Standard submissions for the 2017 festival program will open on Friday 20 January 2017 and close on Friday 26 May 2017. Submissions must be received at the ADL Film Fest office by the official closing date at 5:00pm.
ADL Film Fest accepts feature films and shorts (drama, documentary, hybrid, experimental and animation) made in Australia and internationally. These can be any length or genre.
We accept submissions via FilmFestivalLife. Submit by clicking the button below.
What genres of films does ADL Film Fest accept for submission?
ADL Film Fest accepts films of all genres, including experimental films and animation.We do not accept works that are exclusively educational, scientific or for training or promotion, or music videos.
How do I know if my film is eligible for submission?
A film is not eligible for submission if:
– It was completed before July 2015.
– It has been exhibited in South Australia, in any form, prior to 15 October 2017. Private cast and crew and graduation screenings are accepted but ADL Film Fest must be notified about these screenings.
– It has been broadcast on Australian television (cable or free-to-air) prior to 15 October 2017 or has been made available for sale or rent prior to 15 October 2017.
– It has been broadcast on the internet or available for download in any capacity prior to 15 October 2017. However, films available online via secure password protected sites are eligible.
ADL Film Fest reserves the right to program films that fall outside of the eligibility criteria under special circumstances.
How do I know if my film is classified as a feature or a short?
ADL Film Fest views films of duration 40 minutes or less as short films. Any works greater than 40 minutes in length are considered feature films.
I’ve got a work-in-progress/rough cut. Can I submit it?
ADL Film Fest may agree to preview films that are not yet finished during the submission period, but will be finished in time for the festival. The film must be at picture lock stage. Work-in-progress films should only be submitted if ADL Film Fest has agreed to accept them. You must first send details of the status of the film to email@example.com to then have your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut.
How do I send my screener to ADL Film Fest?
Our preferred submission format is an online screener hosted on FilmFestivalLife (FFL). FFL allows submitters to upload a screener of their project, and ADL Film Fest previewers can access this screener directly. You will be prompted to upload your screener as part of the application process.
If a FFL screener is not achievable for you, we do accept DVD screeners. As part of the FFL application process you will be able to select DVD as a submission format, and you will be provided with a code. Please clearly mark this code on your DVD submission. Please note: ADL Film Fest does not return submitted DVDs.
DVD submissions received at the ADL Film Fest office that have not been submitted via FFL will not be considered for programming.
What’s the selection process for submissions?
Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at ADL Film Fest. All entrants will be notified of the Festival’s programming decisions by email by 11 August 2017. Please notify ADL Film Fest if you change the contact email address provided when submitting your film.
ADL Film Fest’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. We do not provide critical analysis or feedback.
If after submitting to ADL Film Fest your film becomes ineligible (screened at another festival in South Australia, broadcast on television, available online etc), it will be automatically removed from consideration for ADL Film Fest and submission fees will not be refunded.
When will I be notified as to whether my film has been selected for programming?
All submitters will be notified of their accepted or rejected status by 6pm ACST, Friday 11 August 2017.
Notification will be via email.
If I’m selected for the program, in what format does ADL Film Fest need to receive my film?
If your film is selected to be screened at ADL Film Fest 2017 then it must be delivered in DCP format.
Any other digital formats will be subject to further discussion.
We cannot theatrically screen from DVD or Blu-Ray.
How does insurance work for screeners sent to ADL Film Fest?
ADL Film Fest will only insure DCPs/tapes of films invited to the festival, for the duration of their stay in Australia and during transit to and from the entrant or to and from a following engagement.
Still got questions? Contact us on (08) 8394 2505 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.