Submissions for Connect Film Festival open until 

Sept 19th 2016!!

Click to send your short films for consideration for our 5th festival!

Our 2016 festival is in Melbourne, Australia, Oct 20-23rd 

…as well as ongoing filmmaker/industry hubs in the USA in Austin Texas, and Los Angeles:


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Exciting recognition! As of July 2016: Connect Film Festival has “Preferred Festival Status” from Film Freeway and a 5/5 rating from Film Festival life.

The 2015 festival was rated 5/5 on Yelp (for exuberant reviews of our festival and filmmaker’s hub, click away!)
Connect film festival logo CFF logo sept 2014

A distinct “filmmaker-centered film festival.”

Share great films.
Connect with great filmmakers.
Make better films together.

Submit to the 5th Connect Film Festival! Attend and meet filmmakers and future collaborators.

Connect CFF Los Angeles

Connect Film Festival combines a short film festival and creative hub. This year opening to samples of feature films as well!

Founded in Australia and coming up on the 5th festival, Connect Film Festival has held 3 Australian events, a Los Angeles festival, and is expanding to numerous screening hubs in 2017.

Connect is an IMDB-listed festival granting 14 awards for short film achievement. 2014 Connect films screened at Cannes and won awards in festivals in Toronto, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Houston, and Berlin. 2015 Connect films included work by an Oscar nominated director, numerous feature film directors, and a sparkling collection of some of the finest industry talent in Los Angeles and throughout the world.

More than anything, Connect is a filmmaker’s hub and a creative movement. An idea born in a pub and raised in an art space, Connect celebrates superb short films and encourages a vibrant filmmaker community.

Revitalising what can be an exhausting “festival circuit,” Connect strives to inspire filmmakers to “connect with other creatives, and find future collaborators.”

Connect a great audience, great filmmakers, and great energy!

Connect awards recognise a diversity of filmmakers and the creative team of cast and crew which drive an exceptional film. In addition to standard Best Picture and genre awards, Connect honours excellence in both theatrical and technical achievements of cast and crew:

Individual awards include…
• Cinematography
• Post-production
• Acting (2)
• Directing
• Sound

Genre awards include…
• “Golden Horse” Best Comedy
• “Straight to the Poolroom” Best Australian Comedy

• Best Drama

• Best Australian Drama
• Best Picture

Special recognition for Women in Film includes

• Bechdel Award for Writing (also open to men), recognizing nuanced female characters in film

• Best Female Director, an award endorsed by The Director List
• Best Female Cinematographer, in honor of superb technical achievement by a cinematographer who happens to be female 

Why Connect?

Because Connect encourages a vibrant filmmaking community, Connect is a filmmaker’s hub, distinctive from much of the short film festival circuit in that:

• Connect redefines filmmakers: Unlike most short film festivals, Connect awards honour crew as well as actors and directors. Focus is on all filmmakers, not just directors or a few key players. All filmmakers are encouraged to attend the event, which is an ideal place to meet future creative collaborators. Everyone benefits from knowing another exceptional actor or film editor! 

Connect encourages collaboration: In order to be shown, all Connect Film Festival selections accepted must have a “commitment to Connect.” This is demonstrated by sending a “filmmaking representative” to the event, any member of cast, crew or support staff, who were involved in making the film. If time or scheduling makes this difficult, Connect filmmakers may commit to “Connect virtually” through a short Skype interview and email correspondence. This was true of every film shown in the Australian Connect Film Festivals, which included a text and email correspondence from a director in the Northern Hemisphere who could obviously not attend the Melbourne-based festival, but made himself available to inquisitive filmmakers and an enthusiastic audience. 

• Connect shows the best films: We welcome the best work, not the best work of the last 5 minutes. Alongside darlings of the festival circuit, Connect allows filmmakers to show the favourite film they have ever made, be it that first breathless student film or last year’s award winning short that no one wants to see now that the glow of Sundance has faded. Great filmmakers do because we all want to be better. Without a date limitation, this is a great opportunity to showcase previous award-winning endeavours, as well as great overlooked films! Premieres are also welcome. The 2014 Connect Film Festival showcased a majority of newer films and premieres, but also short film classics from before 2005. The 2015 Connect Film Festival showcased films in 3D, shorts shot on film, and festival favorites nearly 20 years old (active filmmakers in attendance), alongside multiple premieres. 

• Connect shows the most films possible: Short films are encouraged in order to offer an introduction to filmmakers work. Focus is on filmmakers and the teamwork behind making films as much as it is on the films themselves. Short high-quality work is prioritised as a way to create a diverse lineup and an opportunity to connect with more filmmakers. 

Inspired by enthusiastic response in Australia, Connect Film Festival expanded to the USA in 2015 with an Los Angeles extravaganza at the 220 seat 4K Downtown Independent theater. Invitations to screen in competition were extended to less than 10% of applicants.

… and all this started in a vibrant Aussie pub!

Award-winning films and filmmakers, voted by an enthusiastic audience at the second Connect Film Festival (17 Feb, 2014. Melbourne, Australia):

• BEST DIRECTOR & BEST PICTURE: Penny. Directed by Stuart Stanton. • BEST COMEDY: Exes. Directed by Nic Barker. • SECOND PLACE, COMEDY (Special Award): The Teacher’s Union. Directed by Lewis Eyers-Stott. • BEST DRAMA: Arrival. Directed by Joshua Hoareau. • BEST SOUND & MUSIC: Arrival. Music by Richard Labrooy Sound Recording by Jay Mains and Pascalis Dimopoulos. • BEST ACTOR: Penny. Jodi Eames. for “Donna” • BEST ACTOR: Arrival. James Schaw. for “Sylas” • BEST POST-PRODUCTION: Arrival. Thomas Marley and Joshua Hoareau. • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Penny. Joel Frances.

BEST PICTURE: Broken Superman (Dir. Zev Howley) BEST COMEDY: Pint (Dir. Nic Barker) BEST DRAMA: A Fairy Tale (Dir. Stefan Bugryn) BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Pint (Cinematographer Mary Gubbins)

Cheers and two thumbs up, Lindsey “Loon” Ricker Festival founder

L-R: Nic Barker (Best Comedy, Pint), Marty Gubbins (Best Cinematography, Pint), Stefan Bugryn (Dir. Best Drama, A Fairy Tale) , Julian Zuliani (Producer. Best Drama, A Fairy Tale), Lindsey Loon (CFF founder), Tom Vogel (Dir. Mabowezi), Ivan Malekin (Dir. Reckoning), Sarah Jayne (Dir. Dusk), Hana Vraniqi (Actor, Red Aces "Death Comes for All" and Simple Happiness)

First Connect Film Festival, Jan. 2014

L-R: Nic Barker (Best Comedy, Pint), Marty Gubbins (Best Cinematography, Pint), Stefan Bugryn (Dir. Best Drama, A Fairy Tale) , Julian Zuliani (Producer, Best Drama, A Fairy Tale), Lindsey Loon (Connect Film Festival founder), Tom Vogel (Dir. Mabowezi), Ivan Malekin (Dir. Reckoning), Sarah Jayne (Dir. Dusk), Hana Vraniqi (Actor, Red Aces “Death Closes All” and Simple Happiness)


    1. Hi Charles! Thank you for the comment, happy to include you in the community. We will be launching free internet services and a networking hub for filmmakers.

      Would you like your email to be added to the list? If so, just respond with your email.

      Connect is based in Los Angeles and Melbourne Australia, not expected to expand to other cities until at least 2018, although the concept of building a tightly networked community of professional filmmakers is a highly exportable model.

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