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Newcastle International Short Film Festival submissions are now open

The fifth edition of The Newcastle International Short Film Festival (NiSFF) is on its way to town in December and organisers are now accepting submissions.

The festival will screen short films from around the world, including from Spain, France, Latin America, UK, USA, Denmark, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran and Australia and brings the world at the Royal Exchange Hybrid Arts Centre in Bolton Street.

Mike Griffin, NiSFF director and award-winning short filmmaker, said that this year’s festival has focused on accessibility for all filmmakers

“We have deliberately tried to give the festival an international feel. We have also tried to make the festival accessible to filmmakers of all financial backgrounds so small budget independent productions are not disadvantaged and film-makers from developing countries are not excluded. We have a phone film category. We do not expect filmmakers to submit their film for screening in an expensive digital cinema package format as many festivals do. We can download it, burn it to a DVD and screen it from the DVD,” Mr Griffin said.

“We are interested in the films themselves and the filmmaker’s imagination and experience, not the technology a filmmaker may have available or can afford.”

The festival is accepting submissions from filmmakers until 29 Nov 2021 through Festhome or Film Freeway.

“Many previous NiSFF winners have gone on to win other festivals and NiSSF is honoured to have premiered many of these great films. And we have numerous different categories ranging from animation, live-action narrative, experimental and documentary films.

“We even have a specific category for Regional NSW filmmakers and we invite submissions of very short films of up to 3 mins, which can include films made on phones, through to longer shorts of up to 20 mins. The emphasis has been on accessibility and we have already received some terrific films in submission.”

All films selected for screening will be awarded an Official Selection laurel. Best in genre awards will be awarded laurels from those films Officially Selected in international, Australian and Regional state NSW categories.

The 2021 Newcastle International Short Film Festival will roll into the Royal Exchange Hybrid Arts Centre Newcastle on Friday & Saturday the 10th and 11th of December.