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Submission Regulations



Submission Deadlines


Early Bird submissions:

Open Thursday 30 October 2014

Submission deadline: Thursday 4 December 2014


Regular submissions:

Open Friday 5 December 2014

Submission deadline: Thursday 26 February 2015


Late Submissions:

Open Friday 27 February 2015

Submission deadline: Friday 27 March 2015


Early bird entry fees:

Shorts AUD$65                                 

Features AUD$75


Regular entry fees:

Shorts AUD$70

Features AUD$80


Late entry fees:

Shorts AUD$90

Features AUD$100 

Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be considered



•          Payments must be made in Australian currency.

•          Submission fee is payable by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) only.

•          Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be deleted



Definition of Short and Feature

A film is considered a Short if it is 40 minutes or less

A film is considered a Feature if it is 41 minutes or more


Preview Screener formats

Please supply 1 copy of your film on one of the following formats 

-       DVD (Pal or NTSC)

-       Secure online link. MUST be password protected with no time restrictions applied before June 2015

Your film must be received by MIFF no later than 2 weeks past the deadline for that submission period – For example: If submitting during the Early Bird submission period your film must be received by no later than Friday December 18, 2014.  It is your responsibility to follow up and ensure the parcel or email has been received

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 2014.

•    Films must not have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form or duration prior to August 17, 2015** 

**Private cast and crew and graduation screenings are excepted. These screenings must have less than 100 seat capacity.

**Films broadcast on Australian television (free-to-air, Pay TV), or released on home video/DVD, for sale or rental, prior to August 18, 2015 are ineligible for submission.

**Films broadcast on the Internet in any capacity prior to August 18, 2015 are ineligible for submission.

  • Films must be in their original language, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.
  • Films 40 minutes or less are eligible for entry in the MIFF Short Awards – Please refer to the Short Film Competition Regulations (below)

NB: The Festival reserves the right to program films completed prior to 1 January 2014 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2015 Festival. These films will be screened out of competition.


Works-in-progress & 'rough cuts'

MIFF does accept submission of Works in Progress (WIPs) 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.  If a WIP is submitted during Early or Regular submissions period MIFF reserves the right to disregard the submission and submission fees will not be refunded.
  • Before submitting you must first have discussed your submission with and have had your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut.


Prior Submissions

If a film has previously been submitted to Melbourne International Film Festival it is not eligible for submission to MIFF 2015.  This also applies to WIPs that have previously been submitted, even with significant changes.


Submission materials

Please include ONE (only one!) of the following with your submission: 


  • One DVD per submitted film, with the DVD clearly labeled with film title, director, run time.  If you have submitted through Without a Box please also include the WAB tracking number


  • One secure online Vimeo link, password protected with no time constraints placed on the password before June 2015.  If the password expires before this date you will not be contacted and MIFF may not be able to consider the film for selection. Links must be emailed to If you have submitted through Without a Box please do not upload the Vimeo link to the Without a Box website. Please email as above and include the WAB tracking number.


DVDs can be sent via post to:


Melbourne International Film Festival, Submissions

GPO Box 4982

Melbourne, VIC, 3001



Or via courier to:

Melbourne International Film Festival, Submissions

Until 7 November

Level 5
225 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000 VIC

From 11 November
Level 3 
Block Court
290 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000



Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at MIFF.  All filmmakers selected to participate will be notified by email at the Festival’s discretion Filmmakers not selected will be notified via email by mid to late June 2014.  If your contact details change during the submissions period please inform MIFF at so we can update our records.


If the film is selected to screen at MIFF2014 it must be available in one of the following formats:

– 35mm

– 16mm

– DCP (DCI Compliant)


(We DO NOT screen HD CAM SR)

Please advise us if your film is in another format.


MIFF’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.  We do not provide critical analysis or feedback.


Shipping and Customs

MIFF will not pay freight or customs charges for preview DVDs.  MIFF will only pay the in-bound freight and customs charges for films invited to the festival.  We are unable to return screener DVDs.


MIFF will only insure prints/tapes of films invited to the festival, for the duration of their stay in Australia and during transit to the festival.



MIFF abides not to hold any more than four (4) screenings of any film.



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


MIFF Shorts Awards Eligibility:

All films completed after January 1 2014, 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 Festival Artistic Director and Short Film Programmer 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.


MIFF Shorts Awards Jury:

The MIFF Shorts Awards are adjudicated by the MIFF Short Film Jury, consisting of at least three Australian (and/or international) film industry professionals with no connection to any of the films presented in the short competition program of the festival.

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
  • Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker
  • Award for Best Fiction Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)
  • Award for Best Animation Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)
  • Award for Best Documentary Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)
  • Award for Best Experimental Short Film

The prizes are subject to change and will be announced in the festival program.