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SEPTEMBER 2020 - Brisbane AUSTRALIA

The Story So Far

The Australia Independent Film Festival was founded in February 2018 by Brisbane filmmakers Richard Lawton and Jeremy Rigby. They had a shared dream of creating a film festival built on trust, openness and communication that would showcase and celebrate the very best in independent cinema and screenplays from around the world.

 

In March that year the festival opened for entries. By the end of the submission period the festival had received a massive array of submissions from over 20 countries.

The Story So Far

The Australia Independent Film Festival was founded in February 2018 by Brisbane filmmakers Richard Lawton and Jeremy Rigby. They had a shared dream of creating a film festival built on trust, openness and communication that would showcase and celebrate the very best in independent cinema and screenplays from around the world.

 

In March that year the festival opened for entries. By the end of the submission period the festival had received a massive array of submissions from over 20 countries.

On the 24 of November AIFF showcased 32 incredible shorts at Metro Arts in Brisbane. These included both Australian and international short dramas, as well as documentaries, animations, music videos and experimental films. Filmmakers from Ireland, Russia, the United States and all corners of Australia made their way to the festival, along with some film loving locals ready to get their eyes peeled for some quality cinema.

 

One of many highlights was a Q&A with Grammy award winning Broadway producer and filmmaker Jhett Tolentino. At the grand awards ceremony that same night fifteen trophies were presented to the very best films of the festival.

In December the festival was contacted by FilmFreeway to announce that festival entrant reviews had placed the AIFF within the prestigious top 100 out of over 7000 listed festivals. For a first year festival this is almost unprecedented.

In January 2019 the official call for entries for the second festival was made. Within one month entries have  doubled in submission rate compared to 2018. 2019 will see the festival spread over three days and will include many exciting new additions including more screenings and expanded networking opportunities.

 

Attracting global attention, the Australia Independent Film Festival is set to go from strength to strength.

Everyone at AIFF wish all filmakers and screenwriters a stellar 2019. we Can't wait to what you'll bring to this year's

Australia Independent Film Festival!

Put this festival in your top 10 list to submit. You’ll be glad you did."

- Jhett Tolentino, Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer.

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