MIFF Premiere Fund – 10th Anniversary
In 2017, the MIFF Premiere Fund celebrates a decade of supporting new Australian films.
The MIFF Premiere Fund, which offers minority co-financing to new Australian quality theatrical (narrative and documentary) feature films that then premiere at MIFF, has invested in 56 projects including the MIFF 2017 slate.
Celebrating 10 years of operation, the Premiere Fund highlights clip can be viewed here.
Read on for an update on the Premiere Fund's 2017 10th anniversary program, followed by a full list of Premiere Fund's first decade of films (and their directors), and then some background on the Fund itself. If you missed any Premiere Fund films, you can find them at iTunes here.
The MIFF Premiere Fund brings six world premieres to the 66th MIFF, including opening night survival thriller Jungle and joyous Indigenous feature documentary The Song Keepers.
To celebrate the Fund's 10th year, MIFF looks back at the Fund's early years by screening three classics: Balibo, Bastardy and Blessed.
A brand-new promotional trailer celebrating the Fund’s decade of supporting new Australian films will debut at MIFF’s program launch and then screen before Premiere Fund films during the festival. There will also be a mini-exhibition of stills from this year’s Premiere Fund films.
The MIFF Premiere Fund provides minority co-financing to new Australian quality theatrical films (narrative-drama and documentaries) that then world premiere at MIFF. The Fund deepens MIFF’s relationship with filmmaking talent and builds a pipeline of quality Australian content for the festival.
Under the charge of MIFF Chair Claire Dobbin, the MIFF Premiere Fund Executive Producer is Mark Woods, former CEO of the Irish Film Board and Ausfilm and Showtime Australia Head of Content Investment & International Acquisitions. Prior to MIFF, Woods co-invested in and/or Executive Produced many quality productions, including Rabbit Proof Fence, Japanese Story, Somersault, Breakfast on Pluto, Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and the Oscar-winning Six Shooter.
More detailed information about the Fund for film practitioners is at miffpremierefund.com.
The Premiere Fund has a proud history of assisting the telling of a diverse range of stories from a diverse range of talent and voices.
Over its ten years:
- Nearly 32% of Premiere Fund movies have had female directors (versus Screen Australia-reported industry average of 16%)
- Nearly 59% have had female producers (versus industry average of 32%);
- 41% included youth themes (including Paper Planes);
- 27% had elements portraying Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALDs), with 5% having CALD creative principals (director and/or producer(s));
- 16% included indigenous themes and/or characters (including Bran Nue Dae), with nearly 7% having indigenous creative principals;
- 13% included LGBTI characters and/or issues, with 18% involving LGBTI creative principals
- Some 50% of Premiere Fund movies are helmed by first time directors
Other key milestones include:
- Children’s film Paper Planes grossed almost $10 million at the Australia/NZ box office and won the inaugural CineFest $100,000 film prize in 2014
- Premiere Fund titles have won more than 55 awards and more than 280 key festival selections including Berlin (Make Hummus Not War, The Turning, Galore, Paper Planes, Bran Nue Dae, Monsieur Mayonnaise, Emo The Musical); Cannes (These Final Hours); Rotterdam (Electric Boogaloo, Not Quite Hollywood); Toronto (Cut Snake, Electric Boogaloo, Paper Planes, Downriver, Balibo, Blessed, Bran Nue Dae, Not Quite Hollywood, Blame, Machete Maidens Unleashed, Mother of Rock, Loved Ones)
- Indigenous-themed feature documentary Putuparri & The Rainmakers won the 2015 CineFest $100,000 Film Prize, with Cinefest Jury Chair David Wenham remarking: "A story and characters so compelling and emotionally engaging that it reinforced the power of cinema to entertain, touch us deeply and stay with us forever.”