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 2001

Festival Program
158 feature films and 116 short films were screened from 18 July to 5 August
Full Program

Program in Focus
MIFF's special 50th anniversary program featured the films of Ishii Sogo, American filmmaker Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Attention was given to new films from Britain and Latin America. Music films, animation, documentaries, the International Shorts Competition, Australian Showcase and International Panorama continued to feature. Shadows: Dark Side of Cinema featured horror and cult films from Sweden, South Korea, USA and New Zealand. 

Filmmaker in Focus
Errol Morris. A retrospective of the filmmaker's work was screened.
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Filmmaker in Focus
Werner Herzog. A retrospective of the filmmaker's work was screened.
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Opening Night Film
The Bank (Robert Connoly, 2001)

As we celebrate the festival's half century, I would like to pay tribute to the pioneers who founded the Festival, to the commitment of my predecessors and to all who have contribute to the festival's growth. Your support – and the assistance of the film community, sponsors and government – have truly given us a past and present to celebrate, and a future to look forward to.

With our commemorative book, A Place to Call Home, and our homage to festivals and film past. You can read and see the passion that has fashioned the festival into this success we all now enjoy.

Ishi Sogo, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris will be the featured signatures of out screens, in addition to spotlight on irresistible Brits debuts and spirited new Latin-American cinema. The soul of the festival will always be found in our backyard. We have a rich Australian Showcase, plus the relentlessly spirit and extraordinary diversity of Asian cinema, in our Regional Focus. Integral to this year is Sideshow: New Media, which trips the future whilst Mach 1 provides an entry point for newer audiences to this vast and rich festival of ours.

I look forward to seeing you all at our birthday over the next two and half weeks.

James Hewison
Executive Director

Introduction taken from the 2002 official guide

James Hewison

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