Festival Info

Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards

Melbourne Fringe Awards are an opportunity for Melbourne’s arts community to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity, professionalism and exceptional quality of work in each year’s Festival.

At Melbourne Fringe we present four different types of awards:

  • Best in Category Awards
  • Touring Awards
  • Professional Development Awards
  • Special Awards

Information about Awards Eligibility can be found here.


Best in Category Awards


Dance & Physical Theatre 




Visual Arts & Film   

Words & Ideas


Special Awards

Best Emerging Artist

Best Feminist Work

Sound and Technical Excellence Award

Up People’s Choice Award
Supported by Up

Spirit of the Fringe

Melbourne Fringe Living Legend


Touring Awards

The NSW Tour Ready Award
Supported by Sydney Fringe

The Queensland Tour Ready Award
Supported by Brisbane Comedy Festival

Artist Development Awards

Access and Inclusion Award
Supported by Arts Access Victoria

Best Emerging Indigenous Artist
Supported by Wilin Centre (VCA & MCM)

Best Emerging Performance Ensemble
Supported by Theatre Network Australia  

Best Adaptation from Stage to Screen
Supported by Theatre Network Australia  

Best Emerging Producer
Supported by MILKE  

Best Emerging Writer
Supported by Emerging Writers’ Festival  

Emerging Company Incubator Award
Supported by Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance

Market Ready Award
Supported by Regional Arts Victoria  

The Art Unbound Award
Supported by Experimenta 

The New Moon Award
Supported by RISING

The Phantasmagorical Award
Supported by Temperance Hall  

Young Creatives Award
Supported by SIGNAL