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Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the world’s oldest film festivals and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest. The Festival has a large, dedicated and growing audience with a well-established public profile as a major event on the Australian calendar.

The Festival is a unique event in Australia, with a vibrant screening program, a loyal audience, and industry initiatives providing opportunities for Australian filmmakers at many levels. In recent years, MIFF has successfully extended its activities to include a raft of industry and filmmaker focused programs to complement its core business, the screening program. These are:

  • Accelerator, a 4-day educational and inspirational skills development program for up-and-coming directors with short films screening at MIFF;
  • MIFF 37ºSouth Market, a 4-day film financing market for producers with market-ready projects pitching to potential international and local co-financing partners;
  • MIFF Premiere Fund, MIFF’s own investment and loan fund, providing essential financing support for local feature-length films. In 2019 MIFF presented 31 world premieres, six of which were Premiere Fund films.
  • MIFF Talks program, a complementary program of panels and In Conversations featuring invited guest directors, actors, screenwriters and producers.

MIFF has an Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA accredited short film competition. The winners of the top prizes in the competition become eligible for Oscar® consideration.

In 2020, MIFF streamed over 118 features, documentaries, and shorts experiences from 56 countries in 32 languages over 18 days. The 2021 festival will run from 5 - 22 August.

Awards & Prizes

MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the Southern Hemisphere, accredited by the Academy®, BAFTA and AACTA. The winners of the top prizes in the competition become eligible for Oscar® consideration. Thanks to our Shorts Awards partners, in 2019 the eligible short films competed for a total cash prize pool of A$56,000.


Thursday 21 January, 2021
Tuesday 16 March, 2021
Melbourne International Film Festival
Venue Address
GPO Box 4982

Melbourne ,

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Awards & Prizes