The MIFF will go on!
The 2020 MIFF will be held in October as planned if possible. The planning committee has put together contingency plans to produce a virtual show that is a mix of live and recorded material. It will include showing some shorts in their entirety, selected segments of longer productions, and interviews with filmmakers. If the filmmaker chooses, filmmaker provided links to the complete productions will be included in our release of selected films. At the conclusion of our live Saturday evening event we will present awards in numerous categories.

Due to the Coronavirus issue, the MIFF’s Tie Up Loose Ends submission deadline has been extended to August 31, 2020 and the submission fee waived. Anyone wishing to submit should send an email to, and NOT submit through FilmFreeway.

Also, late fees have been waived, so now you may enter the festival for the regular fee of $20 until July 4th, the last date for entry.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be recognized for your production and enjoy the creative energy you will find at the MIFF. Whether at the theater or virtual, the MIFF will go on.

The 22nd 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 2020 submissions, including Tie Up Loose Ends film competition, MUST include a processing fee. Submit through FilmFreeway.
Submissions open January 6th, 2020.

Any filmmaker may submit a short film which was completed AFTER Jan.1, 2019 and has a runtime of less than 25 minutes in the following genres:

Music Videos
Science Fiction
Shot On Mobile

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.

2020 MIFF Delivery Guidelines for Accepted Productions

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

If your submission is accepted review the guidelines below and send us a copy of your production ASAP.

• Audio levels dialog normal (average dialog level) should be -20 dBFS(1).
• Audio encoding should be 48KHz 24 bit samples with no compression(2).  Mono to 7.1 is accepted.
• Non-English submissions must have English subtitles burned in (included in the video)
• Resolution should be limited to 4K (most are 2K)(3).
• Delivery format preferred formats include ProRes 422, DNxHD, DNxHR, or another high-quality commonly available low compression CODEC(4). DCPs are accepted(5).
• Delivery medium preferred is via electronic transfer (FTP server, DropBox, WeTransfer, FileZilla or other file transfer service); other delivery media are acceptable by special arrangement.
• DO NOT pad the start or end with excessive black, pillar box or letter box.

All material will be presented using a cinema projector from a 2K or 4K Digital Cinema Package (DCP).

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 is accepted, but 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 HD video is 1920x804 pixels.
All submissions are encoded 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); DNxHR HQX and ProRes 422 HQ are the preferred CODECs when providing 10 bit video; providing highly compressed video is discouraged.
All features length movies will be shown in the flat, scope or HD format in which they were provided. Shorts will be encoded to fit the frame size of the majority of submissions in the presentation grouping at the MIFF, which is CinemaScope or Flat (we will pillar box or letterbox if needed for presentation).

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
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
  • Dale Metz

    Another FANTASTIC year at the MIFF in Florida! The tech services and screenings here are second to none and they really know how to showcase the filmmakers and event with red carpet interviews and a top notch awards party! Thank you MIFF for awarding JUVIE for best VFX this year. We are honored and look forward to future festivals in Melbourne. Thanks for your hard work and commitment.

    March 2020
  • Sue Dontell

    I have attended every MIFF since the very first one, this will be my22 year there. It shows film on a regular giant theater screen. Some festivals show films in a hotel with a screen set up. But, not MIFF, it's an elegant theater. We are so fortunate to have this arrangement with the Oaks. Great networking with great filmmakers. Best film festival I've been to. Love it.

    January 2020
  • Great people with a lot of passion for film! I'm happy to show one of my films here anytime again!

    October 2019
  • Mark Doster

    Melbourne was the best time I've had at a film festival thus far. I was fortunate enough to be part of the Fright Night Horror block and the atmosphere was just fun and relaxed. And I enjoyed all of the films I saw while I was there. I felt like I was amongst my kind of people and it felt nice. Also, kudos on the festival runners for keeping this going for 21 years!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much!

  • 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