DeREEL Independent Film Festival

Established in 2007, the DeREEL Independent Film Festival has showcased films from over 60 countries and 6 continents. It is a film festival for independent film makers, organised by independent film makers.

As independent filmmakers we understand that while no film is perfect, just finishing a film is a huge achievement. With this in mind we're going to make sure no one walks away from our festival empty-handed. While we won't give you an award you don't deserve, every film selected for screening will receive an official selection laurel and every film entered will receive a laurel. You're not going to get awards that we feel your film doesn't deserve, but you will get something that helps lend a little cred to your film.

The films winning the major categories will be screened in Melbourne, Australia. We're also working with an independent film streaming company to provide a free online stream of the films selected on the same weekend as the festival is held for those who can't make the trip to Australia.

DeREEL Independent Film Festival prefers digital submissions in a high-quality MOV file. You can transfer files easily via Vimeo, Google Drive or WeTransfer Our file upload address is dereelfilm@gmail.com

To submit a film.

DeREEL Independent Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Awards & Prizes


Best Drama Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Action Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Sci-Fi Feature
Best LGBTQIA Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Web Series
Best Animated Short
Best Drama Short
Best Horror Short
Best Action Short
Best Horror Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best LGBTQIA Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Long Short
Best Drama Long Short
Best Horror Long Short
Best Action Long Short
Best Horror Long Short
Best Sci-Fi Long Short
Best LGBTQIA Long Short
Documentary Long Short
Best Director 
Best Very Short Short

Dates & Deadlines
May 7, 2018

Opening Date
Opening Date: May 7, 2018
Very Early Deadline: June 1, 2018
Earlybird Deadline: August 1, 2018
Regular Deadline: November 1, 2018
Late Deadline: January 1, 2019
Extended Deadline: January 31, 2019
Notification Date: February 28, 2019
Event Date: March 30, 2019


Categories & Fees

Drama Feature, Horror Feature, Action Feature, Sci-Fi Feature, LGBTQIA Feature, Documentary Feature

Film length needs to be over 60 minutes and under 120 minutes. Film needs to be in English or have English subtitles.

Very Early Deadline:Standard Fee: $10 USD
Earlybird Deadline:Standard Fee: $15 USD
Regular Deadline:Standard Fee: $20 USD
Late Deadline:Standard Fee:$25USD
Extended Deadline:Standard Fee: $30 USD

Web Series
Series needs to be under 25 minutes.
Series needs to be in English or have English subtitles.


Very Early Deadline - Standard Fee: Free
Earlybird Deadline - Standard Fee: $10 USD
Regular Deadline - Standard Fee: $15 USD
Late Deadline - Standard Fee: $20 USD
Extended Deadline - Standard Fee: $25 USD

Drama, Horror, Action, Sci-Fi, LGBTQIA, Animated, Documentary Long Shorts

Film length needs to be over 25 mins and under 60 minutes. Film needs to be in English or have English subtitles.

Very Early Deadline - Standard Fee: Free
Earlybird Deadline - Standard Fee: $10 USD
Regular Deadline - Standard Fee: $15 USD
Late Deadline - Standard Fee: $20 USD
Extended Deadline - Standard Fee: $25 USD

Drama, Horror, Action, Sci-Fi, LGBTQIA, Animated, Documentary Shorts

Film length needs to be over 5 mins and under 25 minutes. Film needs to be in English or have English subtitles.

Very Early Deadline - Standard Fee: Free
Earlybird Deadline - Standard Fee: $5 USD
Regular Deadline - Standard Fee: $10 USD
Late Deadline - Standard Fee: $20 USD
Extended Deadline - Standard Fee: $25 USD

Very Short Short
Film length needs to be under 5 minutes. Film needs to be in English or have English subtitles.

Very Early Deadline - Standard Fee: Free
Earlybird Deadline - Standard Fee: $5 USD
Regular Deadline - Standard Fee: $10 USD
Late Deadline - Standard Fee: $15 USD
Extended Deadline - Standard Fee: $20 USD


Rules & Terms
You will need to submit the following items with this application:
1. A digital copy of the film, clearly labeled with film title, director, tracking number, running time, contact phone / email. No other format will be accepted. All communication between the festival and filmmakers will primarily be via email.
2. A film still as a digital file at least 300dpi, for use by DIFF should the film be selected.
3. A longer synopsis with plot points and a list of cast and character names. Although not necessary, a full press kits may be included in your application package if available.
4. All official selections will be listed on the dereel.com website by March 15, 2019.
All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The Festival will make no cuts or changes. The festival does not pay rental or screening fees for submitted work.
5.Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles.
6. PAYMENT INFORMATION:
Payment is via Filmfreeway only. No Checks, Money Orders or Cashiers Checks.
7. DISTRIBUTION:
One of our major sponsors is a Film Distributor specialising in Independent Films. If your film is of a quality that we feel my be of interest to the film distributor then we reserve the right to forward your details to the distributor for them to contact you regarding a possible non exclusive distribution deal. If you do not wish to be contacted then please let us know as this is opt out only.
8. AWARDS
A festival jury will present awards to films selected as best in category.
9. RETURN OF SUBMISSIONS
Please only send materials you do not wish to have returned, it's cheaper and easier for all involved. Please do not send us masters, originals, your only copy, etc. as they will not be returned.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I warrant that I own and/or have obtained legal clearance or license to all contents of my Festival entry including but not limited to script; still and moving pictures; writings; talent; music; and all other images and sounds. I further affirm that I have the authority or authorisation to submit the enclosed program with this application. Additionally, I will hold the DeREEL Independent Film Festival (Diff) harmless for any and all suits or liabilities arising from any alleged or actual violations of copyright or other rights, or loss of programs submitted. I understand that with my signature the winning entries may be exhibited at the 2019 DeREEL Independent Film Festival. I also give non-exclusive permission to the Diff to use images of this production for the following applications.
display on the Internet and including streaming on the web site 
public relations and press materials
advertisements, documentation and print collateral
compilation reels.


I hereby certify and represent that I have read the foregoing and fully understand the meaning and effect there of and, intending to be legally bound.