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Our theme for MWFF2020 will be announced shortly. However we can reveal that from 2020 we are opening up our submissions to our sister practitioners from New Zealand. We welcome short film submissions of any genre, style or theme from women working within all areas of the Australian or New Zealand screen industry. To be eligible, all films must have a woman in a key creative role (Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, or Sound Designer/Composer) and have a clear connection to Australia or New Zealand.  

MWFF is committed to celebrating and promoting diversity in the screen industry. We believe that it is important to be inclusive in our programming so we open the category of “women” to any individual that identifies with this term. This means we are inclusive of cisgender and transgender women and we accept submissions from gender diverse, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, non-binary and intersex individuals that feel the term “women” is for them.  

We strongly encourage submissions from First Nations women, women of colour, women in disability and Deaf communities, and LGBTIQ-identified women.

Awards and prizes

The short film programs are eligible for the following awards decided by an industry jury: 
- Best Short 
- Best Next Gen Short (student category) 
- Critics' Choice

There will also be an audience award for the short film program.

Prizes will be announced soon and will be in the area of future production assistance. In the past, prizes have included post production services at Soundfirm Post Production, vouchers from Lemac Film & Digital, equipment from Blackmagic Design, WIFT Victoria memberships, and screenwriting mentorship from Script Central.

 Submission Rules

Submission is open to short films (15 mins max duration) that have been completed after January 1, 2015. We occasionally program longer shorts, so please contact us if your film is 15-20 mins in duration.

We welcome narrative films, documentaries, animations, and experimental films.

Works-in-progress and feature length films are not accepted.

In order for a film to be eligible, it must have a woman in a key creative role (Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, or Sound Designer/Composer) and have a clear connection to Australia or New Zealand. Priority will be given to creative teams of women. 

For entry into the Next Gen category, you must currently be studying an accredited screen, film or media production degree at an Australian or New Zealand public or private university, or have graduated one of these programs in the last 12 months. This will be indicated in your cover letter.

Please ensure the following are provided as part of all submissions: 
-A cover letter 
-Synopsis of the film in both short (50 words) and long (150 words) versions 
-Full cast and credits list 
-Director’s biography (under 100 words) AND filmography 
-3 different stills from the film (at least 300 dpi High Resolution) 

Secure online screener is the preferred method of submission. If selected, your exhibition copy is required by November 30, 2019 (exhibition requirements will be sent shortly after acceptance letters). 

All entries with dialogue not in the English language must be subtitled in English.

Fees will not be reimbursed for films not selected for the festival.


Submission Dates

Early bird Deadline - July 7th, 2019

Regular Deadline - August 25th, 2019

Extended Deadline - September 29th, 2019

Notifications - November 1st, 2019

For further information, submission fees or to submit your film, please click on the Film Freeway link


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Sunday 29 September, 2019
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