Selection Eligibility & Process

Expression of Interest (EoI):

Accelerator Lab (AccLab) is a selective event with limited places. Expressions of Interest (EOI) to participate are open only to Australia & New Zealand directors who have submitted their short film for MIFF programming consideration via FilmFreeway.

Once the FilmFreeway submission process is completed, those directors wishing to be considered also for AccLab participation, need to also send an EoI to The EOI must comprise:

  • the following in the subject line: Accelerator Lab EoI – FirstName, LastName
  • a CV/filmography
  • upcoming film/long-form projects (including any producer attachments/interest in these).

Eligibility Requirements:

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for AccLab participation are open only to Australian & New Zealand directors who have submitted their short film for MIFF programming consideration and are ready to transition into feature/long-form filmmaking.

AccLab participants should have:

  • feature film/long-form project(s) in development;
  • working relationship(s) with producer(s), or at least a clear commitment to doing so.
  • demonstrated commitment to developing their filmmaking career (evidenced, for example, by other film studies, other short films in production/made, and/or work experience in the screen industry).
  • At least an entry-level knowledge of the local and international screen industry and feature film funding, production, distribution, and exhibition mechanisms.

Selection Process:

MIFF’s Programming Team will select the hundreds of films in MIFF’s annual program, with AccLab participant selections occurring from those filmmakers selected for screening who also submitted an AccLab EOI. Final decisions will be at the discretion of MIFF Programmers. Participants will be notified of selection by the end of June.