Film Maker Submissions

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

All Film maker submissions are made using FilmFreeway https://filmfreeway.com/HeathcoteFilmFestival.

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

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For details see – https://filmfreeway.com/pages/how-it-works

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 https://www.dfat.gov.au/international-relations/security/sanctions/sanctions-regimes-currently-implemented-under-australian-sanction-law. Film makers from sanctioned countries are still encouraged to submit but prizes are not guaranteed.