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Sci-Fi Retrospective

In 2017, MIFF boldly goes where no MIFF has gone before, presenting a massive Sci-Fi Retrospective featuring many of the genre’s most groundbreaking, influential and important films alongside some of its most inventive and entertaining. Significantly, many of these films are also hard-to-find, visually breathtaking spectacles that are best seen in the cinema. We’re thrilled to be showing these works, and equally thrilled to reveal the first titles in the program, along with two special events on sale now:

Michel Chion at MIFF 2017

Presented by Liquid Architecture, MIFF and ACMI, French composer, filmmaker, historian and writer Michel Chion visits Australia for the first time for two MIFF special events, August 16 & 17.  

The Audio-Spectator: an epic concert for ten surround-speakers featuring his most famous piece Requiem (1973), alongside two new audiovisual compositions. Tickets are still available!

The Voice in Cinema: a performative lecture tracing a history of the ‘acousmêtre’ – Chion’s term for the mysterious off-screen voice in cinema. [Tickets are on standby for this event].

Cinephiles and music cognoscenti, these unique presentations are not to be missed!

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Backstage Docs: MIFF & SBS on Demand

This May, MIFF and SBS On Demand co-present Backstage Docs, a collection of must-see music documentaries. The program includes the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Ben Lee: Catch My Disease (MIFF 2011), plus Finding Fela! (MIFF 2014), Charles Bradley: Soul of America (MIFF 2012), Mistaken For Strangers (MIFF 2013) and more! MIFF's own Music On Film program (formerly Backbeat) is set to return bigger and better than ever in 2017. Read MIFF programmer Al Cossar's inside word on rock docs.

MIFF Schools

Previously called Next Gen, the brand new MIFF Schools program has launched, with bookings for school groups now open. MIFF Schools is a Melbourne International Film Festival initiative to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers, with the films carefully selected to be not only high quality, diverse and age appropriate, but also in languages most commonly taught in Victorian schools: French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. Visit the MIFF Schools mini site for details and to book.

May MIFF Members Preview Screening

From Mike Mills, writer and director of Beginners (MIFF 2011), comes his new, semi-autobiographical film 20th Century Women. Set in Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979, three remarkable women each from a different era of the 20th century, come together to help teach a teenage boy about life and love, sex and freedom, men and women. Become a member today, for exclusive access to monthly Members' Preview Screenings, and many other fantastic perks!

Join this May to be in with a chance to WIN a Premium Membership! Plus all Members who join or renew from May-August receive a $5 Readings voucher. Win-win!

MIFF x MSO: There Will be Blood

Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood score is widely regarded as one of the most influential soundtracks in recent years. In this special MIFF presentation in association with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the MSO will perform the score while Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award® winning film plays on the big screen, on Saturday 5 August. Tickets on sale now.

Switch to Powershop

Switch your electricity to Powershop and you’ll receive a six-ticket Powershop Pass (valued at $117) to MIFF 2017. MIFF made the switch to Powershop in 2014 and we’re proud to be partnering with Powershop, who are Australia’s greenest electricity retailer (Greenpeace Green Electricity Guide, 2015). Find out more and switch now to grab your exclusive Powershop Pass. Don’t delay – this offer ends 11 August 2017.
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Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts

Presented by MIFF 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 and NBC, returns exclusively to Melbourne for more of her popular series unlocking the secrets of film writing with a series of four all-day seminars on screenwriting. Tickets on sale now.

Adrian Wootton Talks Film Femmes

Presented by MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator Lab, Adrian Wootton returns exclusively to Melbourne for another series of his acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks, this year focusing on the Hollywood Golden Age and four legendary actresses, who appeared in some of the greatest films in celluloid history: Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland (pictured), Gloria Grahame and Ingrid Bergman. Tickets on sale now.

Gift Vouchers On Sale!

Give the gift of unforgettable cinema experiences! Gift Vouchers for MIFF 2017 are now available, and are delivered to you via email as a downloadable PDF. Perfect for last minute presents as well as being incredibly thoughtful - with over 300 films on offer at the 2017 festival, the gift voucher recipient will delight in selecting on what to spend their MIFF money.

Mini Passes now on sale

Guarantee your future happiness with a 2017 Mini Pass. Valid for 10 sessions (with a bonus 3 sessions before 5pm on weekdays), a Mini Pass is great value. Save money, and give yourself more sessions to really explore all that the festival has to offer, including ticketed Talking Pictures panels and discussions. Valid for this year's festival, 3-20 August 2017.

MIFF Member: $135 | Full: $160 | Concession: $145

Donate to MIFF

MIFF is a not-for-profit organisation, presenting an annual festival since 1952. We are one of the world's oldest film festivals, and a reflection of Melbourne's deep roots in film culture and passion for cinema. We invite you to donate to MIFF. Your donation makes a significant impact – with your support MIFF can deliver ambitious and distinctive artistic programming, ongoing operational innovation and create memorable big screen and festival community experiences. Donate now

MIFF Talking Pictures Podcast

Virtual Reality (VR) is redefining the approach of contemporary filmmaking. In the latest Talking Pictures podcast learn about the cutting-edge technology, immersive storytelling and the challenges of virtual reality with Australian VR filmmakers Oscar Raby (The Turning Forest/Easter Rising), Penelope Thomas (VR Noir), Martin Taylor (VR Noir), Michael Beets (Jafri) and Tracey Taylor (executive producer, The Pulse VR). Moderated by George Hedon (Pausefest).

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MIFF Membership

Become or renew as a MIFF Member in May 2017 to automatically go into the draw to win a Premium Membership upgrade! Premium Membership offers reserved seating in every session, a Festival Passport and concierge booking service, two tickets to Opening & Closing Night Galas, a private dinner with the MIFF program team and all the regular benefits of Membership! MIFF Membership now includes parking discounts through Secure Parking, plus, a $5 Readings Voucher! Find out more and sign up now.

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MIFF on iTunes

Missed it at MIFF? Find it in the MIFF iTunes Super Store! Titles from 2012-2016 are up now, with more to come soon.