MIFF Premiere Fund

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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).

Supporting new Australian films since 2007, view the Premiere Fund highlights reel 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 Guidelines for 2022 Projects 

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 56 are now closed. 

Round 57 will be open for submissions from 17 March 2021 with applications closing on 08 April 2021 for decisions due around 10 May 2021. For more details on funding round dates, see the chart on page two of the above guidelines

Here is the Round 57 Premiere Fund Application Form - For 2022 Projects 



The MIFF Premiere Fund provides minority co-financing to new Australian quality theatrical films (narrative-drama and documentaries) that then world premiere at MIFF. The Fund deepens MIFF’s relationship with filmmaking talent and builds a pipeline of quality Australian content for the festival.
The MIFF Premiere Fund Executive Producer is Mark Woods, a former CEO of both Screen Ireland and Ausfilm as well as having served as Head of Content Investment & International Acquisitions at Showtime Australia. Prior to MIFF, Woods co-invested in and/or Executive Produced many quality productions, including Golden Globe-nominated Rabbit Proof Fence, Cannes-selected Japanese StorySomersault, Golden Globe-nominated Breakfast on PlutoCannes Palme d’Or winner The Wind that Shakes the Barleyand the Oscar-winning Six Shooter.
Now in its second decade, 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; view the Premiere Fund highlights clip here

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

  • Some 29% had female directors (versus Screen Australia-reported industry average of 16%)
  • 62% have had female producers (versus industry average of 32%);
  • 42% included youth themes (including Paper Planes and H is for Happiness);
  • 30% had elements portraying Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALDs), with 8% having CALD creative principals (director and/or producer(s));
  • 16% included Indigenous themes and/or characters (including Bran Nue Dae), with 8% having Indigenous creative principals;
  • 15% included LGBTIQ characters and/or issues, with 23% involving LGBTIQ creative principals
  • 45% involved regional themes and/or regional shoots
  • Some 49% of Premiere Fund movies are helmed by first time directors, with 22% 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:



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