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Documentaries (online submissions)


The documentary competiton category provides filmmakers from around the world with an opportunity to showcase their ideas and views, whilst bridging cultural differences. We welcome documentaries that also encourages dialogue not just between their subjects but also among filmmakers from around the world, be it either from Africa, Asia, Americas, Ocenia, Europe or wherever, and thosewho re not fraid to burn bridges on their cultural differences, for the people or on behalf ot the people that come from different background, culture and language, religion and political view.

Our Goals
•Provide a platform to filmmakers and the film follwers where they can view or see what others in the world are faced with the struggles and problems, battles and issues some people face.
•Create new platforms for dialogue, understanding and sharing views.
•Encourage the exchange of best practices.
•Link local and online audience with emerging filmmakers worldwide.
•Foster the development of film screening, film projects and collaborations.

Our Aim

To bring to our audience, documentaries from around the world, from any country and any language, on any topic, and we would like to tackle the ever increasing cultural barriers that existed for thousands of years, each year to cover issues relating to the development and promotion of independent filmmakers and cinema in all regions. We also hope to improve the outcome result including:
•The encouragement and support for documentary makers, and film projects.
•To help improve the career opportunities for filmmakers.
•To encourage and open the creativity, vision, thoughts, voice of filmmakers. As we are strong supporters and believers in peace, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of story telling in general.


All terms and conditions outlined on 3rd party platforms must be reviewed and agreed to.
You must be the authorized person to submit this film to the festival. All information provided on
application form is true, to the best of your knowledge. If the film is selected for the
Festival, you give permission for Colortape International Film Festival [CIFF] to use
images, sounds and excerpts from the work for promotional purposes in all media
and on The CIFF website. I hold the Colortape International Film Festival harmless
from damage or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival’s possession of the film. This agreement constitutes approval that CIFF may present the film at this years Colortape International Film Festival.

Submission requirements:

Please submit online your film in MP4 format preferable on any listed platform, alternatively you may send us 2x copies either on DVD or BluRayUSB stick to our address listed on our web site. Please include an agreement that COLORTAPE can showcase your documentary in open space, public venues and screenings and we can use it for screening distribution amongst other films, on a pre-compiled DVD of films submited into our competition each year.

ALL foreign films MUST hve English subtitles embedded in the film, or attached in SRT file format. Footage sound/voice translation (dub over) is also OK.

If need to, we will endeavour to represent your interest and negotiate for a distribution rights on your behalf with agents we may know of or have asssociation with. If there is interest in your film from distributors we will let you know. we reserve the right to anywhere beween 5%-30% comission from any deals (to be negotiated with you). We can further discuss this in due course. This year we are working on a joint-venture partnership with a 3rd party, to help you sell your film online, if interested. More info can be found on our wen site at the end of this year.

To officially enter this category you will need to register or submit through the platforms below

Participants MUST register online (please click the button below relevant to your region)

For any enquiries regarding the competition please provide your film title, and tracking number (obtained from the platform of choice during your registration online).

Please note that you must register to enter our competition on any of te following platforms according to your zone

European based filmmakers have multiple platform choices(English subtitles required) please enter either via Festhome.com

European based filmmakers also enter via Click4Festivals.com Click for Festivals

US, Canada, Centr al and South American countries may submit here

Entries from China and Chinese language films (English subtitles required) please enter here

Fees - To be eligible to participate you must register online with any of the above platforms and provide us with all the information requested (films narrated in languages other than English, must provide subtitles SRT file or be embedded. Also enter as or select foreign films category feature or short ok)

Thank you & Good luck.

Note! We do not accept direct registration via email through the listed emails "as above".


Films format preferred is MP4, HD, less than 1.8Gig (Technical support)

It is solely up to the filmmaker to compress the film (file) as small as possible and zip it or arj it to make it a small file. 5 points will be deducted if filesn are too large.No exceptions!

Events Screening Dates and Times :: Screening Events Schedule (Outdoor)


For more information on Awards & prices please go to Awards page. Click on this hyperlink.

We wish you Good Luck!

New! Colortape Film Magazine for Filmmakers

(Magazine PDF file preview, site under construction in 2016) (click here please)

The magazine was put together by us dedicated to our filmmakers and features biographies, or a short synopsis, posters and photos about films submitted in our festival.

Those who would like to feature in our magazine, please send us a short 300 word synopsis of your film/script/animation/docos please send us an email requesting to be included. A FREE oftcopy (pdf file) can be sent to ONLY those who participated in our festival.

If you would like to order FREE copy please send us an email requesting a softcopy (pdf file). Note is FREE ONLY to those who participated in our festival.

Alternatively, we will have hardcopies available by the end of the year, for a price of AUD$18 + Postage (subject to order/printing volume, please inquire within), order can be placed vi email. Thank you for supporting our magazine.


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