The MFI Commissioning Site (C-Site) is an annual conference of CAIAF member festivals, that brings together festival curators, artists, their producing companies and other commissioners of work. They meet together in a single space across two and a bit days to observe, listen and learn about the ideas, concepts and visions of Australian artists, collectives and companies.

The festivals mingle, with each other and with the artists they advocate for, to invest funds in news works.

The last C-Site meeting took place in Brisbane, September 2020. A date for the next C-Site is yet to be announced. If you're an artist or company with an idea that you believe meets the vision of the Major Festivals Initiative, find out more here.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m an international presenter. Why did I get invited to Commissioning Site?
Commissioning Site will present ambitious, exciting works-in-progress by some of Australia’s leading artists and companies. CAIAF members have identified international presenters who they believe share a passion for commissioning original and bold performance. Commissioning Site offers international presenters an opportunity to see, and potentially collaborate, on new exciting Australian work that is unique, multi-faceted and large scale and to connect with Australian festival directors, presenters and producers.

When will the schedule of pitches be released?
The full schedule is released ahead of the event.

Can I attend only parts of the event?
Yes. Please let the team know which sessions you will attend when you RSVP.

What if I can’t attend but am still interested in the works presented?
A document will be prepared and distributed following the Commissioning Site summarising the works presented. If you would like to be put in touch with any of the artists featured in the Commissioning Site please contact the Secretariat.

I am interested in a work but not ready to commit to presenting—how can I stay connected to the process?
Please contact the chaperoning Festival attached to the work and, or the company directly. If you don’t know them, please ask the Secretariat for an introduction.

How do I get a copy of the complete funding guidelines?
View the Summary Guidelines here. For further details please contact your home state Festival.