MIFF is delighted to announce that the MIFF Premiere Fund co-financed film Cut Snake will now be 2014’s MIFF Centrepiece Gala event on Saturday 9 August,while MIFF’s newly-launched regional travelling festival the MIFF Premiere Showcase will host the Australian premiere of Kill Me Three Times.
Cut Snake is a sexy crime drama set in mid-70s suburban Australiafrom Matchbox Pictures’ Tony Ayres (Home Song Stories, Walking On Water, The Slap) and is produced by Trevor Blainey (Noise) and Michael McMahon (Home Song Stories, Lou, The Slap). Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), a young man trying to escape his past and make a life for himself in a new city. He finds honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula (Jessica De Gouw). But when the charismatic and dangerous Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down Sparra finds himself drawn back into a world that he had tried to leave behind.
Introduced in 2012, Centrepiece Gala is a celebration both of local filmmaking and of the festival’s halfway point; it is a red-carpet occasion comprising a world premiere screening and an official after party. The MIFF Centrepiece occurs at Hoyts Melbourne Central on Saturday 9 August and tickets are now on sale at miff.com.au/centrepiece-gala
Kill Me Three Times, a thriller directed by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) starring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Alice Braga (On the Road), Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown, now moves to play exclusively for MIFF during the Festival’s re-launched travelling film festival – the MIFF Premiere Showcase. New funding from the State Government has enabled the return of a MIFF travelling film festival after an absence of six years. More details about the MIFF Premiere Showcase, including towns, venues and dates of screenings, will be announced in due course. For more information, keep an eye on miff.com.au/premiereshowcase
In addition to Cut Snake and Kill Me Three Times, the other MIFF Premiere Fund films in the 2014 MIFF Premiere Showcase will be: Electric Boogaloo, a feature documentary from Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood) about prolific 1980s Hollywood company Cannon Films; My Mistress,a love story from director Stephen Lance in which a strangely innocent affair between a young romantic and an S&M mistress becomes something more, starring Emmanuelle Béart (A Heart in Winter), Harrison Gilbertson (Blessed), Rachel Blake (Sleeping Beauty), Socratis Otto (I Frankenstein) and Leah Purcell (Lantana); The Legend Maker, a dramatic thriller from director Ian Pringle in which an aging forger needs all his cunning to survive; Paper Planes, a children’s film about one boy’s passion for flight and competing in paper plane championships from Robert Connolly (Balibo) and starring rising star Ed Oxenbould with Sam Worthington (Avatar), David Wenham (300), Terry Norris (Innocence) and Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires); plus Galore, in which four teens navigate the flashpoint of adolescent relationships, starring Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Tomorrow When the War Began), Lily Sullivan (Mental) and Maya Stange (Garage Days).
An initiative of the Victorian State Government, the MIFF Premiere Fund provides co-financing support for new Australian theatrical films that will world premiere at MIFF. To date, the MIFF Premiere Fund has supported more than 40 films, including Berlinale 2014 selected titles Tim Winton’s The Turning and Galore, and Cannes 2014 Directors’ Fortnight-selected These Final Hours.
The countdown is on! Tickets are on sale for MIFF 2014 from Friday 11 July. The full program guide is available from that date - find it inserted into The Age or keep an eye out for copies around town at local hot spots. Book tickets online at miff.com.au, or pop in and see us at the MIFF Box Office at The Forum (154 Flinders Street Melbourne) which is also open to the general public from Friday 11 July. You can also call the Box Office on 03 9662 3722. This year's festival is on from 31 July-17 August. See you there!
After a rigorous selection process MIFF is excited to welcome the following participants to its inaugural Critics Campus!
Alice McCredie-Dando, Anders Furze, Harry Windsor, Ian Barr, James Robert Douglas, Joanna Di Mattia, Kimberley Thomson and Laurence Barber.
We congratulate the first ever MIFF Critics Campus cohort and look forward to their contributions.
Follow their daily coverage during the Festival at miff.com.au/criticscampus.
Red Stitch Actors Theatre, in association with MIFF, presents the Australian Premiere season of THE FLICK, by Annie Baker this August. Directed by Nadia Tass, a regular MIFF associate as director of MATCHING JACK (MIFF2010), AMY (MIFF1998), STARK (MIFF1993) and THE BIG STEAL (MIFF1990), THE FLICK tells the story of Sam, Rose and Avery, the underpaid employees of one of the last remaining film projector cinemas in Massachusetts. They bicker, laugh and dream their way through shifts in the empty aisles. New kid Avery has an encyclopaedic obsession with film, and Sam has an unrequited obsession with Rose. Rose does what Rose wants to do. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, writer Annie Baker examines hidden corners of our existence, revealing the gems of truth that reside therein. Playing exclusively at Shebeen (26 Manchester Lane, Melbourne) from 2 August, MIFF Members receive a discount on tickets!
Following its sold-out world premiere season at MIFF 2013, MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THESE FINAL HOURS has been selected to have its international premiere in the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Following its world premiere at MIFF 2013, MIFF Premiere Fund-supported MIFF Festival Guest Anna Broinowski (Aim High In Creation), a feature documentary from acclaimed director Anna Broinowski (FORBIDDEN LIE$) is now screening at Melbouurne's Cinema Nova. To see the trailer click here and to learn more about the film go to www.aimhighincreation.com
The time is nigh! Final deadline for film submissions to the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival is on Friday 21 March. Application forms must be completed and submitted by that date, but you have until Thursday 3 April for materials to be delivered to the programming team. All the information is on our submissions page.
Already excited about MIFF 2014? Booked in for two weeks leave between 31 July-17 August? You can also buy your Festival eMini Pass (valid for 10 film sessions, and 3 bonus off-peak weekday before 5pm sessions) now. MIFF Members can purchase a Festival Passport - this offers admission to all screenings, at all venues during the Festival (with the exception of the Opening and Closing Night films and other special events). Stay tuned for more updates on MIFF 2014!
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Following their sold-out world premiere seasons at MIFF 2013, MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THE TURNING has been selected to have its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in February 2014 in the Berlinale Special program, while fellow MIFF Premiere Fund-supported title GALORE has been selected to have its international premiere in Berlinale's Generation section.
MIFF Premiere Fund-supported TIM WINTON'S THE TURNING has scored a slew of nominations for the upcoming AACTA AWARDS, including Best Film, Direction, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Actor (Hugo Weaving), Actress (Rose Byrne) and Supporting Actress (Mirah Foulkes). Fellow MIFF Premiere Fund-supported feature 100 BLOODY ACRES scored two nominations - Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Angus Sampson). In the documentary categories, MIFF Premiere Fund-supported IN BOB WE TRUST received a Best Editing nomination, while there was a Best Direction nomination for fellow MIFF Premiere Fund-supported documentary AIM HIGH IN CREATION!
Melbourne is the place to be between 31 July-17 August 2014: MIFF returns for the 63rd year! Look no further for the perfect festive gift - MIFF Gift Vouchers are on sale. eMini Passes and Passports (only available to MIFF Members) are also available. Secure your MIFF 2014 experience now!