MIFF announces $140,000 competition for Best Film

A jury of prominent filmmakers and industry professionals will decide the winner of the new prize this August.
Ablaze, by Tiriki Onus, was one of the major films at MIFF 2021. Image supplied.

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) today announced a new $140,000 award for Best Film. Already the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and longest-running film festival, the new competition seeks to attract more major titles, global profile and leading filmmakers to Melbourne in August.

The Victorian Labor Government, through Film Victoria, is supporting the launch of the competition in celebration of the landmark 70th anniversary of MIFF. Up to ten films will be in official selection to compete for the Best Film Award, with all types of feature length films eligible for inclusion – from fiction to documentary to animation, and any creative variation in-between.

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites