Geelong International Film Festival (3)


05 Aug 2020
Call for entries

11 Oct 2020
Early deadline

10 Jan 2021
Standard deadline

12 Mar 2021
Late deadline

17 Apr 2021
Extended deadline


30 Apr 2021
Notification date

09 Jul 2021
11 Jul 2021


194-200 Ryrie Street ,  3220, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Festival description
Short film festival >2' 59'<
Feature film festival >60' 140'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >2' 59'<
 Feature Films  >60' 140'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 09 July 2021      Festival end: 11 July 2021

GIFF: Geelong International Film Festival is a short, long short and feature film competition festival staged at Village Cinemas Geelong between 9-11 July, 2021. Its aim is to provide quality films to our festival audience with attention to live-action and animated works which hold particular attention to the craft of performance, cinematography, sound and score, and editing.

We are seeking shorts, long shorts and features in documentary, animation, live action and narrative films under 25 minutes each, long short between 25 - 59 mins and feature films between 60 -140 mins each but there are no restrictions on when or where the film was made as long as the film itself can be classified into a general audience rating.

Feature Film 60-140 mins
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Animation
- VR or 360 (fixed or equirectangular i.e not interactive)

Long Short Film between 25 - 59 mins
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Animation
- VR of 360 (fixed or equirectangular i.e not interactive)

Narrative Short Film - 25mins or under
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Animation
- VR of 360 (fixed or equirectangular i.e not interactive)

Music Video Video

If you have an interesting live action or animated film, we warmly welcome you to submit to our film section of our festival. With many best wishes - the GIFF Committee.

Best Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best VR
Best Music Video
Best Director
Best Performer
Best Editing
Best Sound and Score
Best Cinematographer
Best Story


(1)Short live action and short animated films of up to 25 minutes, long short films between 25-59mins and feature films between 60-140 minutes in total duration including credits are welcome to submit into the festival before the closing date and no submissions will be considered after the closing date without exception.

(2) Short film screening copies for Official Selection will be provided by the film maker to the festival as 1920 x 1080 16:9 (or 2K 2:39.1 scope for feature films) as ProRes HQ mov files in stereo or 5.1 sound formats with no closed captions or watermark.

(3) There are no premiere requirements and you are welcome to submit films which have been screened at other festivals in previous years as long as you notify us with details of prior screenings for our festival marketing.

(4) All costs such as freight, travel, accommodation, and any other related fees are the responsibility of the rights holder.

(5) Notification - successful films will be invited into Official Selection by email and Festhome's selection status and unsuccessful submissions will be notified through Festhome's selection status only.

(6) There is no age limit to film makers who wish to enter a film into consideration.

(7) We do not consider material which can be understood as rough cuts, music videoclips, TVCs, corporate or trainings, pornographic or erotic, home video, and or a work in progress film.

(8) The decision of the selection committee is final with no exceptions.

(9) No feedback will be provided on your submission.

(10) We will not consider films which are outside the acceptance of the Australian film classification range of G, PG, M, M15+, and R however you do not have to hold an official classification rating.

(11) Nine Awards will be granted in the festival (see awards section for list).

(12) Submitting to the festival does not guarantee inclusion into Official Selection.

(13) By submitting to the festival, you agree to waiver all legal action against the festival, its organisers, venue, associates, stakeholders, families and or affiliates.

(14) All subtitles (if applicable) must be in English as 'burnt in'.

(15) All submissions must be made by the film's rights holder.

(16) All films must have all clearances made before submission.


(1)The festival is conceived and organised by Honey Arts International with the intention of providing an annual film festival which is based on the platform of screening unique films.

(2) Submission reviewers are looking for films which have engaging stories regardless of the film maker's track record or experience, which respect the craft of production and post-production and have a sense of polished sound and vision.

(3) All copies of successful and unsuccessful submissions will be deleted at the conclusion of the festival.

(4) All Official Selection films will be represented on the festival website with a high quality still, a short synopsis, and technical detail provided by the rights holder.

(5) If you are having difficulty in sending us your selected film, please get in touch with us in a reasonable timeframe so we can discuss your situation.

(6) All Official Selection films will receive emailed festival laurels.

(7) We have no issue if dialogue in your film is not in English. In fact, we encourage non-English language films to be submitted in the lineup but if this is the case, please submit the film with burnt in English subtitles using 90% white, Helvetica font and centre justified alignment where possible.

(8) We do not have the facilities to display VR cinema outside of a flat video screening format however we are open to the idea of working with film makers to develop future instalments of the festival to include VR as a second viewing platform.

(9) By submitting to the festival you agree to the rules and terms.



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