Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Melbourne’s local doco fest. Documentary Month 1st - 31st July 2022 #cunemanova 21st - 31st July 2022. Vivienne Westwood, King Crimson, Tendechi Trucks, Penelope Spheeris, Jason Mamoa, Rosario Dawson, Mel Brooks,…


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Closing Date

Jan 31, 2023





Melbourne’s local doco fest. Documentary Month 1st – 31st July 2022 #cunemanova 21st – 31st July 2022.

Vivienne Westwood, King Crimson, Tendechi Trucks, Penelope Spheeris, Jason Mamoa, Rosario Dawson, Mel Brooks, Daniel Day Lewis, Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paton Oswalt, Nichola Meyer, John Hiatt, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Banksy, Octavia Spencer, Liza Minelli, Marlee Matlin and that’s just the 7th edition. Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is an indie festival providing support and encouragement and helping propel filmmakers onto Netflix, SBS, ABC through their own talents, hard work and determination! Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is the in-house documentary film festival for Cinema Nova the largest independent cinema in the Southern Hemisphere.

One of the most meaningful things about our festival is that 5 filmmakers over the last 7 years have been inspired to create their very first documentary because of our festival.

What we are most proud of is that we play compelling, authentic, genuine and nuanced stories from filmmakers from around the world. We give so many documentary filmmakers a voice and a platform to screen their work in Australia.

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is a popular and beloved institution. We have grown over the last 7 years to be the go-to Australian documentary film festival for Australian, UK, North American, Asia, European and documentary filmmakers worldwide to compete at. At the same time becoming an important and essential Australian film festival, showcasing the world’s best and most innovative cutting-edge documentaries. If accepted, you are guaranteed to be part of an incredible, world class line up. The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is a forerunner event in July before Melbourne’s premier event Melbourne International Film Festival which starts in August. Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is Australia’s biggest indie doco fest – 150 + documentaries over 31 days. We are currently recruiting for local Melbourne, Australian, and International Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Documentary Web Series, Video Essays, Documentary Photography, VR and Interactive Documentaries that are looking for Oceania, Asia-Pacific, Australasia, Australia and Melbourne premieres to compete in our Australian Documentary Awards held during our July 2022 festival.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is a festival where you and your documentary are the star of our festival! Thousands of people attend each year online, in-cinema and outdoors.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival has a community feeling about it and genuinely cares about the filmmakers and their documentaries with alumni helping out with judging and masterclasses.

Our Aim:
We aim to support independent documentary filmmaking in Melbourne, Australia and around the globe.

Our Values:
Our four core values are:
1: Giving People a Fair Go – Embracing stories from all walks of life and experiences, through kindness, integrity, compassion, humanity and empathy.
2: Camaraderie – Supporting the local and international documentary industry by uplifting and celebrating filmmakers, events, projects and initiatives.
3: Make it Australian – While we are an international film festival we aim to play 40% – 50% Australian content.
4: Innovation – We aim to support creatives thinking differently about documentary and innovating the genre.

We Support:
Australian, BLM, Indigenous, Women in Film, LGBTIQ, Diversity, Disabled Filmmakers, Equality, Refugees, Environmental Issues and Freedom of Speech.

We Are Against:
Asian Hate, Racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, Ageism, Sexism, Bullying, Fascism, Xenophobia, Inequality and Discrimination.

The overriding message of our festival is one of peace for our interconnected world! We will never ban indie docos or independent journalism from any country in the world, particularly brave and courageous filmmakers trying to expose the truth of what is happening in their respective countries and parts of the world.

Each year we leverage the power of Documentary to give back to our community and have raised thousands of dollars for organizations like Wildlife Victoria, Sea Shepherd, The Glen McGrath Cancer Foundation, Extinction Rebellion, Victorian Firefighters, Foodbank Victoria, and the Ed Asner Centre!
We donate all our interviews to filmmakers and support not only emerging filmmakers but emerging Australian writers & critics too.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Has:
– Premiered over 700 + documentaries in Australia
– 7 x Top 100 Film Festival out of the 10,000 Festivals in the World – FilmFreeway
– 4 x Best in the World Documentary Film Festival – Film Daily
– 1 x Best in the Southern Hemisphere Documentary Film Festival – GuideDoc
– In 2020 we created the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest online documentary film festival with over 150 documentaries showcased
– Australia’s first competitive documentary film festival to go online

In short, over the course of the past 7 years, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival has become established as a rare treasure in the crowded and increasingly homogenous festival scene, without remaining in the slipstream.

What We Are Looking For:
Ideally, we want to see your locally and internationally produced Feature, Short, VR documentaries, Video Essays and Documentary Web Series to showcase in our competition in Melbourne, Australia in 2022. All countries, all ages, all abilities, all genres of documentary are encouraged to apply and can be considered.

For more information, visit Melbourne Documentary Film Festival