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Submission Regulations

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY

 

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“MIFF”)

SUBMISSION REGULATIONS FOR THE 67TH ANNUAL MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”)

2 TO 19 AUGUST 2018

 

THESE REGULATIONS GOVERN THE SUBMISSION OF ALL FILMS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR THE FESTIVAL AND YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY TO CONFIRM YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SAME PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF ANY FILMS.

 

Submission Deadlines 

 

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS

REGULAR SUBMISSIONS

LATE SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSION DATES

 

 

 

 

Submissions Open

8 November 2017

15 December 2017

16 February 2018

Submissions Close

14 December 2017

15 February 2018

31 March 2018

ENTRY FEES

 

 

 

Shorts – Australian

AUD$65

AUD$75

AUD$95

Shorts - International

AUD$75

AUD$85

AUD$115

Features - Australian

AUD$80

AUD$90

AUD$110

Features - International

AUD$90

AUD$100

AUD$125

Work In progress

NOT ACCEPTED

NOT ACCEPTED

ACCEPTED*

  

Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be considered. Please note we do not offer fee waivers.

*Please read the following regulations carefully with regards to WIPs

 

Definition of Short and Feature

Short Film: 40 minutes or less

Feature Film: 41 minutes or more

 

Payment

  • Payments must be made in Australian currency.
  • Submission fee is payable by Mastercard or Visa only. We do not accept payments via PayPal
  • Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be deleted
  • The submission fee cannot be waived. NO EXCEPTIONS

Submission of your film constitutes agreement with the regulations set forth here.

BY ACCEPTING THESE REGULATIONS, YOU UNDERSTAND THE SUBMISSION FEE CANNOT BE REFUNDED.

 

Preview Screener formats

Please upload your online screener to the Withoutabox website. 

Your film must be received by MIFF by the dates listed above. If your film is not received by the appropriate deadline, your submission will be deleted and the submission fee will not be refunded.

  

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

  • Films must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
  • Films must not have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form prior to August 20, 2018. This includes Television and Internet broadcasting - The only exceptions to this requirement are for private cast and crew and film school graduation screenings
  • Films must be in their original language, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.

NB: The Festival reserves the right to program films completed prior to 1 January 2017 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2018 Festival.

 

IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A WORK IN PROGRESS PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY.

Works-in-progress & 'rough cuts'

MIFF does accept submission of Works in Progress (WIPs) only if the following conditions have been met:

  • The film must be at least at picture lock stage
  • The submission is made during the late submissions period ONLY. If a WIP is submitted during Early or Regular submissions period without any prior discussion with the submissions team MIFF will disregard the submission and submission fees will not be refunded. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • You accept that the rough cut is the ONLY VERSION you can submit. We will not accept further cuts of the film as you complete them. Please think very carefully about whether or not you should submit the film as a WIP (see below)

 

Prior Submissions 

If a film has previously been submitted to Melbourne International Film Festival it is not eligible for submission to MIFF 2018.  This also applies to WIPs that have previously been submitted, even with significant changes.

If you have any queries regarding WIPs please email submissions@miff.com.au

 

Selection

  1. All applicants will be notified of an outcome by end of June 2018. Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at MIFF.

If your contact details change during the submissions period please inform MIFF at submissions@miff.com.au so we can update our records.

  1. If the film is selected to screen at MIFF 2018 it must be made available in one of the following formats:

– 35mm

– 16mm

– DCP (DCI Compliant)

- Pro-Res

If you are unable to supply the film on one the above formats, MIFF may be able to create a DCI Compliant DCP for you at an additional cost.

  1. Exhibition materials of officially selected films will be insured by MIFF and all incoming freight charges will be covered by the festival.
  1. MIFF abides not to hold any more than four (4) screenings of any submitted film.
  1. MIFF’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. We do not provide critical analysis or feedback.

 

Insurance

  • MIFF will only insure prints/DCPs of Films invited to the Festival and for which any invitation has been formally accepted, for the duration of the Film’s stay in Australia and during transit to the Festival.
  • Please note that MIFF will not pay any rental or screening fees for submitted films. If you are using a third-party distribution or sales agency to send your Film to MIFF, you are responsible for any fees they charge and MIFF shall have no liability in respect of such fees.agency to send your Film to MIFF, you are responsible for any fees they charge and MIFF shall have no liability in respect of such fees.

 

SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS

MIFF is an Academy Awards®, BAFTA, and AACTA Awards accredited festival. 

MIFF Shorts Awards Eligibility:

All films completed after January 1 2017, less than 40 minutes long (including credits), not available in entirety for download or viewing online, including DVD release, theatrically exhibited (excluding graduation and cast and crew screenings) or broadcast on Australian television (cable or free-to-air), and have the Victorian premiere screening at MIFF, are eligible for competition.

The Short Film team will select films from the official competition program to be submitted to the Short Film Awards Jury.  The shortlisted films will not be made public.  The Jury’s processes, discussions and deliberations are strictly confidential and no discussion will be entered into regarding their decisions.

MIFF Shorts Awards:

The award winners will be announced during the MIFF Shorts Awards Ceremony during the festival.

The short films competition are competing for the following prizes:

Grand Prix for Best Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)

Award for Best Australian Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)

Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker

Award for Best Fiction Short Film 

Award for Best Animation Short Film

Award for Best Documentary Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)

Award for Best Experimental Short Film

 

The prizes are subject to change.

 

If you need further assistance after reading this information, please email the Submissions Department, submissions@miff.com.au