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February Widescreen

   
 

Dear MIFF Subscriber

 

We hope you're keeping cool during the summer heatwaves. We are longing for brisk nights and cosying up in the cinema!

 

MIFF's program team are already in their winter woollies, feverishly scouring the globe for the finest in international cinema at Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin, as the festival year starts to ramp up in earnest. 

 

Keep in touch with us on FacebookTwitter and on Instagram (we're @melbfilmfest) – you'll find exclusive giveaways and interesting tidbits to tide you over til we reveal the first taste of MIFF 2014.


Til next month,

MIFF

 
   

MIFF TEAMS UP WITH RED STITCH ACTORS THEATRE

In partnership with Red Stitch Actors Theatre, MIFF invites you to an Australian Premiere theatre production, THE FLICK, by Annie Baker (USA) and directed by Nadia Tass. Set in one of the last remaining film projector cinemas in Massachusetts, THE FLICK received top reviews in the US, including this one from the New York Times. MIFF Members receive a ticket discount - book your tickets now.

 
   

MIFF ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Film lovers!

Your valentine deserves a true gift of love – a MIFF Gift Voucher! Indulge your passion for movies across a sweet seventeen days of cinematic delights at MIFF 2014. Making out in the back row actively encouraged!

 
   

MIFF PREMIERE FUND SUBMISSIONS OPEN

Round 24 of the MIFF Premiere Fund is now open for submissions, with applications closing on 4 March and decisions due by 16 April 2014. For application forms and guidelines, click here.

 
   

MIFF PREMIERE FUND AACTA WINNER

Congratulations to the team behind MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THE TURNING which won the Best Lead Actress award for Rose Byrne (pictured) at the recent Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.
This week, THE TURNING and fellow MIFF Premiere Fund-supported GALORE had their international premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival following their acclaimed world premieres at MIFF 2013.

 
   

SUNDANCE AWARD TO MIFF ACCELERATOR ALUMNA ASHLEE PAGE

Congratulations to director Ashlee Page, a 2010 alumna of the MIFF Accelerator emerging director program, who has been awarded a Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award that recognizes her as one of four emerging independent filmmakers globally. Page, who receives $10,000 and a place at one of the Sundance Institute's Creative Labs to further develop her upcoming feature film ARCHIVE, won MIFF's 2010 Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award with her short THE KISS and was one of the 17-directors of the multiple AACTA/AFI-nominated MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THE TURNING. (Susie Porter pictured in the 'On Her Knees' chapter of THE TURNING, directed by Ashlee Page)

 
   

2014 FILM SUBMISSIONS

Get cracking! Regular film submissions for MIFF 2014 close on Thursday 20 February. After that, the late submissions fee applies, until the closing deadline of Thursday 20 March. Check all the info at miff.com.au/submissions

 
   

MIFF MEMBERS' FEBRUARY

MIFF Members were treated to a January preview screening of the highly anticipated DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, while February sees Members off to Alexander Payne's latest NEBRASKA, and LE WEEKEND, the new film from Roger Michell. Become a MIFF Member now, there are plenty of exclusive good things lined up over the next few months. Join us!

 
   

MIFF 2014 VENUES UPDATE

Sadly we bade farewell last year to our beloved second home, Greater Union Cinemas on Russell Street, as the building has been redeveloped into a 12-storey hotel and apartment block. MIFF will continue to be a Melbourne CBD-based festival, at all our usual venues – The Forum, ACMI, Kino, Hoyts Melbourne Central, plus more CBD locations to be announced in the coming months. 

 
   

MIFF GIVEAWAYS

This month's competitions are below. TO WIN: email widescreen@miff.com.au by 5pm on Friday 14 February. To be in the running, include the name of the giveaway as the subject header, the answer to the question, as well as your name and address. Good luck!

 

STORIES WE TELL

With autobiographical inspiration littering her previous works, acclaimed director Sarah Polley turns her hand to non-fiction filmmaking. Drawing on often-confronting first-person interviews with siblings and her mother's circle of friends and ex-lovers, the extraordinary STORIES WE TELL is a surprising and deeply moving portrait of the secrets and lies at the heart of one family. Seamlessly blending past and present, it is ultimately a story about the elusive nature of both truth and the documentary form. TO WIN: one of 5 DVDs, thanks to Madman, tell us the name of another Sarah Polley film.

LABOR DAY

A film by Jason Reitman. LABOR DAY centres on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele (Kate Winslet) while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter intimidating escaped convict Frank Chambers, (Josh Brolin) a man clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. ONLY AT THE MOVIES FEBRUARY 6. TO WIN: one of 5 double in-season passes, tell us the name of another Jason Reitman film.