Australian Film Festivals

Celebrating Short and Movie Length Films

There are links to the official event websites so be sure to visit the sites to get the next event dates and ticketing information.

NOTE: As some organisations update their websites they may change their domain name. If the links do not work simply search Google for the event.

JANUARY

Flickerfest began as a small local festival at the Balmain High School in 1991. Over the last 23 years it has grown to become Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised competitive International Short Film Festival with entries coming from filmmakers across the globe.

SYDNEY: NEW SOUTH WALES

FEBUARY

Five years after it was founded and after just three outings, the biennial Adelaide Film Festival has staked its claim as Australia's only must-attend fest." February/March

ADELAIDE: SOUTH AUSTRALIA

OTF aims to celebrate new and independent filmmakers, their comic masterpieces and their excellent sense of humour. We are committed to encouraging and stimulating comedy film production worldwide, and to producing a festival which celebrates, entertains and inspires through comedy.

RURAL REGIONAL CENTRES: WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere and offers some of the world's best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature and free community events. No single art genre, concert, performance or exhibition series can cover the breadth of intellectual and imaginative territory of the Perth Festival.

PERTH: WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Fringe Festival is a combination of Dance, Film, Music, Comedy and all sorst of Adult and Family Friendly entertainment. Recognised around the world for its content and professionalism.

ADELAIDE: SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MARCH

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will celebrate its 28th year in 2014 and is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival. Early March

MELBOURNE: VICTORIA

APRIL

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world, in terms of quality of work, innovation of vision, and scale and breadth of program.

MELBOURNE: VICTORIA

MAY

The St Kilda Film Festival is Australia's largest and oldest short film festival. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it is now an Academy Awards® qualifying event - award-winning films from St Kilda Festival are eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards section of the Oscars.

MELBOURNE: VICTORIA

JUNE

Sydney Writers' Festival is Australia’s largest annual celebration of literature and ideas. Each year, we present over 300 events (half of them for free) and attract attendances of around 80,000 in venues that stretch from the Festival hub at Walsh Bay to the Blue Mountains. For one week every May we bring together authors of the very best contemporary fiction and writers of cutting edge nonfiction, including some of the world's leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalist.

SYDNEY: NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney Film Festival is one of the world's longest-running film festivals, and is a major event on the NSW cultural calendar. The 12-day festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world in venues across the city including the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne and the Art Gallery of NSW. Other SFF venues are Apple Store Sydney, SFFTV at Martin Place and Grasshopper Lounge.

SYDNEY: NEW SOUTH WALES

JULY

Revelation is Australia's only international film festival to host and encourage academic discussion alongside its screening program and we look forward to taking its discoveries to audiences around the country and world. It represents an important platform in film discussion and analysis in this country.

PERTH: WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MUFF is more than a film festival. It is a cinema movement and local Indy revolution. Works are being created from filmmakers who met exclusively at MUFF (Jugular for one example) and incredible synergies and filmmaker collaborations are forming. If you want to be an Indy filmmaker locally and you are NOT networking at MUFF - you are mad.

MELBOURNE: VICTORIA

The Gold Coast is an epicentre for feature film production in Australia with over 75% of all Queensland production occurring here. The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) is the local access point to that industry and a source of exciting and emerging screen culture experiences for both residing and visiting audiences.

GOLD COAST: QUEENSLAND

AUGUST

Continually attracting record numbers of delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United States and Europe, the 2014 AIMC remains the only event on the Australian film industry calendar to provide opportunities to network with local and international colleagues from cinema exhibition, distribution, production, and technology and cinema equipment suppliers. This interaction helps shape the issues that affect the business of motion pictures which, in a time of changing technologies, is transforming rapidly.

BROADBEACH: GOLD COAST QUEENSLAND

The Yothu Yindi Foundation was established in 1990 to promote Yolngu cultural development with community leaders and persons of authority from five regional clan groups, Gumatj, Rirratjingu, Djapu, Galpu, Wangurri. The leadership and innovative program development of the Foundation are considered significantly positive forces supporting Indigenous cultural maintenance, not only in Northeast Arnhem Land, but throughout the country and internationally.

NHULUNBUY: GOVE DISTRICT ARNHEM NORTHERN TERRITORY TOP END

SEPTEMBER

Cairns Festival was founded by the Cairns Regional Council on 26 May, 1961 with the highlight event being the grand opening of a new jetty on Green Island. This was the same time that the first annual Cairns Tourist Festival was established. Regional Queensland's most significant and fastest growing community event, Cairns Festival has come a long way since then.

CAIRNS: FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Melbourne Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation that presents the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival. We provide artists with the tools to develop, present and promote their work, creating a community of audiences and artists that together represent a National arts network.

MELBOURNE: VICTORIA

OCTOBER

The Bundaberg Arts Festival is the Bundaberg region's longest running competitive arts exhibition with more than $16,000 in awards - provided by the Bundaberg region's businesses.

BUNDABERG: WIDE BAY QUEENSLAND

Home Brewed first screened as the Home Brewed International Short Film Festival in November 2003 at the Dapto Leagues Club, just south of Wollongong, NSW Australia. Attracting a record 111 entries in its first year from around Australia and the World, a field of 20 finalists took to the screen before an appreciative audience of nearly 300 people.

WOLLONGONG: ILLAWARRA NEW SOUTH WALES

NOVEMBER

In 2009, the seeds were sown to establish Newcastle’s own Italian Film Festival. The Festival was born out of a love of expressing and celebrating the Italian way of life through Australian eyes – through food, drink, art, entertainment and film.

NEWCASTLE: HUNTER REGION NEW SOUTH WALES

DECEMBER
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The Wakakirri Story-Dance Association Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation (since 2004) that uses storytelling, the oldest form of learning, as it’s focus for providing innovative educational programs to schools in a manner that resonates with contemporary youth culture.

Falls is a multi day camping event kicking off at the end of December in Lorne, Victoria, Marion Bay, Tasmania and Byron Bay, New South Wales. We bring tunes from around the globe to your frontal lobes. Bands that make you dance. Art that gets you involved, with friends that make you laugh.

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