The 26th annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF) is a Space Coast short film festival at Premiere Theaters (Oaks-10) in Melbourne Florida. It is open to filmmakers from around the world. The MIFF has two screening blocks that feature Florida filmmakers: “Florida Made Films” and “Rising Stars” where we focus on young film makers. Oh, and every penny made from this Central Florida film festival goes to a local charity: No Limits Academy, a non-profit Christian School for physically disabled children ages 6-21.

Film makers who say: “I want to see my film in a movie theater and use the same system as Hollywood films” will have their dreams come true at the MIFF. You can see your film on the big screen and enjoy eclectic indie films in a movie theater and experience how indie movies look and sound their best. At the MIFF’s closing night, walk the red carpet and be interviewed live streamed to the theater and recorded for YouTube.

Specially requested independent feature films have been screened at the MIFF such as “Woman in Motion,” “The Martial Arts Kid,” “I’ll Believe You,” and the Bollywood movie “Bang Bang” with Hollywood talent like Patrick Warburton, David Allen Basche, Ed Harris, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson.

The MIFF will create a free DCP needed to show your film at a movie theater. Be recognized for your independent film, see your film on the BIG screen, and enjoy your fellow film makers’ creative energy you will find at the MIFF!

See the website.

Submission fee and deadlines:
All 2024 submissions MUST include a processing fee. Submit through FilmFreeway.

Any filmmaker may submit a short film which was completed AFTER Jan.1, 2022 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 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.

2024 MIFF Delivery Guidelines for Accepted Productions

MIFF Delivery Guidelines for Accepted Productions
Goal: If your movie is accepted to the MIFF, provide us with the highest quality practical of your production. All material will be encoded by us and presented in a movie theater with available 5.1 audio using a digital cinema projector from a Digital Cinema Package (DCP that we encode, the standard encoding format used in theaters).
If your submission is accepted, review the guidelines below and send us a link(1) to a high-quality copy of your production ASAP to
Audio encoding prefer 48KHz 24-bit samples with no compression; mono to 5.1
Non-English submissions must have English subtitles burned in (included in the video)
Resolution and Framerate should be the same pixel dimensions and framerate used in production.

Delivery format preferred formats include ProRes 422, DNxHD, DNxHR, or another high-quality commonly available low compression CODEC (H.264/mp4, though more highly compressed, is accepted; please do not send us a DCP
Delivery medium preferred is via electronic transfer (DropBox, WeTransfer, FileZilla, or other file transfer service)(1) contact us for delivery of hard media.
Technical questions email
All other questions email
(1) If the best version you can send us is thru Film Freeway, let us know by email at

By submitting a production to the MIFF, 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 submitted to the MIFF.
The MIFF may publicly exhibit my complete submitted motion picture during the MIFF. Other than for review for acceptance to the MIFF, promotion of the MIFF using short excerpts from the submission, and display of the full production at the MIFF and its possible virtual component, 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 and in a possible virtual component for 45 contiguous days during and following the MIFF. I affirm that proper license(s) of performances and 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
  • Jagoda Puczko

    We highly recommend submitting to The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival - the communication was on time and prompt, everything was explained very well and we felt looked after by the festival throughout the process of selection. We also got Nominee selection, which is fantastic!

    December 2023
  • Timothy Hay

    Awesome event to be part of

    November 2023
  • It was truly an HONOR to have our Texas film make it as “SELECTED” so far away in “The Land Down Under”. A wonderful festival to have our film shared with the great folks of Australia.

    October 2023
  • The MIFF is a great opportunity to see your film in a theater on the big screen. They were great to work with! I'll definitely enter again!

    October 2023
  • David Luck

    Fantastic Communication! The Cast and Crew from 'Death by King Cake' were honored to be nominated for BEST COMEDY!!!!!

    October 2023