Adelaide Film Festival

ADL Film Fest // Adelaide Film Festival

10th edition

Oct 10 - Oct 21, 2019
Adelaide, Australia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Commercial, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Mini-series, Multimedia, Narrative fiction, Series, Student, TV
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 The 2018 Adelaide Film Festival (ADL Film Fest) will be presented 10 – 21 October.

ADL Film Fest is a celebration of Australian and international screen culture with a distinctive curated program that includes premiere screenings, special events, awards and forums that attract industry and general public.

ADL Film Fest is calling for feature films, feature documentary, series (single or multiple episodes), short and VR works (drama, documentary, hybrid, experimental and animation) made in Australia and internationally. These can be any length or genre. Films under 40 minutes are considered to be short films.

About ADL Film Fest

Established in 2003, the ADL Film Fest was the first film festival in Australia to invest in new work. This has resulted in 86 projects to date which have garnered much acclaim, amassing 95 international and 170 national awards. Some highlights include Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country and Samson & Delilah, Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country and Ten Canoes, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays and Rosemary Meyers’ Girl Asleep to name just a few.

Through the FUND, the ADL Film Fest has championed VR works, including Lynette Wallworth’s Emmy Award winning Collisions and Trent Parke, Narelle Autio and Matthew Bates’ The Summation of Force.

The Festival’s patrons are Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, who for 28 years entertained us on their weekly film review programs – The Movie Show and At The Movies.

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

Our three prestigious juried awards honour the best in show films each festival – boasting a combined prize pool of >AUD$25,000 cash – along with our audience awards, International VR Award, The Don Dunstan Award, the INSITE Award for screenwriting and more.

Works submitted to the festival have previously won the festival competitions.

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:

I Am Not A Witch, dir. Rungano Nyoni (France / UK, 2017)
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 2017, the International Feature Jury was Marten Rabarts, Catherine Fitzgerald, Leena Alam, Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Miranda Dear.

Past juries have included Christian Jeune, Wayne Lewis, Maggie Lee, Tom Hajdu, Sophie Hyde, Lawrence Weschler, Maryanne Redpath, Pierre Rissient, J.M. Coetzee, Noah Cowan, Naomi Kawase and Al Clark among other distinguished practitioners and professionals.

The Flinders University International Documentary Award celebrates distinctive factual filmmaking.

The 2017 winner was Ziad Zalthoum for Taste of Cement (Syria, Qatar, Germany, Lebanon, UAE).

In 2015, the documentary prize was awarded to 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).

Molly Reynolds, Hania Mroue and Eva Orner comprised the Documentary Jury in 2017. Michael Loebenstein, Jane Schoettle and Beck Cole comprised the Documentary Jury in 2015, following on from Joost Den Hartog, Cherelle Zheng and Kristy Matheson on the inaugural jury in 2013.

ADL Film Fest was the first Australian film festival to create a juried VR Award. The inaugural award was presented in 2017 to Michelle & Uri Kranot for Nothing Happens (Denmark, France).

The inaugural 2017 VR Jury was Rachel Landers, Mathew Tizard and Amanda Duthie.
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Class Founded: 2003
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Feb 14, 2018

Early bird deadline: May 03, 2018
Regular deadline: May 31, 2018
Late deadline: Jun 08, 2018

Notification date: Sep 05, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 50.00 to 105.00 AUD (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 19,600.00 USD
General rules All submissions open 14 February 2018
Submissions close on Thurs 31 May 2018.

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

Submissions must be received by the official closing date: Thurs 31 May at 5:00pm.

Entry fees:

Earlybird (deadline 3 May)
Last chance (deadline 31 May 2018)

VR $50 (early) $65 (last chance)
SHORT $50 (early) $65 (last chance)
SERIES $70 (early) $85 (last chance)
FEATURE $90 (early) $105 (last chance)

We do not accept late submissions.

Notification date: 5 September 2018

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 2018 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.

Works must have been completed after July 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 22 October 2018. 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 22 October 2018 or have been made available for sale or rent prior to 22 October 2018.
- films that have been broadcast on the internet or available for download in any capacity prior to 22 October 2018. 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 5 September 2018. 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.