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 from around the world.

 

Known as “the festival where stars shine,” the Australia Independent Film Festival has become one of Australia's premiere short film festivals. AIFF celebrates the very best of Queensland, Australian and International short films, animations, documentaries and experimental film. The home of Inde film is in the heart of Brisbane Australia. 

 

The Australia Independent Film Festival acknowledge the First Peoples – the Traditional Owners of the lands where we live and work, and we recognize their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders continue to play within the film industry and our community. We are an inclusive festival that encourage and support entries from people of all races, beliefs, and backgrounds.

 

At the first festival an incredible 32 shorts were screened 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 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 2019 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.

"We wish this great festival all the success", Ali Mohammed Saeed director OF 2019 Oscar nominated Mosul 980 and winner of AIFF19 Best International Short Film - iRAQ.

"Thank you for a well organized festivaL", Dekel berenson director of 2020 academy nominated short film anna and winner of aiff20 best international short film - israel..

Jhett Tolentino, Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer.

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

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