MIFF 1986

Santina Musumeci

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)

Image Gallery



Tenue de Soiree
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Fire Demon

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My Socks

Meine Socken
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Night Movie

Seret Lyla
Director Gur Heller
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The Evil Eye

Le Mauvais Oeil
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MIFF 1986

From the Festival Files

Making the Festival

The Melbourne Film Festival began as the idea of a few passionate individuals. A sub-committee, formed from delegates to the 1951 Australian Council of Film Societies film weekend, suggested that a small festival of films in the tourist town of Olinda should be held in 1952. The resulting festival was a testament to the do-it-yourself initiative of the Olinda festival committee. As some 800 festiv …

The Living Festival

What would a festival be without its audience? There wouldn’t be a festival at all! … People are the beating heart of MIFF. It was the coming together of some 800 people in Olinda in 1952 that gave birth to the Melbourne Film Festival. Since that unanticipated outpouring of community love for film, MIFF has become an annual gathering space for film enthusiasts and the cine-curious from Melbourne …