The Industry Association for Australian Filmmakers and Performers in the U.S. 


AiF UPLOAD: IGTV Short Film Festival


When is the submission period?

Submissions open on Monday July 23 at 10:00AM (PST) / Tuesday July 24 at 3:00PM (AEST). Deadline for submission is Monday 6 August at 11:59AM (PST) / Tuesday August 7 4:59AM (AEST). Finalists will be announced throughout August 13th - 15th and prize winners announced on Friday August 24 (USA), Saturday August 25 (Australia).

Who can enter?

ONLY current AiF members are eligible to submit. Membership will be checked.


How do I submit my short film?

Submit your 10-minute-or-less film using and agree to AiF’s terms. The short film will be publicly available on AiF’s IGTV account until Friday October 26, 2018.

Do I need an Instagram account to submit my short?

No, but to increase your short film’s awareness, we highly recommended you do so you can share it with friends and colleagues and other interested parties! (just make sure your account is set to ‘Public’)

How much does it cost to submit?

It’s free!

Can I submit more than one short film?

At this stage, we can only accept one film per submission.

What if a short film is directed by more than one person?

That’s totally okay, just include their name/s and Instagram handle in your submission form.

My film is not in English. Can I still submit?

Of course. However, please subtitle your film in English if the spoken language is not English. Films in a different language other than English and not subtitled in English will not be considered for the festival.

Am I required to own the music in my short film?

If your short film features music, it must either be an original composition, a song that you have licensed, or have the artist’s permission to use. By uploading your work to Instagram, we will assume your work, including any music, is completely yours, or that you have full permission to post it with all its elements.

I have a question about film rights and ownership?

We encourage all members to read our terms in the submission form on or on our Terms page.

Do you accept works-in-progress?

No, your short film must be the final cut and cannot be altered after submission.

What if my short film contains explicit content?

All submissions must follow Instagram’s Community Guidelines.

How long will my short film be up on IGTV?

AiF will keep your short film online until Friday October 26 (USA) / Saturday October 27 (Australia)

How are the award winners chosen?

The top 10 finalists will be uploaded on AiF’s Instagram channel from Monday August 13th to Wednesday August 15th (USA), at which point, AiF’s panel of judges will select a winner for the “Jury Prize”. The “Fan Favourite” will be awarded to the film with the highest Likes-to-Views ratio on Instagram on Friday August 24 (USA)

Likes-to-Views? Say whaaat?

We have a team of super-smart chimps who can crunch this data – by dividing each short film’s Instagram Likes by the number of Video Views. Therefore, the short film with the highest Likes-to-Views ratio will be selected to receive the Fan Favourite Award!

What prize do award winners receive?

The Jury Prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize and the Fan Favourite winner will receive a cash prize of $250. The Top 10 films will also be publicly available to view on AiF’s IGTV channel for two months after the end of the festival until Friday October 26 at 6:00PM (PST) / Saturday October 27 at 11:00AM (AEST)

How will I know if my short film is selected to be a finalist?

You will have to keep your eyes glued to AiF’s social channels for the announcements throughout the week in alphabetical order (like good filmmaking, we love a bit of suspense)

When will the winners be announced?

The Jury's Choice Award and Fan Favourite Award winners will be announced on Friday August 24th (USA) / Saturday August 25th (Australia)

If you have any other questions or concerns:

email AiF at or DM us on Instagram!

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