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 1980

Festival Program
73 features and 107 short films were screened from 6 June to 21 June
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Program in Focus
Geoff Gardner, Melbourne Film Festival's second director in 30 years (with Erwin Rado as programming consultant), produced the festival's biggest program to date. Continuing the festival's committment to short films, Gardner also programmed a retrospective of István Szabó shorts and paid homage to Bob Godfrey, an Australian-born animator who won an Academy Award for his animated short on the engineer Brunel, titled Great. Two of his short cartoons, Instant Sex and Dream Doll, featured in the 1980 program.

Notable films programmed: The Meetings of Anna (Chantel Akerman), The Man Who Loved Women (François Truffaut), Rough Treatment (Andrzej Wajda), The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff)

Featured Filmmaker
István Szabó. A retrospective of Szabó's work was screened.
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Featured Film
Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura)
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