The Veterans Film Festival is coming to Sydney this November

The festival is relocating from Canberra ACT to Sydney NSW bringing a feast of films, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions, and other special events. Join us for the 7th Veterans Film Festival in our new home.

About the Festival

The Veterans Film Festival (VFF) is an annual event that puts the spotlight on stories about veterans, their families, first responders, and real or imagined genre stories about warfare and its influence on society. Screen programs will include feature-length fiction and documentary films, short films and other exciting content. The festival welcomes films from veterans and non-veterans.

Call for Submissions Veterans Film Festival 2022

The 7th Veterans Film Festival is open for submissions of features, documentaries, and shorts (less than 40min). With $20,000 in cash and kind to be awarded across a number of prizes, including the prestigious Red Poppy Award for Best Feature and Best Short.  More information

Submissions close 31 July 2022

2020 Red Poppy Award Best Short Film Trust Frank

2020 Red Poppy Award Best Feature Film U311 Cherkasy

2019 Red Poppy Award Best Feature Film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

2019 Animation Award The Swallows of Kabul

2020 Veterans Film Festival – A Virtual Event


The 2020 Veterans Film Festival was held as a virtual event during the pandemic, with films available for viewing online and the awards presented in an online ceremony.  The prestigious Red Poppy Awards, a significant part of the Veterans Film Festival, were made to the films U311 Cherkasy for the best feature film and to Trust Frank for the best short film.  For more information about the Red Poppy Awards and other awards presented during the festival, visit the Awards page.

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