What are the eligibility requirements for submitting a film to PADIFF?

  • Your short film must reference people who are from minority and cultural diversity.


  • Your short film crew includes members from minority and cultural diversity.

What are the technical requirements?

  • All films must be under 20 mins in duration.
  • All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
  • All films must be original and created after 2020.
  • Filmmakers are responsible for ensuring all copyright on their materials is cleared.
  • The submitted film must be an MP4 in 16:9 format.
  • Films can be created on any device.

By submitting to PADIFF, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at the Odeon Semaphore or any venue and included in a live stream of the event.

What categories are there?

  • Award for the best diversity and inclusion film
  • Award for the best diversity and inclusion costumes/makeup/set
  • The Audience Award for best diversity and inclusion film
  • Award for the best ‘Out of the ordinary’ diversity and inclusion film
  • Award for the best innovative or conceptually confrontational film (pushes buttons/ideas)

* A laurel and certificate for every film selected and for the award-winning entries will be provided. 

What do I need to submit to enter PADIFF?

An image of yourself, plus up to 300 words which should include your bio, and a description of your film.

Your name, address, email, mobile phone number, date of birth, and the category you’re entering.

Your original film (under 20 min, 16:9 MP4 film, etc.).

Does it cost to submit my film to PADIFF?

Yes, the cost to submit a film is $10.00 early bird (before 30 June 2023 ) after that the cost increases to $20.00 (submissions end 31 July 2023).

When is the PADIFF application deadline?

• Sunday 31 July 2023 (midnight)

How do I know if I’ve been shortlisted/selected?

You will be notified via email on 12 August 2023 and then listed on our website and social media.

What do I win?

• See the awards page for a list of prizes.

Do participants pay for travel and accommodation?

• Yes, participants will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Does PADIFF own my film?

No, you retain the rights for your film. On submitting to PADIFF you give us the rights to broadcast the film and promote the film on our platforms.

How do I contact the PADIFF team?

Send us an e-mail at we will get back to you as soon as we can.