SAFAL Short Film Festival

The SAFAL short film festival aims to celebrate the diversity of South Asia though the transformative art of cinema.

The festival is juried and is open to all student and independent filmmakers. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Editing

Best Writing

Best Performance

Best Cinematography

Best Sound Design

People's Choice

How to Enter

To enter your film, you must fulfill the eligibility criteria and abide by the terms and conditions.

Entries Close

9 May 2017


All shorts must be no more than 7 minutes in length.

All selected films must be available to screen on H.264 or Apple Pro Res.

All genres and forms accepted.

All shorts must feature at least one person of South Asian background as a principal crew member (Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Designer/Composer) OR as principal cast.

All productions must have been completed within 5 years of the entry closing date (9th of May 2012) and must be in English or have English subtitles.

For any questions re eligibility please email:


If your film is selected for the competition or an out-of-competition showcase, you will be advised by the 12th of May, where possible. We will then require all successful entries to complete an acceptance form to be emailed, faxed or posted back to us, and arrangements made for the films to arrive prior to the festival before the 16th May 2017.
Selected filmmakers must provide a digital file for screening quality as either a H.264 or Apple Pro Res file. Filmmakers are expected to send files on a hard drive or USB stick (in exceptional circumstances filmmakers can be provided with an FTP service), or via Google Drive and Dropbox.
Unfortunately we are unable to assist all filmmakers with their travel to or within Australia to attend SAFAL. However, we warmly welcome all filmmakers who are able to attend the Festival. As the festival is intended as a celebration of South Asian artistic achievement, SAFAL strongly encourages South Asian crew and cast members attend.
The Producer grants SAFAL the right to reproduce part of their film (maximum 1 min) for the sole purpose of promoting the festival.



To enter, please upload your film to any available cloud storage or video server (YouTube, Vimeo, GoogleDrive, etc) and fill out the following form.

For any enquiries please contact: