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December Widescreen


Happy Christmas!

Dear MIFF Widescreen subscriber


It's December already and the festive season is upon us. It has been a hugely rewardingly year for the Festival and we thank you again for helping to make the 2013 MIFF our best ever.

Film submissions are coming in and we are already watching, noting and chasing down new films for consideration. As we head into Christmas, it also means line up announcements from the major festivals are starting to flood the inbox.


Looks like 2014 is going to be another big one.


Michelle Carey, Artistic Director



Make it a Merry MIFFmas for all, and give the ultimate gift - a MIFF Gift Voucher! Available at a value of your choice, a MIFF Gift Voucher can be used for tickets, passes or a MIFF Membership. Handy for last minute presents, or skip the whole parking/shopping centre hassle altogether. Click to Gift!



Click here to secure your 2014 eMini Pass now! An eMini Pass offers ten peak sessions and a bonus three sessions valid for off-peak day time screenings. Passports (a Members-only privilege) are also available now. Take advantage of current prices, and keep 31 July-17 August 2014 free - we'll see you at MIFF!



MIFF 2014 film submissions are open at the regular rate until 20 February, after which the late submissions rate applies. The festive holidays are a great time to polish your masterpiece and submit it to MIFF for 2014 festival consideration! Submit your film now



A twelve month MIFF Membership is a goldmine of value. You're entitled to year-round concession prices at our partner cinemas (Palace, The Astor, Cinema Nova, Classic, Sun Theatre and ACMI and more), free monthly preview screenings and Members-only giveaways ($200+ of value right there) and all the festival privileges including passes and ticket discounts, access to the Passport and more.

Did we mention the priority queueing?



MIFF Premiere Fund-supported TIM WINTON'S THE TURNING (pictured) 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!



MIFF Premiere Fund-supported TIM WINTON'S THE TURNING has also been nominated as Best Feature Film in the 7th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) which will occur on December 12th.

Meantime Anthony Chen, an alumnus of the MIFF Accelerator emerging director workshop, has received an APSA nomination as Best Director for his film ILO ILO (pictured).



TO WIN: email by 12 midday on Friday 13 December. Remember to include the name of the giveaway as the subject header, the answer to the question as well as your name and address to be in the running. Good luck!



FALLOUT (World Premiere MIFF2013) revealed the untold story of Nevil Shute's famed novel On The Beach and the film of the same name. Written in the aftermath of the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, OTB is one of the most significant anti-war novels of the 20th century. Eternity (MIFF 1994) and Night (MIFF 2007) director Lawrence Johnston's doco explores the book's adaptation by Stanley Kramer into the award-winning film shot in Melbourne and Shute's prophetic vision of "man and machine out of control".

TO WIN: One of twenty double passes to a one off screening of this documentary at The George Revival Cinema on December 14th at 8pm, tell us the name of another film in which both Ava Garner and Gregory Peck star.


For Sutter, a charming high-school senior and budding alcoholic, the now is all that matters. It is where he can live in the moment and be the life of the party. But after a post-breakup bender, he meets shy Aimee and the pair forms an unlikely bond, as Sutter pines for his ex and searches for an estranged father.

With strong performances from the young cast, which won a special jury award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, James Ponsoldt's THE SPECTACULAR NOW (MIFF 2013) dodges cliché to deliver an accessible, powerful and honest coming-of-age story. In selected theatres from December 5.

TO WIN: one of 10 double passes, tell us what AA stands for.


A multi-award winning Israeli drama which recently opened the 2013 Jewish International Film Festival, FILL THE VOID screens exclusively at Classic Cinemas Elsternwick from 28 November.

FILL THE VOID tells the story of eighteen-year-old Shira, the youngest daughter in an Orthodox Chassidic family.  When her older sister unexpectedly dies in childbirth, Shira is faced with a difficult choice – should she proceed with marrying the young man to whom she is betrothed or bow to the wishes of her parents and marry her late sister's husband in order to keep their first grandchild close at hand?

TO WIN: one of 10 double passes, tell us which major Jewish festival is celebrated at this time of the year?


Based on Eric Lomax’s best-selling memoir,