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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

About

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is amongst the world’s newest documentary film festivals and Australia's first competitive documentary film festival.

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is the only festival in Australasia to provide feedback on submissions. The feedback is simple, straight forward, positive and constructive (like a review) and gives you an insight into what the curator thought of your documentary and will be provided if you want it by applying to info@mdff.org.au.

Festival wants to highlight and promote all documentaries, but in particular:

  • Documentaries from Women in Film
  • Aboriginal and Indigenous documentaries
  • Asian cinema
  • LGBTI documentaries

Awards

  • Supreme Jury Prize Winner  — $1,000 
  • Best International Documentary 
  • Best Australian Documentary  — $1000
  • Best Australian Short Documentary 
  • Best International Short Documentary 
  • Best Melbourne Documentary (short and feature)
  • Best Indigenous Documentary
  • Best Music / Art Documentary
  • Best Environmental Documentary
  • Best Emerging Director
  • Audience Choice Award (short and feature)
  • Wildcard / Avante Garde Award
  • Best Expanded Interdisciplinary Project

Rules

  • Production of the Film was not completed prior to 1 January 2013; 
  • The Film has never been, and will not be before 12 July 2017, released on DVD, freely available online or theatrically released other than on tugg.com (however, the Festival may at its discretion accept Films which have been theatrically released or previously screened at other festivals); 
  • The Film is in English or contains English subtitles

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

Australia
Melbourne

Official website

mdff.org.au

Contacts

Address:

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
GBO Box 4007
Melbourne 3000

Phone: +61 390 154 965

Email: info@mdff.org.au

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    July 26, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 31, 2017
  • Regular Deadline
    February 25, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    March 18, 2018
  • Extended Deadline
    April 15, 2018
  • Notifications
    May 06, 2018
  • Event dates
    6 — 15 July 2018
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $60

Documentaries under 2 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

A feature documentary we define is a documentary that is 41 minutes or longer.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $60

A short documentary we define as being documentary that is 40 minutes or shorter.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is looking for expanded documentary projects like VR, Occulus, Live Performance, Experimental, 3D and Interactive Documentaries to showcase

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $60
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