9TH - 11TH NOVEMBER 2018


What is the Bayside Film Festival?


The Bayside Film Festival is an annual event held in the City of Bayside that screens local, regional and international films made by upcoming and established filmmakers. Our goal is to help filmmakers further their passion and career, by providing a platform for them to display their hard work to local and abroad audiences.




Short Films

Feature Films

Music Videos





What we do


The Bayside Film Festival screens films over three nights to diverse audiences with an adjudicator panel determining the best film in each category. Our organisation strives to make an entertaining and enjoyable event for everyone. Our objective is to help filmmakers further their passion and have their hard work appreciated. By carrying out a festival we are hoping to be able to help filmmakers and industry professionals network with one another in order to help build a community and better careers.





The Bayside Film Festival was a well renowned event in our local community, and was once a major film festival in Melbourne. 2015 marked the last year of the festival after successfully screening films for over 12 years. Today, the Bayside Film Festival Inc. is looking to restore the Bayside Film Festival to its once proud stature as a enjoyable event for all audiences. Through our new annual festival we are hoping to bring in a much larger audience from all backgrounds and demographics. We are aiming to make these festivals more enjoyable than what they previously were.







Staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers and industry professionals, our focus lies in helping build an industry in our local community. We are here to help every filmmaker grow and be recognised for their extensive work. Our team is determined to make the Bayside Film Festival an internationally acclaimed event that everyone can submit their films to, attend and enjoy.





Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee."

- James Cameron


The Categories


The Bayside Film Festival has multiple categories for films to be submitted to. Below are the listed categories:


- Short Films (<20mins) -

- Music Videos -

- Documentaries -

- Feature Films (>40mins) -

- Jump Cut Short Films (21 and under) -

- Animations -


The Awards


We have numerous awards for the best films of the festival, determined by our judges.

Prizes are listed on our FilmFreeway page.


- Best Short Film -

- Best Music Video -

- Best Documentary -

- Best Feature Film -

- Best  Animation -

- The Jump Cut  Award -


Some general Information


All films submitted will be viewed by our adjudicators and will be considered for live screenings and awards. If your film contains graphic violence or extreme themes, our event team may not be inclined to screen it in our program. If you would like assistance or have any questions about film submissions please message us under the contact tab.



To submit your film please go to our FilmFreeway page below:






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PO Box 49,

Sandringham, VIC 3191

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PO BOX 49,



E. info@baysidefilmfestival.org.au