MIFF Premiere Fund

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The MIFF Premiere Fund, which offers minority co-financing to new Australian quality theatrical (narrative and documentary) feature films that then premiere at MIFF, has invested in more than 90 projects.

Supporting new Australian films since 2007, view the Premiere Fund highlights clip here.

Read on for a full list of the Premiere Fund’s films (and their directors), and then some background on the Fund itself. If you missed any Premiere Fund films, you can find them on various streaming platforms.

MIFF 2022

MIFF 2021

MIFF 2019

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MIFF 2014

MIFF 2013

  • AIM HIGH IN CREATION!Anna Broinowski
  • IN BOB WE TRUST Lynn-Maree Milburn
  • PATRICKMark Hartley
  • TIM WINTON'S THE TURNINGWarwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows and Marieka Walsh
  • GALORERhys Graham

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The MIFF Premiere Fund provides minority co-financing to new Australian quality theatrical films (narrative-drama and documentaries) that then world premiere at MIFF. The Fund deepens MIFF’s relationship with filmmaking talent and builds a pipeline of quality Australian content for the festival.

The MIFF Premiere Fund Executive Producer is Mark Woods, a former CEO of both Screen Ireland and Ausfilm as well as having served as Head of Content Investment & International Acquisitions at Showtime Australia. Prior to MIFF, Woods co-invested in and/or Executive Produced many quality productions, including Rabbit Proof Fence, Cannes selected Japanese Story, Somersault, Golden Globe-nominated, Breakfast on Pluto, Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Wind that Shakes the Barleyand the Oscar-winning Six Shooter.

More detailed information about the Fund for film practitioners is at miffpremierefund.com.

Now in its second decade, the Premiere Fund has a proud history of assisting the telling of a diverse range of stories from a diverse range of talent and voices; view the Premiere Fund highlights clip here.

Of the 75+ films co-financed thus far by the Premiere Fund:

  • Some 29% had female directors (versus Screen Australia-reported industry average of 16%)
  • 62% have had female producers (versus industry average of 32%);
  • 42% included youth themes (including Paper Planes and H is for Happiness);
  • 30% had elements portraying Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALDs), with 8% having CALD creative principals (director and/or producer(s));
  • 16% included Indigenous themes and/or characters (including Bran Nue Dae), with 8% having Indigenous creative principals;
  • 15% included LGBTIQ characters and/or issues, with 23% involving LGBTIQ creative principals
  • 45% involved regional themes and/or regional shoots
  • Some 49% of Premiere Fund movies are helmed by first time directors, with 22% of the overall tally being directed by alumni of the MIFF Accelerator Lab emerging director program and 47% securing part of their financing from MIFF 37ºSouth Market.

 Other key milestones include: