67th Annual

Melbourne International Film Festival

August 02, 2018 to August 19, 2018

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Australian Feature
Must be an Australian production. If the film is not Australian your submission will be disqualified immediately.
Australian Short - Fiction
This is a broad category that covers most live action narrative and art films from Australia.
Must be an Australian production. If the film is not Australian your submission will be disqualified immediately.
Australian Short - Animation
We accept all styles of Australian-made animated films, but please ensure that the majority of your film is animated before entering it under this category.
Must be an Australian production. If the film is not Australian your submission will be disqualified immediately.
Australian Short - Documentary
This category covers all forms of Australian-made documentaries, including experimental documentaries, docudramas and animated documentaries. Please note that mockumentaries or fiction films based on true stories should be submitted under the fiction category.
Must be an Australian production. If the film is not Australian your submission will be disqualified immediately.
Australian Short - Experimental
Please ensure that films submitted as Australian experimental films are experimenting with form and style. Films that simply contain unconventional narratives or ‘weird’ content, or are considered to be ‘art films’ are often better suited in the fiction category.
Must be an Australian production. If the film is not Australian your submission will be disqualified immediately.
International Feature
International Short - Fiction
This is a broad category that covers most live action narrative and art films.
International Short - Documentary
This category covers all forms documentaries, including experimental documentaries, docudramas and animated documentaries. Please note that mockumentaries or fiction films based on true stories should be submitted under the fiction category.
International Short - Animation
We accept all styles of animated films, but please ensure that the majority of your film is animated before entering it under this category.
International Short - Experimental
Please ensure that films submitted as experimental films are experimenting with form and style. Films that simply contain unconventional narratives or ‘weird’ content, or are considered to be ‘art films’ are often better suited in the fiction category.
Australian Documentary Feature
Must be Australian to qualify for this category or the submission will be deleted.
International Documentary Feature
VR - Australian
We accept both 360 video and interactive works.
Must be an Australian production. If the film is not Australian your submission will be disqualified immediately.
VR - International
We accept both 360 video and interactive works.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

To present a celebratory event with an outstanding screening program of the best of new international cinema along with special retrospectives and tributes. To challenge and reveal discoveries in cinematic language, and provoke discussion and debate through a range of contextualised activities, including public panels, guest Q&As and In Conversation events and an international short film competition.

To champion Australian cinema by showcasing local talent and offering targeted industry programs: an investment fund, a financing market and a development program for emerging directors.

To screen works in optimum screening formats and be at the vanguard of new technology to engage the community with cinema.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the world’s oldest film festivals and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest. The Festival has a large, dedicated and growing audience with a well-established public profile as a major event on the Australian calendar.

The Festival is a unique event in Australia, with a vibrant screening program, a loyal audience, and industry initiatives providing opportunities for Australian filmmakers at many levels. In recent years, MIFF has successfully extended its activities to include a raft of industry and filmmaker focused programs to complement its core business, the screening program. These are:
• Accelerator, a 4-day educational and inspirational skills development program for up-and-coming directors with short films screening at MIFF;
• MIFF 37ºSouth Market, a 4-day film financing market for producers with market-ready projects pitching to potential international and local co-financing partners;
• MIFF Premiere Fund, MIFF’s own investment and loan fund, providing essential financing support for local feature-length films. In 2016 MIFF presented 24 world premieres 6 of which were Premiere Fund films.
• MIFF Talks program, a complementary program of panels and In Conversations featuring invited guest directors, actors, screenwriters and producers.

MIFF has an Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA accredited short film competition. The winners of the top prizes in the competition become eligible for Oscar® consideration.

In 2017, over 18 days MIFF screened over 370 features, documentaries shorts and VR experiences from more than 65 countries. The 2018 festival will run from 2-19 August.

ORGANIZERS

Amanda Sole; Mia Falstein-Rush (Submissions); Michelle Carey (Artistic Director)

GENERAL RULES

SUBMISSION REGULATIONS FOR THE 67TH ANNUAL MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”)
2 to 19 AUGUST 2018

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.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY

Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be considered. Please note we do not offer fee waivers.


Definition of Short and Feature

Short Film: 40 minutes or less

Feature Film: 41 minutes or more


Payment

Payments must be made in Australian currency.
Submission fee is payable by Mastercard or Visa only. We do not accept payments via PayPal
Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be deleted
The submission fee cannot be waived. NO EXCEPTIONS
Submission of your film constitutes agreement with the regulations set forth here.

BY ACCEPTING THESE REGULATIONS, YOU UNDERSTAND THE SUBMISSION FEE CANNOT BE REFUNDED.


Preview Screener formats

Please upload your online screener to the Withoutabox website.

If your film is not received by the appropriate deadline, your submission will be deleted and the submission fee will not be refunded.


Eligibility requirements

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

Films must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
Films must not have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form prior to August 20, 2018. 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 2017 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2018 Festival.


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

Works-in-progress & '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 2018. 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

All applicants will be notified of an outcome by end of June 2018. 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.

If the film is selected to screen at MIFF 2018 it must be made available in one of the following formats:
– 35mm

– 16mm

– DCP (DCI Compliant)

- Pro-Res

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.

Exhibition materials of officially selected films will be insured by MIFF and all incoming freight charges will be covered by the festival.
MIFF abides not to hold any more than four (4) screenings of any submitted film.
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.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 Awards®, BAFTA, and AACTA Awards accredited festival.

MIFF Shorts Awards Eligibility:

All films completed after January 1 2017, 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 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


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

SUBMISSION REGULATIONS FOR THE 66TH ANNUAL MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”)
2 to 19 AUGUST 2018

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.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY


Definition of Short and Feature
Short Film: 40 minutes or less
Feature Film: 41 minutes or more

Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be considered. Please note we do not offer fee waivers.
*Please read the following regulations carefully with regards to WIPs


Payment

• Payments must be made in Australian currency.
• Submission fee is payable by Mastercard or Visa only. We do not accept payments via PayPal
• Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be deleted
• The submission fee cannot be waived. NO EXCEPTIONS

Submission of your film constitutes agreement with the regulations set forth here.
BY ACCEPTING THESE REGULATIONS, YOU UNDERSTAND THE SUBMISSION FEE CANNOT BE REFUNDED.

Preview Screener formats

Please upload your screener to Withoutabox

Eligibility requirements

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

• Films must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
• Films must not have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form prior to August 20, 2018. 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 2017 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2017 Festival.

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

Works-in-progress & '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 2018. 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 2018
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 MIFF2018 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.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.

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