The Real Film Festival (RFF) is a 3-day film event held in Newcastle, NSW Australia.

The RFF was created to foster and develop the art of storytelling real events through film.  The festival’s niche and core differentiator is that our films must be based on true stories.

Our Festival weekend unfolds with a variety of feature length and short film screenings offering films that make you think, cry and laugh but ultimately inspire change.  We will select a range of films that celebrate real people, real places and real stories.

The Festival comprises of documentary and independent feature film screenings, 12 industry development workshops, 2 Masterclasses, Q&A’s and 3 short film competitions. The festival was also designed to educate and inspire film-making and its associated disciplines amongst the local industry and wider community to help stimulate and promote activity in the film, digital & arts sectors.

This will be updated as more prizes are announced.

Competition requirements. 

In order to tell their/others ‘real’ life story, each short film competition category must take inspiration from one of the following criteria:

  1. Living with a disability
  2. Multiculturalism
  3. Indigenous voice
  4. Women in film.

Entries for screening only (not competition) can run up to 90 minutes.

ENTRY CLOSING DATE (non-competition) is Friday, August 31, 2018.

Entry for competitions only can run up to 12 minutes. ENTRY CLOSING DATE for competition is Friday, September 28, 2018. No film may run longer than 12 minutes including titles & credits if entering the short film competitions and you are required to state if you are entering your film for public screening or for the competition.

The following conditions apply to all submissions. 

Your film must be based on a true story to comply!

You must choose your age group category based on your actual age. i.e. if you are 15 years old you enter the 13 – 18-year-old category.

All entries must be submitted for judging & screening without a menu.

Mark what category you are entering (categories outlined below).

All films entering the non-competitive screening and the short film competition must not be available for download online.

Each submission has a fee of $35.00 or $25.00 for students.

All entries must be accompanied with a completed registration form.

All footage & special effects MUST be original.

Any music accompanying a film must be copyright free or original. Any other music MUST be covered by a currently licensed agreement.

Please include:

  • Title of production
  • Creative team listing
  • Runtime
  • Music statement (royalty free, original or under the licensing agreement)
  • The production shall have a 2-second black leader.

The productions together with their copyright will remain the property of the owners, however, the competition committee reserves the right to screen any entry more than once & to make a copy in part or full for publicity of the festival only.

All entries will be handled with extreme care, but no responsibility for loss or damage will be accepted.

All entries received will be acknowledged by e-mail.

Entrant productions will be retained with the exception by the competition committee until after the public screening.

Entries will NOT be returned unless mail cost is included.

Awards will be made to the best entry in each of the categories as listed on the entry form.

A copy of the judges’ comment sheet will be provided by email to the nominated team/ individual contact after the completion of the 2018 Real Film Festival.

All decisions of the judging panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

No entrant shall be present during the judging of his/ her production.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Have fun!


Our 2018 site will soon go live.  In the meanwhile please go to our 2017 site for a wealth of information and ideas on the Festival: