Film Maker Submissions

Submissions are OPEN for 2024, please see details below on how to Submit.

All Film maker submissions are made using FilmFreeway

Heathcote Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

Films are subject to the Terms and conditions shown at T&Cs

For details see –

Film Submission T&Cs

  • All submissions to the festival must be made online through the FilmFreeway website and by the specified deadline. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Films must be no longer than 15 minutes. Submissions longer than 15 minutes may be rejected.
  • By submitting a film you agree to these terms and conditions.
  • The film submitted must not infringe any Australian copyright, defamation or vilification laws.
  • No part of the film is actionable for defamation, nor does it violate any right of privacy or publicity of any person, firm, or corporation.
  • The submitter must have the rights to all of the material (e.g. music) used in the film and agree to supply supporting documentation if requested.
  • Submitted films must be in English or have English subtitles.
  • The submitter assigns all rights for the festival to screen the film, and for excerpts of the film, to be used for promotional activities associated with the festival.
  • Films that are likely to be rated R 18+ or X 18+ will not be selected for this festival.
  • The Heathcote Film Festival reserves the right to assess all entries against the Australian Classification Board guidelines.
  • Entries will be selected and judged by the panel established by the Heathcote Film Festival. All decisions of this panel are final and cannot be appealed.
  • Screening copies must be provided by the film maker to the festival as 1920 x 1080 MP4 files in stereo or 5.1 sound formats with no watermarks.
  • Prize money transfer is subject to Australian money transfer regulations. We cannot transfer cash prizes to recipients in sanctioned countries. A list of sanctioned countries can be found at Film makers from sanctioned countries are still encouraged to submit but prizes are not guaranteed.