Submission Regulations

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO SUBMITTING OR MAKING ENQUIRIES REGARDING SUBMISSIONS. YOU CAN FIND THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS HERE

1. Submission Deadlines
2. Definitions
3. Payment
4. Preview Screener Formats
5. Eligibility requirements
6. Authorised Use and Inclusion of Materials
7. Works In Progress and 'rough cuts'
8. Prior Submissions
9. Selection
10. Screening Fees
11. Correspondence

 

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“MIFF”)

SUBMISSION REGULATIONS FOR THE 68TH ANNUAL MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (“FESTIVAL”)

1 TO 18 AUGUST 2019

THESE REGULATIONS GOVERN THE SUBMISSION OF ALL FILMS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR THE FESTIVAL AND YOU (“YOU” OR “SUBMITTER”) ARE REQUIRED TO READ THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS CAREFULLY TO CONFIRM YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SAME PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF ANY FILMS. PLEASE NOTE THAT MIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ALTER THESE REGULATIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

1. Submission Deadlines 

 

 

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS

REGULAR SUBMISSIONS

LATE
SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSION DATES

 

 

 

 

Submissions Open

5.00pm AEST
Fri 2 November 2018

5.01pm AEST
Fri 30 November 2018

5.01pm AEST
Fri 1 February 2019

Submissions Close

5.00pm AEST
Fri 30 November 2018

5.00pm AEST
Fri 1 February 2019

5.00pm AEST
Fri 29 March 2019

ENTRY FEES

 

 

 

Shorts + VR – Australian

AUD$60

AUD$80

AUD$100

Shorts + VR - International

AUD$70

AUD$90

AUD$110

Features
- Australian

AUD$80

AUD$100

AUD$120

Features - International

AUD$90

AUD$110

AUD$130

Work In progress

NOT ACCEPTED

NOT ACCEPTED

ACCEPTED*


*Please read the following regulations carefully with regards to Works in Progress  

Only Films submitted to the correct category, accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline will be considered. MIFF reserves the right to disqualify a submission and any and all fees paid will be forfeited, should the submission not meet all of these requirements.

Please note, we do not offer fee waivers.

2. Definitions

Short Film: 40 minutes and 29 seconds or less. If the Film is submitted in the Shorts category and the length is greater than this definition stipulates, MIFF will change the category and the Submitter will be required to pay the fee increase before we consider the Film. Failure to do so will mean that the Film will not be considered for the Festival and any and all fees paid prior will be forfeited.

Feature Film: 40 minutes and 30 seconds or more. If the Film is submitted in the Features category and the length is lesser than this definition stipulates, MIFF will change the category; the Film will still be considered for the Festival, but MIFF will not refund any portion of the fees paid.

Australian Film: If Australian funds were used in the development or production of the Film, if the Film was shot in Australia, and/or if the post-production work was done in Australia, a Film can be classified at least as an Australian co-production and is eligible to be submitted under the Australian category. If the Film is submitted in the Australian category and there is no indication that any of the corresponding definition applies, MIFF will change the category and the Submitter will be required to pay the fee increase before we consider the Film. Failure to do so will ensure the Film is not considered for the Festival and any and all fees paid prior will be forfeited.

International Film: This category includes all Films that do not come under the Australian definition; to reiterate, Australian co-productions can be submitted under the Australian category. If the Film is submitted in the International category and it meets the conditions in the Australian category, MIFF will change the category; the Film will still be considered for the Festival, but MIFF will not refund any portion of the fees paid.

3. Payment

  • Payments must be made in Australian currency.
  • Submission fee is payable by Mastercard or Visa only. We do not accept payments via PayPal or Amex
  • 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, THE SUBMITTER UNDERSTANDS THE SUBMISSION FEE CANNOT BE REFUNDED.

4. Preview Screener Formats

MIFF no longer accepts physical format screeners; we only accept online screeners. Any submission sent via disc or other physical format will not be considered for the festival; should this be the only format delivered of the submitted Film, the submission will be deleted and any and all fees paid will be forfeited.

a. Short and Feature Preview Screener Formats

Submitted Films must be either uploaded directly to the Withoutabox (WAB) website via the WAB Secure Online Screener system or a private, preferably password-protected, Vimeo link entered directly into WAB’s online application form. If the password changes at any point between the submission and the festival, the Submitter must inform MIFF via email ASAP; Films that are submitted with incorrect or outdated passwords attached cannot be considered for the festival and any and all fees paid will be forfeited.

b. VR Preview Screener Formats

  • 360-degree video should be uploaded to WAB website.
  • Interactive experiences are to be sent as a downloadable link to the build directly to submissions@miff.com.au. The Submitter must ensure that the WAB Tracking Number is included in the subject line.

Whichever way VR preview screeners are sent, the Film must be received by MIFF by the dates listed above. As with all other Films, if the Film is not received by the appropriate deadline, the submission will be deleted and any and all submission fees paid will be forfeited.

5. Eligibility requirements

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

  • Films must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
  • Films must not have been/will not be screened in the state of Victoria, Australia, in any form prior to August 19, 2019. This includes television and internet broadcasting. The only exceptions to this requirement are for private screenings held for cast, crew or investors, and film school graduation screenings.
  • Films must be in their original language with English subtitles if the original language is not English.

Please note that the Festival reserves the right to program films completed prior to 1 January 2018 or that have screened in Victoria prior to the 2019 Festival.

6. Authorised Use and Inclusion of Materials

It is the sole responsibility of the Submitter to:

  • secure permission from the rights holders of any and all copyrighted and/or trademarked content or materials included within the Film;
  • and to clear all content of the Film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim/s”).

MIFF will not be held responsible for any unauthorised inclusion of:

  • any copyrighted and/or trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement and/or trademark infringement, trademark dilution, or unfair competition;
  • any unauthorised inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claim/s or others.

Any Film that includes any unauthorised inclusion of materials as set out above, MIFF will not advance festival consideration of the Film, and withholds the right to withdraw the Film from confirmed programming, in which case any and all fees paid prior will be forfeited.

7. Works In Progress and 'rough cuts'

IF A WORK IN PROGRESS (WIP) IS BEING SUBMITTED, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY.

MIFF does accept submission of 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.
  • The Submitter accepts that the rough cut is the ONLY VERSION that can be submitted. MIFF will not accept further cuts of the Film as they are completed. Please think very carefully about whether or not you should submit the Film as a WIP (see Point 8 below).

If you have any queries regarding WIPs or if you have a WIP VR experience you want to submit please email submissions@miff.com.au.

8. Prior Submissions

If a film has previously been submitted to Melbourne International Film Festival it is not eligible for submission to MIFF 2019.  This also applies to WIPs that have previously been submitted, even with significant changes. 

9. Selection

i. All applicants will be notified of an outcome by end of June 2019. Festival programmers select and invite all Films presented at MIFF. If the Submitter’s contact details change during the submissions period, you must inform MIFF at submissions@miff.com.au so records can be updated.

ii. If the Film is selected to screen at MIFF 2019, it must be made available in one of the following formats, received by MIFF no later than COB 15 July 2019:

Shorts and Features

  • 35mm
  • 16mm
  • DCP (DCI Compliant)
  • Pro-Res

VR

  • Oculus
  • HTC Vive
  • 360-degree Video for playback through Gear VR
  • Mobile Application

iii. If the Film is selected to screen at MIFF 2019, the Submitter must provide a minimum of three (3) digital copies of stills from the Film via email or WeTransfer (minimum specification of images as 300dpi JPGs or JPEGs only). Electronic Press Kits (EPKs), digital posters, Director headshots, and social media handles may also be supplied to MIFF, but are not mandatory. Please note MIFF may supply these materials to third parties for the purpose of editorial coverage of MIFF. These materials may also be used for the MIFF’s publicly available print publications and print products as well as online media (MIFF website/s, MIFF mobile application/s, and MIFF social media channels), where they will remain available without any time or territorial restrictions.

iv. Exhibition materials, including but not limited to Film prints or DCPs, of officially selected Films will be insured by MIFF for the duration of the Film’s stay in Australia and during transit to the Festival; all incoming freight charges will be covered by the Festival.

v. MIFF abides not to hold any more than four (4) screenings of any submitted Film (excluding VR).

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

10. Screening Fees

Please note that MIFF will not pay any rental or screening fees for submitted Films. If filmmakers or representatives of filmmakers are using a third-party distribution or sales agency to send a Film to MIFF, filmmakers are responsible for any fees the third-party may charge and MIFF shall have no liability in respect to such fees.

11. Correspondence

All correspondence from MIFF regarding WAB submissions will be sent via WAB – although we take every precaution to ensure that messages are also sent to the submission contact’s email address, we disavow any responsibility for messages not delivered to the email address supplied. MIFF recommends Submitters regularly log-in to WAB to ensure that the submission has been completed, including but not limited to payments and screener uploads, and that the Film has been placed ‘under consideration’ within two weeks of submitting.

If you need further assistance after reading the above regulations or our FAQ, please email our Submissions Team at submissions@miff.com.au. If you have a WAB Tracking Number, please ensure you quote it in the subject line so our team can assist you with your query as quickly as possible.