Adelaide Film Festival

ADL Film Fest // Adelaide Film Festival

8th edition

Oct 05 - Oct 15, 2018
Adelaide, Australia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description Established in 2002, the Adelaide Film Festival is Australia's premiere film event, celebrating contemporary screen culture from around Australia and the world. The festival creates, presents and markets a challenging and inventive screening program accompanied by a substantial forum program which profiles and explores key program themes and approaches to screen practice. The festival will be relevant to both the general public and the industry, attracting a broad audience demographic and introducing this audience to innovative areas of screen practice.

Adelaide Film Festival is proud to recognise excellence in screen storytelling with a host of regarded awards.

Our two prestigious juried awards honour the best in show films each festival – boasting a combined prize pool of $30,000 cash – along with our audience awards, The Don Dunstan Award, the INSITE Award for screenwriting and more.

Best International Feature Film Award
We’re proud to say ADL Film Fest was the first Australian film festival to create a juried prize for best feature film. Our all-star jury values idiosyncratic voices, bold storytelling, creative risk-taking and overall fabulous films, like previous winners:

Neon Bull, dir: Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, 2015)
Jîn, dir: Reha Erdem (Turkey, 2013)
Incendies, dir: Denis Villeneuve (Canada / France, 2009)
Treeless Mountain, dir: So-yong Kim (USA / South Korea, 2008)
Still Life, dir: Jia Zhangke (China, 2006)

In 2015, the International Feature Jury included Christian Jeune, Wayne Lewis, Maggie Lee, Tom Hajdu and Sophie Hyde. Past juries have featured distinguished writer Lawrence Weschler, Pierre Rissient, Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, Noah Cowan, Naomi Kawase and Australian legend producer Al Clark.

Flinders University International Documentary Award
The Flinders University International Documentary Award celebrates distinctive factual filmmaking.

The 2015 winner was Amber Fares for Speed Sisters (USA/Palestine).

Jakeb Anhvu was the inaugural recipient of the Documentary Award in 2013, for Blush of Fruit (Australia / Vietnam).

Michael Loebenstein, Jane Schoettle and Beck Cole comprised the Documentary Jury in 2015, following on from Joost Den Hartog, Cherelle Zheng and Kristy Matheson in 2013.

The 2017 Adelaide Film Festival will run from October 5 - October 15.
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Class Founded: 2003
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jan 20, 2017

Regular deadline: May 26, 2017
Late deadline: Jul 10, 2017

Notification date: Aug 11, 2017

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Fees Fees range from 40.00 to 90.00 AUD (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 30,000.00 USD
General rules Standard submissions open Friday 20 January 2017
Standard submissions close on Friday 26 May 2017.
VR submissions open Friday 26 May 2017.
VR submissions close on Mon 10 July 2017.

ADL Film Fest accepts feature films, shorts and VR films (drama, documentary, hybrid, experimental and animation) made in Australia and internationally. These can be any length or genre.

Submissions must be received at the ADL Film Fest office by the official closing date: Friday 26 May at 5:00pm for standard films, and Monday 10 July at 5.00pm for VR films.

Entry fees:
Shorts AUD$50
Features AUD$90
VR AUD $40
We do not accept late submissions.

Notification date: Friday 11 August 2017

All entries must be submitted via FilmFestivalLife.

Entry fees are not refunded if the film is not selected or is ineligible to screen at the festival.

Films under 40 minutes are considered to be short films.

If your film is selected to be screened at ADL Film Fest 2017 then it must be delivered in DCP format, except in the case of VR submissions.

Any other digital formats will be subject to further discussion.

We cannot theatrically screen from DVD or Blu-Ray.

Standard films must have been completed after July 2015. VR films must have been completed after September 2016.

We do not accept:
- works that are exclusively educational, scientific or for training or promotion
- music videos
- films that have been exhibited in South Australia, in any form, prior to 15 October 2017. Private cast and crew and graduation screenings are accepted but ADL Film Fest must be notified about these screenings.
- films that have been broadcast on Australian television (cable or free-to-air) prior to 15 October 2017 or have been made available for sale or rent prior to 15 October 2017.
- films that have been broadcast on the internet or available for download in any capacity prior to 15 October 2017. However, films available online via secure password protected sites are eligible.
- VR films that are available online or have been previously broadcast ARE eligible for submission.

ADL Film Fest reserves the right to program films that fall outside of the eligibility criteria under special circumstances.

ADL Film Fest may agree to preview films that are not yet finished during the submission period, but will be finished in time for the festival. The film must be at picture lock stage. Work-in-progress films should only be submitted if ADL Film Fest has agreed to accept them. You must first send details of the status of the film to to then have your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut.

Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at ADL Film Fest. All entrants will be notified of the Festival’s programming decisions by email by 11 August 2017. Please notify ADL Film Fest if you change the contact email address provided when submitting your film.

ADL Film Fest’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. We do not provide critical analysis or feedback.

If after submitting to ADL Film Fest your film becomes ineligible (screened at another festival, broadcast on television, available online etc), it will be automatically removed from consideration for ADL Film Fest and submission fees will not be refunded.

ADL Film Fest will only insure DCPs/tapes of films invited to the festival, for the duration of their stay in Australia and during transit to and from the entrant or to and from a following engagement.