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.

Search options currently include: ‘Festival Year’, ‘Film Title’, ‘Director’ and ‘Country’.

A big thank you to our MIFF volunteers and partners who have helped make this archive possible.

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 1986

Festival Program
89 feature films and 273 short films were screened from 19 June to 29 June
Full Program 

Program in Focus
The 1986 festival initiated three programs of films specifically curated for children. Films screened included Jane Campion's Two Friends, which was invited to Cannes the same year. Other curatorial streams included: a Super 8 program, featuring work from Australia, the UK and New York; Australia's first International Video Festival; and a Michael Powell retrospective program. More shorts featured than ever before (an increase of 175 films compared to the previous year).

Filmmaker in Focus
Michael Powell. A retrospective of Powell's work was screened.
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Opening Night Film
Kangaroo (Tim Burstall)

Santina Musumeci

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