The Melbourne Underground Film Festival (M.U.F.F.) is a cutting edge premiere showcase for Independent cinema from around the world. It is known for its radical, adventurous and iconoclastic programming decisions, in addition to its support of different voices from independent, alternative, underground and student filmmakers worldwide. The festival focuses on both Australian and International cinema. M.U.F.F. plays many shorts every year and a lot of features, plus an exciting array of documentaries and curated retrospectives. M.U.F.F. is an essential forum for new cinema that will look beyond production values, and find the hidden talent within. M.U.F.F. has been the launching board and incubator for many talented and famous filmmakers including James Wan, Scott Ryan, Jenna Fisher, Jim VanBebber, Bruce LaBruce, Peter Christopherson, Stuart Simpson, Shannon Young, Kel Dolen, Steven Kastrissios, Ivan Kavanagh, Mark Savage, Anna Brownfield, Patrick Hughes, Jeremey DeCeglie, Gregory Pakis and many, many others.

M.U.F.F. awards many local and international films every year with its annual "M.U.F.F. AWARDS". Winners are selected from both the SHORT FILM and FEATURE FILM sections!

Please do not send original material or masters for preview or screening. The Melbourne Underground Film Festival will not return preview or screening discs.

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival will screen films off DVD, Blu Ray, USB Drives and high resolution .mov / .mp4 digital files only (in any format from around the world). No other formats are accepted.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We confirm that you have granted The Melbourne Underground Film Festival the right to publicly exhibit your film and that The Melbourne Underground Film Festival will take all care but no responsibility for your film whilst in the possession of the Festival. We also confirm that if accepted into the festival you grant The Melbourne Underground Film Festival the right to publicly promote your film in all festival promotional materials, as appropriate. You also confirm that all necessary permissions have been obtained to enter this film in the Festival and that the film does not infringe the rights including copyright of any third party.

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  • Good communication considering the ever-changing circumstances of planning a film festival during the pandemic. I wasn't able to travel to the festival but hopefully, I'll be submitting again in the future and can attend.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Loved your film. Thank you for the wonderful review. It is not taken for granted. I look forward to reviewing your latest film if you have made one. We are open for 2022 entries at the moment, if you are interested.

  • This was the first time I actually felt a kinship with the staff of an international film festival. Richard and Eugene--in addition to being highly intelligent with regard to the film industry--deliver an authentic, no-holds-barred experience that puts everything in a proper perspective. Films offer a great escape, but at the end of the day, humanity must not ignore the realities of current events. Five stars across the board!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for one of the most detailed and uplifting reviews we have received, and we hope to see more of your movies :) If you are interested, 2022 entries are now being accepted and we are in the "early bird deadline" phase, offering filmmakers the best deals in terms of MUFF entry fees. It was great to meet you online, and to learn more about your film :)

  • Henri Kebabdjian

    Great festival, great with a very warm welcome !!!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting such an excellent film. We loved it, and look forward to seeing more of your work! Also, we appreciate the great review!

  • Seriously what can I say ! Apart from winning an award for #FLUX - which is always great - I really felt part of the whole Melbourne Underground festival without even being in Australia. From start to finish the communication and involvement was second to none . Also a totally weird , wonderful, creative and intelligent curated selection of films . Bravo . And thanks .

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    You are most welcome and have been a wonderful filmmaker to deal with. We hope to see more of your work very soon! :)

  • Shannon Meilak

    Shortly after receiving notification of selection in October 2019, I was told that the event will be postponed until April 2020, which I was perfectly fine with - these things happen. After that email, no further communication was made. I tried contacting the festival directly for updates, but never received a reply. April come and went and still no communication from the festival. At the end of June 2020, desperate for answers, I looked on the festival Facebook page to see if they had made any announcements and found a post dated 15 June 2020 (8 months after selection), that said the event had been cancelled. No email was ever received notifying me of this update, just a Facebook post that I was expected to find. When I commented on the post asking why the filmmakers had not been notified, the festival deleted my comment. A very disappointing experience and obviously very disorganised. Sorry, but it has to be said. This has been my first really bad experience with any film festival.

    July 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Shannon,
    I am sorry to hear that you have had a poor experience with the festival a few years ago. I would like to make up for it this year, in 2022. Are you still making films? If so, I am willing to screen two of your movies AT NO COST TO YOU. If you could please send me links to your films on filmfreeway, I will offer you a 100% discount on entry fees for both. COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, I will personally schedule them in and can assure you that your films will screen. I made sure that everything ran to clockwork last year, and will do so again this year. This time, I will make sure that you have just the opposite experience as you had in 2019 / 2020. If interested, please email me at jagluiperd@protonmail.com and I will personally fix this s*** if you want me to. Kind regards, EUGENE