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Melbourne International Film Festival

63 Annual July 31, 2014 to August 17, 2014

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GPO Box 4982
Melbourne VIC 3001
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Phone: +61 3 8660 4888
Fax: +61 3 9654 2561
miff@miff.com.au
http://www.miff.com.au

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature
Short – Fiction
This is a broad category that covers most live action films.
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.
Short – Documentary
Please note the mockumentaries or fiction films based on true stories should be submitted under the fiction category.
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.

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 2013 MIFF presented 23 world premieres 6 of which were Premiere Fund films.

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 2013, over 17 days MIFF screened over 330 features, documentaries and shorts from more than 60 countries. The 2014 festival will run from 31 July to 17 August

ORGANIZERS
Kate Fitzpatrick (Program Coordinator) ; Maria Amato (CFO) ; Scott Porter (filemaker admin)

GENERAL RULES
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY

Early Bird submissions:
Submission deadline: Thursday 21 November 2013
*DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 5 December 2013 to be considered.

Regular submissions:
Submission deadline: Thursday 20 February 2014
*DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 6 March 2014 to be considered.

Late Submissions:
Submission deadline: Friday 21 March 2014
*DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 3 April 2014 to be considered

Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be accepted/considered.
• Payments must be made in Australian currency.
• Submission fee is payable by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) only.
• Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
• Films not submitted through the MIFF website system or Withoutabox WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

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

Note – Definition of Short and Feature:
A film is considered a Short if it is 40 minutes or less
A film is considered a Feature for entry and categorisation purposes if it is 41 minutes or more

Preview Screener formats:
MIFF will accept screeners in the following formats:
- DVD (Pal or NTSC)
- Secure online link. MUST be password protected with no time restrictions applied before August 2014

Eligibility requirements:
To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:
• Films must be available in one of the following formats if selected to screen at MIFF2014:
– 35mm
– 16mm
– DCP (DCI Compliant)
– HD CAM
(we DO NOT screen from HD CAM SR).
Please advise us if your film is in another format.

• Films must have been completed after 1 January 2013.
• Films must NOT have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form or duration prior to August 18, 2014. **
• Films must be in their original language, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.
• Films 40 minutes or less are eligible for entry in the MIFF Short Awards – Please refer to the Short Film Competition Regulations (below)

**Private cast and crew and graduation screenings are excepted. These screenings must have less than 100 seat capacity.
**Films broadcast on Australian television (free-to-air, Pay TV), or released on home video/DVD, for sale or rental, prior to August 18, 2014 are ineligible for submission.
**Films broadcast on the Internet in any capacity prior to August 18, 2014 are ineligible for submission.

NB: The Festival reserves the right to program films completed prior to 1 January 2013 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2014 Festival. These films will be screened out of competition.

Works-in-progress & 'rough cuts':
MIFF encourages filmmakers to submit films that are as close to finished as possible. Works in Progress must only be submitted during the late submissions period. If a Work in Progress is submitted during Early or Regular submissions period MIFF reserves the right to disregard the submission and submission fees will not be refunded.

Works-in-progress & 'rough cuts':
MIFF encourages filmmakers to submit films that are as close to finished as possible. Works in Progress must only be submitted during the late submissions period. If a Work in Progress is submitted during Early or Regular submissions period MIFF reserves the right to disregard the submission and submission fees will not be refunded.

Works-in-progress and rough cuts will only be accepted on these conditions:
• The only things to be completed are colour grade, final sound mix or credits (film must be at picture lock stage).
• A work-in-progress/rough cut can only be submitted in the late submission period.
• You have discussed your submission with submissions@miff.com.au and have had your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut.

Submission materials:
Please include the following materials with your submission:
Either
• One DVD per submitted film, with the DVD clearly labelled with film title, director, run time and Withoutabox tracking number. MIFF will NOT accept compilation DVDs (more than one film on a DVD).
• One secure online link, password protected with no time constraints placed on the password before August 2014. If the password expires before this date you will not be contacted and MIFF may not be able to consider the film for selection. Link must be emailed to submissions@miff.com.au including the Withoutabox Tracking number given during the submissions process.

Selection:
Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at MIFF. All filmmakers selected to participate will be notified by email at the Festival’s discretion (please ensure email address supplied is in working order and updated accordingly). Filmmakers not selected will be notified via email by mid to late June 2014.

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

Shipping and Customs:
MIFF will not pay freight or customs charges for preview DVDs. MIFF will only pay the in-bound freight and customs charges for films invited to the festival.

Insurance:
MIFF will only insure prints/tapes of films invited to the festival, for the duration of their stay in Australia and during transit to the festival.

Screenings:
MIFF abides not to hold any more than three (3) screenings of any film (excl. Premiere Fund).

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

MIFF Shorts Awards Eligibility
All films completed after January 1 2013, 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 Festival Artistic Director and Short Film Programmer 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.

MIFF Shorts Awards Jury:
The MIFF Shorts Awards are adjudicated by the MIFF Short Film Jury, consisting of at least three Australian (and/or international) film industry professionals with no connection to any of the films presented in the short competition program of the festival.
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
Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker
Award for Best Fiction Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)
Award for Best Animation Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)
Award for Best Documentary Short Film (Academy Accredited Award)
Award for Best Experimental Short Film

The prizes are subject to change and will be announced in the festival program.

MIFF Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the next festival?
Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 will run from Thursday 31 July to Sunday 17 August, 2014.

When are the submission deadlines for MIFF 2014?
We have three submission deadlines for the festival:
Early bird submissions open Wednesday October 3 2013 and close Thursday 21 November 2013.
• DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 5 December 2013 to be considered.

Regular submissions open Friday 22 November 2013 and close Thursday 20 February 2014.
• DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 6 March 2014 to be considered.

Late submissions open Friday 21 February 2014 and close Friday 21 March 2014.
• DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 3 April 2014 to be considered.

What are the entry fees?
Early bird entry fees:
Shorts AUD$65
Features AUD$75

Regular entry fees:
Shorts AUD$70
Features AUD$80

Late entry fees:
Shorts AUD$90
Features AUD$100


All packages must be received within two (2) weeks of the deadline in which they were submitted, to be considered for MIFF 2014.

Am I able to have the entry fee waived?
No, we’re unable to waive the entry fee as we rely on these fees to administer the large numbers of entries we receive. Sorry, no exceptions.

How do I pay the entry fee?
You pay online when completing your application using VISA or Mastercard. If the full amount is not paid, we will be unable to process your film and you will be notified by email.

I have completed the online application, what should I do now?
Once you have successfully entered your film to the MIFF Withoutabox profile, your film will be assigned a Tracking ID – please clearly label your DVD with this number and send it to the MIFF Submissions Department. If you need help with your Withoutabox submission, please contact support@withoutabox.com.

Does MIFF have a competition?
Yes, but only for short films – we do not have a competition for feature films.

For more information on our shorts competition refer to our Submissions regulations or visit our website, www.miff.com.au

How does MIFF define a ‘short’ and a ‘feature’?
Short films are 40 minutes or less.
Features films are 41 minutes or more, for entry and categorisation purposes.

Which film category should I choose?
MIFF accepts short fiction, animation, documentary and experimental films and all types of feature films.
These categories are mainly for administration purposes, so should you be unsure about which category your film fits into, please select the most appropriate, and the programming team will amend these details at our discretion.

You are not required to choose a category for feature films, only short films.

Choosing the wrong category, or being unsure about the category, will not affect your selection eligibility.

Does the film have to be shot with specific equipment?
No, this doesn’t matter to us. What does matter is that the film preview and exhibition formats adhere to our requirements (below).

Which format should the preview copy be?
Preview screeners must be on DVD (we accept both NTSC and PAL formats) or secure online link.
DVDs:
Please test your DVD on a stand-alone DVD player before sending it in, as technical problems will delay/affect your submission. MIFF will endeavour to contact you in the event your DVD doesn’t play/is broken, to work with you to have your film considered.

Please ensure your DVD is set to ‘all regions’.

Make sure your DVD is clearly labelled with either the label included in the email attachment (if submitted through MIFF website) or the Tracking ID (if submitted through Withoutabox).

Secure online links:
Please ensure the password used to protect the link is unchangeable and does not expire until August 2014. If the link does not work initially you will be contacted to work through this issue but if the password expires you will not be contacted and your film may not be considered.

What formats do you accept for selected films?
If your film is selected, MIFF will accept the following formats:
• 35mm print
• 16mm print
• DCP (DCI Compliant)
• HD CAM
We DO NOT accept HD CAM SR.

What else should I include with my submission?
All we require, once you have completed the online submission process, is your preview DVD or secure online link and the Tracking ID.

Please do not send any press kits or publicity materials at this stage.

Will you return my DVD preview screener?
No, we do not have the resources available to do this.

What is the shipping address for submission packages?

For secure online links send to:
submissions@miff.com.au

If you are sending your package by post, please send to:
Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions
GPO Box 4982
Melbourne
VIC 3001
Australia

If you are using a courier, please send to our street address:
Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions
Level 5, 225 Bourke Street
Melbourne
VIC 3000
Australia

Will you notify me once you have received my film?
Due to the volume of submissions the festival receives, we do not confirm receipt of submissions. We recommend you choose the registered mail option to keep track of your package. However, you may email submissions@miff.com.au with your film title and director’s name to receive confirmation 10 days after the submission was sent.

I have made a mistake on my online form. What should I do?
Please email submissions@miff.com.au with film title, director’s name, Tracking ID and the correction/s to be made, and we will update our database.

How many films can I submit?
You may submit as many films as you like providing each of the films meets the submission criteria and you have completed an online submission form and paid the entry fee for each film.

Please ensure that each film is on its own DVD or secure link. MIFF will not accept compilation DVDs.

Can I resubmit a film previously submitted to MIFF?
No. Films must have been completed after January 1 2013. MIFF does not accept films previously submitted, even with significant changes.

Can I submit a work-in-progress or a ‘rough cut’?
MIFF encourages filmmakers to submit films that are as close to finished as possible. A work-in-progress/rough can only be submitted during the late submissions period.

Work-in-progress or rough cuts will only be accepted on these conditions:
• The only things to be completed are colour grade, final sound mix or credits (film must be at picture lock stage).
• A work-in-progress/rough cut can only be submitted in the late submission period.
• You have discussed your submission with submissions@miff.com.au and have had your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut.

Can I submit my film if it has previously screened at other festivals?
Yes, as long as the screenings weren’t within the state of Victoria, Australia.

Can I submit my film if it was released theatrically, on DVD, or broadcast on TV or online before the festival?
No. Any films broadcast on Australian television, released theatrically or on DVD for sale or rental, or available online prior to August 18 2014 are ineligible for entry. This includes films on YouTube, Vimeo or any video-on-demand sites.

If my film is not in English, do you require English subtitles?
Yes, your film will be ineligible for selection if it is a foreign language film without English subtitles.

When will I hear if my film is selected?
All applicants will be notified of MIFF’s programming decisions by mid to late June 2014 by email. Please ensure that the email address provided is correct and operational at that time. If your contact email changes it is important you let us know.

If my film is not selected, may I speak with a programmer for feedback?
No, unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we receive we are unable to correspond with each applicant in these circumstances.

If my film is selected, does MIFF provide screening tests prior to the film’s screening?
No. We do not have the facilities to provide any screen tests. If you are concerned about your film, please check the print/tape/file prior to sending it to the festival.

If you need further assistance after reading this information, please email the Submissions Department, submissions@miff.com.au or call us on +61 8660 4888.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY Early Bird submissions: Submission deadline: Thursday 21 November 2013 *DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 5 December 2013 to be considered. Regular submissions: Submission deadline: Thursday 20 February 2014 *DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 6 March 2014 to be considered. Late Submissions: Submission deadline: Friday 21 March 2014 *DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 3 April 2014 to be considered Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be accepted/considered. • Payments must be made in Australian currency. • Submission fee is payable by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) only. • Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED • Films not submitted through the MIFF website system or Withoutabox WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY ACCEPTING THESE REGULATIONS YOU UNDERSTAND THE SUBMISSION FEE CANNOT BE REFUNDED. Note – Definition of Short and Feature: A film is considered a Short if it is 30 minutes or less A film is considered a Feature for entry and categorisation purposes if it is 31 minutes or more Preview Screener formats: MIFF accept DVDs and secure online links for submissions. Please ensure your DVD is playable and is suitably protected in transit. Please ensure links are working and the password is free from expiry date. You must clearly label the DVD or send with link with the Withoutabox tracking number. Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements: • Films must be available in one of the following formats if selected to screen at MIFF2014 – 35mm – 16mm – DCP (DCI Compliant) – HD CAM (we DO NOT screen from HD CAM SR). Please advise us if your film is in another format. • Films must have been completed after 1 January 2013. • Films must NOT have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form or duration prior to August 18 2014. **Private cast and crew and graduation screenings are excepted. These screenings must have less than 100 seat capacity. **Films broadcast on Australian television (free-to-air, Pay TV), or released on home video/DVD, for sale or rental, prior to August 18, 2014 are ineligible for submission. **Films broadcast on the Internet in any capacity prior to August 28, 2014 are ineligible for submission. **Films must be in their original language, with English subtitles if the original language is not English. **Films 40 minutes or less are eligible for entry in the MIFF Short Awards – Please refer to the Short Film Competition Regulations (below) NB: The Festival reserves the right to program films completed prior to 1 January 2013 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2014 Festival. These films will be screened out of competition. Works-in-progress & 'rough cuts': MIFF encourages filmmakers to submit films that are as close to finished as possible at every opportunity. Works-in-progress and rough cuts will only be accepted on these conditions: **The only things to be completed are colour grade, final sound mix or credits (film must be at picture lock stage). **A work-in-progress/rough cut can only be submitted in the late submission period. **You have discussed your submission with submissions@miff.com.au and have had your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut. Submission materials: Either **One DVD per submitted film, with the DVD clearly labelled with film title, director, run time and Withoutabox tracking number. MIFF will NOT accept compilation DVDs (more than one film on a DVD). **One secure online link, password protected with no time constraints placed on the password before May 2014. If the password expires before this date you will not be contacted and MIFF may not be able to consider the film for selection. Link must be emailed to submissions@miff.com.au including the Withoutabox Tracking number given during the submissions process. Selection: Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at MIFF. All filmmakers selected to participate will be notified by email at the Festival’s discretion (please ensure email address supplied is in working order). Filmmakers not selected will be notified by email by mid to late June 2014. MIFF’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. We do not provide critical analysis or feedback. Shipping and Customs: MIFF will not pay freight or customs charges for preview DVDs. MIFF will only pay the in-bound freight and customs charges for films invited to the festival. Insurance: MIFF will only insure prints/tapes of films invited to the festival, for the duration of their stay in Australia and during transit to the festival. Screenings: MIFF abides not to hold any more than three (3) screenings of any film. SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS: MIFF is an Academy®, BAFTA, AACTA and IF Awards accredited festival. MIFF Shorts Awards Eligibility All films completed after January 1 2013, 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 Festival Artistic Director and Short Film Coordinator 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. MIFF Shorts Awards Jury: The MIFF Shorts Awards are adjudicated by the MIFF Short Film Jury, consisting of at least three Australian (and/or international) film industry professionals with no connection to any of the films presented in the short competition program of the festival. 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 Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award for Best Fiction Short Film (Academy Accredited Award) Award for Best Animation Short Film (Academy Accredited Award) Award for Best Documentary Short Film (Academy Accredited Award) Award for Best Experimental Short Film The prizes are subject to change and will be announced in the festival program. MIFF Frequently Asked Questions: When is the next festival? Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 will run from Thursday 31 July to Sunday 17 August, 2014. When are the submission deadlines for MIFF 2014? We have three submission deadlines for the festival: Early bird submissions open Wednesday October 3 2013 and close Thursday 21 November 2013. • DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 5 December 2013 to be considered. Regular submissions open Friday 22 November 2013 and close Thursday 20 February 2014. • DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 6 March 2014 to be considered. Late submissions open Friday 21 February 2014 and close Friday 21 March 2014. • DVD/package must be received by the MIFF Submissions Department by Thursday 3 April 2014 to be considered. What are the entry fees? Early bird entry fees: Shorts AUD$65 Features AUD$75 Regular entry fees: Shorts AUD$70 Features AUD$80 Late entry fees: Shorts AUD$90 Features AUD$100 All packages must be received within two (2) weeks of the deadline in which they were submitted, to be considered for MIFF 2014. Am I able to have the entry fee waived? No, we’re unable to waive the entry fee as we rely on these fees to administer the large numbers of entries we receive. Sorry, no exceptions. How do I pay the entry fee? You pay online when completing your application using VISA or Mastercard. If the full amount is not paid, we will be unable to process your film and you will be notified by email. I have completed the online application, what should I do now? Once you have successfully entered your film to the MIFF Withoutabox profile, your film will be assigned a Tracking ID – please clearly label your DVD with this number and send it to the MIFF Submissions Department. If you need help with your Withoutabox submission, please contact support@withoutabox.com. Does MIFF have a competition? Yes, but only for short films – we do not have a competition for feature films. For more information on our shorts competition refer to our Submissions regulations or visit our website, www.miff.com.au How does MIFF define a ‘short’ and a ‘feature’? Short films are 40 minutes or less. Features films are 41 minutes or more, for entry and categorisation purposes. Which film category should I choose? MIFF accepts short fiction, animation, documentary and experimental films and all types of feature films. These categories are mainly for administration purposes, so should you be unsure about which category your film fits into, please select the most appropriate, and the programming team will amend these details at our discretion. You are not required to choose a category for feature films, only short films. Choosing the wrong category, or being unsure about the category, will not affect your selection eligibility. Does the film have to be shot with specific equipment? No, this doesn’t matter to us. What does matter is that the film preview and exhibition formats adhere to our requirements (below). Which format should the preview copy be? Preview screeners must be on DVD (we accept both NTSC and PAL formats) or secure online link. DVDs: Please test your DVD on a stand-alone DVD player before sending it in, as technical problems will delay/affect your submission. MIFF will endeavour to contact you in the event your DVD doesn’t play/is broken, to work with you to have your film considered. Please ensure your DVD is set to ‘all regions’. Make sure your DVD is clearly labelled with either the label included in the email attachment (if submitted through MIFF website) or the Tracking ID (if submitted through Withoutabox). Secure online links: Please ensure the password used to protect the link is unchangeable and does not expire until May 2014. If the link does not work initially you will be contacted to work through this issue but if the password expires you will not be contacted and your film may not be considered. What formats do you accept for selected films? If your film is selected, MIFF will accept the following formats: • 35mm print • 16mm print • DCP (DCI Compliant) • HD CAM We DO NOT accept HD CAM SR. What else should I include with my submission? All we require, once you have completed the online submission process, is your preview DVD or secure online link and the Tracking ID. Please do not send any press kits or publicity materials at this stage. Will you return my DVD preview screener? No, we do not have the resources available to do this. What is the shipping address for submission packages? For secure online links send to: submissions@miff.com.au If you are sending your package by post, please send to: Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions GPO Box 4982 Melbourne VIC 3001 Australia If you are using a courier, please send to our street address: Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions Level 5, 225 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia Will you notify me once you have received my film? Due to the volume of submissions the festival receives, we do not confirm receipt of submissions. We recommend you choose the registered mail option to keep track of your package. However, you may email submissions@miff.com.au with your film title and director’s name to receive confirmation 10 days after the submission was sent. I have made a mistake on my online form. What should I do? Please email submissions@miff.com.au with film title, director’s name, Tracking ID and the correction/s to be made, and we will update our database. How many films can I submit? You may submit as many films as you like providing each of the films meets the submission criteria and you have completed an online submission form and paid the entry fee for each film. Please ensure that each film is on its own DVD or secure link. MIFF will not accept compilation DVDs. Can I resubmit a film previously submitted to MIFF? No. Films must have been completed after January 1 2013. MIFF does not accept films previously submitted, even with significant changes. Can I submit a work-in-progress or a ‘rough cut’? MIFF encourages filmmakers to submit films that are as close to finished as possible. A work-in-progress/rough can only be submitted during the late submissions period. Work-in-progress or rough cuts will only be accepted on these conditions: • The only things to be completed are colour grade, final sound mix or credits (film must be at picture lock stage). • A work-in-progress/rough cut can only be submitted in the late submission period. • You have discussed your submission with submissions@miff.com.au and have had your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut. Can I submit my film if it has previously screened at other festivals? Yes, as long as the screenings weren’t within the state of Victoria, Australia. Can I submit my film if it was released theatrically, on DVD, or broadcast on TV or online before the festival? No. Any films broadcast on Australian television, released theatrically or on DVD for sale or rental, or available online prior to August 18 2014 are ineligible for entry. This includes films on YouTube, Vimeo or any video-on-demand sites. If my film is not in English, do you require English subtitles? Yes, your film will be ineligible for selection if it is a foreign language film without English subtitles. When will I hear if my film is selected? All applicants will be notified of MIFF’s programming decisions by mid to late June 2014 by email. Please ensure that the email address provided is correct and operational at that time. If your contact email changes it is important you let us know. If my film is not selected, may I speak with a programmer for feedback? No, unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we receive we are unable to correspond with each applicant in these circumstances. If my film is selected, does MIFF provide screening tests prior to the film’s screening? No. We do not have the facilities to provide any screen tests. If you are concerned about your film, please check the print/tape prior to sending it to the festival. If you need further assistance after reading this information, please email the Submissions Department, submissions@miff.com.au or call us on +61 8660 4888.