There are separate rules for “Tie Up Loose Ends” competition here.
All 2019 submissions, including Tie Up Loose Ends films, MUST include a processing fee, used to defray the show production costs. Submit through FilmFreeway.
Submissions Dates Coming Soon
Fees depend on which deadline you use.
Early (Dates Coming Soon) $10
Regular (Dates Coming Soon): $20
Late (Dates Coming Soon): $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:
Our preferred method of submission is electronic through FilmFreeway. Click here to submit your film.
Regular films: A tiered deadline system for regular film submissions through FilmFreeway offers lower fees for earlier entries. The deadlines are March 15, June 4 and July 4.
Tie Up Loose Ends: Tie Up Loose Ends scripts are due Jan. 18, 2019. See the rules.
MIFF delivery guidelines
If your film is selected:
You will be notified of your selection and should provide the highest quality copy of your program as soon as possible. Due to limited volunteer resources, late submissions may not be screened. Please review the specific image and audio guidelines below.
The following information is applicable only to filmmakers whose work has been accepted for showing at the MIFF.
Goal: Provide us the highest quality practical of your production.
Please review the guidelines below, and send us a file of your production ASAP after it is accepted. Due to limited volunteer resources late submissions may not screen.
- Audio levels dialog normal (average dialog level) should be -20 dBFS(1).
- Audio encoding should be 48KHz 24 bit samples with no compression (16 bit samples are accepted(2)). Mono to 7.1 is accepted.
- Non-English submissions should have English subtitles burned in (included in the video)
- Resolution should be limited to 4K (16×9 HD or UHD, Cinemascope or Flat)(3).
- Delivery format preferred formats include ProRes 422, DNxHD, DNxHR, or another high-quality commonly available low compression CODEC(4). DCPs are accepted(5).
- Delivery medium preferred is via electronic transfer (FTP server, DropBox, WeTransfer, FileZilla or other file transfer service); optical data disk, USB drive, hard drive or SSD are acceptable by special arrangement. Drives will be returned at the MIFF or by other arrangements.
- DO NOT pad the start or end with excessive black, pillar box or letter box (unless required to fit the DCP frame size).
All material will be presented in the theater from a 2K or 4K Digital Cinema Package (DCP) using the DCI-P3 color gamut; the same format used for cinema presentations in theaters.
- Dialog normal will be adjusted to our best estimate of -20 dBFS if not provided that way.
- 16 bit audio when delivered at -20 dBFS limits audio quality.
- Standard pixel dimensions are: HD 1920×1080 or 1280×720, UHD 3840×2160, 2K Flat 1998×1080, 4K Flat 3996×2160, 2K CinemaScope 2048×858, 4K CinemaScope 4096×1716, and a CinemaScope image encoded from HD video is 1920×804 pixels.
- We are encoding to a DCP for presentation at a very high quality (100 Mbps or higher, 10 bits per sample video and 24 bits per sample audio); providing highly compressed video is discouraged.
- All features will be shown in the flat, scope or HD format in which they were provided; most shorts will be encoded to fit a CinemaScope frame (we will pillar box most flat & HD presentations for the MIFF).
Send file links or technical questions to MIFF@ACutAboveVideo.com.
If shipping or delivering material, send it to:
A Cut Above Video
4450 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 220
Melbourne, FL 32934-7214 USA
Phone number for shipping and technical questions: 321-253-5677
All other festival related questions should be sent to Contact@MelbourneFilmFest.com
Partial Update November 18, 2018