OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES – Commonwealth Stories on Screen: A Short Film Program

Curated and presented by Gold Coast Film Festival in association with Festival 2018

The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) will curate a short film program that will screen within the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program, Festival 2018.  The GCFF are seeking short films from across the Commonwealth; showcasing the talent, stories, perspectives, issues and ideas from up to 70 Commonwealth nations and territories.

These films could be created by filmmakers from Commonwealth countries, shot in Commonwealth countries or be about Commonwealth countries.

Submissions are open to short films from every genre – narrative, documentary, experimental, animation or music up to 15 minutes in duration.

As Festival 2018 is presenting the films, they will be screened open-air and need to be suitable for audiences of all ages (including children).  Films should have been produced after July 2014 and all entries must be in English or contain English subtitles or supplementary printed translations.

Entry is free.

To check which 70 nations or territories are in the Commonwealth please go to:

Entries now accepted through Without A Box. Deadline 30 October 2017.



Established in 2002, the GCFF brings diverse Australian and international films, filmmakers and film events to the Gold Coast, enhancing the city’s cultural reputation, driving tourism and delivering economic impact to the region.

The GCFF reinforces the city’s position as one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations, by promoting emerging Australian filmmakers and creating educational and professional development opportunities for film industry practitioners.  In 2017, the festival entertained over 15,000 attendees.



Festival 2018 will enliven public spaces, parks, beaches and streets throughout the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from 4 to 15 April 2018 during the GC2018 Commonwealth Games.

Held across 12 days from 4 to 15 April, Festival 2018 will feature a mix of highly acclaimed theatrical productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance and physical theatre pieces, memorable films, striking visual art and traditional Indigenous arts practice, to surprise and delight audiences of all ages.