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MIFF Shorts

The much-loved and internationally acclaimed MIFF Shorts program highlights the art of saying more with less. Showcasing the best short films – from Cannes prize winners to local discoveries – this year’s selection includes animation, documentary, experimental and international fiction short films as well as the always popular WTF program of late-night oddities, and a special program of short films from one of Australia’s closest neighbours. And don’t forget the Accelerator program featuring exciting and diverse works by emerging filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand.

MIFF Shorts Awards

MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the Southern Hemisphere. Thanks to our Shorts Awards partners, eligible short films compete for a total cash prize pool of $56,00.

The MIFF Shorts Awards are Academy Awards® accredited. The winners of the Best MIFF Short, Best Australian Short and Best Documentary awards are eligible to submit their film for the 90th Academy Awards® in 2018.


 MIFF Shorts Awards Partners

City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film

Film Victoria

Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film


Swinburne Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker

Cinema Nova

Cinema Nova & MIFF Award for Best Short Fiction Film


RMIT University Award for Best Documentary Short Film


SAE Institute Award forBest Animation Short Film

University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of the VCA and MCM

School of Culture and Communication Award for Best Experimental Short Film