A former Australian reporter for international publication Variety, Mark Woods is the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Industry Director. In this role he manages the film co-financing event 37ºSouth Market (Australia’s only film market at a film festival) and emerging director workshop Accelerator Lab as well as serving as Executive Producer of MIFF Premiere Fund (whose 65+ projects include feature documentaries The Songkeepers, Putuparri & The Rainmakers, The Family, Electric Boogaloo, The Eulogy, Aim High In Creation, Not Quite Hollywood, Celebrity: Dominick Dunne, Bastardy, Rock N Roll Nerd and The Coming Back Out Ball Movie, plus narrative feature films Acute Misfortune, Balibo, Bran Nue Dae, Blessed, Downriver, Paper Planes, These Final Hours and The Turning).


Mark will be co-hosting a Roundtable with Eddie Coupe on “The ins and outs of the MIFF Premiere Fund”.

Ready, Steady, Pitch!

Mark and Eddie are seeking the following pitches:

  • Films that fit the Premiere Fund branding of “Stories that need telling”.
  • Feature-length narrative drama intended for theatrical release; examples include: Acute Misfortune, Balibo, Bran Nue Dae, Blessed, Downriver, Paper Planes, These Final Hours and The Turning.
  • Feature-length documentary intended for theatrical release; examples include: Bastardy, The Coming Back Out Ball Movie, The Family, The Eulogy, Not Quite Hollywood, Putuparri & The Rainmakers, The Songkeepers and Westwind.
  • Special interest in content that is Indigenous-themed
  • Special interest in films from Accelerator Lab alumni
  • The more connections to Victoria that the proposal has the better, but at a minimum projects must include a Victorian-based producer and the Victorian spend for project is required to be several times greater than the amount sought from the Premiere Fund.


  • Anything under 80 minutes duration
  • Anything without some connection to Victoria
  • Anything without Victorian spend


Executive Producer