Festival Archive 1952-2018

The MIFF online archive contains 66 past editions of the festival (1952–2017) for you to browse or search through. We hope the archive will be a resource used by festival goers, film lovers, students, historians and whoever else would like to learn more about the types of films MIFF has screened over the years, or to track the trajectory of the festival’s curatorship, its directors and its scope.

Search options currently include: ‘Festival Year’, ‘Film Title’, ‘Director’ and ‘Country’.

A big thank you to our MIFF volunteers and partners who have helped make this archive possible.

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. With over 12,000 film synopses and more than 9000 directors’ names, there may appear a few typos here and there as our database comes to terms with special characters (my, there was a huge amount of Eastern European cinema screened at the festival back in the 60s!) and other items that need manual tweaking. Similarly, sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are slowly filling these in with further research. 


MIFF 1963

Festival Program
31 feature films and 144 short films were screened from 25 May to 9 June
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Program in Focus
More American films started to appear in the 1963 Melbourne Film Festival program, including David and Lisa (Frank Perry), Denis Sanders' War Hunt , Curtis Harrington's Night Tide and Ray Garner's short film Vincent Van Gogh: A Self Portrait. Other notable films continued to be programmed from countries and filmmakers featured at previous Melbourne FIlm Festivals, particularly French and Italian cinema and the films of Kurosawa and Wajda. Notable films of the 1963 program included: Yojimbo (Kurosawa), Léon Morin, Priest (Melville), Paris Belongs to Us (Rivette), Innocent Sorcerers (Wajda) and Mamma Roma (Pasolini).

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Mamma Roma (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962)
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Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
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