Film Submissions

Every year we invite filmmakers from across Australia and the world to submit their latest animated films.

Applications for MIAF 2023:

  • All films open 8 December 2022 8:00 PM (AEDT).
  • All films close 16 March 2023 11:59 PM (AEDT).
  • There is NO FEE to enter.

MIAF Regulations

Full film details required will be on the Entry Form. They are in addition to the requirements listed below.

Introduction

The Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. It usually screens around 400 films each year in competitive, panorama, student, curated and retrospective programs.

MIAF also:

  • generates a smaller touring festival called the Australian International Animation Festival (AIAF)
  • is a submission base for the London International Animation Festival and the New Zealand International Film Festival,
  • and assists in programming a number of other festivals in Australia, Europe and the USA.

Films submitted to MIAF are automatically considered for each of these festivals. These other events will send you a separate and specific invitation if they wish to invite your film.

We will retain all submission materials. We use this for our archive, for Australian federal film classification exemption purposes and for reference in programming partner festivals.

Entry Form

The Entry Form is open from 8 December 2022 8:00 PM (AEDT).

The Entry Form is closed on 16 March 2023 11:59 PM (AEDT).

There is NO fee to enter.

There are no limits to how many films can be entered. But, each film needs a separate Entry Form.
However, if you are a school or a distributor wishing to enter multiple films please contact us directly at entries@miaf.net to be supplied with a Multiple Entry Form.

Each submission must provide acceptance of MIAF Regulations. We must receive this from a person that owns the rights of the film (including music/soundtrack rights) and that have the authority to enter it into MIAF.

Qualification Period

Your film should have been completed after 1 January 2021.
The Festival Director reserves the right to grant exemptions to this criteria in exceptional circumstances.

Submission Technical Requirements

Films need to be in a format that can be viewed by pre-selectors and the jury members. Our order of preferance is as follows:

  • Online file. Vimeo (preferred) or YouTube link and (if applicable) password.
  • Send a VOB or MPEG file via WeTransfer or DropBox.

Pre-Selection & Invitation

Pre-selection decisions regarding all entries are made by the Festival Director, relevant advisors and a pre-selection committee.

The full selection process can be a relatively lengthy one. We attempt to finalise all invitations for selected films by the end of April.

All selected films will receive a formal invitation from the Festival Director.

All unsuccessful films will receive notification via email.

The screening order of each program and the program in which each film is screened will be at the sole discretion of the Festival Director.

Screening Formats

For selected films, MIAF strongly preferences high resolution digital files as screening versions such as MPEG4, H.264, Apple ProRes 4:2:2 or AVI.

Entry Form.