MIFF 2023

Al Cossar
#71

Welcome to 2023. What times we live in – but what a difference film can make.

This year, the Melbourne International Film Festival was more than a mere celebration of movie-making. With the film industry burning, wallets hurting and algorithms churning, the 71st edition of MIFF continued to fly the flag for the survival, for the thriving, for the necessity of cinema that matters – and for the profundity of welcoming people, again, to the movies.

At over 275 films, over 50 MIFF Play titles, over 40 films straight from Cannes and over 70 countries represented across the program, MIFF this year was an immensity of film. After opening with the MIFF Premiere Fund– supported Shayda, the celebrated debut of Victorian filmmaker Noora Niasari, we also launched the Music on Film Gala of Paul Goldman’s Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story in world premiere, a loving portrait of the titular music industry impresario and, through him, the very story of Australian music itself. We then drew the curtain with our Closing Night, Australian-premiere presentation of Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman’s Theater Camp, a hilarious mockumentary set among the aspirational world of low-level community theatre – a movie that celebrates the strange tics of the creative spaces we inhabit.

Elsewhere, we welcomed year two of the Bright Horizons competition, a jaw-dropping line-up of emerging international and Australian filmmaking. Ramata-Toulaye Sy’s beautifully affecting Banel & Adama was awarded the $140,000 Bright Horizons Award – one of the richest film prizes in the world – by an esteemed international Jury. Our MIFF Awards also continued to expand in their recognition of exceptional screen practitioners with the establishment of our First Nations Film Creative Award, presented in collaboration with Kearney Group (awarded to Adrian Russell Wills and Gillian Moody for Kindred) and the continuation of our major Blackmagic Design Australian Innovation Award (awarded to Soda Jerk for Hello Dankness).

We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Critics Campus program, which offers incredible professional development opportunities for emerging film and arts critics within the festival. Our special Critical Condition retrospective saw a range of internationally and locally attending critics guest-curate a stunning selection of films, all wrapped in conversation and debate. Alongside this special program, the festival presented dedicated retrospectives on Safi Faye, the pioneering Senegalese director, as well as an expansive program of resplendently blood-soaked new restorations from horror master Dario Argento.

MIFF continued to expand and enhance the way we welcome audiences in 2023, presenting festival seasons outside of Melbourne in seven different country-Victorian locations as well as an at-home festival-highlights program screening Australia-wide via our MIFF Play streaming platform. In 2023, the festival also offered an array of sensory-friendly screenings and a significant d/Deaf-led event alongside the presentation of a range of captioned and audio- described sessions.

Across 25 days of film, MIFF is its own world. It is one built around the world of cinema, built by the ideas and the imaginations of artists and audiences everywhere, and from the collisions – of creativity, of conversation, of the love of cinema – that bring Melbourne alive every August.

What a thrill and a privilege to once again share the stories and successes of MIFF in 2023. Our gratitude to staff and volunteers; for the ongoing support of our festival partners and contributing filmmakers; and for all of those people, especially, who continue to find wonder on the screen, in the company of each other, here at MIFF.

Image Gallery

Films

About Dry Grasses

About Dry Grasses

Kuru Otlar Üstüne
MIFF 2023
Absence

Absence

Xue yun
Director Wu Lang
MIFF 2023
Afire

Afire

Roter Himmel
MIFF 2023
Anatomy of a Fall

Anatomy of a Fall

Anatomie d'une chute
MIFF 2023
Animalia

Animalia

Parmi Nous
MIFF 2023
Anselm

Anselm

Das Rauschen Der Zeit
Director Wim Wenders
MIFF 2023
Art College 1994

Art College 1994

藝術學院
Director Liu Jian
MIFF 2023
Banel & Adama
MIFF 2023
Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

შაშვი შაშვი მაყვალი
MIFF 2023
Blinded by Centuries

Blinded by Centuries

ให้แสงอาบกาย ให้กาลวายสิ้น
Director Parinda Mai
MIFF 2023
Blond Night
MIFF 2023
Cobweb

Cobweb

거미집
MIFF 2023
Deep Sea

Deep Sea

Shen Hai
MIFF 2023
Depersonalization
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Fremont
USA
MIFF 2023
Grandma Galya and Grandpa Arkadiy

Grandma Galya and Grandpa Arkadiy

Бабушка Галя и Дедушка Аркадий
MIFF 2023
Gush
USA
MIFF 2023
Heat Spell

Heat Spell

L'été des chaleurs
MIFF 2023
Human Nature

Human Nature

Natureza Humana
MIFF 2023
Inshallah a Boy

Inshallah a Boy

ان شاء الله ولد
It's Raining in the House

It's Raining in the House

Il Pleut dans la Maison
MIFF 2023
Last Summer

Last Summer

L'été Dernier
MIFF 2023

Lost in the Night

Perdidos en la Noche
Mast-del

Mast-del

مست دل
UK, Iran
MIFF 2023
Music on Film Gala

Music on Film Gala

Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story
MIFF 2023
Omen

Omen

Augure
Director Baloji
MIFF 2023
On the Adamant
MIFF 2023
One Last Evening
MIFF 2023
Opening Night Gala - Shayda
MIFF 2023
Pictures of Ghosts
MIFF 2023
Remembering Every Night

Remembering Every Night

Subete no Yoru wo Omoidasu
MIFF 2023
Shayda

Shayda

پاییز شیدا
MIFF 2023
Sleep

Sleep

Director Jason Yu
MIFF 2023
Sorcery
MIFF 2023
Strange Way of Life

Strange Way of Life

Extraña forma de vida
MIFF 2023
The Echo
MIFF 2023
The Nature of Love

The Nature of Love

Simple Comme Sylvain
MIFF 2023
Trailer of the Film That Will Never Exist: 'Phony Wars'

Trailer of the Film That Will Never Exist: 'Phony Wars'

Film annonce du film qui n'existera jamais: "Drôles de Guerres"
MIFF 2023
Youth (Spring)

Youth (Spring)

Qing Chun (Chun)
Director Wang Bing
MIFF 2023

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