Spark Film Initiative 2022


Team from Gulwa: A Dancer for All Sesons, created during Spark 2021. Photo: Nicholas Goldhurst

The Darwin International Film Festival is proud to present the Spark Film Inititiative 2022, a seed fund for local emerging filmmakers. In 2022 four teams will each receive $10,000 from the fund to complete a short film that will go on premiere at the Darwin International Film Festival in September.

Since 2017, the initiative has supported the production of 13 original short films which have premiered at DIFF, quickly becoming one of the festival’s most anticipated events. In 2022 Spark is going back to its roots, returning to fiction.

Darwin International Film Festival is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government, Screen Territory, The NT Major Events Company and Screen Australia.


Spark Film Initiative 2022 Information

Key dates:

  • 10th June - Submissions Close
  • 24th June - Successful Teams Announced
  • 1st September - Film Delivery Deadline
  • 23rd September - World Premiere at the Spark Initiative Showcase

Submission Requirements:

  • Project one page description, including:
    • Working Title
    • Log-line
    • A one paragraph synopsis (6 lines)
    • Team Details: Minimum – Writer, Director, Producer
  • Team Member CVs, including experience,  previous work or showreels
  • Film Script
  • Industry-standard budget
  • Submissions to be emailed to by Friday 10th June.
  • The target duration for the films 10 - 15 minutes.


Contact Details: If you would like to discuss The Spark Film Initiative or have questions regarding the submissions process please get in touch by emailing