Become a Patron

Join the MIFF Circle.
The story of film in Melbourne could not be told without MIFF. 
We want you to be a part of that story.

Since its first edition in 1952, MIFF has proudly brought the world, through the moving image, to Melbourne. The festival has offered a unique space to engage with the silver screen and enabled a film-devoted community to thrive. Most significantly, MIFF has been pivotal in enhancing Melbourne’s standing as a hub for culture in Australia and abroad.

An astonishing 75 per cent of the festival’s income is generated through ticket sales and sponsorship, with 25 per cent coming from government sources. However, COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of this year’s festival for the first time in our 68-year history – posing unique challenges for MIFF. 

COVID-19 has rewritten the circumstances faced by our cultural sector, creating huge challenges in continuing to connect with audiences. In these extraordinary times, an extraordinary response is required and MIFF is asking for your help. 

In this context, you can help us by joining the MIFF Circle – a vital and dynamic philanthropic giving scheme. By becoming a MIFF Patron, you will play a part in strengthening our future. Your generosity and support in 2020 will help us to:

Develop a world-class online streaming platform
Secure the most exciting film titles possible and present our virtual festival MIFF 68½
Create and deliver a range of unique digital events
Support emerging filmmakers, including cash prizes in our Shorts Awards
Return in 2021 stronger than ever before

By joining the MIFF Circle, you will also cement your role as a supporter of Melbourne’s ongoing growth as a creative, culturally significant city. Plus, you will receive invitations to special events, premieres and parties, and, when we return to cinemas in 2021, you will have access to the best seats in the house – in the finest venues that the Southern Hemisphere’s largest film festival can offer.

Silver Patron: $2,000

MIFF Silver Patrons make a transformational difference to MIFF. Designed as the premium way to enjoy the festival, this level is for serious film-lovers who want to enjoy the best seats in the house, at the same time as supporting all that we do.

Gold Patron: $5,000

MIFF Gold Patrons are generous and passionate. They love a night at the cinema and the best cultural experiences Melbourne has to offer. Their donations help MIFF recognise new film-making talent by providing vital funds for cash prizes in our internationally acclaimed Shorts Awards. Gold Patrons help elevate MIFF on the international stage, and we simply can’t thank them enough for their support.

Platinum Patron: $10,000

MIFF Platinum Patrons are a select group of individuals who are united by their passion for cinema, passion for MIFF and the desire that we remain one of the world’s leading film festivals. Platinum donors make a transformational difference to MIFF; helping us attract the world’s best talent to Melbourne, connecting our communities to artists and amplifying the reach of Australian cinema. 

Give to MIFF

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. All donations made to MIFF are received on behalf of their public fund, the Melbourne Film Festival Fund. This fund is entered on the Australian Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations, and endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient. All donations and gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

For further information about joining the MIFF Circle, please contact:

Brad Macdonald

Head of Philanthropy & Festival Development