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Hi, I’m Joel Mountgarett.

I am dedicated to showcasing the most captivating and thought-provoking films from around the world. Our mission is to elevate the art of cinema, attract enthusiastic audiences, and provide a platform for filmmakers to share their unique vision with the world.

Discover the reel difference at Melbourne Live Indie Film Fest , where every story is a masterpiece.

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About the fest

Discover the power of independent cinema at the Melbourne Live Indie Film Fest. Our bi-annual festival showcases the creativity and originality of independent filmmakers from around the world, providing a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work and connect with audiences and industry professionals.

Why Us

What sets our festival apart is our focus on promoting you and your work. Cinema is about engaging with the community and having meaningful conversations. That's why we host Q&A sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, and networking events that bring audiences and artists together. It's an opportunity for you to discover new perspectives and build lasting connections.


At the Melbourne Live Indie Film Fest, we're committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in independent cinema. We welcome submissions from filmmakers of all backgrounds and prioritize films that feature diverse stories, characters, and perspectives. Our festival is a celebration of independent voices, and we believe that every story deserves to be told.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions of feature films, documentaries, and shorts that have

been completed after January 1, 2001.


All films must be in English or have English subtitles.


Films must be submitted online through our submission portal.



Submission fees vary based on the category of the film and the submission deadline. Please check our website and submission portal for current fees.


Filmmakers must provide an electronic press kit (EPK) that includes a synopsis, a director's statement, production credits, and high-resolution stills from the film.


All submissions must include a trailer for the film. The trailer should be no more than three minutes long.


Filmmakers must have all the necessary rights to their films, including music and images.


The Melbourne Live Indie Film Fest does not require premiere status, but we do prefer films that have not been shown in Melbourne before.


Filmmakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs if they choose to attend the festival.


All submissions will be reviewed by our selection committee, and decisions will be communicated via email.


The Melbourne Live Indie Film Fest reserves the right to use excerpts from selected films and EPKs for promotional purposes.


By submitting your film to the Melbourne Live Indie Film Fest, you agree to our submission rules and guidelines.


We look forward to receiving your submissions and celebrating the power of independent cinema together at the Melbourne Live Indie Film Fest.

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