All films completed after 1 January 2013, 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. Submit your short film for 2014 consideration.
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.
The award winners are 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