3rd Annual

Poetry in Film Festival 2012

November 18, 2012 to November 28, 2012


General Entries


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in Australian Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
October 1, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Regular Deadline
October 15, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Late Deadline
October 26, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately November 10, 2012

Shorts: From 4 minutes to 7 minutes

Projects completed after February 1, 2011

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best Film (Best interpretation of the poem)
Cash Award Value: 1,000 Australian Dollar

Best Direction
Cash Award Value: 250 Australian Dollar

Best Cinematography
Cash Award Value: 250 Australian Dollar

Audience Award
Cash Award Value: 250 Australian Dollar

Best Performance
Cash Award Value: 250 Australian Dollar

Category Rules

Rules and Regulations

1. The Poetry in Film Festival (PIFF) Screening and Awards night will be held on 18 November 2012 at the Palace Cinema Como, South Yarra, Melbourne in the form of an Awards Night.

2. To register for the PIFF newsletter and receive regular updates, go to www.poetryinfilmfestival.com.au

Entry requirements:
3. The poem ‘from freo’ by Kevin Gillam must be interpreted into film. This can be done using any genre including drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, documentary, music video, animation or experimental. Words from the poem can be used within the film but this is not a requirement. The poem is available on the PIFF website.
- Films must start with 5 seconds of black
- After the credits, films must finish with 5 seconds of the PIFF 2012 slate. You can download the slate here
- Films must be between 4 minutes and 7 minutes long. This includes the 5 seconds of black, the slate and all credits.
- Films must be in English or with English subtitles

The poem:

from Freo

it’s the jaundiced streetlight. it’s the
black-lined lung of harbor. it’s
the hum of unthinking. it’s the bill-
boards screaming. it’s Friday bleeding.
it’s the unsilence. it’s a fresh
tongue of tar. it’s the whiff of poss-
ibility. it’s tail lights in
soft focus. it’s a bottle-top

sky. it’s the unsilence. it’s un-
seens and schemings. it’s the strip
and neon hit. it’s the smeared mirror’s
lie. it’s the unsilence. it’s the
lips of driveway. it’s the first
sip of stopping. it’s the silence

Entry fee:
4. AUD$ 35.00 applies for each film submitted.

Submission requirements:
5. All submissions need to be done through www.withoutabox.com. In order to use withoutabox.com you need to create a user account, which is free of charge.

6. Filmmakers are responsible in providing:

1 error free DVD (PAL only) for the preview. Please ensure the DVD can be viewed on a consumer DVD player and is not copy protected as multiple copies may be made.

All discs must be labelled with the film title, running time and contact details including a valid email address. If entering multiple films, only one film per DVD should be submitted.

Once you have entered the festival via withoutabox.com, you must send your completed film (see above for what must be submitted with your film) to:

212 St Kilda Road
St Kilda

Entry material will not be returned.

7. Through submission to PIFF, the filmmaker grants PIFF the rights to:

- exhibit the film and/or stills in the Poetry in Film Festival and any subsequent PIFF screenings
- reproduce the film and/or stills for inclusion in other screenings under the PIFF festival
- exhibit the up to 30 sec of the film and/or stills either in part, for promotional purposes.

8. PIFF has obtained all the necessary permissions to make use of the poem, ‘from Freo' by Kevin Gillam for PIFF film entrants. However copyright for any copyright material (music, photos etc.) as well as any kind of release forms used in a PIFF submission must be sought by the filmmaker before submission.

Entry Deadline:
9. Entry deadline is post by 5pm 26th October 2012
10. Once submitted, entries may not be withdrawn from the festival.

Film Selection:
11. An independent committee of industry professionals will view and select entries for the screening at the Awards Night. Films that are not selected for screening at the Awards Night may still be shown at other PIFF related events.

12. If your film has been selected you will be notified via email.

13. All entries will be handled with care but PIFF can’t be held responsible for any damage or loss.


1 disc containing the film as an Mpeg2 file in 720p resolution (“.mpg” file extension, set at 25fps) and audio mastered at 48kHz.

The films will be screened through a digital projector.

-If you are using Final Cut to edit your media, make sure you set your sequence at 720p resolution, with a square image.

-If you are encoding via Apple’s “Compressor” program, use the MPEG2 Program Stream encoder, and be sure the image settings are set on 720p, and the frame rate set to 25fps. And set the file extension to “mpg”. By default, it has the “mpeg” extension.

2 production stills, on a separate CD, must also be submitted with the DVD. Please make sure picture resolution is minimum 300 dpi.