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Melbourne International Film Festival PREMIERE FUND



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. The Fund is a strategic minority co-financier of a range of films and is be keen to see diversity on its slate in terms of filmmaking teams and genres of films. Projects will be assessed on a range of factors as per the Assessment Criteria in the Guidelines (see below).

Celebrating 10 years of operation, the Premiere Fund promo clip can be viewed here.



You can see the full Premiere Fund slate here and here.

If you missed any Premiere Fund films, you can find them at iTunes here.



Projects may seek a range of supports from the MIFF Premiere Fund, such as:
  • completed projects seeking distribution/marketing support, via advances;
  • fully shot or mostly shot projects seeking completion/enhancement funding;
  • scripts (or fully developed proposals/outlines in the case of documentaries) in an advanced state of financing seeking mini-gap or equity investment.

Full Guidelines are available to download here: PF Round 48 Guidelines 

Dates of the present round and tentative dates for future rounds can be found in the table in section [3] on page 2 of the guidelines.
Dates (when available) for funding rounds will be notified here so always keep an eye on the website or subscribe to MIFF's WideScreen newsletter here which will carry notifications of funding rounds.


Rounds One (1) through 47 are now closed. 

Round 48 is now open for submissions from 22 January 2020 with applications closing on 27 February 2020 for decisions due around 09 April 2020. For more details on funding round dates, see the chart on page two of the above guidelines

Here is the Round 48 Premiere Fund application form


The Premiere Fund has a proud history of assisting the telling of a diverse range of stories from a diverse range of talent and voices.

Of the 70 films co-financed thus far by the Premiere Fund:

  • Some 30% had female directors (versus Screen Australia-reported industry average of 16%)
  • 60% have had female producers (versus industry average of 32%);
  • 43% included youth themes (including Paper Planes);
  • 31% had elements portraying Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALDs), with 7% having CALD creative principals (director and/or producer(s));
  • 14% included Indigenous themes and/or characters (including Bran Nue Dae), with 6% having Indigenous creative principals;
  • 14% included LGBTIQ characters and/or issues, with 20% involving LGBTIQ creative principals
  • 44% involved regional themes and/or regional shoots
  • Some 51% of Premiere Fund movies are helmed by first time directors, with 21% of the overall tally being directed by alumni of the MIFF Accelerator Lab emerging director program and 47% securing part of their financing from MIFF 37ºSouth Market.

 Other key milestones include:

  • Family film Paper Planes grossed almost $10 million at the Australia/NZ box office and won the inaugural CineFest $100,000 film prize in 2014
  • Premiere Fund titles have won more than 60 awards and more than 285 key festival selections including Berlin (Buoyancy, Make Hummus Not War, The Turning, Galore, Paper Planes, Bran Nue Dae, Monsieur Mayonnaise, Emo The Musical)Cannes (These Final Hours); Rotterdam (Electric Boogaloo, Not Quite Hollywood, Have You Seen the Listers?); Toronto (Cut Snake, Electric Boogaloo, Paper PlanesDownriver, Balibo, Blessed, Bran Nue Dae, Not Quite Hollywood, Blame, Machete Maidens Unleashed, Mother of Rock, Loved Ones, The Butterfly Tree)
  • Indigenous-themed feature documentary Putuparri & The Rainmakers won the 2015 CineFest $100,000 Film Prize, with Cinefest Jury Chair David Wenham remarking: "A story and characters so compelling and emotionally engaging that it reinforced the power of cinema to entertain, touch us deeply and stay with us forever.”



To keep costs down, the MIFF Premiere Fund is administered on a part-time basis. For all enquiries, please email woods(at)miff.com.au and industry(at)miff.com.au