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 1988

Festival Program
90 feature films and 110 short films were screened from 16 June to 26 June
Full Program

Program in Focus
The 37th Melbourne Film Festival, under the new direction of Tait Brady, originated feature documentaries as a major program stream, and turned attention to cinema of our region with the Asian Cinema Showcase. Retrospectives continued to feature, including a German shorts retrospective and a special screening of the recently restored The Adventures of Algy (Beaumont Smith, 1925).

Filmmakers in Focus
Alexander Askoldov, John Sayles & Maggie Renzi, Lezli-An Barrett, Mady Saks, Jiang Wen, Kay Armatage, Karola Gramann, David Leland, Jerzy Domaradzki, Atom Egoyan, Jahnu Barua, Pieter Verhoeff, Helmut Berger were guests of the festival.

Opening Night Film
A Hungarian Fairy Tale (Gyula Gazdag)


Tait Brady

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