Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival
Image courtesy: MIFF

For a fabulous two and a half weeks this winter, Melbourne goes movie mad for the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). A truly exceptional festival, it is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most notable film event in Australia.

The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival

July 28 - August 14, 2016

The festival focusses on both local and international films, being the largest showcase of new Australian cinema in the country and a drawcard for international artists. With most venues located in the heart of the city (ACMI, Forum Theatre, the Arts Centre) it’s an accessible festival with something for everyone; documentaries, shorts, animation, talks and masterclasses, culinary cinema, music and dance films and the best new home grown talent mixed with international super hits just to name a few.

2016 sees the introduction of a brand new program stream fittingly dubbed ‘Headliners’. This is your one stop shop for the most anticipated and significant films of the festival. Many of these films featured in the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year and are varied in genre. There are films from every continent featuring in the festival with a special program on cinema from our closest Australia’s closest neighbour. ‘Accent on Asia’ showcases films from Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, India and the Phillipines with a special tribute to one of Japan’s most adored actors, Setsuko Hara, in honour of her recent passing.

Jerry Lewis – Scene from The Bellboy
Image courtesy: MIFF

MIFF’s other notable dedication honours the famed comedian, director and actor Jerry Lewis. To celebrate Lewis’ 90th birthday, MIFF will be presenting all 12 films he directed. A stalwart in comedy and cinema, relive the classic slapstick humour with films like The Bellboy, Three on a Couch and Which Way to the Front?

You can catch ground-breaking films from the 70’s and 80’s in ‘Gaining Ground’, a nod to the important female directors of the time, making a mark for themselves in New York. MIFF also has a program dedicated to films portraying the plight of refugees, an extremely relevant issue in 2016. The powerful stories in ‘Seeking Refuge’ will stay with you long after you leave the cinema.

Tune into films shining the spotlight in on musical legends in ‘Backbeat’ such as Janis Joplin, Chet Baker and Sharon Jones, or enjoy a comprehensive insight into pop music with USA film Hired Gun – the story of untold stories from the music industry. 
And don’t forget to get around our Aussie talent. Support your local film industry by getting behind ‘Australian Showcase’. One to watch out for is Destination Arnold, a fascinating account into the strange world of bodybuilding told by Indigenous women Kylene and Natasha; a heart-warming and moving story of ambition and sacrifice.

For the full program including programs streams and genres, plus tickets, locations and other info, head to the MIFF website. For movie buff’s and beginners alike, MIFF is not to be missed.