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Open for Submission: Adelaide Film Festival 2020

AFF 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.

AFF 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.

In 2020 AFF has joined forces with the Adelaide International Youth Film festival (AIYFF) and will present a significant youth program in October. Complimenting the main program with the same theme but adapted for a younger audience aged 5 to 18+ AFF – YOUTH is designed to showcase and screen the best professionally made, independently made films for a youth audience. The 2020 program will present screenings and workshops for students and teachers.

If you are submitting a film that is best suited for a youth audience (under 18) please submit your film via AFF - YOUTH on Film Freeway ( All other film projects can be submitted here on Film Festival Life.

About AFF

Established in 2003, AFF was the first film festival in Australia to invest in new work. Across nine festivals the Fund has invested in more than 100 projects of which around half were features and the others a mix of shorts, TV series, interactive projects and Art & The Moving Image works.

AFF Investment Fund-supported films have gone on to garner national and international acclaim, screening at major festivals and winning 100 international and almost 200 national prestigious awards. Amongst this swag of laurels are three at Cannes, one at Berlin and two Sundance Film Festivals wins. Highlights include Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai, Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, 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, AFF 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 recognize excellence in screen storytelling with a host of regarded awards which in previous years have included Juries awards across International Feature Fiction, International Documentary and International Virtual Reality. Previous festivals have also presented audience awards, the Don Dunstan Award and the INSITE Award for screenwriting.

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

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Friday 7 February, 2020
Saturday 29 February, 2020
Adelaide Studios
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1 Mulberry Road

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