How to screen

In true open-mic style there is no pre-selection and no precise lineup announced before the event. Filmmakers can register in advance online to secure a spot up to 24 hours before the screening or show up unannounced with their new film on a USB drive up to 15 minutes before the start of the screening (terms and conditions apply). The screening order is random and filmmakers take the stage after their film for a small QA.

The nitty gritty

Filmonik is a platform for short films:

  • With a duration of 5 minutes or less.
  • Open to all genres but primarily focusing on narrative fiction filmmakers.


  • Ideal: 1920×1080 .MP4 files at a high bitrate of around 20Mbps (20,000Kbps).
  • Minimum: 1280×720 .MP4 files at a bitrate of around 3Mbps (3,000Kbps).
  • Too high: No need for 4K files due to a 1080p projector and being heavier to transfer and to play.

File delivery options:

  • More than 24 hours in advance via the Film Submission page and file upload.
  • More than 24 hours in advance via a message to [email protected] and the link to your screening file using the file transfer service of your choice (Google Drive, Wetransfer, Dropbox, etc..)
  • On a USB drive on the night of the screening up to 15 minutes before the start of the screening.

Filmonik likes best:

  • Fresh new films shown as a premiere. You can introduce yourself to Filmonik with your back catalog but after that the goal is to make new films. You can also test a film in front of an unsuspecting audience before finalising it for a premiere in another festival.
  • Short films with the Filmonik logo at the beginning or end or the Filmonik screening number. Download the logo here
  • Self sustaining stories i.e.not episodic content like web series.
  • Films created in a non-competitive environment unlike films with creative restrictions made for a contest with cash prizes or done as a school assignment.

Filmonik is not a platform for:

  • Commercial / paid work or ads.
  • Copyrighted material video mashups or videoclips.
  • Explicit nudity is tolerated with proof of age but hateful, extreme or propaganda material is banned.

Filmonik’s cultural statement:

Filmonik has the mission to support and nurture narrative fiction filmmakers. Some categories of videos are submitted and accepted at Filmonik as long as they’re not over-represented against narrative fiction. When film submissions are aplenty and the screening risks running out of time Filmonik reserves the right to automatically bump to another month videos falling under these categories:

  • Films from 5 minutes to 8 minutes.
  • Demo reels (editor, actor).
  • Feature film trailers over 1 minute.
  • Interviews, tutorials, tourism, live event coverage, live music or theater clips or any variation of what could be considered social media content.
  • Music videos without a strong narrative.

In doubt, submit your film in advance.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Eligibility: The submitter must be the creator of the film or have authorisation to submit the film.
  2. Copyright: By submitting, you affirm that you hold all necessary rights and permissions for the content of your film, including music, visuals, and any copyrighted material.
  3. Screening Rights: By submitting your film, you grant Filmonik Melbourne the right to screen your film at their events without requiring further permission or payment.
  4. No Guarantees: Submission does not guarantee screening. Selection for screening is at the sole discretion of Filmonik Melbourne.
  5. Film Length and Format: Films should adhere to the length and format specifications set by Filmonik Melbourne.
  6. Content Guidelines: Films must not contain illegal or offensive content. Filmonik Melbourne reserves the right to reject submissions deemed inappropriate.
  7. Liability: Filmonik Melbourne is not responsible for any damages or losses incurred as a result of film submission or screening.
  8. Changes to T&Cs: Filmonik Melbourne reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time.
  9. Agreement: By submitting your film, you agree to all the terms and conditions outlined above.


Ready to take the plunge and find your audience?

Register your films now through our Submission page or at [email protected] – include your name, your film’s title and the running length in the email.