The 21st Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival is a true indie film event with an emphasis on short films. We previously presented limited-release feature films such as “I’ll Believe You” and “The Martial Arts Kid,” with Hollywood talent like Patrick Warburton, David Allen Basche, Ed Harris, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson, but we never stray from our indie roots. Our founders, 3 Boys Productions, premiered their locally produced short horror film "Under the Bridge" in 1998, and the MIFF was born in 1999. Since then, the festival has embraced diversity as well, with the premiere of a big-budget Bollywood film, “Bang, Bang!”, and themes of Chinese culture, space exploration (this IS the Space Coast), martial arts and more. We’ve shown films from all over the world, even some that were smuggled in from Iran! And we support our local filmmakers with a special program called “Florida Made Films.” Oh, and every penny made from the festival goes to a local charity. This year it's No Limits Academy, a not-for-profit Christian School for physically disabled children ages 6-21.

See the website.

Submission fee and deadlines:
All 2019 submissions, including Tie Up Loose Ends film competition, MUST include a processing fee. Submit through FilmFreeway.
Submissions open February 4, 2019.

Any filmmaker may submit a short film which was completed AFTER Jan.1, 2018 and has a runtime of less than 25 minutes in the following genres:

Music Videos
Science Fiction

The MIFF is primarily a short film festival that may include several features if time permits. Productions longer than 25 minutes may be submitted through special arrangement only. Contact us for details.
Productions that would be rated more restrictively than “R” will not be selected by the MIFF.

If selected:

You will be notified of your selection and receive one All Access Pass upon check-in at the theater. You will be asked to provide a high-quality copy of your program either as a theater-ready DCP or high-quality format that we will convert into a DCP for theater screening. Adhering to high standards for this copy of your movie will help us maintain the high standards possible at the Premiere Theaters/Oaks 10 MIFF location. Specific image and audio guidelines are below.

2019 MIFF Delivery Guidelines (if your film is accepted)

Goal: Provide us the highest quality practical of your production.

Please review the guidelines below, and send us a file of your production ASAP after it is accepted. Due to limited volunteer resources late submissions may not screen.

• Audio levels dialog normal (average dialog level) should be -20 dBFS(1).
• Audio encoding should be 48KHz 24 bit samples with no compression (16 bit samples are accepted(2)).  Mono to 7.1 is accepted.
• Non-English submissions should have English subtitles burned in (included in the video)
• Resolution should be limited to 4K (16x9 HD or UHD, Cinemascope or Flat)(3).
• Delivery format preferred formats include ProRes 422, DNxHD, DNxHR, or another high-quality commonly available low compression CODEC such as Photo jpg or H.264(4). DCPs are accepted(5).
• Delivery medium preferred is via electronic transfer (FTP server, DropBox, WeTransfer, FileZilla or other file transfer service); optical data disk, USB drive, hard drive or SSD are acceptable. Drives will be returned at the MIFF or by other arrangements.
• DO NOT pad the start or end with black, pillar box or letter box.

All material will be presented in the theater from a 2K or 4K Digital Cinema Package (DCP) using the DCI-P3 color gamut; the same format used for cinema presentations in theaters.

Dialog normal will be adjusted to our best estimate of -20 dBFS if not provided that way.
16 bit audio when delivered at -20 dBFS limits audio quality.
Standard pixel dimensions are: HD 1920x1080 or 1280x720, UHD 3840x2160, 2K Flat 1998x1080, 4K Flat 3996x2160, 2K CinemaScope 2048x858, 4K CinemaScope 4096x1716, and a CinemaScope image encoded from HD video is 1920x804 pixels.
We are encoding to a DCP for presentation at a very high quality (100 Mbps or higher, 10 bits per sample video and 24 bits per sample audio); providing highly compressed video is discouraged.
All features will be shown in the flat, scope or HD format in which they were provided; most shorts will be encoded to fit a CinemaScope frame (we will pillar box most flat & HD presentations for the MIFF).

Send file links or technical questions to
If shipping or delivering material, send it to:
A Cut Above Video
Attn: MIFF
4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 220
Melbourne, FL 32934-7214 USA
Phone number for shipping and technical questions: 321-253-5677
All other festival related questions should be sent to

Notice of release:
I hereby irrevocably grant the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival hereafter referred to as MIFF, their licensees, agents, successors and assignees the right in perpetuity throughout the world in all media now or hereafter known to promote and advertise the MIFF utilizing my name, fictitious name, the promotional and collateral material submitted, and short segment(s) of the motion picture I am submitting to the MIFF.
The MIFF may publicly exhibit my complete submitted motion picture only during the MIFF. Other than for review for acceptance to the MIFF, promotion of the MIFF using short excerpts from the submission, and display at the MIFF, the MIFF has no rights to reproduce, display or distribute the submitted motion picture.
I am at least 18 years of age, have all licenses and rights necessary for promotion and exhibition of the submitted motion picture, and am authorized to submit it for public exhibition in a movie theater during the MIFF; specifically I affirm that proper license(s) of intellectual property (music, images, etc.) used within this production have been obtained and display of my submission by the MIFF does not violate any laws or copyright restrictions within the United States.
I understand that I am not entitled to any financial compensation from the MIFF for this release.
On my behalf, my heirs, successors, and assignees, I indemnify and hold harmless the MIFF and its agents from any and all claims, actions, and judgments, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against same, arising from and related to the display and use of materials provided by me under this agreement.

Overall Rating
  • Darren Houle

    I have been participating in the MIFF for 18 of their 20 years. This festival is fun, eclectic, and more like family than just another festival on the circuit. They care just as much about local filmmakers as they do international filmmakers, and they also always find a way to bring some kind of crazy fun to each event. In the end the proceeds go to a local charity that's more than deserving. Definitely a festival worth attending.

    November 2018
  • Outstanding! I look forward to participating next year.

    October 2018
  • Arnold Chun

    Thank you so much for the acceptance!

    November 2017
  • Gerald Godbout

    Melbourne is a really good festival with a good film selection. The crew were friendly and very welcoming, had a fun time.

    November 2017
  • Kevin O'Neill

    This is my fourth year screening as a filmmaker at the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival. This festival has continued to grow every year with some of the best films I've ever seen. Terry Cronin and his entire team go out of their way to make each and every filmmaker feel very important. The venue is wonderful, every film screens in the same theater so you don't have to run from theater to theater to catch all of the other films. And the after party just above the theater is amazing. Don't miss out on the Shrimp and Grits! This festival is VERY MUCH worth the price of submission!

    October 2017