MIFF Shorts Awards

The MIFF Shorts Awards and the Best of MIFF Shorts Awards strand are presented by Mountain Goat Beer.

MIFF hosts one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the Southern Hemisphere.

Featuring 44 films, this year’s MIFF Shorts program is spread across five categories: Australian Shorts, International Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Animation Shorts, and the MIFF Shorts Retrospective: Connections. You can view these shorts for free on our MIFF 68½ platform.

At the conclusion our festival, we will celebrate the craft of short-form cinema across several categories, thanks to our generous partners. These are:


City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film

Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film

Abercrombie & Kent Award for Best Documentary Short Film

HP & Storm FX Award for Best Animation Short Film

Blackmagic Design Award for Best Cinematography


And special thanks to this year’s jury: Aaron Pedersen, Chris Pang and Rachel Griffiths.


The MIFF Shorts Awards are Academy Awards® accredited. The 2020 winners of the Best Short Film, Best Australian Short Film and Best Documentary Short Film awards are eligible to submit their film for the 93rd Academy Awards®.

See previous winners: