Past Festivals

After two years of COVID disruption, lockdowns, screening cancellations and morphing of the fes­tival in ways determined to meet those difficult moments, in 2022, MIFF returned to real Melbourne cinemas, welcoming audiences back to the joy and profundities of film experienced together. It was a festival three years in the making and – at 70 years young – MIFF’s latest iteration was not merely a return, not only a celebration, but an evolution.

While we’re always looking to the future, we invite you to acquaint yourself with the history of MIFF – from our beginnings in Olinda in 1952 to our most recent award-winners. Check out our seven-decade-strong Festival Archive, dive into our expansive archival project Festival Files, or access some recent festival reports below: