The Next Level International Film Festival

The Next Level International Film Festival 2020 - Call for Submissions

As most filmmakers will tell you, being involved with making a film means; countless hours of hard work, stress, dedication, discipline, lack of sleep, lots of smiles, lots of tears, ridiculous amounts of coffee consumed, new bonds forged, and not to mention all those hours spent away from family and friends. So what’s the point of going through it all if no-one ever gets to see your work of art? Could you imagine if Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, and just hung it in his bedroom? Your work of art NEEDS to be seen, admired and help to inspire.

The Next Level International Film Festival (TNLIFF) was inspired by filmmakers for filmmakers to encourage and help push filmmakers to their full potential. It's a platform for emerging artists to show the world what they are capable of, not just locally or nationally, but INTERNATIONALLY!

This is a free event to all those who wish to attend. That’s right it’s a FREE festival. So the money you save on a ticket can be spent on the amazing food and drinks that are on offer.


  • The overall winner of the 'NEXT LEVEL AWARD' will win:
    • A Trophy
    • $200AUD cash
    • An InkTip Script Listing - to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
  • 2 x Runners up will also receive:
    • An InkTip Script Listing - to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
  • All Winner's receive a Certificate
  • All Finalists receive a Laurel
  • We are also aiming to secure more prizes prior to the event. So stay tuned.

 ​​Awards /

  • THE NEXT LEVEL AWARD (A truly stand out award to help take your filmmaking to the next level)
  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Feature Animation
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Short Comedy
  • Best Short Horror
  • Best Short Adult
  • Best Short Documentary
  • Best Short Animation
  • Best Web-Series
  • Best Trailer
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Director
  • Rising Star Award (A special award in recognition of all the hard work that has been put into the project, this is awarded at the judges' discretion)


  • We accept Feature Films, Short Films, Trailer’s, and Music Videos.
  • When you submit your film to TNLIFF, you are automatically giving us the non- exclusive rights to showcase your film, if selected as a finalist and to use your material (including trailers/teasers/posters etc) to help market your film and our festival.
  • There is no rating specification applied to the entries.
  • Films may have been previously screened at other festivals
  • Short categories must not exceed 30 mins (including credits)
  • Feature category must be over 45 mins (including credits)
  • Trailer category must not exceed 5 mins.
  • Music Video category must not exceed 5 mins.
  • The film must be completed after 1st January 2010
  • Films must be either in English or have English subtitles available.
  • You can submit more than one film, however, you must complete a separate entry form for each film.
  • Entry fees are per film entered.
  • One Entry fee covers all relevant categories (i.e. Best Actress, Best Director etc).
  • Entry fees are non-refundable
  • Submissions must be available via the secure online screener function of FilmFreeway (Passwords must be supplied if applicable)
  • Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work.
  • ONLY completed films are accepted no rough cuts.
  • All decisions made by TNLIFF judges are final.

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Wednesday 11 March, 2020
Tuesday 14 April, 2020

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