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2008 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Call For Entries

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 5, 2008

Uh, oh. Look out. The Melbourne Underground Film Festival is already gearing up for this year’s event. The fest will run sometime in early October, so check back for specific dates. There is a deadline date though and it is:

Final Deadline:
Aug. 11

Fees: $40 (Australian dollars)
$30 (American dollars)
30 Euros

While that deadline is quite a ways off, MUFF is encouraging entrants to submit as early as possible since those submissions will be “considered more thoroughly.” To submit and get more details, here’s a direct link to the entry PDF. (Right-click and save.) And what types of filmmakers is MUFF trying to attract? In their own words:

We call all able-bodied filmmakers of any taste, sexual persuasion, style, budget or political bent to help us man and woman the ramparts in the urgent culture wars of the Australian Film Industry. The mission? To save the Australian film industry from itself. After a poor year of Oz cinema (yet again! Happy Feet aside) in the mainstream (Romulus, Noise, Clubland, Home Song Stories … snore, snore, snore) the MUFF mandate to find, identify, promote and lauder new voices in Australian cinema is more relevant than ever.

New this year, MUFF will be adding lots of new short film awards and will even feature a special closing night for them. There will be a features closing night as well as a shorts closing night with a special awards ceremony and re-screenings of the best short films. Award winners can expect lots o’ stuff, including DVDs, book vouchers, posters and CDs.

MUFF, in an unusual move, is also asking for non-underground filmmakers to submit. If your film has played at other Australian fests, feel free to submit to MUFF, too.

Finally, don’t forget to check out MUFF’s line of DVDs that are out from Accent Entertainment, which features past MUFF hits and other classics of Australian cinema.

For more info please visit the official MUFF site.

Update: Festival director Richard Wolstencroft wrote in to clarify about that bit regarding filmmakers who have already submitted to other Australian festivals. I’ll just let him speak for himself:

RE: the New Call additions. I’m not calling for mainstream movie or the like. Some good avant garde and indy stuff plays MIFF or SIFF and not MUFF. I thought (due to the odd animosity between our festivals esp MIFF) filmmakers might not enter their work into us as they think we might have a problem if their work was playing the larger fests. I was only trying to say we do not. If that makes any sense.

That makes total sense to me. Thanks for the clarification, Richard!