Special Events

A team of Irish filmmakers are setting out to make a cinema-quality feature film in just 72 hours. ... The Ballad of Des & Mo is a romantic comedy that will be made on the fly on location in Melbourne from 3 August, edited live at Federation Square and screened at ACMI on Sunday 8 August. ... Note that the screening of the 72 Hour Project has been granted an exemption to be shown at an MA15+ ratin... Read more
The hunk who plays Vinnie Chase in HBO's Entourage series, Adrian Grenier, speaks with Charlie Pickering about his time on the other side of the photographer's lens while making Teenage Paparazzo, and reflects on our celebrity obsessed culture. ... Read more
"As close to pure existential cinema as American filmmaking is likely to get these days … All is Lost [is an] emotionally resonant one-man showcase for Robert Redford." - Variety ... The talk of Cannes, JC Chandor’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Margin Call sees Robert Redford shine in his most physically demanding, powerful performance ever. He plays an unnamed solo sailor woken by a collision... Read more
Join director Robert Connolly, Balibo star Anthony LaPaglia and very special guest José Ramos-Horta, the President of East Timor, for a discussion on the historical background and filming of the volatile political thriller. ... Saturday 25 July, 11am - 12.30pm ... BMW Edge, Federation Square ... $30 full price$25 concession$20 MIFF members ... MIFF passes are not valid ... Read more
Catch the best shorts of the Festival at the red-carpet awards night on Friday 7 August, 7pm at Greater Union cinemas. ... MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the southern hemisphere - one of the few in which the winners have the opportunity to be nominated for the Academy Awards. ... This year, films are competing for a total cash pool of almost $30,000. ... A... Read more
Melbourne avant-garde film pioneers Arthur and Corinne Cantrill have devoted their artistic careers to the fascinating possibilities of projected light. For over 40 years, they have created film experiences exploring the cinema's relationship to performance, perception and the film medium itself. ... For one performance only, Melbourne audiences have the chance to experience history in the making,... Read more
Timothy Conigrave's beloved, bestselling memoir became an award-winning stage play; now, at last, it's been adapted for the big screen. ... Published in 1995, Holding the Man – winner of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction – is one of Australia's favourite books. A tender, celebratory and refreshingly honest memoir about the author's long-term love for John Caleo, his Melbourne h... Read more
MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush presents a film that had a formative experience on him, Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith. A Q&A session featuring Geoffrey Rush and Fred Schepisi will follow the screening.Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive 's Kodak/Atlab Project.---D/P/S Fred Schepisi PS NFSA TD 35mm/1978/120mins ... Read more
Does maths have a colour? Does it have a sound? Media-artist Rocco Helmchen and composer Johannes Kraas try to answer these questions in their latest fulldome edutainment show. ... Taking audiences on a journey into a fascinating world of sensuous, ever-evolving images and symphonic-electronic music, the film is structured into four movements – geometric forms, algorithms, simulations and chaos th... Read more
Our oceans are influenced by the energy of countless small water eddies. Similar to clockwork gears, the eddies are interlocked and affect global climate. Coastal researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht study these virtually unexplored eddies and present their research in the unique fulldome Clockwork Ocean project. Take a plunge into a world of fish, jellyfish and three-dimensional sound!... Read more
An energetic, star-studded musical road trip about finding where you belong. ... Filmed in the desert-scapes of Western Australia's Broome, this exuberant musical road movie - studded with stars of stage and screen including Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, with Missy Higgins and Geoffrey Rush - began life as a stage musical in the early 90s. ... Bran Nue Dae's unique mix of comedy, dance, music and j... Read more
"Anti-glam pseudo-gangster crime film with a western vibe, Hell or High Water has it all. Sarcastic and pleasingly wild, [it] gives the well-trodden genre of heist flicks a surprising social dimension." – The Upcoming ... British director David Mackenzie follows his hugely popular Starred Up (MIFF 2014) with a bracingly smart and darkly funny foray into classic Americana. Working from a searing, a... Read more
Imagine yourself lying in the grass in the countryside on a beautiful summer night, watching the stars… This odyssey through the beauty and mystery of the cosmos is accompanied by a mesmerising soundtrack comprising selected symphonic works by Phillip Glass. ... Continuum is produced by Montreal Space for Life’s Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada.... Read more
Escher’s Universe is based on the life and work of Maurits Cornelis Escher. Was he an artist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a traveller? ... This show takes audiences into the artist’s studio where his most iconic works are displayed. It visits Escher’s particular universe, where his use of mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography and geometry to artistically explain complex concepts – vi... Read more
Fahrenheit 9/11USA.Winner of the Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Michael Moore's (Bowling for Columbine) blistering film takes a look at the state ofAmerica today and the role played by the Bush 'dynasty'. From the controversy surrounding the 2000 US presidential election to the attacks on September 11 2001, through to the conflicts in Afghanistan and the present... Read more
This 1981 Filipino heightsploitation classic is a satire of the James Bond series that - while featuring a hero short in stature - doesn't fail to measure up in the cheesy action department. ... --- ... D Eddie Nicart P Dick Randall, Peter M Caballes S Cora Caballes Dist Umbrella Entertainment TD digibeta/1981 ... --- ... D Eddie Nicart P Dick Randall, Peter M Caballes S Cora Caballes Dist Umbrell... Read more
MIFF is excited to again present a special program of jaw-dropping fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium. Located at Scienceworks, the Planetarium features a 16-metre domed ceiling, reclining seats, a surround-sound stereo system and projection system that blankets the dome with a single, seamless, super high-resolution image resulting in spectacular colour and movement. ... Showcase 1 ... Read more
This fulldome showcase at the Melbourne Planetarium features Musica: Why is the Universe Beautiful? and Bella Gaia. ... Musica: Why is the Universe Beautiful?, from Japan, begins with a forest, a flower, a sunset, the vast stadium of stars… A girl is mesmerised by the beauty of nature and asks, "Why do I sense beauty?" A quiet pianist who calls himself Musica shows her the common elements hiding i... Read more
Always immensely popular, MIFF's annual program of jaw-dropping fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium is back. Don't miss this rare opportunity to take in a truly unique cinematic experience, lying back and immersing yourself in the stereo surround sound and super high-resolution images projected onto the 180-degree hemispherical dome ‘screen' above your head. ... Read more
Always immensely popular, MIFF’s annual program of jaw-dropping fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium is back. ... Don’t miss this rare opportunity to take in a truly unique cinematic experience, lying back and immersing yourself in the stereo surround sound and super high-resolution images projected onto the 180º hemispherical dome ‘screen’ above your head!... Read more
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