MIFF 2022

Al Cossar
#70

By its very nature, film is in the business of distorting time – removing it from reality, making it meaningless, or meaningful. As we ready to return to Melbourne this August, it seems both can feel true, at once.

In 2022, we return to cinemas for the first time in a long time – our Opening Night will be our first together here in Melbourne, unbelievably, in three years. It has been a long, zigzagging, lockdown-laden road, but, incredibly, MIFF is back – and, against the odds, bigger than ever.

You’ll get nearly a whole month of MIFF this August: 18 days of cinema, 18 days of our Australia-wide digital offering on MIFF Play available at the touch of a button at your place. Not to mention a globally accessible XR platform, incredible venues right across the CBD (for the first time including IMAX as a full festival venue!), screenings in four suburban centres and nine regional Victorian centres.

Our mantra for our COVID years has been to “meet audiences where they are”, and as we welcome audiences back to the business of six films a day, we continue to recognise and to realise our new ways to connect – to the screen, and to those around us.

In 2022, we also celebrate our 70th anniversary through an extraordinary array of cinema and special events that places MIFF at the very heartbeat of Melbourne as one of the world’s great creative cities.

Celebrate the iconic and rediscover the lost in an epic portrait of Melbourne’s cinematic history in our Melbourne on Film retro and its accompanying book (featuring cinematic love letters and essays by an eye-popping selection of artists, creatives and writers), as well as through our MIFF Signatures project: three specially commissioned festival ID pieces that mark the moment where film and audience meet, in the inimitable voices of their acclaimed creators, Ivan Sen, Justin Kurzel and Soda Jerk.

The danger with milestones is that they tend to trap us in the mirror, leave us navel-gazing into oblivion. But this isn’t only a moment to look back, but a point we choose to look forward.

With the launch of the Bright Horizons Competition to coincide with our 70th edition, we welcome one of MIFF’s all-time festival initiatives – a jaw-dropping line-up of emerging international and Australian filmmaking talent, one that aspires to set the map alight as a must-see space for breakthrough cinema.

Whether it’s your moment to celebrate the flows of history with us, or just time to get back out of your house into a real world of imagination this year, we welcome you back to MIFF.

Image Gallery

Films

Becoming Male in the Middle Ages

Becoming Male in the Middle Ages

Tornar-se um homem na Idade Média
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Blue Island

Blue Island

憂鬱之島
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Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave

헤어질 결심
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Domingo and the Mist
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Enys Men
UK
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Everybody Loves Jeanne

Everybody Loves Jeanne

Tout le monde aime Jeanne
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Final Cut
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Godland

Godland

VANSKABTE LAND / VOLAÐA LAND
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Hideous
UK
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In His Mercy

In His Mercy

In Seiner Gnade
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Incredible but True

Incredible but True

Incroyable mais vrai
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LOLA
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Mars One
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Moshari

Moshari

মশারি
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My Imaginary Country

My Imaginary Country

Mi país imaginario
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Navalny
USA
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Nazarbazi

Nazarbazi

نظربازی
UK, Iran
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No Dogs or Italians Allowed

No Dogs or Italians Allowed

Interdit aux chiens et aux Italiens
Nowhere to Go but Everywhere

Nowhere to Go but Everywhere

行き止まりのむこう側
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One Fine Morning
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Persona

Persona

각질
Director Sujin Moon
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Return to Dust

Return to Dust

Yin Ru Chen Yan
Director Li Ruijun
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Return to Seoul

Return to Seoul

Retour à Sèoul
Director Davy Chou
That Kind of Summer

That Kind of Summer

Un été comme ça
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The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

La Vaca Que Cantó Una Canción Hacia El Futuro
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The Dam

The Dam

Le Barrage
Director Ali Cherri
The Mountain
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The Passengers of the Night

The Passengers of the Night

Le passagers de la nuit
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The Pawnshop
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The Water Murmurs

The Water Murmurs

Hai Bian Sheng Qi Yi Zuo Xuan Ya
Director Story Chen
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We Might As Well Be Dead

We Might As Well Be Dead

Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein
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We, Students!

We, Students!

Nous, étudiants!
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Will You Look at Me

Will You Look at Me

Dang Wo Wang Xiang Ni De Shi Hou
Director Shuli Huang
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