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Submission FAQ

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. 

Regular submissions open Friday 22 November 2013 and close Thursday 20 February 2014.

Late submissions open Friday 21 February 2014 and close Thursday 20 March 2014.

Submissions are now closed. 


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

If submitting through MIFF:

If submitting a DVD – please send to the submission department and clearly label the disc with the film title and director’s name.

If submitting an online link – please email the link to the submission department and include the film title and director’s name in the subject line of the email.


Does MIFF have a competition?

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


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.


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:


If you are sending your package by post, please send to:

Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions

GPO Box 4982


VIC 3001



If you are using a courier, please send to our street address:

Melbourne International Film Festival – 2013 Submissions

Level 5, 225 Bourke Street


VIC 3000       



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 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 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 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, or call us on +61 8660 4888.