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Submission Regulations



Submission Deadlines

Early Bird submissions:

Open Thursday 13 November 2014

Submission deadline: Thursday 11 December 2014


Regular submissions:

Open Friday December 12, 2015

Submission deadline: Thursday February 26, 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 using either Vimeo  (preferred) or YouTube. MUST be password protected with no time restrictions applied before 1 July 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 or publically in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form or duration prior to 18 August 2015. This includes, for example, public not-for-profit screenings, film society screenings and screenings at other Victorian festivals. The only exceptions to this requirement are for private cast and crew and film school graduation screenings.
  • Films must not have been/will not be broadcast on Australian television (free-to-air, Pay TV), or released on home video/DVD, for sale or rental, prior to 18 August 2015.
  • Films must not have been/will not be broadcast on the Internet in any capacity prior to 18 August 2015.
  • 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 the MIFF Short Awards

NB: Under special circumstances the Festival reserves the right to program films that are not technically regarded as eligible. These films will be screened out of competition. It is extremely rare for the Festival to screen a submitted film if it is ineligible and it is done at the discretion of the festival.


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.
  • It is understood that the WIP version submitted will be the only version viewed for consideration. Therefore filmmakers are strongly advised to only submit a WIP if they are completely confident that it is suitable for consideration. Updated versions of previous submitted WIPs will not be accepted.


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. Please test your DVD on a stand-alone DVD player before sending it in and ensure it is packaged so that it won’t be damaged in transit. If the DVD does not play due to damage or technical errors then you will not be contacted and MIFF may not be able to consider the film for selection.


  • One secure online Vimeo (preferred) or YouTube link, password protected with no time constraints placed on the password before June 2015.  If the password expires or is changed before this date, or if the online screener is removed, 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 or YouTube 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

Level 3, Block Court

290 Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC, 3000



Please note that MIFF does not accept submissions as blu-rays, data files, download links , file transfer services or via any online service other than Vimeo and YouTube. If you submit a film in any format other than DVD OR a Vimeo/YouTube link then you will not be contacted and MIFF may not be able to consider the film for selection.



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 2015.  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 MIFF2015 it must be available in one of the following formats:

– 35mm

– 16mm

– DCP (DCI Compliant)


(We DO NOT screen HD CAM SR)

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.

All digital files for invited films screening at the festival must be send as unlocked DCPs.  MIFF will not download or accept digital files sent via ftp. 


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.

Please note that MIFF will not pay any rental or screening fees for shorts in competition. 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.



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



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


MIFF Shorts Awards Eligibility

All films less than 40 minutes long (including credits) and eligible for festival selection (see eligibility requirements above)  will screen at the festival in 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 and accreditation status are subject to change.