The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) is the largest festival of its kind in Australia, celebrating the best of Indian cinema in all its forms: from Bollywood’s Hindi blockbusters to regional cinemas in various languages and films from the Indian sub-continent.

We also seek to welcome some of the country’s most exciting filmmakers and movie celebrities, while hosting a wealth of unique and interactive live events. Presented by the State Government of Victoria, the festival is a key initiative to foster closer ties between India and Australia.

The exciting IFFM 2023 is a whole year celebration:
IFFM’s inaugural Indian Summer
the 14th edition of IFFM
All year-round program, films streaming Australia wide on IFFM streaming platform

IFFM 2023 Submission Time:
• IFFM’s Indian Summer: from late-November 2022 to early-March 2023.
• The 14th edition of IFFM: from late-March 2023 to mid-July 2023.
• All year-round program: we also welcome you to submit your film throughout the year for IFFM Streaming Platform - showcasing the best of Indian and Indian subcontinent films all year round!

*Selected films from IFFM's Indian Summer will be running for the 14th edition of IFFM Awards in August 2023.

The festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their films on an international platform, to be noticed by the most eminent film personalities from India and Australia. Selected films will be shown in cinemas and/or on the IFFM streaming platform.

IFFM believes in the power of inclusion and diversity and strongly encourages diverse filmmakers of all walks of life to submit their films. IFFM strongly encourages women filmmakers, filmmakers living with disabilities and filmmakers who identify themselves as members of the LGBTQIA+ community to submit their films.

IFFM believes accessibility is a key component of the film experience. IFFM strongly encourages filmmakers who have included close captions or audio descriptions to submit their films and looks at these films favourably.


The following terms and conditions govern the submission of films to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, through (FilmFreeway) for consideration for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2023 program. Any questions about these Terms should be directed to

1. By submitting a Film to IFFM for Festival consideration, the submitter represents that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Film whose consent is required to submit the Film the festival and screen the film at the Festival, and has read, understood and agreed to the Terms.

2. IFFM may disqualify or reject, but is not required to do so, any submission that it determines in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with these Terms.

1. Films that do not meet the eligibility requirements for any of the below categories should not be submitted and will not be considered by IFFM

2. For the purpose of the below categories, “Indian” films are films that were directed by an Indian citizen or permanent resident of Australia and list India or Australia as one of the countries of production. All other films are considered “International” films and therefore are not eligible. Categories: Animation, Beyond Bollywood, Documentaries, Film India World, Hurray Bollywood, Short Film Competition and Short films made in Melbourne.

3. For the purpose of the “From the Subcontinent” category, eligible films are films directed by a citizen of one of the following countries: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Maldives, or a permanent resident of Australia and lists one of the countries listed above as one of the countries of production.

4. IFFM prefers that all feature films presented are, at minimum, Victorian premieres. IFFM will accept submissions that have already premiered in India or outside Victoria (Australia), but the film’s premiere status will be taken into consideration when final programming decisions are made.

5. Definitions

Features are films whose runtime is over 40 minutes, including credits.
Short films are films whose runtime is under 40 minutes, including credits.

6. A film will not be eligible for consideration and should not be submitted if:
- the film was completed prior to 20 November 2021 or after 10 March 2023 for IFFM’s Indian Summer.
- the film was previously submitted to IFFM for festival consideration.

7. All feature films must be submitted online (preferred) or as DVD screeners.

Submission Procedure

1. All films submitted under these terms must be submitted in accordance with the procedure outlined herein. IFFM may disqualify or reject any film that is not submitted in this way.

2. To submit a film for festival consideration, an applicant must: (a) complete the registration process at FilmFreeway and/or (b) provide to IFFM a screener (for Feature Films) for review by IFFM programming staff. IFFM does not accept submissions in any other manner or format, including content burned to Read/Write (RW) discs, Blu‐ray discs, external online links, downloadable files or trailers.

Submitted DVDs must:
1. contain one version only of the Film, in the original language of production, with English subtitles. Legal screen watermarks are acceptable.

2. Must have labelled with the following: (i) title, (ii) production company name, phone number and address, (iii) director’s name, (iv) length in minutes, and (v) FilmFreeway tracking number; (vi) Year of Production (vii) Language

3. Applicants should test their DVDs thoroughly before submitting them. The applicant has sole responsibility for ensuring that the submitted DVD screener plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player. If IFFM is unable to view the DVD, IFFM may attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the applicant in order to obtain a replacement DVD.

4. IFFM will not review multiple versions of a submitted film. Only one version of the film may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, the submission will be disqualified.

5. DVD screeners will not be returned.

V Shipping instructions for DVD Screeners

1. All Films must be sent by way of prepaid shipping. IFFM will not accept collect/cash-on-delivery shipments.

2. IFFM is not responsible for and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Applicants should clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges are to be billed to the sender. Any shipping charges incurred by IFFM will be billed back to the Applicant.

3. Films should not be shipped in excessive packaging or with any materials other than those requested by IFFM.

4. IFFM is not responsible and bears no liability with respect to clearance of shipments through Australian customs. However, IFFM recommends that Applicants sending submissions from outside of Australia take the following steps to increase the chance of successful review by Australian customs:

1. Include three copies of a commercial invoice (declaration of contents) containing the following
- Sender’s name, address and telephone number
- Recipient’s address
- Title of film and format
- Length of film
- Fair market value (standard is cost AUD $20)
- Country of manufacture
- Declaration “Goods on loan for Film Festival purposes only. No commercial value. Non‐ pornographic.”
- Sender’s signature

2. The commercial invoice should be included with the courier waybill. Applicants shipping via international post should affix a customs declaration label to the outside of the package.

3. IFFM does not confirm receipt of shipment and is not responsible for lost or misdirected packages. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the submission procedure is complete, and that the DVD screener has been received by IFFM.


1. IFFM will consider for inclusion in the Festival all eligible films that have been submitted by the above deadline and in accordance with these Terms.

2. All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of IFFM and are final and unreviewable. IFFM is not required to provide any feedback, comments or reasons, or any other information, regarding the selection or non‐selection of any submitted Film or the process by which Films are or have been selected. IFFM is not responsible or liable for its selection decisions; for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding the Film that are or may be obtained from the Applicant or anyone else; for any communications by any representative of IFFM relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; for the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; or for any failure on the part of the Festival to provide the Applicant or anyone else with information concerning IFFM's consideration and/or review of the Film.

3. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 15 March 2023 for IFFM’s Indian Summer. IFFM will contact Applicants using the contact information provided in the FilmFreeway registration form. Applicants are responsible for providing correct and functional contact information. IFFM is not responsible for any failed attempts to contact Applicants using the contact information provided.

4. Due to the hybrid nature of the festival, the inclusion of the 2023 selected films on either IFFM’s in cinemas or online programs is solely at the discretion of the festival. All selected films will be notified of the details of their selection and will be required to provide the films accordingly. If selected, you will be required to provide a MOV link and/or DCP (Digital Cinema Package. All requested links and DCPs must be delivered by 17 March 2023 for IFFM’s Indian Summer.


1. By submitting the film to IFFM, the Applicant and Film Owners hereby warrant and represent that: the Film is wholly original and is not copied from and does not include any other work that is the subject of copyright or other protection unless such work is in the public domain or the Submitting Parties have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses, and other authorizations or waivers of any kind necessary for the inclusion or reproduction of any person, character, location, thing, trade‐mark, sound recording, musical composition or other work in the Film;
the Film does not defame any person or violate the common law or statutory rights, including, without limitation, the rights of privacy and publicity or any other right of any person;
the Film is not the subject of litigation; nor any dispute which would give rise to litigation
there are no agreements, nor will there be any agreements made subsequent to the date of this Film submission that would or could have the effect of impairing the Submitting Parties’ ability to provide the Film as contemplated herein, or otherwise conflict with any provision of these Terms; and

2. the Submitting Parties have the full right, power and authority to submit the Film to IFFM for Festival consideration, and to grant all of the rights granted hereunder and in the FilmFreeway registration form, and there is no obligation or disability which would in any way impair, restrict or impede the Submitting Parties from fully performing all obligations pursuant to the submission and these Terms.

3. The Submitting Parties agree to indemnify and hold harmless IFFM its licensees, successors and assigns, and its and their members, officers, directors, employees, volunteers, agents, representatives, associates and affiliates (each, a “Releasee”), from any claim, suit, action or other proceeding brought against a Releasee and from any losses, costs, or damages, including the Releasee’s full legal fees and costs, which it may have suffered or incurred or may suffer or incur, directly or indirectly based on, in connection with, or arising from the use and exhibition of the Film submitted by the Applicant or the breach or alleged breach of any representation, warranty or other agreement made by the Applicant in these Terms, or in the Applicant’s FilmFreeway registration form.

4. IFFM takes reasonable anti‐piracy precautions. While in IFFM/s possession, all Films are securely stored. Access to Films is limited to IFFM staff who require access in order to screen and consider submissions. By submitting a Film to IFFM, the Submitting Parties hereby release the Releasees from any and all liability in the event of theft, unauthorized access or copying, or any breach of copyright of the submitted Film while it is in IFFM’s possession.

IFFM reserves the right to rule, in its sole discretion, on cases and situations not foreseen by these Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Mohit Manan

    Thank you for selecting our film "The Monk" as one of the Finalists in WorldRemit competition.
    Honored to be a part of your prestigious festival. The Film festival was compelling and the presence of Bollywood Film stars made it exhilarating.

    August 2022
  • Alex Sangha

    Thank you for screening Vinay Giridhar’s award-winning debut feature documentary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows, at your wonderful film festival. Great communication with your team.

    August 2022
  • Its a fantastic festival with good communication and exposure to films. I feel honored to be part of it. Looking forward to be a part of the future editions.

    August 2022
  • Festival experience is very nice. Good response.. nice communication.. good platform for subjects.. I congratulate all festival team and winners of films…looking for next year submission..

    August 2022
  • Bishal Swargiary

    Our film 'Gosain: The colours of spring' had its world Premiere in 2022 IFFM. IFFM is a very popular festival in Melbourne. Good going, good one.

    August 2022