION ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL - Including music videos. ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

Special Award Categories

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST STUDENT FILM ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

JURY AWARD ( Crystal trophy $225 value + postage.)

The trophy is an approximate value. If an award winner foes not attend the trophy will be delivered at no cost to the winner.)

Additional prizes will be announced via social media.

Indian International Film Festival of Queensland (IIFFOQ)

This is the first competitive film festival of Indian independent films as well as of Indian subjects in global cinema to be held in Brisbane between June 28th and July 2 2014. The films can be submitted for selection from all over India and internationally. The festival founder and artistic head is actor and director , producer Chayan Sarkar who lives in Brisbane, Australia. This festival has the support of Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk and also backed by Queensland University of Technology and Asia Pacfic Screen Awards (APSA) and many other industry partners. Dr. Arun Sharma , Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology is Honorary Patron of this film festival in Australia along with the support of many distinguished personalities from India and Australia. Some of the festival advisors include Michael Hawkins, Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Anup Mukherjee Ex-Dean Satyajit Ray Film and TV institute, India ;Rajeev Jalnapurkar ,CEO,Ramoji Film City.Head of Corporate Relations of the festival is Mr. Arun Raniga. Many distinguished screen personalities, artists and experts are behind this unique film festival. Please follow updates on this facebook page for more information. To be eligible to submit your film , your film must have a story linked to India or Indian culture. The film makers could be Indian or non-Indian. International and Australian Premieres only for the competition section. We are only after feature length films ( Documentary features are also eligible to submit) for the competition.This is a competitive film festival along with some special screenings. A total of fifteen films will be selected for the competition element of the festival. The festival will be held in Brisbane City. For more information please email us:

"A.L.I.C.E." is Official Selection at SCINEMA in Brisbane

"A.L.I.C.E." (2010/USA/15 mins.) is an Official Selection to the SCINEMA Festival of Science Film in Brisbane, Australia. The festival runs from August 12-20, 2012. This is the 37th festival acceptance for the film. "A.L.I.C.E." stars Joey D'Auria, Aketza Lopez, David Razowsky and Dawn Westlake. Cinematography is by Francesco Uboldi, and editing by Brandon Bondehagen. The film is represented for broadcast sales by Fred Joubaud at Ouat Media-Toronto. For more informatio...

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

HRAFF and Brisbane Powerhouse present
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Sat 29 - Sun 30 May 2010

Bringing you the boldest films from Australia and around the globe, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival will challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life.
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is a dynamic and vibrant art and film festival featuring a variety of creative media aimed at raising awareness and generating debate on human rights issues in Australia. This year HRAFF returns to Brisbane after sold out sessions and rave reviews in 2009. Join women around the world as they fight for equality, follow the path of an Iranian artist seeking cultural liberation or come and discuss films aimed to raise Climate Change awareness. Whatever it is you’re interested in, this festival has something for you!


Session 1
My Tehran For Sale
(Australia/Iran – Persian with English Subtitles)

Featuring Q&A with the film's Director Granaz Moussavi and lead actor Amir Chegini

Session 2
A Powerful Noise
(USA – Vietnamese/Bosnian with English Subtitles)

Free live music on the Turbine Platform 5pm Saturday 29 May featuring Tenzin Choegyal, Jumping Fences, Kooii and more!


Session 3
REEL Change Shorts

Session 4
Pray the Devil Back to Hell

$15 Adult per session
$13.50 Conc per session
$46 Full festival pass

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Major Partners

Care Australia
Amnesty International
Make Poverty History

National Partners

World Vision
Film Ink
The Monthly
World Movies Channel
The Big Issue