An immersive experience inspired by the musician Molécule’s adventures in the polar circle.
Discover the musical legacy and enduring friendship between celebrated Papuan musician George Telek and Not Drowning, Waving’s David Bridie.
A South London playground prompts an abstract meditation on work and play.
James Benning invites us to contemplate Black history as he turns his structuralist lens on the first African American municipality in California.
German auteur Wim Wenders’s majestic 3D portrait of compatriot, artworld luminary and friend Anselm Kiefer.
Three devoted individuals in Tanzania reintroduce a classic piece of the country’s film history to an audience.
This dryly humorous, Wiseman-esque film about an esteemed Czech art school asks: who gets to decide what art is?
This pulse-racing nonfiction thriller follows the individuals risking their lives to defect from North Korea and the pastor granting them passage.
An intimate portrait of a single mother who turned to sex work during the pandemic.
Amid bushfires, the pandemic and punters’ changing tastes, the family behind the Bells Family Carnival fight to preserve its century-long legacy.
Deep in the US’s Catskill Mountains of the 50s and 60s sat a refuge for transgender women and cross-dressing men to experience life without fear.
The first ever African film to screen at Cannes, this detailed investigation of village life is a profound meditation on time, memory and community.
Restored by the National Film and Sound Archive, this film recounts how a haven of Indigenous dance and activism arose from segregated postwar Perth.
The wild ride of maverick entrepreneur Michael Gudinski, who defied convention and revolutionised the Australian music industry over five decades.
This stirring Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner chronicles the love story of a Chilean couple navigating Alzheimer’s disease.
Three children spread their wings as they farewell their parents and enter a boarding school for students who are blind or have low vision.
A mother and two of her daughters are joined by actors to work through their family history and grasp the other two daughters’ heartbreaking choices.
MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns for the 2023 festival.
This rare Aussie take on the popular exorcism subgenre builds to a brutal finale you won’t be able to excise from your mind.
A playfully inventive queer pop collage that turns its gaze on mainstream media representations of the male body.
Venture behind the pink tutu with the legendary Sex and the City stylist to discover the creative process that made her a New York icon.
Divided by 4000 kilometres, a son and his dying father connect in this profoundly intimate documentary debut.
From the Deep South to DC, civil rights pioneer and I Am Not Your Negro subject James Baldwin revisits key sites in the US fight for racial equality.
Hit the town and seek out the next illegal rave in this euphoric, multisensory joyride about the 1980s Acid House movement.
An intimate self-portrait of Black model, booking agent and fashion industry changemaker Bethann Hardison’s challenge to the colourist status quo.
In this surreal and haunting documentary, a Ukrainian filmmaker obsessively sifts through the shrapnel of the MH17 plane crash.
A harrowing yet hypnotic true story from the frontline of North America’s abortion debates, told through hallucinatory episodes.
On Her Shoulders director Alexandria Bombach recounts how two unassuming childhood friends became lesbian icons as folk-rock duo Indigo Girls.
“When will you return?” This haunting question – familiar to many an expat – is asked of a Senegalese student in West Berlin.
Tracing her stratospheric rise, this portrait of the legendary folk singer and civil rights activist reveals a rich life not without its struggles.
Mark Coles Smith (Sweet As) faces down a traumatic event from his past in the hope of helping young First Nations men in the Kimberley.
An autobiographical story about the removal of Aboriginal children from their birth families and a celebration of friendship, love and resilience.
Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, this film recounts how local musicians banded together with U2 to offer hope to Bosnians in war-torn Sarajevo.
Winner of Rotterdam’s top prize, this moving documentary explores the lives of Cameroonian children at the edge of a war zone.
This trailblazing work – the first feature made by a woman from Sub-Saharan Africa – sets a story of love and land against a postcolonial backdrop.
A rollicking deep dive into the life of one of rock ’n’ roll’s most exhilarating personalities, whose queerness was hidden in plain sight.
This essential music documentary asks: why is the 1970s’ most original and ethereal folk singer almost forgotten today?
An unprecedented and enlightening chance to witness the world through an autistic child’s eyes.
The winner of Venice’s Best Immersive Experience award remembers Taiwan’s political detainees.
This Berlinale Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) and Teddy Award for Best Short Film winner depicts a Yankunytjatjara man’s search for belonging.
This poetic, visually striking meditation on growing up under apartheid in South Africa is unlike any documentary memoir you’ve seen before.
Winner of Un Certain Regard’s Best Director and L’Œil d’Or at Cannes, this Moroccan documentary sets out to untangle personal and national secrets.
The thrilling, debauched and frequently hilarious adventures of the legendary Melbourne post-punk band, in their own words.
Winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, this empathetic film invites viewers to spend time with the residents of a floating art-therapy centre in Paris.
Abandoned by an indifferent government, a remote Siberian village stands united in the face of a massive forest fire that threatens its future.
Brazil’s modern master returns with a haunting tribute to the film-going experience in this Cannes-touted documentary.
This time capsule of an extraordinary unseen history is a work of documentation and preservation – both of a moment in time and of the moving image.
Four First Nations trailblazers – a senator, a magistrate, a media icon and a poet – put everything on the line for a brighter future.
Visionary fractal artist Julius Horsthuis collaborates with seven of his favorite musicians to create an abstract journey through music, space-time and mathematics.
David Cronenberg, Baz Luhrmann, Claire Denis and a host of directors discuss cinema’s future in this riveting sequel to Wim Wenders’s 1982 classic.
Sit courtside as the Boomers win their history-making Olympic medal and affirm Australia as a force to be reckoned with in global basketball.
Safi Faye’s groundbreaking 1983 ethnographic documentary uses one Senegalese woman’s experience to comment widely on gender and society.
In the southern Estonian woods, a group of women talk and embrace the soul-cleansing power of steam in this Sundance award-winning documentary.
A quest for personal and national healing, based on the experiences of a Khmer Rouge survivor.
This Sundance U.S. Documentary Directing Award winner is a revelatory portrait of a hospital chaplain and the people under her care during COVID.
An immersive fairytale whose everyday heroes are mothers and children in Italian prisons.
William Greaves’s once-forgotten countercultural masterpiece about a beleaguered New York movie crew turns the conventions of filmmaking inside out.
The infectiously inspirational story of a self-taught Nigerian ballet dancer.
This archival explosion relives the wild and unhinged madness of the turn of the millennium.
An enveloping, awe-inspiring contemplation of the vast universe and humans’ place within it.
Described by its maker as a “meditation on access and loss”, this trailblazing film reframes cinema from a d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing perspective.
From the team behind epic environmental VR installation Gondwana (MIFF 2022) comes an intimate experience of (mis)perception.
Activist and filmmaker George Gittoes follows the frontline artists daring to stand up to the Russian invasions of Ukraine and Afghanistan.
Australian filmmaker Margot Nash (We Aim to Please) reimagines her own archival footage for this poetic essay on resistance amid instability.
The search for a mythical island triggers a fascinating contemplation on historical expeditions and the worlds of virtual reality and AI.
From Star Trek to actual space travel, 92-year-old William Shatner has done it all. Alexandre O. Philippe beams us up with this touching tribute.
Revered auteur Wang Bing (Ta’ang; Alone) documents the breakneck pace of China’s garment factories.