Industry Public Access Events

Do Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando and Lady Bird have anything in common? Attend the events listed here and find out!

Organised by the Industry Programs Unit of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), these public-access ticketed events are for you – whether you are a film or media student; an aspiring or existing screenwriter, editor, director or producer; a film aficionado or just curious!

MIFF’s Industry Programs Unit organises 37°South Market (, Australia's only festival-based film co-financing market (which includes Bridging the GapBreakthru Screenings, PostScript&Direct and Books at MIFF) and Accelerator Lab (, Australia's only screen director development workshop at a film festival preparing the hottest short filmmaking talent for a future in feature filmmaking. The Industry Programs Unit also operates the Premiere Fund (



Presented by MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator Lab, Adrian Wootton OBE returns exclusively to Melbourne for another series of his acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks, this year focusing on the end of Hollywood's Golden Age and the transition to the turbulent 1950s, with a look at four legendary performers who each, in their own way, broke the mould and not only achieved worldwide fame but also altered the very course of film history through their influence and stardom.

A former director of the London Film Festival, British Film Institute and the UK’s National Film Theatre, Wootton is CEO of Film London & The British Film Commission, director of the Crime Scene Festival, and a program advisor to the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival and Italy’s Courmayeur Noir Fest. Wootton has also contributed to the GuardianSight & Sound and BBC Radio, and received an honorary doctorate from The University of East Anglia.

Each lecture is $15

SIDNEY POITIER: Breaking Barriers

MARLON BRANDO: Bad Boy & Activist

AUDREY HEPBURN: Style Icon to Humanitarian

TONY CURTIS: Screen Legend to Painter



Presented byMIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator, celebrated LA-based developer, writer and lecturer Wendall Thomas, who has written and developed projects for companies including Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Showtime, PBS, A&E and NBC, returns exclusively to Melbourne for more of her popular series unlocking the secrets of film writing with a series of four stand-alone all-day seminars.

Thomas’ recent client projects include Showtime's The Chi (2018) and I'm Dying Up Here (2017), Don't Tell (Newport Audience award  2017), NBC's Superstore (2016), The Water Diviner for Warner Bros (2015), and Any Day Now (Winner Audience Award Tribeca 2012). Her novel, Lost Luggage, was shortlisted for Left Coast Crime's best debut mystery novel of 2017 and her short fiction has appeared in the crime anthologies Last Resort (2017) and Ladies Night (2015).

All tickets $90 per seminar (MIFF passes not valid)

CHARACTER: Five Elements for Great On-Screen Chemistry

SPOTLIGHT: Lady Bird – Indie to Oscar

DIALOGUE: Unlocking the Magic of Voice-Over

STRUCTURE: Mastering the Dreaded Second Act



Peek behind the curtain and uncover the secrets of film production with key creative talents from this year's MIFF Premiere Fund-supported films.

Ticket prices vary; MIFF passes not valid

Acting: Rob Collins

Cinematography: Bonnie Elliot

Composing: Evelyn Morris

Editing: Julie-Anne de Ruvo & Nick Meyers

Production Design: Penelope Southgate & Stacey O'Connor

Screen Diversity: Breaking Barriers & Building Bridges