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MIFF Industry Public Access Events

Do Bette Davis, Breaking Bad, Fred Astaire and House of Cards have anything in common? Attend the events listed here and find out! Organised by the Industry Programs Unit of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), these public-access ticketed events are for you – whether you are a film or media student; an aspiring or existing screenwriter, editor, director or producer; a film aficionado or just curious!

MIFF’s Industry Programs Unit organises MIFF 37°South Market (, Australia's only festival-based film co-financing market (which includes Bridging the GapBreakthru Screenings, PostScript&Direct and Books at MIFF)and MIFF Accelerator (, Australia's only screen director development workshop at a film festival preparing the hottest short filmmaking talent for a future in feature filmmaking.


Presented by MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator, Adrian Wootton returns exclusively to Melbourne for another series of his acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks, this year focusing on Hollywood’s Golden Age and four of its legendary creative personalities, who made and appeared in some of the greatest films in Tinseltown history. All four of these Hollywood legends started their careers pre-Second World War, shone in the Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood and endured to sustain their careers into the 1970s and 1980s.

A former director of the London Film Festival, British Film Institute and the UK’s National Film Theatre, Wootton is CEO of Film London & The British Film Commission, director of the Crime Scene Festival, and a program advisor to the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival and Italy’s Courmayeur Noir Fest. Wootton has also served as BFI head of exhibition, director of Nottingham’s Broadway Media Centre, director of the Bradford Playhouse, contributor to the GuardianSight & Sound, BBC Radio, visiting professor of Film & Media at Norwich University and received an honorary doctorate from The University of East Anglia.

Each lecture is $15 (MIFF passes not valid).

Fred Astaire: Tapping from Top Hat to Living Colour

David Niven: Blighty's Hollywood Star

John Huston: American Cinema Giant

Bette Davis: Tinsel-town's Feisty Grand Dame


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, PBS, A&E and NBC, returns exclusively to Melbourne for more of her popular series unlocking the secrets of film writing with a series of four stand-alone all-day seminars. Thomas’ recent client films include Any Day Now (Winner Audience Award Tribeca 2012), The Truth Below (2011), The Space Between (2011) and the Republic of Two (2013).

All tickets $90 per seminar (MIFF passes not valid).

Genre: Black Comedy & Satire – How low can you go?

Character: Protagonist Unbound – Creating memorable central characters

Story & Structure: The Crucial Third Act - “Build, build, build... that’s it. Don’t hang around.”

Writing Great One-Hour TV Pilots: The West Wing to True Detective


Fresh from working together on the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Downriver (which world premieres at MIFF 2015), actress Kerry Fox and writer/director Grant Scicluna explore the unique relationship and the dynamics between an actor and director. Presented by MIFF Accelerator, this session explores how actors choose their roles and collaborate with directors and how directors gain the trust required of the actor and how both navigate the dynamics of auditions, script changes, rehearsals and sets.

This lecture is $25 (MIFF passes not valid).

Acting Masterclass: Kerry Fox


Presented by MIFF Accelerator, the art and intricacies of film score composing are explored in this Masterclass with acclaimed composer David Hirschfelder. Recognised globally as one of Australia’s most distinguished composers, Hirschfelder’s credits include Shine, Elizabeth, Strictly Ballroom, The Water Diviner and, most recently, the adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel The Dressmaker.

This lecture is $18 (MIFF passes not valid).

Composing: Setting the Score


Presented by MIFF Accelerator, the art and secrets of cinematography are explored with cinematographer Laszlo Baranyai and writer/director Grant Scicluna of MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Downriver, which world premieres at MIFF 2015.

This lecture is $15 (MIFF passes not valid).

Cinematography: Realising Vision


Presented by MIFF Accelerator in association with Australian Screen Editors, the art and secrets of film editing are explored in this masterclass with editor Mark Atkin who edited MIFF 2015 Opening Night film Force of Destiny by Paul Cox.

This lecture is $25 (MIFF passes not valid).

Editing Masterclass: Mark Atkin


Fresh from working together on the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Downriver, Production Designer Penny Southgate and writer/director Grant Scicluna explore in this MIFF Accelerator session how production designers collaborate with directors to bring the world of the film to life.

This lecture is $15 (MIFF passes not valid).

Production Design: Creating Worlds