NIFF Short Film Competition

NIFF will become synonymous for showcasing pure cinema.

From the entertaining to the educational, inspirational to thought-provoking, comedic to ironic, the beautiful to the bizarre, NIFF will present cinematically amazing Australian and international short films.

The festival encourages filmmakers from all countries to enter the NIFF short film competition.

The festival will consider any film in any genre.

So if you’re a filmmaker that creates short films - whether they’re drama, comedy, animated, documentary (e.g. observational, travel, humanitarian, environmental), or experimental (e.g. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone) - you're welcome to enter.

Although the festival prefers to screen newer films, all submissions will be considered. The Official Selections in the festival's short film competitions will be screened publicly, showcasing your films to the widest possible live audience.

Awards & Prizes

Best Drama - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Comedy - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Documentary - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Animation - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Experimental - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Female Performance - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Male Performance - AUD$500 cash, trophy, & award certificate 

Best Director - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Cinematography - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Sound Design - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Young Filmmaker - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate 

Best Impactful Film - AUD$500 cash, trophy & award certificate

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