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Submission FAQ

When is the next festival?

Melbourne International Film Festival 2018 will run from Thursday 2 to Sunday 19 August 2018.

How do I pay the entry fee?

Once your online submission form has been completed you will be prompted to make payment. Please note, we only accept payment via Visa or MasterCard. We are not able to accept payment via PayPal or Amex.

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 of which you should should take note. If you need to contact the festival at any point about your submission you will need to include this tracking number. Please upload your screener to the Withoutabox website. 

If you need help with your Withoutabox submission, please contact Withoutabox directly through their support page: 

Please do not send any press kits or publicity materials unless your film is selected and the festival expressly asks for them.

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.

Which film category should I choose?

Feature length films

You must select one of 4 feature categories:

Australian Feature Narrative

Australian Feature Documentary

International Feature Narrative

International Feature Documentary

Short Films

You select one of  eight categories: 

Australian fiction

Australian animation

Australian documentary 

Australian experimental

International fiction

International animation

International documentary

International experimental

Please ensure you select the correct category for your short film when submitting to ensure that your film is appropriately considered. Choosing the wrong category may adversely affect how your film is evaluated. If you have made an error, simply email and we can update this information for you.


You must select either Australian or International production


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, you have completed an online submission form and paid the entry fee for each film.

Please ensure that each film is on its own secure link.

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 prior to August 20, 2018.

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 it prior to sending it to the festival. 

What headsets do you support for VR?

We support Occulus Rift, Vive HTC, 360 Gear VR and Samsung Gear VR with controller.

Is there a time limit on VR experiences?

No. There is no time limit/duration imposed on VR works.

Do you accept WIP VR works for consideration?

Yes. If you have any questions about submitting a VR experience as a WIP, or if your experience requires specialised equipment, please contact 

How do you screen VR at MIFF?

360 - these are presented in a synchronous playback setting through mobile delivery.

Interactive - these works are presented in accordance with the work's specific requirements

If you need further assistance after reading this information, please email the Submissions Department,