1. Can I Submit More Than One Film?
    2. Do Films Have to Be On a Particular Topic Or Genre?
    3. What Format Should My Film Be In?
    4. Can I Use Any Music, Sounds or Images I Want in My Film?
    5. What are the Boundaries of "The Illawarra"?
    6. What are the Length Restrictions for a Short Film Entry?
    7. What are the Length Restrictions for a Feature Film Entry?
    8. Can I Enter Films Made Before 2005?
    9. If I Entered Home Brewed in previous years, Can I Enter Again?
    10. Is There An Entry Fee for the Film Competitions?
    11. How Can I Pay The Entry Fee?
    12. When Will I Find Out if My Film is a Finalist?
    13. How Are the Winner/s Selected?
    14. When Will the Finalists and Winners Be Screened?
    15. Can Anyone Come to Watch the Home Brewed Film Festival?
    16. Is There A Charge to Attend the Home Brewed Film Festival?
    17. Where Can I Get Tickets?
    18. What Time Will the Screening of the Films Start and Finish?
    19. Where is Wollongong?
    20. What is Home Brewed's Postal Address?

Can I Submit More Than One Film?

Yes, you can submit as many films as you like, provided that each entry is accompanied by a completed Entry Form and the entry fee. [return to top]

Do Films Have to Be On a Particular Topic Or Genre?

No. Films can be in any style or on any topic, but must not breach copyright, defamation or anti-discrimination laws. By way of example, Home Brewed finalists have included among other categories comedies, documentaries, animations, drama, thrillers, horror and mockumentaries.

The only exception to this is that films seeking to qualify for the Best Illawarra Filmmaker, must either be made in the Illawarra or have significant links to the Illawarra in the form of content, crew or actors involved in the film's production. These links need to be explained on the entry form. [return to top]

What Format Should My Film Be In?

All entries for both the Features and Shorts competitions are to be submitted on VHS cassette, or DVD only. Both PAL and NTSC format of VHS will be accepted, as will either 4:3 or 16:9 format.

If your film is selected for screening, you may be asked to provide a higher quality copy such as Betacam (if available) or preferably, mini DV. [return to top]

Can I Use Any Music, Sounds or Images I Want in My Film?

No. Music, sound recordings and certain images (such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney for example) cannot be used in your film without permission from the owners of Copyright in the relevant material, or sometimes without a special permit.

In entering your film in Home Brewed, you are required to sign a declaration (as part of the Entry Form) that you hold all appropriate permissions for the content of your film. Home Brewed may ask you to provide evidence of this if your film is selected for screening as a short film finalist or feature.

For further information on this issue see the Industry Info section of our Links page. [return to top]

What are the Boundaries of "The Illawarra"?

For the purposes of the Best Illawarra Filmmaker award in 2006, "The Illawarra Region" is defined as the area under the jurisdiction of Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong local councils. Informally this year this will also extend down to the Bomaderry and Shoalhaven regions and West to the Highlands (Wingercaribee) with this to formally arise in 2007. Geographically, this area extends from the town of Helensburgh in the North, to Nowra in the South. [return to top]

What are the Length Restrictions for a Short Film Entry?

Maximum length of 10 minutes, including all titles and credits for the film. There is no minimum length for the Short Film Competition. Medium length shorts are to be a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 30 minutes long. [return to top]

What are the Length Restrictions for a Feature Film Entry?

Feature Films must be a minimum length of 60 minutes to qualify for entry into Home Brewed. There is no maximum length for the Feature Film Competition. Unfortunately at this stage Home Brewed is unable to offer eligibility for films in the 30-60 minute running time category. [return to top]

Can I Enter Films Made Before 2006?

For Short Films under 10 minutes, anything made since 1 January 2004 is eligible for entry into the 2006 Home Brewed International Film Festival.

For Shorts Films 10-30 minutes and Feature Films, anything made since 1 January 2003 is eligible for entry into the 2006 Home Brewed International Film Festival.

Films made before the dates detailed above are not eligible for entry. [return to top]

If I Entered Home Brewed in Previous Years, Can I Enter Again?

Yes, but you cannot enter films that have previously been selected as finalists or in "best of the rest" screenings in any Home Brewed Festival year. [return to top]

Is There An Entry Fee for the Film Competitions?

Yes. Regular entries have now closed but entry fees will be payable in US$ via Withoutabox. There is a late entry fee if your project is not upgraded on their system, otherwise you will save up to US$15 on your entry. [return to top]

How Can I Pay The Entry Fee?

You can pay the entry fee by:

  • credit card (Visa, Bankcard or Mastercard only) by completing the Credit Card Authority attached to the Entry Form, and posting that to us with your entry; or
  • money order made out to "Home Brewed";
  • for Australian entrants only by cheque payable to "Home Brewed"; or
  • if you are entering through Withoutabox.com you will need to pay through their secure online credit card submission system. [return to top]

When Will I Find Out if My Film is a Finalist?

All entrants will be advised usually by email, as to whether or not they are a finalist. Notification will occur in the weeks following the closing dates for entries, most likely during September 2006. [return to top]

How Are the Winner/s Selected?

All judging for the winners of the Short Film category of the Home Brewed International Film Festival will be carried out by independent panels prior to the screening of the finalists. Previous members of these panels can be seen on the 2003, 2004 and 2005 pages.

The details of the 2006 panel will be updated periodically from around August. The judging panels will select the winners and notify Home Brewed of the results prior to the screenings. [return to top]

When Will the Finalists and Winners Be Screened?

The screening of the finalist films and selected feature films at the Home Brewed International Film Festival will be before a public audience at venues to be announced, over the period of the Festival being 5 October to 21 October 2006. [return to top]

Can Anyone Come to Watch the Home Brewed Film Festival?

Yes, this event is open to the public and will be advertised in the lead up to the event. It is anticipated that content of some of the films will be consistent with a rating of M (15+) and due to restrictions on the screening of films at festivals in NSW, it is likely that adult supervision will be required for the attendance of any people under 15 years of age. [return to top]

Is There A Charge to Attend the Home Brewed International Film Festival?

For most sessions and screenings, yes. Details will be advised in the lead up to the event itself. [return to top]

Where Can I Get Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the door to venues (subject to availability) or through presale venues to be announced. They can also be purchased by completing and mailing the ticket booking form, available on this site in September. More details will be provided closer to the event. [return to top]

What Time Will the Screening of the Films Start and Finish?

Details will be provided on our Audience page closer to the event. [return to top]

Where is Wollongong?

The bustling and beautiful heart of the NSW South Coast, Wollongong is about an hour south of Sydney by car, or an hour and a quarter by train from Sydney Central station. [return to top]

What is Home Brewed's Postal Address?

PO Box 130, Dapto NSW 2530, Australia. For other ways of reaching us, see the Contact Us page. [return to top]