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The Next Level International Film Festival.
The Next Level International Film Festival.
10 Mar 2024, 7:00 pm
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About the Event

As most filmmakers will tell you, being involved with making a film means; countless hours of hard work, stress, dedication, discipline, lack of sleep, lots of smiles, lots of tears, ridiculous amounts of coffee consumed, new bonds forged, and not to mention all those hours spent away from family and friends.

So what’s the point of going through it all if no one ever gets to see your work of art? Could you imagine if Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa and just hung it in his bedroom? Your work of art NEEDS to be seen, and admired and help to inspire others.

The Next Level International Film Festival (TNLIFF) was inspired by filmmakers for filmmakers to encourage and help push filmmakers to their full potential. It's a platform for emerging artists to show the world what they are capable of, not just locally or nationally, but INTERNATIONALLY!

The Prizes


    • All Winner's receive a Certificate and Laurel

    • All Finalists receive a Laurel

    • The overall winner of the 'NEXT LEVEL AWARD' will win:

      • A Trophy

      • $200USD cash

      • An InkTip Script Listing - to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

    • 2 x Runners up will also receive:

      • An InkTip Script Listing - to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.


    • THE NEXT LEVEL AWARD (A truly stand-out award to help take your filmmaking to the next level)

    • Best Feature Film

    • Best Feature Animation

    • Best Documentary 

    • Best TV Pilot

    • Best Short Film

    • Best Short Comedy

    • Best Short Horror

    • Best Short Documentary 

    • Best Short Animation

    • Best Short Adult

    • Best Web-Series

    • Best Trailer

    • Best Music Video

    • Best Actor

    • Best Actress

    • Best Supporting Actor

    • Best Supporting Actress

    • Best Poster Design

    • Rising Star Award

***NOTE: Awards and categories are subject to change at the judges' discretion.

Rules of Submission

  • We accept Feature Films, Short Films, Trailers, TV Pilots, and Music Videos.

  • When you submit your film to TNLIFF, you are automatically giving us the non-exclusive rights to showcase your film if selected as a finalist and to use your material (including trailers/teasers/posters, etc) to help market your film and our festival. If you do not want this to occur, please notify us upon submission.

  • There is no rating specification applied to the entries.

  • Films may have been previously screened at other festivals

  • Short categories must not exceed 30 mins (including credits)

  • Feature category must be over 45 mins (including credits)

  • The trailer category must not exceed 5 mins.

  • The music video category must not exceed 5 mins.

  • The film must be completed after 1st January 2020

  • Films must be either in English or have English subtitles available.

  • You can submit more than one film; however, you must complete a separate entry form for each film.

  • Entry fees are per film entered.

  • One Entry fee covers all relevant categories (i.e., Best Actress, Best Director, etc).

  • Entry fees are non-refundable

  • Submissions must be available via the secure online screener function of FilmFreeway (Passwords must be supplied if applicable)

  • Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work.

  • ONLY completed films are accepted, no rough cuts.

  • All decisions made by TNLIFF judges are final.

  • If your submission is accepted by our jury, you will be asked to provide a downloadable version of your submission for inclusion in the Film Festival.

  • Whilst all films submitted will be considered, unfortunately, not all submissions will be selected for screening. 

  • All submitters will be notified of the status of their submission(s) prior to the event.

  • If a film is selected for screening, the Film Director (Submitter) will state that he/she/they is/are the sole and rightful owner(a) of the submission and does not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic,  musical, artistic, or other intellectual property or personal rights.

  • No filmmaker will be discriminated against (or favored) by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, ideology, economic resources, or otherwise.

  • All participants acknowledge that TNLIFF is a public event that is open to the media. As such, all participants are subject to media coverage and scrutiny and may have their likenesses published in print, electronically, or via digital broadcast. TNLIFF is not, now nor will not be in the future, responsible nor liable for such media coverage or actions of the press or other publicity agents during any events or functions associated with TNLIFF.

Submit Here

Submissions Open
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Deadline
Late Deadline
Final Deadline
Submissions Close
Finalists Notified
Event Date

December 21, 2023
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rch 10, 2024

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The Next Level International Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.
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The 2024 Next Level International Film Festival is proudly supported by: InkTip: "Where producers go for scripts and writers". Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

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