The 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival will be held from Thursday 25 July to Sunday 11 August 2013.
Early bird submissions open Monday 29 October 2012, 10:00am AEDT
Early bird submissions close Thursday 22 November 2012, 11:59pm AEDT
DVD/package must be received by MIFF by Thursday 6 December 2012.
Regular submissions open Friday 23 November 2012, 12:00am AEDT
Regular submissions close Thursday 21 February 2013, 11:59pm AEDT
DVD/package must be received by MIFF by Thursday 7 March 2013.
Late submissions open Friday 22 February 2013, 12:00am AEDT
Late submissions close Thursday 14 March 2013, 11:59pm AEDT
DVD/package must be received by MIFF by Thursday 28 March 2013.
Early bird entry fees:
Regular entry fees:
Late entry fees:
No, we’re unable to waive the entry fee as we rely on these fees to administer the large numbers of entries we receive.
You can submit through the MIFF website or through MIFF’s Withoutabox profile.
Apply directly with MIFF: CLICK HERE
You pay online when completing your application on MIFF or Withoutabox using VISA or Mastercard. We will not be able to process your film unless the full amount is paid.
MIFF website system:
Once you have successfully completed all the film details online, an automated email will be sent to the email address you provided when you registered (please make sure your email address is up-to-date).
The attachment to this email will confirm the details you have submitted to MIFF and will act as the receipt of your payment. Please print this attachment and send the relevant pages, along with your DVD, to the submissions department.
Once you have successfully uploaded your film to the MIFF Withoutabox profile, your film will be assigned a Tracking ID. Please clearly label your DVD with this number and send it to the MIFF Submissions Department. If you need help with your Withoutabox submission, please contact email@example.com.
We have a short film competition and all shorts that are eligible to screen in the festival and eligible for the MIFF Shorts Awards. There is more information on our regulations page and you can also view the 2012 award winners.
There is no festival wide competition for feature films, but in previous years there have been small competitions held within specific programming strands. There is also an Audience Award for feature fiction and feature documentary films.
Short films are 30 minutes or less.
Features films are 31 minutes or more.
MIFF accepts short fiction, animation, documentary and experimental films, and all types of feature films. When submitting a short film please select the most appropriate category keeping the following notes in mind (not required if submitting a feature):
This is a broad category that covers most live action films.
We accept all styles of animated films, but please ensure that the majority of your film is animated before entering it under this category.
Please note the mockumentaries or fiction films based on true stories should be submitted under the fiction category.
Please ensure that films submitted as experimental films are experimenting with form and style. Films that simply contain unconventional narratives or ‘weird’ content, or are considered to be ‘art films’ are often better suited in the fiction category.
Choosing the wrong category, or being unsure about the category, will not affect your selection eligibility. However, we do appreciate it if you could try to select the category that is most appropriate.
No. However, we do have technical specifications on how the preview DVDs and how the films for screening are delivered (see below).
Preview screeners must be on DVD. We accept both NTSC and PAL formats, but please ensure your DVD is set to all regions.
MIFF cannot accept formats other than DVDs for previewing films.
Please test your DVD on a stand-alone DVD player before sending it in, as technical problems may affect your submission. Please also ensure your DVD is suitably protected in transit.
Make sure your DVD is clearly labelled with either the label included in the email attachment (if submitted through the MIFF website) or the Tracking ID (if submitted through Withoutabox).
If your film is selected to be screened at MIFF 2013 then it must be delivered on one of the following formats:
We cannot theatrically screen from DVD, Blu-ray, HD CAM SR or any other format that is not listed here.
We accept and can screen all aspect ratios. We accept films in 24fps and 25 fps, however, we prefer 24fps and films in 25 fps may be converted by the festival into 24 fps for screening purposes.
Please note that short films may be transferred to a compile and screened from format during the festival.
Once you have completed the online submission process all we require is your preview DVD and either a copy of the pdf attached to your confirmation email (if submitted through the MIFF website) or the Tracking ID (if submitted through Withoutabox).
Please do not send any press kits or publicity materials at this stage.
No, we do not have the resources available to do this.
If you are sending your package by post, please send to:
Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions
GPO Box 4982
If you are using a courier, please send to our street address:
Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions
Level 5, 225 Bourke Street
Due to the volume of submissions the festival receives, we do not confirm receipt of submissions. We recommend you choose the registered mail option to keep track of your package. However, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org with your film title and director’s name to receive confirmation 10 days after the submission was sent.
Please email email@example.com with film title, director’s name, Tracking ID (if submitted through Withoutabox) and the corrections to be made.
You may submit as many films as you like providing every film meets the submission criteria and you have completed an online submission form and paid the entry fee for every film.
Please ensure that every film is on its own DVD. MIFF will not accept compilation DVDs.
No. Films must have been completed after 1 January 2012. MIFF does not accept films previously submitted, even with significant changes.
MIFF encourages filmmakers to submit films that are not yet finished during the submission period, but will be finished in time for the festival.
Works-in-progress and rough cuts will be accepted providing the only things to be completed are colour grade, final sound mix or credits. The film must be at picture lock stage.
A work-in-progress/rough cut can only be submitted during the late submission period.
You must first send details of the status of the film to firstname.lastname@example.org to then have your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut.
Yes, as long as the screenings weren’t within the state of Victoria, Australia.
World premiere = very first public screening anywhere in the world
Australian premiere = very first public screening in Australia
International premiere = first screening other than country of origin (for example, a French film may have already screened in France, but the MIFF screening would be it’s first outside of France.)
If the premiere status of your film at MIFF changes after it has been submitted please let us know at email@example.com.
No. Any films broadcast on Australian television, released theatrically or on DVD for sale or rental, or available online prior to 12 August 2013 are ineligible for entry. This includes films on YouTube, Vimeo or any video-on-demand sites (unless the film is online on a secure password protected site for the purposes of being available for programmers to preview it).
Yes. Your film will be ineligible for selection if it is a foreign language film without English subtitles.
MIFF Accelerator provides four days of workshops, screenings, seminars and networking events on the business and creative aspects of the film industry by leading local and international film practitioners for 15-20 short film directors seeking to make the transition to feature film making. Is is designed predominately for Australian and New Zealand filmmakers whose films have been accepted to screen at MIFF.
The MIFF Accelerator workshop is not open for application; however, filmmakers can register their interest by sending their CV and a short write-up on their upcoming projects to firstname.lastname@example.org after they have submitted their short film. Final decisions about the selection of MIFF Accelerator workshop participants will be at the discretion of MIFF programmers.
More information about MIFF Accelerator.
All entrants will be notified of the Festival’s programming decisions by email by late June 2012. Please notify MIFF if you change the email you provide when submitting your film.
If you are approached by another festival wanting to screen your film and are worried about jeopardising your eligibility with MIFF, please send the details of the situation to email@example.com.
No. Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions we receive we are unable to correspond with applicants in these circumstances.
No. We do not have the facilities to provide any screen tests. If you are concerned about your film, please check the print/tape prior to sending it to the festival.
If you need further assistance after reading this information, please email the Submissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +61 8660 4888.
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