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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MIFF 2006

Festival Program
245 feature films and 111 short films were screened from 26 July to 13 August
Full Program

Program in Focus
James Hewison's last MIFF program featured a focus on new women filmmakers, Melbourne on Screen, the Asian Metropolis, Brain Monkey Sushi - new Japanese cinema, sociopolitical documentaries in Globalised, and Film on Film, a program stream which took audiences into the mechanisms of filmmaking as a cultural exploit. A showcase of films from Asia, Australia, Iran and Denmark was featured. In its third year Accelerator brought together some of the hottest new filmmaking talent from Australia and New Zealand, in a collection of stellar short films. 

Filmmaker in Focus
Jafar Panahi. A retrospective of Panahi's work was screened.
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Opening Night Film
2:37 (Murali K. Thalluri)

In this, my last year at our Film Festival, we have streamlined the MIFF programme, seeking once again to champion critical areas in contemporary cinema, from the renewed vigour in our local filmmaking community to our Asia Pacific neighbours, from the immediate work from the Middle East, exemplified in our filmmaker in focus, Iranian Jafar Panahi, to the Danish phoenix rising from the ideological constraints of Dogme in Danmark Nu. If cinema has the power to affect change and challenge orthodoxies, then it's evident in Globalised and in the concrete wastelands from the USA to Australia in a remarkable selection of Super 8mm skateboard films, which evoke the freedom and creative spirit of the 70s — get into it!

James Hewison
Executive Director

Introduction taken from the 2006 official guide

James Hewison

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