64th Annual

Melbourne International Film Festival

July 30, 2015 to August 16, 2015

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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

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 that 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 2014 MIFF presented 28 world premieres 5 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 2014, over 17 days MIFF screened over 350 features, documentaries and shorts from more than 60 countries. The 2015 festival will run from 30 July to 16 August

ORGANIZERS

Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Kate Fitzpatrick (Program Coordinator); Maria Amato (CFO); Scott Porter (filemaker admin)

GENERAL RULES

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY

Submission Deadlines

Early Bird submissions:
Open Thursday November 13 2014
Submission deadline: Thursday December 11 2014

Regular submissions:
Open Friday December 12, 2014
Submission deadline: Thursday February 26, 2015

Late Submissions:
Open Friday 27 February 20145
Submission deadline: Friday 27 March 2015

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

Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be considered

Payment

• 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 and the submission will be deleted

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

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

Preview Screener formats
Please supply 1 copy of your film on one of the following formats

- DVD (Pal or NTSC)
- Secure online link. MUST be password protected with no time restrictions applied before June 2015

Your film must be received by MIFF no later than 2 weeks past the deadline for that submission period – For example: If submitting during the Early Bird submission period your film must be received by no later than Friday December 18, 2014. It is your responsibility to follow up and ensure the parcel or email has been received
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 2014.
• Films must not have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form or duration prior to August 17, 2015**
**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, 2015 are ineligible for submission.
**Films broadcast on the Internet in any capacity prior to August 18, 2015 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 2014 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2015 Festival. These films will be screened out of competition.

Works-in-progress & 'rough cuts'

MIFF does accept submission of Works in Progress (WIPs) 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. If a WIP is submitted during Early or Regular submissions period MIFF reserves the right to disregard the submission and submission fees will not be refunded.
• Before submitting you must first have discussed your submission with submissions@miff.com.au and have had your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut.


Prior Submissions

If a film has previously been submitted to Melbourne International Film Festival it is not eligible for submission to MIFF 2015. This also applies to WIPs that have previously been submitted, even with significant changes.

Submission materials
Please include ONE (only one!) of the following with your submission:

Either
• One DVD per submitted film, with the DVD clearly labeled with film title, director, run time and Withoutabox Tracking number

OR

• One secure online Vimeo link, password protected with no time constraints placed on the password before June 2015. If the password expires before this date you will not be contacted and MIFF may not be able to consider the film for selection. Links must be emailed to submissions@miff.com.au and include the Withoutabox Tracking number - DO NOT upload the film to the Withoutabox site

DVDs can be sent via post to:

Melbourne International Film Festival, Submissions
GPO Box 4982
Melbourne, VIC, 3001
AUSTRALIA

Or via courier to:
Melbourne International Film Festival, Submissions
Level 3, 290 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
AUSTRALIA


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 Filmmakers not selected will be notified via email by mid to late June 2014. 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 MIFF2014 it must be available in one of the following formats:
– 35mm
– 16mm
– DCP (DCI Compliant)
– HD CAM
(We DO NOT screen HD CAM SR)

Please advise us if your film is in another format.

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. We are unable to return screener DVDs

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 four (4) screenings of any film.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS
MIFF is an Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA 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 (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 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 30 July to Sunday 16 August, 2014.

When are the submission deadlines for MIFF 2014?

We have three submission deadlines for the festival:

Early bird submissions open Thursday October 30 2014 and close Thursday 4 December 2014.

Regular submissions open Friday 5 December 2014 and close Thursday 26 February 2015.

Late submissions open Friday 27 February 2014 and close Friday 27 March 2015.

All DVDs/links must be received within two (2) weeks of the deadline in which they were submitted, to be considered for MIFF 2015.


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

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?
If submitting via Withoutabox:
Once you have successfully entered your film to the MIFF Withoutabox profile, your film will be assigned a Tracking ID.
If you are sending the film on DVD, please clearly label it with this number and send it to the MIFF Submissions Department.
If you are sending the film via a secure online link please email it to the submissions department and include the Tracking Number in the subject line of the email.
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.

I can’t choose documentary feature as a category. Do you accept feature documentary film submissions?
Yes.
There is no need to select a category for feature films, narrative or documentary

Does the film have to be shot with specific equipment?
No. What matters 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 Vimeo 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 the title and the Withoutabox Tracking number

Secure online links:
Due to the volume of submissions we receive it may be a long time between the date of your submission and when the film is viewed.
Please ensure the password used to protect the link is unchangeable and does not expire until June 2015. If the link does not work initially you will be contacted to work through the 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 unless your film is selected and the festival expressly asks for it.

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

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 Submissions
GPO Box 4982
Melbourne
VIC 3001
Australia

If you are using a courier, please send to our street address:
Melbourne International Film Festival Submissions
Level 3, 290 Collins 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 confirm receipt.

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, 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. 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. Please read the conditions in the regulations document carefully with regards to eligibility requirements for Works in Progress. Please note that if the film is not selected it cannot be submitted to MIFF subsequently.

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 17, 2015 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 2015 via 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 available to us to provide any screen tests. If you are concerned about your film, please check the print/tape/DCP 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


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY Submission Deadlines Early Bird submissions: Open Thursday November 13 2014 Submission deadline: Thursday December 11 2014 Regular submissions: Open Friday December 12, 2014 Submission deadline: Thursday February 26, 2015 Late Submissions: Open Friday 27 February 20145 Submission deadline: Friday 27 March 2015 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 Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be considered Payment • 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 and the submission will be deleted BY ACCEPTING THESE REGULATIONS YOU UNDERSTAND THE SUBMISSION FEE CANNOT BE REFUNDED. 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 Preview Screener formats Please supply 1 copy of your film on one of the following formats - DVD (Pal or NTSC) - Secure online link. MUST be password protected with no time restrictions applied before June 2015 Your film must be received by MIFF no later than 2 weeks past the deadline for that submission period – For example: If submitting during the Regular submission period your film must be received by no later than Friday 13 March, 2015. It is your responsibility to follow up and ensure the parcel or email has been received. 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 2014. • Films must not have been/will not be screened commercially in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form or duration prior to August 17, 2015** **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, 2015 are ineligible for submission. **Films broadcast on the Internet in any capacity prior to August 18, 2015 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 2014 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2015 Festival. These films will be screened out of competition. Works-in-progress & 'rough cuts' MIFF does accept submission of Works in Progress (WIPs) 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. If a WIP is submitted during Early or Regular submissions period MIFF reserves the right to disregard the submission and submission fees will not be refunded. • Before submitting you must first have discussed your submission with submissions@miff.com.au and have had your film approved for submission as a work-in-progress/rough cut. Prior Submissions If a film has previously been submitted to Melbourne International Film Festival it is not eligible for submission to MIFF 2015. This also applies to WIPs that have previously been submitted, even with significant changes. Submission materials Please include ONE (only one!) of the following with your submission: Either • One DVD per submitted film, with the DVD clearly labeled with film title, director, run time and Withoutabox Tracking number OR • One secure online Vimeo link, password protected with no time constraints placed on the password before June 2015. If the password expires before this date you will not be contacted and MIFF may not be able to consider the film for selection. Links must be emailed to submissions@miff.com.au and include the Withoutabox Tracking number in the email. DO NOT upload your film to the Withoutabox website DVDs can be sent via post to: Melbourne International Film Festival, Submissions GPO Box 4982 Melbourne, VIC, 3001 AUSTRALIA Or via courier to: Melbourne International Film Festival, Submissions Level 3, 290 Collins Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 AUSTRALIA 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 Filmmakers not selected will be notified via email by mid to late June 2014. 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 MIFF2014 it must be available in one of the following formats: – 35mm – 16mm – DCP (DCI Compliant) – HD CAM (We DO NOT screen HD CAM SR) Please advise us if your film is in another format. 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. We are unable to return screener DVDs 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 four (4) screenings of any film. SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS MIFF is an Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA 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 (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 and will be announced in the festival program. If you need further assistance after reading this information, please email the Submissions Department, submissions@miff.com.au