The Melbourne International Film Festival

62 Annual July 25, 2013 to August 11, 2013

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), through the Government of Victoria, has established an ongoing fund for supporting new Australian theatrical films and feature-length documentaries. The MIFF Premiere Fund aims to support quality feature-length projects that will have their International premiere at MIFF.

Round 18 of the MIFF Premiere Fund, which seeks 2014 premieres, is open for submissions with applications closing on 21 November and decisions due by 21 January 2013.

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 2012 MIFF presented 31 world premieres 5 of which were Premiere Fund films. Of 11 screenings of these titles, 7 were sold out sessions.

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

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