Who can provide submissions?
Individuals, groups, producer and crew, director and crew.
When can we submit a film and what is the deadline for entries?
Wednesday September 1 until midnight October 14 which is the final deadline for entries.
Will there be a late submission date?
No in general but if circumstances make it impossible to make the deadline, filmmakers can ask for an extension in writing before the deadlin of October 14 with an explanation for the late entry. There will be only one week extension allowed.
What other events are part of the DTSFF?
Filmakers Forums will be held to answer questions and for clarification about the type of films, submitting films etc. Watch out for these forums, Dates will be posted on the website.
There will be free training workshops throughout July and August held in cities and regional towns across Australia on how to produce a film using your mobile phone and laptop. Register your interest to see when the workshops are happening in your city or town.
How do I submit my project?
Watch the website for details. There will be a site for loading up your entry film. You can also post a USB with the film.
Are there any categories?
Check out the categories on the website. All films will be eligible for the main prizes. There will be Special categories announced throughout the year including for youth, amateur, best under 3min films and more. There will also be a people’s choice prize chosen by the audience on the night.
What are the premiere requirements?
For each film which makes it on the short list, the filmmaker, crew and friends are invited to attend the Festival event. Those selected to be screened, the filmmaker will have 3 mins to introduce their film.
Will my film be eligible if it has aired on television or digital/streaming services?
A condition for entry is that the film has not had a public screening or television release. Check out the Awards page for all conditions for entry.
What is acceptable and unacceptable content?
All content is acceptable except pornography (nudity ok), promotion of gambling, tobacco, alcohol and product placement of commercial goods.
Are there eligibility requirements?
Anyone can enter a film and any genre of film is acceptable. Conditions are available on the website so check it out.
Is there a submission fee?
All film entries will incur a fee of $25. For those under 17 or at school, entry is free.
Is the submission fee refundable?
No, the fee is non refundable (unless there are exceptional circumstances for doing so).
Who is judging the submissions ?
The judges panel will be announced prior to September 1. Watch the website for details.
Are there Judges and/or audience awards?
The judges panel will select all the prizes except for the Patron’s prize selected by Judy Mundey, our patron and the people’s prize selected by the audience on the night.
What are the Awards & Prizes?
There will be both cash and equipment prizes. Check out our website for prizes.
What are the acceptable video formats?
The website carried acceptable video formats.
What is the maximum film length allowed?
Maximum length is less than 10 minutes but there is a prize for best under 3min film.
Is the Film Festival Australian or International?
This is the first year of the festival and is Australia wide. It may be open to International films in the future.
Are rough cuts submissions accepted?
Only final masters are acceptable.
How old can my film be?
Films have to have an easily identifable element showing it was completed in 2021.
Can my film contain non-English dialogue?
You can submit films in any language but it must contain English subtitles.
Are subtitles acceptable?
Subtitles must be in English.
Are there any age requirements?
There are no age requirements.
How do I submit my film?
Use the entry form on the website to submit your film.
When and how will I know if my project has been selected?
Films will be short listed by the judges panel. You will be contacted if your film is to be screened at the Festival.
How do I know if my film is in the running?
You will be contacted and informed by email or phone.
Is there a physical festival?
The screening of the Film Festival will be held on Saturday November 20 at the Teachers Federation Auditorium in Surry Hills.
Will my project be streamed? Where?
Yes, there will be a Dare to Struggle Film Festival site for the films to be uploaded.
Who owns the rights to my submission after the festival?
You are the owner of your film at all times. The festival reserves the right to showcase the winning films on it’s site for a year.