The Melbourne Indie Film Festival will take place from 8th - 13th July 2016.

Following the amazing success of the inaugural Sydney Indie Film Festival, which screened 62 films from 20 countries over 8 entertaining days, we are excited to bring the celebration of independent filmmaking to Melbourne, launching the first ever Melbourne Indie Film Festival, 6 days of international film’s events, in the heart of beautiful Melbourne, Australia.

The Melbourne Indie Film Festival will feature some of the best of independent cinema from around the world, including a mix of award winning films and outstanding emerging talent in the film industry.

The festival has been set-up to showcase new and creative works by emerging local and international artists.

We aim to share great stories with the audience, while supporting independent filmmakers. Whether you made a film with $100 or $100K budget, what will really captivate the audience is the story.

Often referred to as the Arts capital of the country, Melbourne prides itself on its rich and diverse artistic culture, fully embracing all forms of expressive arts from street art to the Masters, theatre, fashion, dance, music and films.

The Melbourne Indie Film Festival will take place from 8th - 13th July 2016 at the Loop Project, Screening Space, in the heart of Melbourne CBD.

The Loop Project Space offers a unique cultural experience.

Experience the stimulating fusion of Melbourne’s creative energy with the uniqueness of the Loop Project Space, as the Melbourne Indie Film Festival aims to bring entertainment and inspiration to its audience by showcasing stories and issues from around the world through the impact of great cinema.

We know that Film Festivals are great marketing vehicle, and with our incredible media team, we aim to give maximum publicity to all selected films.

The Melbourne Indie Film Festival mission is to unite, inspire and entertain, bringing opportunities for artists and great cultural events for the community.

Make sure you also check out our eldest festival, the Sydney Indie Film Festival.

Awards & Prizes

The finalist films at the Melbourne Indie Film Festival, will be competing for the following awards:

Best Film - Feature Film
Best Screenplay - Feature Film
Best Director - Feature Film
Best Lead Male Actor - Feature Film
Best Lead Female Actor - Feature Film
Best Cinematography - Feature Film
Best Music Score - Feature Film
Best Editing - Feature Film
Best Production Design - Feature Film
Best Special Effects - Feature Film

Best Film - Short Film
Best Screenplay - Short Film
Best Director - Short Film
Best Lead Male Actor - Short Film
Best Lead Female Actor - Short Film
Best Cinematography - Short Film
Best Music Score - Short Film
Best Editing - Short Film
Best Production Design - Short Film
Best Special Effects - Short Film

Additional awards categories to be announced.

Rules & Terms

DIVERSITY
The Melbourne Indie Film Festival accepts all genres and types to be included in the festival program:
Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, Documentaries, Animation, Student Films.
The Festival accepts entries from around the world.
All films must be English or have subtitles in English.

SUBMISSIONS:
Online Submissions accepted exclusively via FilmFreeway.
You can choose between “Secure Online Screener” via FilmFreeway,
Or Send your DVD Screener to the festival:

MELBOURNE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL
ATT: SUBMISSIONS
PO BOX 143
GLADESVILLE NSW 1675
AUSTRALIA

DVD specifications: PAL compatible, All Regions.

DVDs MUST BE LABELED WITH:
FilmFreeway Tracking Number
Film Title
Running Time
Director’s name
Contact

Please do not put adhesive labels on the disc. Use a permanent marker to write the information on the disc or have it printed in the actual disc when using printable disc.
The submission and/or screener DVDs must be sent to the Festival with the following statement: “without commercial value, for cultural purposes only”. In order to facilitate customs clearance, please indicate a maximum value of AU$10 or less.

The festival does not pay for mailing/shipping costs.

The festival does not return DVD copies

Please read “Rules & Terms” for more information.

MELBOURNE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL RULES AND TERMS

We accept all genre in any language, from around the world.

All films must be English or have subtitles in English.

All entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, per film and non-refundable.

Online Submissions accepted via FilmFreeway.

Entries must be submitted no later than the deadline listed.

You must be over 18 years of age to qualify to enter the festival.

You are the copyright owner or producer.

You have the right to enter the movie in the festival.

The movie does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity.

The festival does not pay for mailing/shipping costs.

The festival does not pay screening fees.

The festival does not return DVD copies and/or any other materials (such as stills, media kits or posters).

If your film is selected, you will have to provide two (2) DVD copies that are screen-ready and in English OR with English subtitles.

DVD specifications: PAL compatible, All Regions.

DVD must be labelled with:
Film Title
Running Time
Director’s name
Contact

Please do not put adhesive labels on the disc. Use a permanent marker to write the information on the disc or have it printed in the actual disc when using printable disc.

The submission and/or screener DVDs must be sent to the Festival with the following statement: “without commercial value, for cultural purposes only”. In order to facilitate customs clearance, please indicate a maximum value of AU$10 or less.

The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The festival will not pay the cost of shipping the film back to the filmmaker. The festival will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations.

All international entries must be sent to the Melbourne Indie Film Festival with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

The festival will not pay any customs' duties that could be incurred if you are mailing your DVD via courier service. If you are using a courier service, make sure to mark that all customs' duties are paid by 'Sender' in order to avoid having your package returned to you.

After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and the film will be listed on the festival's website under official selections.

If selected, the festival will require an Electronic Press Kit to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the festival program.

Participation in the festival implies that the participants and winners in all sections will use in all publicity (posters, announcements, etc.) the name and the logo of the Melbourne Indie Film Festival and the Awards.

Although every possible care will be taken with DVDs, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send originals or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep the festival notified of any address/phone number changes.

The festival is hereby granted the rights to utilize excerpts from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

The festival reserves the right to use any promotional materials you send us (such as stills, posters, trailers, etc.) for marketing, publishing and broadcast purposes of the festival.

You agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of your name and participation images for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity for the festival.

The festival promotes the schedule of screenings via online and offline media. The festival encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screenings to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public.

The festival assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the competition, and the festival assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware or software failure of any kind, for lost network connections, garbled computer transmissions, other problems or technical malfunctions with regard to the competition. The festival assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, corruption, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. The festival is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail addressed to the festival on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the competition. If for any reason a contestant’s work cannot be viewed or is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, the festival assumes no responsibility.

In no event will the festival, its members, event partners or its officers, directors, employees, be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or punitive damages arising out of any contestant’s access to and use of the website and participation in the competition.

You accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at the festival, warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at the festival, indemnify and hold harmless Melbourne Indie Film Festival and its affiliates against any claim arising out of submission and/or exhibition of your film at Melbourne Indie Film Festival.

By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.

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    brian rossney

    The Melbourne Festival is a real gem. Unfortunately I couldn't attend but the emails and social media were fantastic. Not only was the communication top quality but they were uplifting. Melbourne Indie Film Festival have a true understanding of what it means to be an indie filmmaker. I am humbled for winning the 'Best Script' award and cherish the trophy they kindly sent out to me that inspires me to never stop working on film. Thank you Melbourne Indie Film Festival.

    October 2016
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    Dylan Sanford

    While we were unable to attend, we were grateful to be included in the first year of the festival (and win a lovely award!) Communication and promotion of our film was excellently handled. Hope to see it continue to grow and thrive!

    July 2016
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    Elaine Azevedo

    It was a great experience. The communication and the hospitality was really good in this Festival.

    July 2016
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    Damian Overton

    A wonderful celebration of Indie film. The communication to film makers was excellent. Looking forward to the next edition!

    July 2016
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    Natalie MacMahon

    Thanks again to the "Melbourne Indie Film Festival" for screening my second short film "Like A Summer Sonata"! The festival did a great job in organising and promoting the festival. Definitely worth participating!

    July 2016