Fees depend on which deadline you use.
Early (May 4, 2017): $10
Regular (June 4, 2017): $20
Late (July 4, 2017): $30
Any filmmaker may submit a short film (under 25 minutes) in the following genres:
Science Fiction (Sci-fi)
Feature length narrative and/or documentary films will be accepted through special arrangement only. Contact us for details.
Productions that would be rated more restrictively than “R” will not be selected by the MIFF.
How to submit:
Post your Tie Up Loose Ends film entries online (for instance, at an unlisted address on YouTube or Vimeo) and send the link to MIFF@ACutAboveVideo.com.
Regular films: A tiered deadline system for regular film submissions through FilmFreeway offers lower fees for earlier entries. The deadlines are May 4, June 4 and July 4.
Tie Up Loose Ends: Tie Up Loose Ends scripts are due Jan. 11; final films are due July 31. See the rules.
You will be notified of your selection and be asked to provide a high-quality copy of your program. Adhering to high standards for this copy of your movie will help us maintain the high standards possible at the Premiere Theaters/Oaks 10 MIFF location. Specific image and audio guidelines are below.
Delivery guidelines if your film is accepted
The following information is applicable only to filmmakers whose work has been accepted for showing at the MIFF.
Goal: Provide us the best quality so your production looks its best.
- Audio levels should have dialog normal (average dialog level) set to -20 dBFS.
- Audio encoding should be 48KHz 24 bit samples with no compression (16 bit is accepted). Mono to 5.1 is accepted (7.1 by special arrangement).
- Resolution should be limited to 2K (HD video, Cinemascope or Flat), no letterboxing or pillar boxing.
- Frame rate should be the production’s native frame rate.
- Delivery format: Preferred formats include QuickTime ProRes 422, DNxHD, or another high-quality commonly available low compression CODEC such as high quality Photo JPG, H.264, or BluRay video disks (if better format is not practical), all encoded at a high quality with embedded audio. DCPs are accepted by special arrangement.
- Delivery medium: Delivery is preferred via FTP server (for file lengths LESS than 5 GB), optical data disk (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray), USB drive, hard drive or SSD (drives will be returned at the MIFF or by other arrangements).
All material will be presented in the theater from a 2K Digital Cinema Package (DCP). This is the same format used for cinema presentation in theaters.
Send file links or questions to MIFF@ACutAboveVideo.com.
If shipping material with accepted films, send to:
A Cut Above Video
4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 220
Melbourne, FL 32934-7214 USA