Melbourne Short Film Festival awaits you for an evening of independent short films!

Our super-cozy, historical venue, the Sun Theatre is a popular host of cultural events and festivals, with a dedicated art-loving audience.

Our festival was founded to support and promote independent short films from all around the world. We recognize how difficult it is to get your short film ’out there’, and find a platform where your film can reach the right audience. We aim to promote and provide exposure to these films and organize a fun and culturally diverse night of indie cinema for filmmakers and cinephiles alike.

Our program will reflect the diversity and opportunities within the short film genre, and our goal is to show films that the audience would otherwise have not seen, and leave a lasting impact.

We look forward to seeing your submissions and welcoming you to Melbourne Short Film Festival!

Our submission window for our 5th edition is now open!

The official selection will be carefully picked by our panel of expert judges, and will consist of the films nominated for an award. The films screened at the event will be selected from the official selection and promoted on our social media platforms and website, and the best ones will receive awards at the film festival in a wide range of categories. Both the nominees and the winners will get our official laurels and will be featured on our Facebook page and website.

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2020.

✓ Short films must not exceed 30 minutes.

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

✓ Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in a category. Not all nominated films will be screened.

Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.

Award Winners: Chosen from the Nominations (which includes the Official Selection).

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.

✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

✓ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

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  • A lovely experience working with this festival. Couldn't have asked for anything more!

    February 2021
  • Judith and Sarah

    Melbourne Short Film Festival was well organised, friendly and screened at the beautiful Sun Theatre. We flew over for it, from New Zealand to see our our film Walk a Mile have it's Australian Premiere, and we were thrilled to receive the award for The Best Short Film.

    March 2020
  • Really sweet festival with very dedicated people. Definitely reccomend it

    February 2020
  • A truly fantastic event organized by a very welcoming team - it was a pleasure to be included. Thrilled that my film "Urbanality" was awarded "Best Animation"!

    February 2020
  • Alex Campbell

    A lovely crew and a fun festival. Stoked that 'Humdingers' won 'best thriller'. Thanks for having me along :-)

    February 2019