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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 28, 2022

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Brisbane International Film Festival Submissions Are Open

Brisbane International Film Festival Submissions Are Open
Bronte Dray

Have you made a short film recently? Because Brisbane– and the world– wants to see it.

It’s that time of year again– Easter has come and gone, the weather is getting cooler, and most importantly for Aussie short filmmakers, The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is now accepting submissions for 2019.

This is a brilliant opportunity for short film makers to have their work seen by creatives from all over the world. It’s also a chance to show Brisbanites the awesome local content that’s being made right here in Australia. And what’s more, every short film that is selected for screening during the festival is also in the running for a slew of different awards in the BIFF 2019 short film competition.

There’s multiple categories, including Best Festival Short Film, Best Australian Short Film, Special Jury, and Innovation in Form. In addition to the prestige of winning these awards, the winner of Best Festival Short Film will also receive AU$2000; the winners of the other three categories will receive AU$1000.



For short films created in Queensland, there’s an additional prize up for grabs. In a recent media statement from BIFF, Chris Saines, the Director of Queensland Art Gallery │ Gallery of Modern Art, said that “Queensland-made entries will be eligible for the Screen Queensland Short Film Award valued at $7500, with the winner given the option of either concept development funding or travel and marketing to attend a film market of their choice.” He added that “the prize winner will also have the opportunity to meet with Screen Queensland regarding their next steps.”

Submission fees do apply; it’s $45 for submissions from 1 to 24 May, and if you want to sneak in a late entry, you’ve got from 25 May to 15 June (but you’ll be looking at a $60 fee).

For more information– and to submit an entry– head to BIFF 2019 runs from 3-13 October 2019.

(Image Credit: BIFF)