66th Annual

Melbourne International Film Festival

August 03, 2017 to August 20, 2017

 
Category

Australian Short - Documentary

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in Australian Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
December 14, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
Regular Deadline
February 16, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
Late Deadline
March 23, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 95.00 90.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately June 30, 2017

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2016

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects must originate from Australia

PREMIERE STATUS
Projects must be a premiere in VICTORIAN

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Media Files
  DCP
Film Gauge
  16mm
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Grand Prix for Best Short Film
Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA accredited award. Please note that the value of the cash prize is subject to change.
Sponsor:TBC
Cash Award Value: 10,000 Australian Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Award for Best Australian Short Film
Academy® and AACTA accredited award. Please note that the value of the cash prize is subject to change.
Sponsor:TBC
Cash Award Value: 7,000 Australian Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker
AACTA accredited award. Please note that the value of the cash prize is subject to change.
Sponsor:TBC
Cash Award Value: 5,000 Australian Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Award for Best Documentary Short Film
Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA accredited award. Please note that the value of the cash prize is subject to change.
Sponsor:TBC
Cash Award Value: 5,000 Australian Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Please note this category covers all forms of Australian-made documentaries, including experimental documentaries, docudramas and animated documentaries. Mockumentaries or fiction films based on true stories should be submitted under the fiction category.


SUBMISSION REGULATIONS FOR THE 66TH ANNUAL MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”)
3 to 20 AUGUST 2017

THESE REGULATIONS GOVERN THE SUBMISSION OF ALL FILMS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR THE FESTIVAL AND YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY TO CONFIRM YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SAME PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF ANY FILMS.


FILM SUBMISSIONS

Definition of Short and Feature
A film is considered a Short if it is 40 minutes or less.
A film is considered a Feature if it is 41 minutes or more.
A Short and a Feature shall individually be referred to as a “Film” unless otherwise specified to the contrary.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

• Films must have been completed after 1 January 2016.
• Films must not have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form prior to August 20, 2017. This includes television and internet broadcasting - The only exceptions to this requirement are for private cast and crew and film school graduation screenings
• Films must be in their original language, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.

NB: The Festival reserves the right to program films completed prior to 1 January 2016 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2016 Festival.

IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A WORK IN PROGRESS PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY.

Works-in-progress and 'rough cuts'

MIFF does accept submission of Works in Progress (WIPs) only if the following conditions have been met:

• The film must be at least at picture lock stage
• The submission is made during the late submissions period ONLY. If a WIP is submitted during Early or Regular submissions period without any prior discussion with the submissions team MIFF will disregard the submission and submission fees will not be refunded. NO EXCEPTIONS
• You accept that the rough cut is the ONLY VERSION you can submit. We will not accept further cuts of the film as you complete them. Please think very carefully about whether or not you should submit the film as a WIP (see below)

Prior Submissions

If a film has previously been submitted to Melbourne International Film Festival it is not eligible for submission to MIFF 2017. This also applies to WIPs that have previously been submitted, even with significant changes.

If you have any queries regarding WIPs please email submissions@miff.com.au


Selection

1. All applicants will be notified of an outcome by end of June 2017.
Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at MIFF.
If your contact details change during the submissions period please inform MIFF at submissions@miff.com.au so we can update our records.

2. If the film is selected to screen at MIFF2017 it must be made available in one of the following formats:
– 35mm
– 16mm
– DCP (DCI Compliant)

If you are unable to supply the film on one the above formats, MIFF may be able to create a DCI Compliant DCP for you at an additional cost.

3. Exhibition materials of officially selected films will be insured by MIFF and all incoming freight charges will be covered by the festival.

4. MIFF abides not to hold any more than four (4) screenings of any submitted film.

5. MIFF’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. We do not provide critical analysis or feedback.

Insurance

• MIFF will only insure prints/DCPs of Films invited to the Festival and for which any invitation has been formally accepted, for the duration of the Film’s stay in Australia and during transit to the Festival.
• Please note that MIFF will not pay any rental or screening fees for submitted films. If you are using a third-party distribution or sales agency to send your film to MIFF, you are responsible for any fees they charge and MIFF shall have no liability in respect of such fees.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS
MIFF is an Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA Awards accredited festival.

MIFF Shorts Awards Eligibility
All films completed after January 1 2016, 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, streaming service or free-to-air), and have the Victorian premiere screening at MIFF, are eligible for competition.

The Short Film team 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. The Jury’s processes, discussions and deliberations are strictly confidential and no discussion will be entered into regarding their decisions.

MIFF Shorts Awards:
The award winners will be 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 (Academy Accredited Award)
Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker
Award for Best Fiction Short Film
Award for Best Animation Short Film
Award for Best Documentary Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)
Award for Best Experimental Short Film

The prizes are subject to change

If you need further assistance after reading this information, please email the Submissions Department, submissions@miff.com.au