XR Commission

Supported by Ling Ang

To celebrate MIFF’s contribution to cinema and screen culture in Melbourne over the past seven decades, MIFF is launching our first ever XR Commission.

With thanks to MIFF Major Supporter Ling Ang, a philanthropic grant of A$80,000 will be awarded for the creation of an immersive XR work that celebrates, interrogates and illuminates Melbourne – its history and future, its communities and inhabitants – as well as MIFF’s integral role in sustaining the city’s relationship with the moving image.

Submissions are open to Australian artists from all disciplines, whether it be filmmaking, digital media, game development, visual art or theatre. The chosen project will have its world premiere at MIFF’s 70th edition, to be held on 4–21 August 2022.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any queries about the XR Commission, the application process or MIFF XR generally, please contact xr@miff.com.au.


Yes, we strongly encourage artists of all disciplines to apply. If your application is selected, MIFF will connect you with the best XR producers to realise your work.

Yes, please include your artist fee in your budget estimate when you submit your application.

While we are not expecting proposals to be solely about MIFF, the project must include some relevance to the festival within Melbourne’s screen or storytelling culture, whether that be in its past, present or future.

No, this commission is for an artist to make a new XR work. If you have a finished XR work you would like to submit for consideration into the 2022 festival, please submit it at miff.com.au/submissions.

Yes, we encourage all artists – whether individuals, duos or collectives – to submit an application. If the application involves more than one individual, please submit only one application and nominate one person as the primary contact.

Yes, you are welcome to submit an application, but it must address the selection criteria of:

  • A unique and creative response to MIFF’s role in the story of Melbourne cinema and screen culture
  • Meaningful engagement with the festival, including its history, cultural impact and audiences

You will retain copyright of your project, but MIFF will be granted the right to communicate, transmit and exhibit the project as follows:

  • at MIFF’s 2022 festival season (and for 12 months after) on an exclusive, commercial, worldwide basis;
  • at any and all further MIFF seasons on a non-exclusive, non-commercial, worldwide basis in perpetuity; and
  • to use excerpts of the project in publicity and promotion of MIFF and MIFF XR in any and all media worldwide in perpetuity.

Yes, the work must have its world premiere at MIFF, then you can then seek permission from MIFF to take it to other festivals or exhibition anywhere in the world. MIFF will even help you promote the work in other context and iterations. However, MIFF will be entitled to an agreed credit in relation to all commercial and non-commercial exploitation, distribution, exhibition and transmission of the final project to your users and audiences (including at other festivals) worldwide on an ongoing basis.

Yes, of course you can. You own the intellectual property, so you can make a sequel or even a whole series.