10th Annual

Show-Fest International

August 07, 2013 to August 07, 2013

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Australian Programme
Works of 20 minutes or shorter duration of either a documentary or narrative fiction nature which can be deemed an Australian production.
Animated films are accepted, but *must* be of the narrative fiction format.
By submitting your film to the Australian Programme, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Show-Fest Terms & Conditions of Entry.
International Programme

Works of 20 minutes or shorter duration of either a documentary or narrative fiction nature which can be deemed a non-Australian production.
Animated films are accepted, but *must* be of the narrative fiction format.
By submitting your film into the International Programme, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Show-Fest Terms & Conditions of Entry.


The Show-Fest International short film festival, presented by NAFA, is a forum at which filmmakers can showcase their work and interact with the audience in our signature "Show & Tell".

We believe in fostering an environment in which everybody benefits by sharing the lessons learned making the films.


From a simple start at the Sydney Comedy Store in 2004 screening shorts on DVD, Show-Fest has grown to be a fully-featured festival that can screen 35mm prints in a real cinema environment.

In 2010 we were one of the first short film festivals in the world to exclusively use 35mm film and DCI-DCP digital for cinema projection.

We are a selective festival that uses an independent judging panel to choose the finalist films. The judges will be drawn from Sydney's film and television industry.

We screen at a cinema that is widely respected for its suitability for festivals. The Ritz Cinema is a multi-screen independent cinema in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, surrounded by the café and restaurant precinct known as The Spot.

Our "Show & Tell" format means that at least one cast or crew member is strongly encouraged to attend the screening. They can then talk on-stage about their experience making and promoting their film, and answer questions from the audience.

Finalist filmmakers who are unable to attend the festival are required to submit a short video or audio clip along with the exhibition copy. In this clip the filmmaker must answer the same questions that will be asked of filmmakers by the host at Show-Fest. This clip need not be of a professional standard: filmmakers have submitted videos shot using a webcam.

For shorts selected for screening we require a 35mm print, DCP (Digital Cinema Package), or cinema-quality QuickTime or H.264/AVC file. We no longer accept tape formats.

We believe this unique combination of attributes makes Show-Fest International a worthy platform for both you and your short film.


Tony Chu (Festival Director)


Show-Fest International prides itself on its "Show & Tell" format. If you or a cast or crew member from the film can't attend the festival, see the SHOW & TELL REQUIREMENT in the Terms & Conditions.


1. Choose your relevant category by the relevant Deadline;
2. Complete the Withoutabox entry form and agree to the Withoutabox Terms of Service;
3. Pay the applicable Submission Fee*; and
4. Submit your short film and press kit in accordance with the Eligibility Requirements.

* Applicants seeking to pay the student price must:

1. provide the applicant's student identification details (including student number);
2. nominate an officer of the applicant's educational institution and that officer's contact details; and
3. give permission to NAFA to contact the applicant's educational institution to verify the applicant's eligibility.



1. Your Submission must be entered in the correct and relevant category.

2. Your Submission can be of any genre and made during any year but must not exceed 20 minutes in duration.

3. Your Submission must be postmarked or accepted by the courier on a date no later than the relevant deadline. If your courier service requires a street address, please e-mail us for more information.

4. You must Deliver the preview copy (screener) by the Preview Copy Delivery Deadline.

5. If your Submission is selected as a finalist by our Judging Panel (“Finalist”), you are required to:

a. Deliver the digital exhibition copy, at your sole expense, to NAFA in accordance with NAFA’s instructions, by the Exhibition Copy Delivery Deadline;
b. Deliver the 35mm exhibition print, at your sole expense, to the Ritz Cinema (on behalf of NAFA) in accordance with NAFA’s instructions, by the Exhibition Print Delivery Deadline;
c .Ensure that your Submission meets the Technical and Classification Requirements.
d. Participate in the Show & Tell Requirement.

6. If you are a Finalist, either attend the screening at Show-Fest or notify NAFA in advance whom you nominate as your representative in the event that you are chosen as a prize winner.


The quality of the video and audio embodied in your Submission must meet or exceed Australian broadcast standards. You acknowledge and agree that any Submission that doesn't meet these standards:

1. may be disqualified,

2. will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will be forwarded to the judging panel at NAFA's sole discretion.

You acknowledge that your Submission will be subject to Australian Classification Board's Festival Classification requirements (“Classification Requirements”). In the event that your Submission does not meet the Classification Requirements, you acknowledge that your Submission may be disqualified (at NAFA’s sole discretion).


If you are chosen as a Finalist, you undertake to do one of the following:

1. Send at least one member of the cast or crew to the screening of the film to take part in discussion; OR

2. Supply an audio or video clip in which at least one *key* cast or crew member answers a standard set of questions provided by NAFA. They are free to make other comments and illustrate their answers with relevant footage.


You hereby grant NAFA (and its designees) an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive right to use your biographical information, image and likeness, press kit and any other associated submission or festival materials, for commercial, advertising, promotional and other marketing purposes in connection with Show-Fest International, in any and all forms of media now known or hereafter devised.

You hereby grant NAFA (and its designees) a licence to reproduce, publicly perform, communicate to the public and exhibit your Submission in connection with Show-Fest International,


Each Submission will be individually reviewed in accordance with NAFA’s judging criteria in order to determine the Finalists and the winners. Chance plays no part in determining the Finalists or winner(s).

Best Film Award – The judges will be comprised of people appointed NAFA (“Judges”). Judges will review the entries and provide a cumulative score out of 100. Subject to these T&Cs, the Finalist Film with the highest points will be awarded the Best Film Award. The judges' decision of the Best Film Award is final and not negotiable. Odds of winning will depend upon the final judgment of the Finalist Film as determined by the Judges in accordance with NAFA’s judging criteria.

Audience Choice Award – The judges will be comprised of audience members attending Show-Fest International (“Audience”). The Audience will view the Finalist Films and will vote as to their favourite film screened that at the festival. Subject to these T&Cs, the Submission with the highest number of votes will be awarded the Audience Choice Award. The Audience’s decision of the Audience Choice Award is final and not negotiable. Odds of winning will depend upon the final judgment of the Finalist Film as determined by the Audience.

Winners may be required to execute and return a declaration of eligibility, prize acceptance, liability & publicity release.

Prizes may not be transferred, substituted, redeemed for cash, sold, or traded. Winners are advised to obtain, and are responsible for ensuring that they have, adequate insurance coverage for their participation in the prize. For the avoidance of doubt, the prize is personal to the winner and may not be transferred to the winner’s successors, beneficiaries or assigns, whether by will, trust, agreement or otherwise. NAFA reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value at any time in its sole discretion.

The winners are responsible for the payment of any applicable taxes on the prize, and for any and all other expenses that may be associated with receiving the prize. If any entrant is a minor, the prize will be awarded in the name of their parent/guardian for the benefit of the minor entrant, and the parent/guardian will be solely responsible on behalf of the entrant for all applicable documentation and taxes.

The prize is awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose) to the maximum extent permitted by relevant legislation. Acceptance, participation in Show-Fest and/or use of the prize is at the winner’s sole risk and NAFA is not responsible for damages whatsoever, including special, indirect, or consequential damages, arising out of or in connection with the use and/or misuse of the prize.

NAFA’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. NAFA does not provide critical analysis or feedback.


You acknowledge and agree that NAFA reserves the right and may, at any time, in its sole discretion disqualify and remove any Submission or winner for any reason, including but not limited to, its belief that:

1. the Submission potentially or actually infringes upon the copyrights, or other rights of any third party; or

2. the Submission contains defamatory, obscene, lewd, or inappropriate text, language, images, or other material; or

3. you have not complied with any aspect these T&Cs.

In the event that an entrant is disqualified, any benefits will be forfeited and may (at NAFA’s sole discretion) be awarded to an alternate entrant from among the remaining eligible entrants.


You agree that any and all Entry Fees are non-refundable for any reason whatsoever.

You agree that should you be selected as a Finalist, you will be solely responsible for your own travel expenses (including, without limitation, food (including room service), hire car costs, taxi fares and other ground transportation costs, airline baggage fees, additional airline fees, taxes and costs, and other costs and expenses) and all other costs associated with your Submission, save that all exhibition copies and prints will be returned to the filmmaker in person at the festival or posted to the applicant at NAFA’s expense.

You hereby warrant that your Submission (including any and all copyrights embodied therein):

1. is exclusively owned and/or controlled by you and if not owned and/or controlled by you, that you have obtained any and all third party permissions and clearances required in respect of such third party owned copyrights;

2. does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and

3. does not violate any applicable law.

You further warrant that the rights granted to NAFA pursuant to these T&Cs (including without limitation, the right to use your biographical information, image and likeness, press kit and any other associated submission or festival materials) will not infringe upon the rights of any other third parties.

You agree to indemnify and hold NAFA harmless against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses arising out of any breach by you of any warranty, representation or agreement made by you under these T&Cs.

While all reasonable care is taken to maintain the integrity of your Submissions, NAFA assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, a communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, or alterations to your Submission which are not the result of a negligent act or omission by NAFA or any of NAFA’s agents.

NAFA and its agents are not responsible for any lost, late, or misdirected Submissions, or for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, for lost or unavailable network connections, or for failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or any human error which may occur in the receipt or processing of your Submission.

You specifically acknowledge and agree that proof of entering via Withoutabox or posting materials without tracking does not constitute proof of delivery or receipt by NAFA of your Submission or any other related material.

You agree that in the event of any breach of these T&Cs by NAFA you shall not be entitled to enjoin and/or injunct against any action by NAFA in relation to your Submission and you acknowledge and agree that your right to receive any damages shall be limited to the Entry fee paid only.

While NAFA undertakes to handle all exhibition copies and prints professionally and to only use qualified projectionists, you acknowledge and agree that any exhibition copies and prints (including but not limited to damage of, or the theft of the same) shall be your sole responsibility and NAFA shall have no responsibility in respect of the same.

These T&Cs shall be governed by the laws of the State of New South Wales and the parties hereby agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of such state in resolving any disputes.