Festival Archive 1952-2019

The MIFF online archive contains 68 past editions of the festival (1952–2019) for you to browse or search through. We hope the archive will be a resource used by festival goers, film lovers, students, historians and whoever else would like to learn more about the types of films MIFF has screened over the years, or to track the trajectory of the festival’s curatorship, its directors and its scope.

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Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. With over 12,000 film synopses and more than 9000 directors’ names, there may appear a few typos here and there as our database comes to terms with special characters (my, there was a huge amount of Eastern European cinema screened at the festival back in the 60s!) and other items that need manual tweaking. Similarly, sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are slowly filling these in with further research. 

MIFF 1983

Festival Program
107 feature films and 117 short films were screened from 22 June to 3 July
Full Program

Program in Focus
The 1983 program featured a retrospective of veteran Australian filmmakers John Heyer and Cecil Holmes. Five Michael Nicholson short films were also screened, thematically centered on 'ironical comments on the social and political scene'. 

Films of note: The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese), The Trout (Joseph Losey), The Woman in Love With Mechanic Gavrilov (Pyotr Todorovsky), Sunless (Chris Marker), Ten Thousand Suns (Ferenc Kosa).

Filmmaker in Focus
John Heyer {focus John Heyer} and Cecil Holmes {focus Cecil Homes}. A retrospective of Heyer's and Holmes' work was screened.

Opening Night Film
The Draughtsman's Contract (Peter Greenaway)

Mari Kuttna (Programme Director), Erwin Rado (Acting Director)

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