Special Events

MIFF Opening Night Gala 2015 ... Join us on the red carpet for all the excitement of MIFF’s Opening Night. Featuring special guests including director Paul Cox and stars David Wenham, Shahana Goswami and Hannah Fredericksen, it will be a memorable evening of cinema, celebrity and celebration. After the film, raise a glass of bubbly and mingle with the stars, where the festivities will continue, wi... Read more
MIFF Opening Night Gala presented by ... Daniel Radcliffe joins Wolf Creek director Greg McLean in the Bolivian rainforest for a gloriously tense survival thriller based on the bestselling real-life story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg. ... In the early 1980s, 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg and two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – set off f... Read more
The MIFF shorts weekend concludes on Sunday 1 August with the MIFF Shorts Awards, where the best shorts of the Festival will be announced and screened at Greater Union Cinemas. ... MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the southern hemiphere - one of the few in which the winners have the opportunity to be nominated for the Academy Awards. ... Entrants in the MIFF... Read more
The archetypal hero takes a journey through the stages of birth, childhood, mission, labyrinth, monster, battle and death/rebirth. The cycle continues until the stars burn out and there is nothing left. ... Minotaur is produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. ... Read more
A co-presentation between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival. ... Widely regarded as one of the most influential soundtracks in recent years, Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood score will be performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra while Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award® winning film plays on the big screen. ... The sensational soundtrac... Read more
This powerful thriller applies a blowtorch to a dark chapter in Australian-Indonesian history. ... With this year marking the 10th anniversary of East Timor's independence, the MIFF Premiere Fund is proud to present this powerful and moving political thriller about the true events surrounding the execution of five journalists during Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975. ... Anthony LaPaglia ... Read more
Journey back in time with this unique cinematic offering, starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin.Witness a silent classic - the earliest film version of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera - as it would have been experienced in the beginning, where the language was limited but the experience was enhanced by the virtuosity of the musical accompanist. The Regent Theatre is one of the grandest the... Read more
Join us in the Stella Artois Festival Lounge for Triple R's live festival broadcast! Presented by Tim Shiel during Triple R's Australian music drive show Incoming, the broadcast is set to feature a lineup of special Festival guests. ... There will be live music from Melbourne artists reinterpreting the work of Rowland S. Howard, to celebrate the MIFF festival screening of Lynn-Maree Milburn and Ri... Read more
The National Film and Sound Archive presents Patineur Grotesque, Australia's earliest surviving film - screened for the first time in 2010. ... Shot in 1896 in an unknown Melbourne location, this film reveals the history of frères Lumière representative Marius Sestier and his Australian works. Patineur Grotesque will be shown with a program of original Lumière films as well as Sestier's 1896 Melbo... Read more
Once again MIFF features a special series of fulldome projection screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium, curated by Warik Lawrence. ... Take a trip into the immersive audio-visual world of CymaSonics - Matrix Optimizer 1.0.1, and then chill out to a selection of tunes from Pink Floyd's The Wall set to mind-blowing visuals. ... Read more
Commissioned by the Société des Arts Technologiques and directed by new media artist Johnny Ranger, Six mil Antennas is a 360° immersive movie that uses whimsical, open-ended visual and audio to present a surrealist perspective and atmosphere to the audience. ... Portraying shifting communication processes in a fictional setting, the film re-imagines different states of the world within a futurist... Read more
A soaring, evocative audio-visual journey into the life, culture and landscapes of one of Australia's most beloved singers – Dr G Yunupingu. ... Blind from birth, Dr G Yunupingu found his identity through song and the haunting voice that has already become legend. His debut album introduced Australia to the Songlines and culture of his Elcho Island community, but now Dr G Yunupingu finds himself i... Read more
Once again MIFF features a special series of fulldome projection screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium, curated by Warik Lawrence. ... Timelapse photography and 3D fluid simulations create an utterly unique view of reality, in this program of films featuring Liquid/Light/Flow, Tempus.Ruhr and Domefest 2009. ... This session includes a 20 minute intermission. ... Read more
Utilising the latest scientific data and theory, The Grudge director Takashi Shimuzu visualises the world as theoretical physicists see it in order to create a new kind of science movie. ... Physics is in crisis. Our understandings of the microscopic world of elementary particles and of the macroscopic world of the universe are in contradiction. Scientists are striving to resolve the contradiction... Read more
Once again MIFF features a special series of fulldome projection screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium, curated by Warik Lawrence. ... The Natural World trio of films take you on an astounding journey through the minutiae of the natural world, with Crossing Worlds, Darwin and His Fabulous Orchids and Nanocam. ... This session includes a 20 minute intermission. ... Read more
“I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.” - Vincent Van GoghMaking excellent use of the lush, gigantic IMAX format, filmmakers Francois Bertrand and Peter Knapp track the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh throughout his brief but prolific career, beginning in the Netherlands and... Read more
"In the beginning, it was black and white. Years later, it was colour, followed by 3D glasses and the Imax. But could the next big development in cinema be vertical screens?" – The Independent ... A program of 10 specially created 35mm short films, made by noted experimental filmmakers and audiovisual artists, Vertical Cinema is a daring revision of traditional cinema formats: specifically, the ub... Read more
Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to seize, accelerate or stop time. But what is time, exactly? Vertiges weaves a fantastic playground where philosophical, scientific and artistic concepts of time are skillfully explored in a kind of temporal vertigo. ... Through a fascinating narrative, documented and punctuated with stunning artistic contributions, time becomes a unique poetic, vis... Read more
'In Voyage of Time, Terrence Malick throws everything at us, and finds the wisdom in wonder … simultaneously more ambitious than any previous science or nature-oriented documentary—already a grand, even macrocosmic genre—and yet atypically humble and unstable.' – Film Comment ... If Terrence Malick was going to make a film about the entire history of the universe, then this would be it. A tremblin... Read more
From Roddenberry Entertainment, the creators of Star Trek, comes a groundbreaking, 360° fulldome, live-action narrative film starring Breckin Meyer, Tamlyn Tomita, Rachel True and Stargate Universe’s David Blue, as well as internet icons Tony Janning and Milynn Sarley. ... Six strangers wake up in a white room with no exits, only to find that they are unwilling participants in an extraordinary exp... Read more
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