REAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
The Real Film Festival (RFF) is on the lookout for fearless filmmakers prepared to tell their untold stories.
The festival is a celebration of storytelling through film. We invite submissions for the 2019 Real Film Festival from independent filmmakers, of documentary, short and feature length films based on real events.
Films MUST take inspiration from one or more of the aims of the festival which are to:
- Raise topics around social justice, environmental and human rights issues
- Celebrate the inclusion of diversity
- Encourage stories from the Hunter region
Filmmakers are invited to submit short or feature length films for consideration in the Film Screening category, and short films only can be submitted into the Short Film Competition.
We encourage submissions from filmmakers living with disability, First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, LGBTQI and female filmmakers.
Successful films will be screened at the Real Film Festival in Newcastle and the Hunter region in 2019. Screenings will complement a full program of screen industry development programs supporting young, emerging and established filmmakers and content creators
The Short Film Competition will be judged by a committee of some of Australia’s most experienced industry professionals, who will provide professional and constructive feedback on all films entered.
- Film Screening
Entries for Film Screening (non-competition) can run up to 90 minutes.
CLOSING DATE for Film Screening (non-competition) is Friday 6 September 2019.
NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.
- Short Film Competition
Entries for the Short Film Competition can run up to 12 minutes (including titles and credits).
CLOSING DATE for the Short Film Competition is Friday 4 October 2019.
LATE ENTRIES accepted for the Short Film Competition until Friday 18 October 2019.
Cut!Waste Short Film Competition
The Real Film Festival supports and showcases young and emerging filmmaking talent through Short Film Competitions each year, often addressing real topics around social justice, environmental and human rights issues. In 2019, the Cut!Waste Short Film Competition is an initiative developed from a partnership between the Real Film Festival and the Hunter Joint Organisation to build awareness around waste reduction, recycling and repurposing waste in the Hunter and Central Coast regions.
Awards and Prizes
$6000 worth of mentorship, prizes and cash to be announced at the Real Film Festival event on Sunday 17th November 2019.
Terms and Conditions
Entries must be stories specific to the Hunter or Central Coast region, will include inspirational storytelling techniques, and will focus around areas encompassing issues such as:
- WASTE reduction/avoidance
- WASTE reuse/repair/repurpose
- WASTE environmental impacts
Cut!Waste Short Film Competition entries can run up to 12 minutes (including titles and credits).
CLOSING DATE for the Cut!Waste Short Film Competition is Friday 4 October 2019.
LATE ENTRIES accepted for the Cut!Waste Short Film Competition until Friday 18 October 2019.
Conditions of Entry
The following conditions apply to ALL submissions.
Your film MUST be based on a true story to comply!
All entries MUST be submitted for judging & screening without a menu.
You are required to state if you are entering your film for Film Screening or for the Short Film Competition (categories outlined below).
All films entering the Film Screening and the Short Film Competition must NOT be available for download online.
EachFilm Screening submission has a fee of $50/ or $40 Concession/Student rate.
Each Short Film Competition submission has a fee of $35/or $25 Concession/Student rate).
All entries MUST be accompanied with a completed Registration Form (see below).
All footage & special effects MUST be original.
Any music accompanying a film must be copyright free or original. Any other music MUST be covered by a currently licensed agreement.
- Title of production.
- Creative team listing
- Music statement (royalty free, original or under the licensing agreement).
- The production shall have a 2-second black leader.
The productions together with their copyright will remain the property of the owners, however, the competition committee reserves the right to screen any entry more than once & to make a copy in part or full for publicity of the festival only.
All entries will be handled with extreme care, but no responsibility for loss or damage will be accepted.
All entries received will be acknowledged by e-mail.
Entrant productions will be retained with the exception by the competition committee until after the public screening.
Entries will NOT be returned unless mail cost is included.
Awards will be made to the best entry in each of the categories as listed on the entry form.
A copy of the judges’ comment sheet can be provided by email to the nominated team/ individual contact after the completion of the Real Film Festival 2019.
All decisions of the judging panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
No entrant shall be present during the judging of his/ her production.
We look forward to receiving your submission!