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MIFF March


Dear MIFF Subscriber

Things are starting to get rather busy around here as this year's festival looms on the horizon. The first MIFF 2014 program announcements are just 11 short weeks away!


The final deadline for film submissions is 20 March, applications have just opened for the MIFF industry 37ºSouth Market, and the office is abuzz with film gossip and chatter, as the program for MIFF 2014 falls into place.


Our MIFF Members have already had their pick of brilliant preview film screenings, including Academy Award winning and nominated films DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and NEBRASKA, exclusive giveaways and offers (such as the bring-a-friend screning) this year, with more to come. Plus there all the regular year-round MIFF Members' benefits, like concession prices at a range of cinema partners around town. We embrace new MIFF Members into our community of Melbourne film enthusiasts – join us!


Til next month,




Are you a producer seeking to:
- Advance your film script's financing with sales agents and distributors at 37ºSouth: Bridging the Gap?
- Have your completed film viewed by sales agents and distributors at 37ºSouth: Breakthru Screenings?
- Source new content ideas from publishers at  37ºSouth's Books at MIFF and screenwriters at 37ºSouth: PostScript&Direct?

Time to apply for 2014's MIFF 37ºSouth Market at
Early-bird deadline is 15 April 2014.



Final call! Late film submissions for MIFF 2014 close on Thursday 20 March. The good news is that you have until Thursday 3 April to provide materials, but submissions must be in by 20 March. Check all the info at Be part of the 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival in 2014!



Following its world premiere at MIFF 2013, MIFF Premiere Fund-supported AIM HIGH IN CREATION, a feature documentary from acclaimed director Anna Broinowski (FORBIDDEN LIE$) goes into release from March 27th at the Cinema Nova. To see the trailer click here and to learn more about the film go to



This month MIFF Members have been treated to a screening of the acclaimed Australian film TRACKS plus the gripping biopic HANNAH ARENDT in our preview screening program. MIFF Members receive fantastic cinema benefits all year round, as well as a swathe of festival-time privileges. Join us!



This month's competitions are below. TO WIN: email by 5pm on Friday 7 March. 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!



MIFF Premiere Fund-supported AIM HIGH IN CREATION that world premiered at MIFF2013 is a revolutionary film about the cinematic genius of North Korea’s late Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il, with a ground breaking experiment at its heart: a propaganda film, made according to the rules of his Manifesto The Cinema and Directing. Determined to stop a new gas mine near her Sydney home, director Anna Broinowski (FORBIDDEN LIE$) goes to North Korea to learn from the masters of propaganda cinema. TO WIN: one of twenty 2-for-1 tickets, tell us the name of the current Dear Leader of North Korea.


On from 27 March to 11 April with a line-up as tasty as Schnitzel, satisfying as Sauerbraten and enticing as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, it’s no wonder that the 13th annual Audi Festival of German Films 2014 is whetting cinematic appetites! Screening over 50 stellar features, including Opening Night crime thriller BANKLADY (pictured), OH BOY (MIFF 2013), shorts and documentaries that showcase Germany’s multi-layered,vibrant and ever-evolving culture, the Festival is on at Palace Cinema Como and Kino Cinemas. TO WIN: one of ten double passes, tell us who directs BANKLADY?


MIFF Premiere Fund-supported THE TURNING made its world premiere at MIFF 2013. Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever. TO WIN: one of five DVD copies thanks to Madman, tell us the name of one of the film's directors.


Russell Crowe stars as NOAH in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN) NOAH film boasts a stellar cast including Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone, as Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. See the epic trailer, releasing on March 27. TO WIN: one of five double passes, tell us the name of another Bible story on film.


Screen icon Isabella Rossellini is coming to Australia to perform her wonderfully odd stage show GREEN PORNO, a one-woman comedy about mating in the natural world, inspired by a series of short environmental films. “I particularly love short films, I’ve always been interested in animal behaviour, and I certainly know a lot of people that are interested in sex.  So here you have the three elements that make the core concept of Green Porno – short stories, animals and sex.” GREEN PORNO plays on 26 March at Arts Centre Melbourne TO WIN: one of two Green Porno packs with a book and DVD of short films, tell us the name of a film starring Isabella Rossellini.


JEUNE & JOLIE (YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL) stars Marine Vacth as Isabelle, a 17 year-old who loses her virginity while on a summer holiday with her family. Told across four seasons, Isabelle begins working as a call girl, but when Isabelle's mother learns of the girl's secret life, conflict arises between everyone in the family. François Ozon (SWIMMING POOL, 5x2, 8 WOMEN) continues his masterful storytelling with a classically French coming of age story, nominated for the 2013 Palme d’Or. In cinemas on 10 April. TO WIN: one of five double passes, tell us another film with JOLIE in the title!