Submit to Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2017

Explore the documentary submission guidelines for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2017, one of the world’s newest Australian documentary film festivals.


  • The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival represents a great opportunity to showcase your international documentary here in Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne’s dedicated documentary film festival.
  • MDFF is one of Australia’s largest showcases of local Australian documentaries, having showcased a massive 36 features and shorts in 2016.
  • The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival curators assess all documentaries and provide feedback on documentaries (upon request)
  • In 2016 nearly 50% of feature and short documentaries showcased were from female directors.
  • The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival has a wide array of prizes ranging from cash prizes, distribution deals, DVDs, wine and industry passes and memberships.

Only on FilmFestivalLife with FFL Plans you can submit to lower festival fees. Submission through FFL are you can cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.


The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is looking for documentaries that are well-made, compelling, thought provoking, passionate, and relevant to Australian audiences.

Australian documentaries – Music documentaries – Environmental documentaries – Pop culture documentaries –  International documentaries and compelling stories Topical issues and cause based documentaries.

For Successful Entries:

  • 1 x Open Access Pass to all festival documentaries
  • 6 x tickets to selected documentaries at the festival (not redeemable for cash)
  • Feedback on your documentary (upon request)
  • The opportunity to win cash prizes, distribution deals, wine, and DVD’s

For Unsuccessful Entries:

  • Complimentary double pass to selected documentaries at the festival (not redeemable for cash)
  • Feedback on your documentary (upon request)

Submit to Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on FilmFestivalLife

Early bird deadline: Dec 31, 2016
Regular deadline: Feb 28, 2017
Late deadline: Apr 16, 2017

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival submission


Submit cheapest on FilmFestivalLife. FFL Film Plan owners can save up to 3.46 USD on their submission! Film Plans guarantee the cheapest festival entry fees among platforms. In case you didn’t yet, turn your Film Plan ON now!

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